A good leader ensures that his or her followers stay mission-clear, mission-ready and mission-focused at all times. I am happy to say that EFCA President Kevin Kompelien does such a wonderful job at this. We were honored to hear from him several times at the “Better Together” conference, twice in a lecture format and once as part of a leadership discussion panel. In fact, many members of ReachGlobal’s directional team were present for all or most of the week, and it was a joy to get to know several of them.
Before I share more about our common vision and mission, I must mention how I appreciate the flexibility given in how each team within ReachGlobal approaches our mission. We all commit to the same core values and goals, but each context is incredibly different and requires a variety of strategies. At the broader level, defining culture is much more important (and effective) than dictating specific methods.
Many of you may be familiar with our mission:
“…to glorify G by multiplying transformational churches among all peoples”
But you may not be as familiar with our values. At the core of the EFCA, and of ReachGlobal as a mission, are several “Foundation Stones” that define our culture:
- WORD – “Where stands it written?”…Knowing and obeying Scripture
- GOSPEL – The power of G to all who believe
- ABIDE – “Follow Me”…He is the vine, we are the branches
- MISSION – Great Commandment and Great Commission; disciplemaking
- COMMUNITY and UNITY – In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity
“We need to develop a culture of accountability, integrity and honor where trust is evident, people are valued, and the fruit of the Spirit is as important in someone’s life as their ministry effectiveness. In short, I am committed to see a culture of Christ-like servant leadership consistently lived out among us.”
-Kevin Kompelien, President of the EFCA
At the conference, I certainly was inspired by remembering anew the mission and values we align to as an organization, but I was also re-inspired with the vision of our specific role of media production in Asia. Many staff expressed ideas for how media can be used to increase our effectiveness and improve our communication.
“Finally, brothers, pr for us, that the word of the L may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you…” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)