Vision, Values and Beliefs
WEC International reaches out to people who have limited or no access to the good news of Jesus Christ, particularly where there is no church. We work in multicultural teams to plant multiplying churches among these people.
Inseparable from the above is our vision for a world changing movement. See the quote sidebar on this page.
Here in NZ our expression of the international vision looks like this.
From New Zealand we envision a time when thousands of churches up and down this nation will take up their responsibility to make disciples of all nations, being hungry for God, crying for the lost, sacrificing to go in far greater numbers. We envision a time when there will be enough equipped and inspired goers multiplying churches among these people so all have real opportunity to know Christ; a time when all peoples have heard, and our awesome Lord returns.
Please go to Joshua Project Definitions to learn more about these missional terms.
Our Core Values
The Bible is our ultimate rule for faith and practice. We believe the following four principles (which we call the Four Pillars of WEC) are essential in our lives if we are to fulfil our God-given commission. They also convey our WEC ethos.
Faith is relying on God alone – not our gifts, the mission, or our supporters – to meet every need and challenge we face, to open closed doors and hearts. Total reliance on Him for the grace and power we need to think, speak, live and serve well. WEC makes no appeal for funds.
Sacrifice means saying “yes” to God in all things, learning obedience through suffering. Some are called to lonely, unhealthy, dangerous places. Some have died in service, others risk life, security and health. We are risk takers as we journey with other believers in the security of obeying God’s call.
Holiness is about being set apart. We’re not set apart for the nations. We are set apart for Christ Himself. It’s the discipling of our own hearts as we daily live in God’s presence and see Christ living in the peoples of the world.
Fellowship is our oneness in Christ. WEC is a genuinely multi-ethnic family, committed to the unique blessing of international teams. We seek the mind of Christ together in decisions seeking unanimity in all matters. We value mutual accountability and relationship over structure and authority.
- The Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct;
- One God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- The deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth and sinless life, his miracles, his vicarious and atoning death on the Cross, his bodily resurrection, his ascension to the right hand of the Father, his mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory;
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of all humanity since the fall of Adam and Eve, making every person subject to God’s wrath and condemnation;
- Redemption through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit as absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful people;
- The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ;
- The present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is empowered for godly living and service;
- The resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
- The spiritual unity in our Lord Jesus Christ of believers who comprise the Church, his Body, which is committed by his command to the proclamation of the gospel throughout the world.
The Four Pillars of WEC
- We need active faith, not to prove that we are heroes of faith, but to enable us to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in reaching the unreached.
- Our lives must be characterised by authenticity(holiness), so that the Good News can be seen by those who never enter a church.
- As passionate envoys of Christ, we want to live simply and are willing to pay a price (sacrifice), in order that the Gospel can reach the hard places.
- Finally, why fellowship – not as an escape route from personal responsibility and not as something a WECer could ever demand, but as indispensable mutual support in that great push for the last frontiers.
- We are convinced that prayer is a priority
- We uphold biblical truth and standards
- We affirm our love for Christ’s Church, and endeavour to work in fellowship with local and national churches, and with other Christian agencies
- We accept each other irrespective of gender, ethnic background or church affiliation
- We desire to work in multi-national teams and are committed to effective international co-operation
- We recognise the importance of research and responding to God’s directions for advance
- We believe in full participation and oneness in decision making
- We value servant leaders who wait on God for vision and direction
- We promote local and innovative strategies through decentralised decision-making
- We make no appeals for funds