We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s Son; that man is created in God’s image; that God created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all men have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) 1
Honoring through the personal ministry of God: Excelling Leaders believes in excellence in our programs and training of our team but we believe that the foundation of any healing only comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit as he enlightens our past and gives healing and direction into the future.
Honoring the Individual: Excelling Leaders affirms that we are all unique individuals with unique stories that need to be shared, processed and healed. In all debriefs, both individual and small group retreats, the main focus is helping to process personal stories.
Honoring cultures: Excelling Leaders exists to work with missionary families who come from many different parts of the world, with different cultural values, ages, giftings and personalities. Excelling Leaders believes God has called us to a special target group: mission workers who are from, live and work in the majority world.
Honoring the family: Excelling leaders believe that God calls families into missions. We understand that families experience unique challenges as well as blessings. We believe that Excelling Leaders is called to create places and programs that are focused on families.
Honoring by focusing on resilience: We all walk through situations, transitions and seasons of intense battle which the enemy seeks to use to destroy and distort the voice of God. Excelling Leaders seeks to equip our missionaries and their families with tools to help them be more resilient in their personal life. This involves emotional, physical, spiritual, occupational, relational and intellectual wellness.
Honoring through hospitality. EL affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to create and maintain welcoming and safe places where missionaries and missionary families are honored and can meet with God to process the past and to be equipped to move into the future.
Honoring through Communication: EL affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, EL is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.
Honoring by seeking excellence. El believes that God creates and sustains with excellence (Gen 1:31 “Then God looked over all that he had made and he saw that it was excellent in every way.” EL is committed to having all of our team well trained so that we are offering relevant and excellent care, coaching and training.
Honoring by practicing dependence on God. EL is called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. Individually and corporately this comes primarily through His people. As God has been generous toward us, so our EL team members also practice generosity and giving in our daily lives.
Honoring by acting on the voice of God. EL is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers, and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts, and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our process for decision making.