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Guiding Principles

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 100+ countries around the globe.


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.


Finding our inspiration in God, we value innovative risk-taking and experience freedom in his grace.

What OC Creativity Looks Like:

With this guiding principle in mind, what does a traditional disciple making movement do when a country shuts down due to a global pandemic? Go online, of course!

In the Philippines, Discovery Bible Studies shifted to a purely online format, allowing Filipinos with even the smallest amount of cell phone data to access online group chats. With barriers removed, more people groups have access to discipleship and Bible teaching. Also, with training, believers are being empowered to reach beyond their communities, share the gospel, and disciple one another. Leaders have even worked out a way to perform baptisms through a group chat! Even after the end of COVID, online Discovery Bible Studies via group chat are here to stay.


We are lifelong learners who seek to grow in competency as we serve the body of Christ in its context and intentionally mentor, coach, and disciple one another.

What OC Learning Looks Like:

In April, just over 80 OC leaders and workers participated in the virtual 2021 OC Learning Conference. Using different methods of adult learning and dialogue education, participants journeyed through five modules – from understanding the current volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous context to focusing on outcomes vs. outputs.

In addition to the “live” conference, in order for OC workers to continue to apply learning and grow in ministry, One Challenge worked with a Christian association of coaches to provide a coach and coaching sessions for all participants. Although learning happens in many contexts on ministry fields, the 2021 OC Learning Conference represents the guiding principle of lifelong learning in a structured format.


Fully dependent on Jesus, we invest in people and opportunities that enable disciples, leaders, and churches to grow, multiply, and thrive.

What OC Fruitfulness Looks Like:

A nation in Southeast Asia where One Challenge works has been hit hard with COVID-19. Peaks of “official” numbers climbed to 2,000 COVID-related deaths per day. Amid tragedy, the Lord is at work.

Many disciple making movements are growing with new believers.  One group went from 100 women in the process of becoming followers of Christ in March 2020, to now 658 women coming to the Lord! Salvation is the Lord’s. What a blessing to be part of this exciting work!


We value the body of Christ and engage in strategic partnerships out of a conviction that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

What OC Collaboration Looks Like:

In 2020, OC partnered with 770 organizations. One of those, the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN), connects leaders of church planting movements around the world. They share notes and ideas on how to encourage the multiplication of churches in areas where there is no existing church. Many OC workers engage with this network regularly, most often to support and train national church leaders. In January 2020, OC mission worker Dick G. took on leadership for the GCPN. You too can join in the work of the GCPN through a Global Day of Prayer.


What is OC's Mission?

We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ and its leaders to advance God’s kingdom among all people.

What is OC's Vision?

The body of Christ in unity bringing God’s transforming love and hope to all people. 

What is OC's Strategy?

We ask how God is at work, then assist the body of Christ to bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations. 

What are OC's Guiding Principles?

• Character

• Collaboration

• Community

• Creativity

• Fruitfulness

• Learning

What are OC's Values?

• Servanthood

• Partnership

• Team

• Freedom to Innovate

• Multiplication

• Family

What is OC's Statement of Faith?

  • We believe the Bible is the only inspired, authoritative written Word of God, inerrant in the original manuscripts.
  • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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