Like the points of a compass, our commitment to the following four core values serves as a guide in determining organizational priorities and strategies, and helps keep us on track in the process of working to achieve our goals.
Dependence on God
We recognize that both the desire to serve the Lord as well as the ability to do so, come first from God Himself. Therefore, we purpose to seek His will in decision-making, watch for His provision for resources, and follow biblical instructions and principles for our operations. Our confidence does not emerge from the resources which are entrusted to us, but rather finds its source in the authority of the Lord; it is because of His authority, we can confidently and effectively use those resources. Philippians 2:13; 1 Samuel 17: 33-49
Understanding that it is the wisest use of time, money, and manpower for national believers to introduce their countrymen to Jesus Christ and disciple them according to biblical knowledge and practice, we seek to come alongside local believers to partner with them in reaching those objectives. We do this with great sensitivity to cross-cultural issues, purposing not to dictate methodology from afar, but encouraging local leadership to emerge and direct operations. Psalm 78:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:2
Because we are members of one another in the Body of Christ, each person on our team has a strategic and distinctive role to perform, and it is only as that role is performed in alignment with other people’s roles that our objectives are achieved. Therefore, we will honor each person’s distinctive contributions to the task and seek to learn how to function in harmony with one other. Romans 12:4-5; Exodus 17:8-15
In order to more effectively remember what has been learned in the past, broaden our understanding of God’s Word, and remain responsive to cultural realities, we will invest time and material resources for the continual training of FMI leaders and affiliates, that they, in turn, can grow as fruitful ministers of the gospel. 1 Timothy 4:15-16; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 1:5-8