Vision & Values
World Horizons works in partnership with the global church in the unfinished task of discipling the nations.
We inspire, train and equip believers from around the world for effective cross-cultural ministries principally amongst the least reached peoples of the world.
We are a pioneering movement. We provide leadership, accountability and support for our teams to attempt the things we believe God has laid upon our hearts.
We are a praying movement. We pray, listen and obey what we sense the Lord is saying.
We are a family. We welcome our members from different cultures to join in as we follow the Lord together in what he is doing around the globe. Those who train and live with us will be drawn to our passion, our laughter and tears, and to the prayer that shaped us and sustains us.
Our short and long-term teams engage in prayer, evangelism and discipleship, sustainable development and business initiatives, to see individual lives and communities transformed, churches planted and strengthened, and new expressions of mission developed.
At our heart we are people who are called to be together to pray and to “do mission.” We choose to listen to God and to give some of our best time and energy to prayer and worship. We seek to make prayer the foundation of all our ministry.
Our prayer days, prayer months and other special times devoted to prayer reflect this priority. We want to see indigenous songs and other creative expressions of worship grow out of our prayer in the many cultures we live in.
Prayer builds an understanding of God’s heart and mind. We want this understanding to be central to the guidance and decisions we take, not just strategic considerations or plans. We are people who are asked to live, work, pray and speak into things that don’t yet exist; to live and act in hope for what will be.
We are commissioned by God to live, work and give our all on behalf of the neglected and often difficult peoples and places of the world.
We are to be primarily concerned with areas where the Body of Christ is weakest. Pioneering for us means to work and pray to see the Kingdom of God established in these neglected, least reached areas of the world.
Much of our calling and work is thus to start and develop new things from nothing, learning to thrive in the realities of the creative, uncertain, untidy and partly formed stages of the work of God.
We also recognize the need for people to build on the foundations laid by pioneers, and we value those whose ministry is expressed this way.
Being missionary pioneers and pastorally sensitive are aspirations that can work together. We are committed to caring for one another as we express our ministries together through intentional accountability.
We are called to “do mission” and be “missionaries”, people who take the gospel across cultural barriers to establish the Kingdom of God in new cultural areas. Whatever else we do and however else we express our ministries, this is fundamental to our identity.
We see ourselves primarily as a movement rather than an organization. Relationships really do matter, rather than purely functional connections. We nevertheless also endeavor to implement the best organizational structure needed to sustain our health and growth.