Historically WEC Australia has had a significant ministry to the local church. However, WEC tended to follow certain patterns common among many para-church organisations. Instead of the local church being the context in which God trains, identifies and thrusts out workers, people would engage with a para-church organisation, such as a missions agency. The agency would then formulate a training, orientation and support raising program for the recruit. Many times the church would just be told of what is happening and asked to support the project.