To see Christ known, loved and worshipped by the unreached peoples of the world.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, with a sense of urgency and a commitment to work with others, we:
- Proclaim the gospel by word and deed, so that people come to a living faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and become his disciples.
- Gather believers around Christ, establishing churches in the Word of God so that they make disciples in their communities and beyond.
- Mobilise for missions, recruit, train, send and care for workers in fellowship with the wider Church.
WEC International has always been a pioneer mission – sharing Jesus across cultural barriers where he’s least known.
Charles Thomas Studd (C.T. as he is usually known) was considered by many to be one of the best athletes of his day. After captaining the English cricket team he began his missionary career as part of the famous Cambridge Seven. These seven Cambridge university graduates hit the headlines of Edwardian England as wealthy men who turned their backs on a privileged life, to go and preach Christ in inland China.
They became examples to thousands of students of choosing purpose over privilege.
After 21 years overseas, C.T. was back in England with such poor health that those who saw him described as ‘a museum of diseases’. Nevertheless, one night he saw a meeting advertised with the words ‘Cannibals want missionaries’. Intrigued, he went in, and was challenged by the need of people in the heart of Africa who had never had the opportunity to hear about the Lord Jesus. With no organisation, no money and no support, not even initially from his wife, C.T. Studd sailed alone for Africa in 1910.
Upon arrival in central Africa, C.T. would remount his bicycle whenever he discovered missionaries and press on to find those villages which had never heard of Jesus. Finally after seeing the needs deep in the Congo, he returned to England to launch the new mission. In the meantime however God had spoken to C.T. Studd as he journeyed into Africa’s interior: “This journey is not for the heart of Africa only, but for the whole unevangelised world.” As a result, what began as the Heart of Africa Mission became, in time, Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ – now a global fellowship of around 1800 workers under the umbrella of WEC International.
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.”
This was C. T. Studd’s answer to the many who said he was too old, sick and crazy to pioneer such a mission—and it continues to be WEC’s motto today. C.T Studd is still inspiring this generation of Christians.
WEC’s Three Objectives
1) Proclaim the gospel by word and deed, so that people come to a living faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and become his disciples.
Proclaiming the Gospel is sharing the best news ever heard with those who have never had the opportunity to hear it until now. And it is planting churches among the unreached that will reflect their cultures.
What will it take to see people come to Christ and then become a community of His people where they are? What will a Christian community look like in that context? How can we nurture the development of a church that truly belongs in this new setting?
These are the questions that stimulate and stir us as we wonder what it’s going to take to see a church planted HERE…wherever HERE happens to be. In dependence upon God we pray, we plan and we work with this vision ever before us. That is what we’re about, that is what we want to see.
2) Gather believers around Christ, establishing churches in the Word of God so that they make disciples in their communities and beyond.
Making disciples is about gathering believers together as we learn to obey all that Jesus has taught us. A church is a local community where people support each other as they learn and grow together. In the words of theologian Chris Wright, ‘ It’s no good just bringing people to conversion and leaving it at that. The seed needs deep soil and good roots in order to bear fruit. Churches need not only to be planted through evangelism, but also watered through teaching’
3) Mobilise for missions, recruit, train, send and care for workers in fellowship with the wider Church.
Mobilizing for Missions is raising awareness among God’s people of the need to complete the Great Commission and equipping new workers whom God is calling to go to the unreached.
We take our mobilising role very seriously. Many of those with least access to the gospel are the world’s poorest, most resistant or forgotten peoples. Sadly only a tiny percentage of the church’s resources and personnel focus on these peoples. Consequently many of our teams are crying out for extra support and fresh recruits. WEC seeks to redress this imbalance, by mobilising people, churches and resources from every culture we are working in, to serve the least and the last, first! We believe that the Great Commission means that the Whole Church is called to reach the Whole World!
Statement of Faith
We believe in:
1. One God, creator and sustainer of all things, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
2. The deity and humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth and sinless life, his miracles, his atoning death on the cross for us, his bodily resurrection, his ascension to the right hand of the Father, his work as mediator, and his return in power and glory.
3. The ministry of the Holy Spirit to transform lives and empower for life and service.
The Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
4. The sinfulness and guilt of all humanity since the fall, so that every person comes under God’s judgement.
5. Redemption through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit as essential for salvation.
6. The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
Resurrection of the dead: those who are in Christ resurrected to a life forever with God and those who are outside of Christ resurrected to final judgement.
7. The unity in Christ of all believers who make up the Church, his body, which is his witness throughout the world.