WCCM Core Values
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WCCM is committed to rightly dividing, teaching, and living by the Word, and we strive to partner only with those ministries that do the same.
WCCM actively seeks to partner only with churches and ministries whose understanding of the Scripture is that salvation comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 3:24-26; 1 Tim 2:5-6) and adhere to the other unquestionable dogmas of The Great Tradition of Christian Belief. The New Testament makes it clear that unity among Believers is how unbelievers will come to know Christ (John 17:20-23). Therefore, we focus on embracing the unity God desires by seeking to agree on those things which are explicitly expressed in the Bible while extending charity to those who may hold differing views on those things that we might consider the â€œminorsâ€ of the Bible. If a church or ministry believes that salvation comes only by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, it is likely that we can work together to accomplish something to the glory of God. Although our roots are in the Church of God, over the last 20 years we have worked together with Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic churches; Pentecostal denominations; and independent churches. This spirit of unity has allowed God to bless our partnerships, resulting in a positive impact for His kingdom.
It is important that we ensure that those with whom we work do not deviate from the Great Tradition of Christian beliefs. The early church fathers sourced their understanding of Christianity from the Rule of Faith (or the baptismal formula that defined the teachings of the apostles), the writings of the apostles, and the Hebrew prophets. For WCCM, this means looking to the Scriptures as the ultimate authority on the sources and norms for Christians. Further, we believe that the Wesleyan Quadrilateral provides a sensible approach to the authority on Christian sources and norms. Tradition, reason, and experience are all valuable tools in understanding proper Christian beliefs. Foundationally, Scripture must undergird all of these other three tools. Importantly, tradition, reason, and experience that do not agree with Scripture should not be used to determine proper, healthy beliefs within Christianity.
It is the Scripture that determines what is â€œrightâ€ (2 Tim 3:16-17). Doing what is right does not mean doing what is best for oneself, oneâ€™s family, oneâ€™s local congregation, or oneâ€™s ministry or organization. Doing what is right means doing what will bring the maximum glory to God through the unity of the ecumenical body of Christ. It is through this ecumenical unity that the kingdom of God is built (John 17:20-23).
Yoking Integrity That Fosters Unity
WCCM is committed to partner only with those who display the above Scriptural and personal integrity.
Since God has called His church to unity, we must yoke together with believers wherein unity will thrive. WCCM is called to partner with those who display the above Scriptural and personal integrity (2 Cor 6:14; Deut 22:10; 1 John 1:5-7; 1 John 2:3-6; 1 Cor 5:9-13; 2 Thess 3:6-15; Rom 16:17-19; 2 John 1:6-11; 2 Tim 3:1-5). Since God has called His church to unity (John 17:20-23), we must yoke together with believers and ministries that are like-minded in doing what is right (no matter the cost) according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 1:10).
WCCM is committed to maximizing ministry efforts and results.
We believe the Biblical model for building the kingdom of God is to do all things with full effort toward maximizing the results (Eccl 9:10; 2 Tim 2:15; Col 3:23-24; Rom 12:11; Num 8:29; Matt 25:19-21; Matt 24:45-47). We further believe that every person who has been baptized into the body of Christ has been assigned a job to do within and for the body (1 Cor 12:4-7, 12-14, 27-31; 1 Cor 14:26; 1 Pet 4:10). God has empowered each believer through the Spirit to accomplish his or her assigned job using supernatural Spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:4-11, 28-30; cf. also 1 Cor 14) and natural gifts of grace to help in the orderly expansion and maintenance of the local and ecumenical church (Rom 12:3-8).
WCCM believes an important part of its commitment to uncommon excellence is to ensure that each member of the body of Christ has the opportunity to do what God has made him or her to do best (Ps 139:13; Eph 2:10). There are three main points that the reader should take away from Paulâ€™s paragraph to the Romans about the gifts of grace (Rom 12:3-8) that are directly related to working toward uncommon excellence. First, not every Christian is equally qualified for every function, and with this in mind, each believer must soberly assess his or her gifts given by the Spirit. Second, every believer has been endowed with gifts, and he or she is obligated to use these gifts with excellence in unity to the benefit of the body so that the one body of Christ may thrive. Finally, each believer must encourage each other member to participate in the body using his or her own gifts and receive the ministry of the gifts of the other members of the body. WCCM is committed to helping members of the body discover and exercise the gifts that have been assigned to them by the Spirit so that uncommon excellence may be found in our work.
WCCM is committed to making our ministry financially sustainable so that we may continue toward the accomplishment of our mission.
For WCCM, this means working toward cost neutrality in all non-evangelistic and non-humanitarian ministry because the funds that God has entrusted to our ministry must be used with the most careful stewardship possible (Matt 25:14-30). When we provide humanitarian aid and when we spread the Gospel, we do so at no cost to the participants. We believe this honors Jesusâ€™s instruction in Matthew 10:5-15. When we train ministers, we strive to be as close to â€œcost neutralâ€ as possible. This means that we may charge a fee to attend conferences, summits, and other ministerial training opportunities (1 Tim 5:17-18; 1 Cor 9:1-14) and do not subsidize the transportation, food, and lodging of attendees; we attempt to charge the minimum fee possible that will pay for the actual costs of the training.
The web version of our Core Values Statement is condensed from our Full Core Values Statement. To learn more about WCCM’s Core Values, please view the Full Core Values Statement.