Our Standards of Integrity
Standards of Integrity for New Fire for Christ
We as a Team at New Fire commit ourselves to the following standards, in order to uphold the integrity of the God-ordained work of the evangelistic team and of mass evangelism and discipleship.
1. Accountability: Our President, to whom the staff report, reports to the Board of Directors, composed of godly Christians who are leaders in their own profession. The Board of Directors periodically reviews the goals, activities, finances, and the results of the ministry, to focus on reaching as many as possible for Christ around the world.
2. Money: We are committed to financial transparency and accountability at New Fire. Our Board of Directors oversees and approves the salaries for staff members, which generally match the salaries/salary scales of other, similar parachurch organizations (such as Campus Crusade for Christ). Full-time staff are not allowed to receive wages/pay from other sources. The magnitude of the work God has entrusted to us does not leave us the time for other business.
We specifically ask every member of our evangelistic Team to 1) give generously and 2) live moderately, doing all things for the sake of the gospel. At New Fire all contributions, "love offerings," and honoraria are given to the ministry, not to increase the salary of the staff member who receives them.
3. Honesty: Some evangelists (as well as pastors) have been prone to exaggerate attendance, numbers of people coming to Christ, decisions to receive Christ (vs. general "altar calls" for recommitments by Christians), etc. As a Team our commitment is to report as accurately as possible what God has done, and to give Him alone all the credit!
4. The Local Church: Many churches and Christians do not understand the essential role of the evangelist in building the church and fulfilling the Great Commission. This is tragic, because millions who could be won by churches working with evangelists will be lost if this historic partnership is not renewed. We seek to build up the local church. We work with many churches around the world to: 1) build strong, growing churches through reaching the lost and leading these new believers to join good churches, and 2) start new churches in unreached areas of the world.
5. Sexual Purity: While encouraging the expression of warm relationships (hugs, high fives, etc.), in light of accusations of immoral sexual or even homosexual behavior by leaders, we will avoid any behavior which could be construed as sexually inappropriate. We are committed to being sexually pure and above reproach.
6. The Office of the Evangelist: The Bible says, "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-12). Evangelists have a unique gift which most pastors and missionaries do not have. This is why God has called evangelists to mobilize the body of Christ to reach far more people for Christ than can be reached in any other way.
Nearly a third of the book of Acts, the history of the early church, is about "mass evangelism," the public proclamation of the gospel to large numbers of people (Acts chapters 2,3,7,10,13,14,17,22,26). Mass evangelism and discipleship are an essential part of God's plan to reach the world, both in countries where the gospel has been preached (Acts 3) and in "unreached countries" (Acts 14,17).