XCF Engagement Standards

The following are the standards by which we decide how closely aligned a ministry is to Xenos' priorities in missions. The missions division conducts a careful examination of ministries before forming cross-cultural partnerships or sending missionaries overseas. Accreditation of the ministry and/or missionary and level of engagement on the part of XCF depends on how closely the ministry aligns with these standards. It is not necessary for a ministry to fulfill all of the standards below to receive full accreditation. The purpose of this list is to determine a ministry’s degree of alignment with our strategic priorities. These standards are also not in order of priority.

  • Least Reached: the ministry works among the least reached which means a low percentage of the population is evangelical. This definition includes Unreached People Groups and Frontier People Groups. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to unreached people groups and this will continue to be the case. The term "Least Reached" is used in this context to expand the scope of our mission initiatives to include fields where the evangelical presence is greater than 2% but remains a small minority. These countries and peoples are also in much need of resources and assistance.
  • Relief and Development: the ministry works among the poor, and there is an opportunity to engage in meeting basic physical and humanitarian needs as part of evangelism and church planting activities.
  • Church Planting: the ministry prioritizes house church planting through evangelism and discipleship, demonstrating past success in planting churches.
  • Indigenous Leadership Development: the ministry seeks to develop national leadership for all aspects of the ministry.
  • Evangelical Orthodoxy: the ministry is orthodox in both theology and practice.
  • Training: the ministry prioritizes the equipping of the saints for the work of service. There are opportunities available for XCF to provide training.
  • Student Ministry: The ministry emphasizes reaching the next generation. Reaching the next generation for Christ is necessary to have a long-lasting impact on a community or people group.
  • Result Oriented: the ministry tracks and shows measurable evidence of changed lives.
  • Experience and Capacity: the ministry has a proven ability to manage financial and human resources. The scope, pace and rate of growth are appropriate.
  • Demonstrates Accountability: the organization reflects transparency, independent governance, and financial accountability.
  • Responsive: the ministry works among people groups that are responsive to the gospel and bearing fruit.