EFCA West's model of ministry is founded on four core principles:
- Ministry is relational, not programmatic or institutional. This applies to local, district, national, and international realities.
- Ministry is best when gift-based. God has uniquely gifted various members of the Body of Christ with differing strengths, gifts, temperaments, and passion. A team of complimentary members is more effective than solo generalists.
- Ministry multiplies when strategically focused on key leaders who multiply themselves. No one can serve everyone.
- Ministry is most effective when committed to excellence in a few services rather than seeking to serve in every area. This excellence is enhanced by close alignment with, not reproduction of, national and international EFCA personnel, resources, and services.