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OC Guiding Principles: Character & Community

Our identity and purpose as an agency is summarized in our vision, mission and strategy statements. Our organizational culture is captured in our guiding principles. This is the essence of One Challenge, and it is finding expression in countries around the globe.

One Challenge is devoted to the goal of healthy churches transforming every community in all countries, for God’s glory and the nations’ good (Acts 1:8).

Here we describe two of our six guiding principles: character and community.


Healthy ministry stems from people who are actively pursuing relationship with Christ. We seek to be obedient to Christ and rooted in Scripture, growing into his likeness in servanthood, humility, and authenticity. OC leadership strives to model this through action.

What OC Character Looks Like: 

Our Executive Leadership Team regularly spends purposeful time in listening prayer. After learning and growing from the experience, they shared their reflections in the next weekly virtual chapel with our worldwide organization.

One ELT member focused on Psalm 37:7: Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. By actively being in the Word, learning new spiritual disciplines, and seeking an active, growing relationship with the Lord, One Challenge workers minister in response to the Holy Spirit, with a posture trying to emulate Christ – in servanthood, humility, and authenticity.


One Challenge pursues genuine relationships and accountability in family, friendship, team, ministry, and local communities of faith.

What OC Community Looks Like:

Story after story reflects this principle. For example, the Latino Men’s Retreat and the Latina Women’s Retreat expand beyond OC workers, creating a faith community for those who originate from Spanish-speaking or Portuguese- speaking countries. Serving in difficult countries or situations, these mission workers often don’t have safe places to debrief, worship, or share with like-minded people.

Every year, the life-giving worship and affirmation sustain these men and women to press on and continue the work to which God has called them. Mission workers (including the OC workers who help facilitate it) leave renewed and connected. This retreat is not an “us” giving to “them” model. It’s a mutual beneficial time of building a genuine and transparent multiethnic mission community.

Holistic Ministry One Challenge is an international agency committed to bringing God’s transforming love and hope to all people. We identify and work to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals and communities, providing opportunities for deeper level relationships and deeper levels of change. These ministries include education, medical services, agricultural development, community development, and small business mentoring … helping local people to build a healthy community is one of our guiding principles.

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