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Who is Reliant?

We were born in 1989 as a mission support agency for a small group of campus church planters. A lot's changed since then! (Less stonewashed jeans, for one).

Today we mobilize church planters and missionaries across like-minded missional groups and church-planting networks. As we've expanded our partnerships, we've adopted a new name. Yet our devotion to Jesus' command to "Go and make disciples..." remains. It's who we are.

Our Story

1989 | Founded

GCM is founded as a mission agency for Great Commission Churches to focus on campus church planting. With help from Campus Crusade for Christ, GCM launches its first missionary training class for campus church planters.

2001 | Growth and Leadership

In addition to its role as a mission agency, GCM also functions as a church leadership office, becoming known as an up-and-coming campus church planting network in the U.S.

2006 | Refocusing

As the Great Commission movement matures, it spins off multiple independent church leadership groups with various callings. God leads GCM's board of directors to choose a clear focus: missionary mobilization. GCM begins a new chapter, offering experience in missionary services to missional churches and Gospel-centered nonprofits throughout the evangelical world. GCM is no longer a single-association agency.

2015 | Becoming Reliant

As GCM continues to serve a broader range of evangelical missionaries and organizations, the board of directors agrees on a new name to better fit who GCM serves. As a result, GCM becomes Reliant in 2015.


Reliant continues to serve many new partner church networks, with Reliant serving as a hub between local churches, missionaries, and generous donors who support their work. Reliant also serves local churches by providing training and support for their residency and internship programs. Reliant serves over 800 missionaries and has seen steady growth in financial giving year after year. To view our latest Annual Ministry Report, visit here