Before diving in, let’s place this topic and what follows in context. WEC’s official documents state;
“Our focus is on the living triune God, who is of supreme value and the ultimate satisfaction of our hearts. Therefore above all else we desire to know him, worship him, obey him, honour him and please him with the totality of our lives.”
In Luke 10:2-4 we read of Jesus sending out 72 new workers. He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Do not take purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.” We seek God’s help to live as closely to these instructions as we can, including the way in which we approach money. This is consistent with WEC’s Four Pillars – Faith, Sacrifice, Holiness and Fellowship. In the light of these commitments then, the following are some of our distinctive practices.
- WEC does not make financial appeals. Therefore finance is never a dominant feature of any communication or ministry. Where someone has taken the initiative with a WEC member and broached the subject, then the missionary is free to talk about finance.
- With the exception of tentmakers (employed professionals) and missional business people, no one in WEC receives a salary or wage. All people are full or part-time volunteers.
- WEC’s “support targets” for workers are modest by comparison with other agencies. It’s not a requirement for the worker to reach the target before commencing service. What is essential though, is for the sending church, the worker(s), and ourselves as a mission agency, to be in unity as to when and how to proceed. Generally speaking, before people go to a ministry area for the first time, it’s recommended they have (in hand) transportation costs, set up costs, several month’s living expenses, and a good indication of continued support.
- In New Zealand, a small deduction of only 2% (capped at $60/month), is requested from our workers for administrative expenses such as money transfer costs.
- Each overseas WEC team determines the basic living and ministry costs for their “field.” Most teams will also charge some kind of small levy for wider team ministry and emergency funds. This varies from field to field. In addition, it is up to each worker to add whatever components they choose such as superannuation, home-assignment travel, or insurances.