Be Involved in Team-Oriented Disciplemaking

This team member will join a team that is seeing results among one of the least reached people groups in West Africa by the grace of God.

Posted on January 25, 2018

Africa

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Position Type:

We partner with another mission and a local church from a non-Alliance denomination to conduct about a dozen ministries that vary from health care and education to visitations and facilitating seekers’ Bible studies. Our hope is to see gatherings of believers in every neighborhood of the city and surrounding villages. These ministries have proven effective in the past but now lack the personnel to fully capitalize on their potential. We are looking for a church-planting couple with a desire to work closely with other international workers (IWs) and national church network leadership to help bolster current ministries among all groups. Ministry opportunities include prison outreach, village ministry, two vocational schools (teaching Bible, sewing, culinary arts, English, computer science, and mechanics), two medical clinics, outreach to men, sports ministry, kids’ clubs, Bible studies, Christian reading room, and more.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Demonstrated passion, experience, and fruitfulness in engaging lost people in relationship and sharing the gospel with a track record of making disciples
  • Team player with strong relational skills able to work in a cross-cultural setting often under national church network leadership
  • Abilitiy to initiate needed changes using culturally acceptable methods and authority structures

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Hospitality
  • Humility
  • Discretion and purity in speech
  • Prayer
  • Forbearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or training in a vocational skill, ESL, or sports ministry
  • Experience in starting a ministry or business

Responsibilities:

  • Two to three years of language and cultural learning in French and Wolof reaching fluency in both languages
  • Develop one or more existing ministries to make them effective for advancing the gospel
  • Train local believers to be involved in and eventually lead ministries
  • Identify and engage open people through access ministries and daily contacts in groups, seeker Bible studies, or one-on-one disciplemaking
  • Disciple new believers as they surrender to Christ and help them engage in ministry

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2019. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Almost 20 years ago, local church members discovered they could overcome the community’s distrust by reaching out through practical means. The believers started a medical clinic and vocational girls’ school, which teaches job skills and biblical studies. The impact on the community was transformative. The same community that tried to burn down the new church 20 years ago now sings its praises; some people have asked us to expand our ministries. Whole families know and can repeat the daily Bible stories taught at the school, and both the school and main clinic run at maximum capacity.

Work and Living Environment:

We live in a coastal city of approximately 200,000. The Wolof people take great pride in their language and culture and hold high expectations that others will adapt. For this reason, we try to acculturate in every acceptable way when leaving our homes, including dressing in local clothing and abstaining from alcohol.

When possible, we work in ministry groups that include multiple IWs and at least one national believer. Ministry groups meet regularly, either formally or informally, to plan and coordinate their particular ministry. The broader English-speaking IW team from both missions also meets weekly for mutual encouragement, prayer, worship, strategic planning, and personal development. Though team members may be assigned a particular ministry, we step out of our roles to help with other ministries at times. Particulars are usually decided within the individual ministries, but larger decisions, personnel needs, and general strategy are decided by the team in coordination with the local church. We are there for each other as we deal with the complexity of overseas life.

At the beginning, workers are encouraged (not mandated) to live with a national host family for one to three months for the purpose of language and cultural learning. After that, full-time workers are housed in private homes or apartments in the city. Though these accomodations lack many Western amenities, most find it comfortable.

Status of Christian Witness:

Our primary focused people group are the Wolof people. Of the estimated 4.5–6 million Wolof people in this country, there may be as many as 250 Jesus followers. Evangelicals make up less than 0.1 percent of the total population in this country including all people groups.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive one year of intensive French language and cultural study followed by one to two years of half-time Wolof language study done in the context of ministry. The successful applicant is expected to reach proficiency in both languages to thrive long-term in our country.

Health Considerations:

Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Better medical care is available four hours away in the captial city. Many medications and diagnostics are available in local pharmacies and labs.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Ministry opportunities for the spouse include teaching at one of the two trade schools (health education, English, culinary arts, microenterprise, mechanics, carpentry, computer technology, drafting, and biblical studies), medical ministries (community health, wound care for street boys, clinic consultations), discipleship and evangelism outreaches, prison ministries to all ages and genders, teaching English as a second language, and many others.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

For younger children, homeschooling, local French schools, a Christian French/Wolof school, and a local school co-op are the recommended options. Homeschooling, a local school co-op, and an American boarding school in the capital city are recommended for older children.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars through Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed as you move forward in the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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