All members of the Association as part of admission process shall formally pledge their allegiance to the Lord of the Harvest and also sign a formal commitment to at least five ethical issues being standards set by the Association to server as code of conduct for its members. No member shall be admitted until there is a written endorsement of these core values by the highest decision making leaders of the inpending member agency/church.
Below are the core values and code of conduct, which must be adhered to by all members of the association.
A. MINISTRY’S STANDARDS
1. Member agencies must demonstrate, both in principle and in practice, an unalloyed commitment to cross-cultural missions, the reaching of unreached people groups being at the heart of their missionary efforts.
2. Member agencies must inculcate in personnel and members, the peculiar nature of cross-cultural missions and in particular, the sacrifices it entails.
3. Member agencies will demonstrate conformity in doctrine and lifestyle with Biblical standards as subscribed to or upheld by NEMA.
B. STRUCTURAL STANDARDS
1. Members of NEMA must be registered with the federal Government of Nigeria or must have submitted relevant papers in pursuance of registration. Membership must only be considered for discussion after the publication of the registration process has been effected successfully in a national daily.
2. The agency must show clearly that its management holds power in trust for a larger body. No member body of NEMA may run a one-man show.
3. There must exist and be available to members of the mission and NEMA, upon request, a by-law, constitution or manual of administration spelling out the structure and relationships existing in the agency.
C. FINANCIAL STANDARDS
1. A charttered auditor who is duly registered must audit accounts of NEMA member agencies annually. The audit report and financial books must be made available to NEMA member agencies, and to NEMA or its delegated representative upon request.
2. Designated officers other than the Chief Executive or their close relatives will operate the accounts of NEMA member agencies. Financial management must operate in such a way that the chief administrative executive must not exercise unhindered control on the fund of the agency.
3. All contributions to the organization must be used as designated by the donors.
4. Every agency will operate a budget, either by faith or in view of promised /designated income. The budget must be approved by the board of the mission and spent as such.
5. Ownership of all movable and immovable property must be vested only n the mission organization.
6. No major purchase, sales, transfer, disposal donation, lending, leasing, or any such financial or property dealings are effected without a resolution of the agencies board or as appropriately stipulated by the agency.
7. In all financial matters there must be honesty, faithfulness, trustworthiness, and credibility.
D. MANAGEMENT STANDARDS
1. agencies will operate fair guidelines on employment and terminationof staff. An appraisal system must exist to assess the performance of staff. Staff should be rewarded accordingly.
2. Agencies must provide training in cross-cultural ministries for staff. Manpower development must include such training as may facilitate efficiency and speed execution of the work of missions.
3. Agencies will set goals annually. Such goals must be shared at the bi-annual meetings of NEMA.
4. All staff of member agencies must be involved in missions’ related activities.
E. PUBLIC RELATION STANDARDS
1. Every member of the association must be seen as actively cooperating, and not in competition with other member agencies.
2. Publicity, information and teaching or training materials must contain only the truth. No exaggeration, half-truths, false reports or claims shall be made by member agencies. Where necessary, due credit must be given to partner organizations.
3. All materials containing the gospel message must show no other way to God except through Jesus Christ.
4. Publicity materials must not promote individuals and agencies over and above Jesus and the message we proclaim.
5. Mission agencies must not criticize, or discredit one another in any publication.