Our foundational values, taken together with our doctrinal statement, provide the best insight into who we are as an organization. They show our understanding of God, His Word, and His work, and our relationship to all three.
- The Bible as the starting point of meaning, God’s revelation of His person, purpose, and plan to mankind, wherein He has established the final authority for the whole of life.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, God incarnate, as the focus of the Father’s revealed purpose, divine activity, and eternal plan.
- The Gospel of Grace, which is the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, satisfaction of a holy God and justification for sinful people.
- The Holy Spirit, who engifts and empowers believers for effective ministry.
- God’s plan to use the body of Christ, the church, to glorify His name globally.
WRG’s functional values guide how we within the organization relate to one another, and how the organization as a whole relates to others.
1. interdependent approach that incorporates the gifts, experiences, and education of each team member, and that encourages the growth of each member’s skill set and contribution to the organization.
2. Holy Spirit-guided systems thinking, which WRG uses as the basis for determining its priorities, processes, and activities.
3. program-driven priority to ministry, to which all organizational operations must defer.
4. Relationships — both within and without the organization — built on the biblical principles of mutual respect.
5. doctrinal and theological clarity that unites WRG personnel, while allowing the promotion of partnerships with other members of the body of Christ.
6. a participatory style of managing day-to-day operations, while exercising the freedom to employ a variety of leadership styles according to the context.
7. WRG’s vision, mission, and values, which form the framework for our organizational development.
8. the governance role of WRG’s Board of Directors.
9. the highest standards of ethical, fiscal, and legal compliance.
10. a spirit of excellence in all relationships and activities, to the glory of God.
11. effective communication that values each person.
WRG places high value on training methods and philosophies that find their foundations in Scripture. Basing both what we teach and how we teach it on His Word ensures that our trainees receive the best learning experience possible.
- a ministry strategy that begins well before entry into the host culture, continues through the church planting process, and leads to ongoing itinerant ministry as appropriate.
- an approach to ministry that promotes the understanding of worldviews as essential to an effective church planting ministry.
- a pre-established exit strategy that responsibly transfers the stewardship of the ministry to indigenous church leaders.
- acquisition of the local culture and language as the means to effective communication of truth.
- the use of narrative chronological bible teaching and ‘storying’, especially where worldviews are transmitted by means of local narratives, as the primary means of proclaiming God’s truth.
- a holistic methodology of ministry.
- critical contextualization, which adopts culturally appropriate (but carefully vetted) forms and symbols.
- evaluating ministry results against its original goals and charting the success rates of ministers and their selected methodologies.
- intentional and integral training based on competency models and backward mapping.
- a variety of training formats that can be selected according to objectives of the program as well as the learning style and natural abilities of the trainee.
- a ‘whole-to-part’ delivery system that first builds the framework wherein all subsequent parts are understood and interpreted.
- loving relationships as the foundation of effective cross-cultural ministry.
- long-term ministry partnerships as the healthiest and most relevant launching point for cross-cultural ministry.
- facilitating a relaxed yet enthusiastic learning environment by means of trusting, respectful, and supportive relationships between trainers and trainees.
- the process of learning as well as its product.
- lifelong learning as a key to ever-increasing ministry effectiveness.