WEC has been around for over a century, and now has almost 2000 missionaries, coming from about 50 different countries, working in 90 countries around the world. In short, we're a big mission with a long history and lots of experience. Given our size and diversity, it might come as a surprise that WEC has a remarkably stable and coherent way of doing things, an organizational culture we hold to with deep conviction. Missionary candidates are required to live at our headquarters for four months, a time of preparation, of evaluation, and, just as important, a time to absorb the WEC ethos, to become "WEC-ized". We take very seriously the transmission of our values to the next generation of missionaries.
A single image that sums up the core of how we do things is a circle of missionaries bowed in prayer. All the linguistic fluency, eloquence, and earnestness in the world cannot, by itself, bring human hearts from death to life. Only God's Spirit can do that. And God's Spirit can still change hearts even when the human means are terribly flawed. The work is God's; the glory is God's alone. And so, openly confessing our own inability, we seek God in prayer to do what only He can do.
And when we need to know God's mind about what to do next, we do the same. We believe very strongly that God gives guidance to the fellowship of missionaries out in the field as they seek Him in prayer. No head office directives, no charismatic leader whose word is law - we believe the prophetic mantle rests on the whole team of workers on the ground. We don't go forward in any major decision until there is concensus that the will of God is known. We have no "Lone Ranger" missionaries: nobody moves ahead until the fellowship believes it's what God wants. We are all on a level. God may speak through any one of us, especially through the lone voice of doubt. When there is no concensus, we take that as a sign that we need to pray and wait on the Lord more. Since the early days WEC has had a tradition of "praying through" divisions and obstacles, and we have seen countless times how divisions have been resolved and obstacles to the work removed.