Evangelism and Church Planting in Creative Access Country

Seeking a highly flexible couple or single to be involved primarily in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Evangelism, discipleship, and church planting
  • Creative-access country
  • GCF-funded
  • Couple or single
 

Seeking a highly flexible couple or single to be involved primarily in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. You will join a team that works together to fulfill the team’s objectives through multiple strategies.

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, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies, and 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • A strong, clear call to cross-cultural, pioneering outreach, preferably within a non-Christian, majority-religion context
  • Training and/or experience in church planting and discipleship strategies and methods
  • High aptitude for language learning, a self-motivated and independent learner

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in intercultural studies, other ministry training, or work-related field
  • Certification in teaching English and/or experience
  • Church-planting ministry experience
  • Evangelism and discipleship experience

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the language to a proficient level and adjust to local culture
  • Seek and develop intentional relationships
  • Boldly share the gospel with seekers
  • Initiate and develop disciple-making relationships
  • Make regular use of the home for hospitality ministry
  • Take an active role in meeting team objectives

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:

The successful appointee will join a team serving in the capital city of a creative-access country.This role requires a great deal of creativity, flexibility, tenacity, and resilience.. Some  team members run a community center that serves local neighborhoods. Other team members focus their efforts on expanding opportunities in other areas, which may also include some work at the community center.. While the successful appointee’s main focus the first two years is language and culture study,  you will also participate in achieving some of the team’s identified objectives. This will allow you to discern, along with the team, where you will best fit once formal language study is completed.

Work and Living Environment:

You will live and work in the capital city where you will find many shops and cafes.. Taxis are affordable, allowing ease of travel around town. The country has many beautiful areas and a mild Mediterranean climate..

Status of Christian Witness:

Less than 1 percent of this country’s population is evangelical.  Some have become disillusioned with the majority religion and are seeking other alternatives, providing opportunities for believers to be lights in this country.

Language Expectations:

The language is a complex combination of local dialect, class Arabic, and French. Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IW’s) receive up to two years of official language training and cultural study. The goal will be to speak and understand the language at a functional level in order to share the good news. Various language options are available, such as the Thomson method (GPA) or a language school that provides a classroom setting. Our community center also provides opportunities to rub shoulders with locals, learn the culture, and practice the local language.

Health Considerations:

Medical services are adequate. Many in-country medical personnel are trained in Europe. Private clinics offer most of the services familiar to North Americans, and the cost is quite reasonable. Malaria is not a concern in this country.  Most medications found in the United States can be obtained at the local pharmacy. Although medical services are adequate, it is advised that those with special health considerations contact the team before application. You may contact the team through the  International Placement Office.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, and 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, ages of the children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Quality, formal educational opportunities are limited in our city.There is one English-language private school that is suitable for elementary-aged children and  an English-language homeschool co-op for middle/high school children. Local French and Arabic schools are available. A boarding option is available at Dakar Academy (Senegal for  for students in 8th to 12th grade..

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, some of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, physical, and spiritual 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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