- We Are Totally Dependent on God
- We Expect To Find the Fingerprints of God in Every Culture
- We Focus On Strategies That Result In Multiplication
- We Build Long Term Partnerships
- The Bible Is Our Mission Textbook
Values and Principles: Expanded Narrative
TOTAL DEPENDENCE UPON GOD
We live in dependence upon God as we seek to do His work, in His way, and for His Glory.
AUTHORITY AND FOUNDATION OF SCRIPTURE
We devote ourselves as an organization and individually to a lifetime of understanding and obeying God’s Word in the canonical scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. All of our training and mission planning will be rooted in and tested by scripture.
Prayer is central to every aspect of Global Teams.
Jesus did only what He saw His Father doing and so must we. By our own efforts, we cannot discern or accomplish God's work and plan. We are committed to a vital living relationship with the Lord through prayer and other spiritual disciplines so that we might know His will.
Therefore, we bathe decisions and all aspects of the work in prayer. The Leadership Team and Board of Directors pray for each other by name daily. Every Global Teams member recruits a personal intercessory team committed to daily prayer.
INCARNATIONAL, CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
As the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14) we “take flesh and dwell” in the cultures we seek to reach.
Jesus left His glory to go on the ultimate cross-cultural mission so that He might show us the way to the Father. Paul's deep passion was to be faithful to the Gospel, ministering within the flesh or skin of the culture... all things to all people...in order that some might be saved (1 Corinthians 9:19 ff).
We are committed to language and culture learning as a means of enhancing our relationships with people of different cultures. We model incarnational ministry as we equip the world-wide church to mobilize to reach the unreached.
MULTICULTURAL (MULTINATIONAL) TEAMS
We intend to work through multicultural (multinational) teams in every facet of the work of Global Teams.
Revelation 7:9 describes worship in heaven as a gathering of men and women from every tribe and nation before the Lamb of God. Global Teams recruits and empowers multinational teams of missionaries. Jesus and Paul emphasized the interdependence of the body of Christ in using gifts to accomplish His task. Global Teams uses the synergy of interdependent Christ-like relationships to accomplish mission work.
CHRIST -LIKE RELATIONSHIPS
We seek to honor God in our relationships.
We minister in love to one another and maintain open accounts to resolve conflict among all members of Global Teams and with our partners in host nations. Matthew 5: 21-26 and Matthew 18:15-17 provide the Biblical precedents.
COMMITMENT TO BUILDING UP OTHERS
We are committed to a lifestyle of building up others for works of service as they live the lives of purpose that God designed for them (Eph. 4:11-12).
We are intentional in developing patterns of spiritual life and life long learning that foster spiritual development, personal ministry, learning and language goals. We take a holistic view of health including spiritual, physical, and mental dimensions.
We seek to be catalysts that seed mission sending movements among churches, and people movements among the unreached. Such movements will share common, biblical values and dynamics while they will differ in many aspects according to their cultural contexts.
FINANCIAL PARTNERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY
We seek to foster interdependence with our financial partners so that we might share together in the ministry of giving AND receiving (Philippians 4:15).
Financial supporters share fully in the Gospel blessing (Philippians 1:5,7). Our approach to Partner Development includes relational connection and mutual ministry.
Global Teams uses transparent reporting and accounting procedures.
INNOVATIVE AND PROACTIVE
We seek to be innovative leaders in the mission movement.
Creative and innovative ministry ideas are encouraged as our members follow what the Lord is doing (John 5:19). We strive to be proactive in response to change.