SOS International Key Values
• Communication of the “Good News” in word and deed.
We value the communicating of the message of God’s love for everyone in the entire world. As Ephesians 4:2-10 lays out, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)…” And John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” He sent His son to save the world!
There are two forms of communication, verbal and non-verbal. For communication of the Gospel to be really effective we must build bridges with our words and our actions. Not just telling someone they are loved by Jesus but also showing love to them. An authentic witness!
We value volunteerism; men and women who are willing to give of themselves, their talent and their time to see the Kingdom advanced. The value the selfless act of serving others is one that was modeled by the New Testament Church over and over again, and we believe is essential in the growth of our walk with Christ.
• The Mandate
We value the Great Commission as described in Matthew 28:18-20. “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”
We value the conscious efforts of the Church, in its corporate capacity, to proclaim the gospel among peoples in the nations. We value missions, the work of the church to become an irresistible influence to an unbelieving world.
• Sending Laborers
Jesus said “the workers are few”. We are recruiting, training and sending laborers into the harvest. We will do that by training them to serve, creating opportunities for them to serve and supporting them while they serve.
• The Poor
Scripture is clear that we are to be involved with people in need. We are to be reaching out to those in need to show Christ’s love with the goal of meeting their special needs, including their need to know Him.
• The Church
God intended for the church to be the primary instrument to reach the world and make disciples. All of the staff and board of SOS International will be committed, giving and serving members of local congregations. Our major emphasis is to empower and equip members of the Body of Christ to effectively reach the world. To design and support outreaches that allow an opportunity for them to love the lost and the needy. We believe that the local Body of Christ is the Hope of the world.
We define leadership as strategic passionate influence that effects change. We recognize that good leadership is one of the keys to effective ministry. We want to invest in leaders who will be capable of accomplishing outstanding results.
We are committed to establishing long-lasting relationships that will allow us to see the fruits of our work and to have influence over the direction of the projects we support and are involved in. We are not motivated to simply give money or send laborers. We desire for all projects to be an extension of the Kingdom of God.
We aim to bring the Nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory. As John Piper says, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t!” Where we are not stunned by the Greatness of God, how could we be sent with the ringing message, “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. He is to be feared above all gods.” (Psalms 96:4)
• Sustainable and Reproducible Models
We value the development of models of ministry that can be sustained and multiplied within the cultural context of which it is implemented.