Creative ministries and Church Planting among rural ethnic group

Minister in a small team-based pioneer church planting effort in a rural setting.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Guinea

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planting
  • Funded
  • Couple or single
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We are seeking team members who desire to make a strong contribution in relational outreach and primary discipleship among those in the majority religion. As part of our team, you would have the opportunity to creatively use the gifts and skills that God has given to you, to be encouraged to develop new skills, to reach into the lives of people who need to know Jesus and to share about him and his love with them.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies and 15 hours of Intercultural Studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology studies and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong gifts in evangelism and outreach
  • A basic understanding of both Folk religions and Formal religions

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language to a full professional proficiency
  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships on a weekly basis
  • Confidently share the gospel with new people on a weekly basis
  • Initiate Bible study activities or discipleship activities with new contacts
  • Make regular use of the home for entertaining new contacts and team events
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly Bible study, discussion, or other types of meetings and events designed as outreach, discipleship, or worship meetings as a part of the church planting effort
  • Be prepared to make appropriate use of travel when invited by new contacts for the purpose of relationship building
  • Effectively perform any work duties related to professional ministry.
  • Where applicable, perform needed community or ministry center program duties as assigned by the team leader
  • Regularly communicate effectively and securely with supporting churches and individuals

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2018

General Information:

CIA WorldFactbook—Guinea

Work and Living Environment:

A small town in a rural area of Guinea’s central highlands, the Foutajalon. A scenic area of rolling hills, abrupt valleys, and waterfalls, the Foutajalon is a pleasant place to live for those who love the outdoors. Towns in the area function as the commercial and social center for the surrounding area. The majority of its people are generally hospitable and open to relationships with outsiders.

The Fouta lies at a northern latitude of about 11°, placing it in the tropics. This gives the Fouta a warm, dry season (March-May), with temperatures reaching up to 100°. Temperatures moderate in the rainy season (June-September) and cool down in the early part of the year (January), dipping at times into the upper 40’s. Towns in the Fouta are mildly developed. Part-time electricity and cell phone coverage exists, but the dirt roads can be quite rutted and secondary routes at times difficult to traverse. A scenic area, the Fouta is also known for its vegetables and for its livestock.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Guinea

Language Expectations:

This couple will receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment. Ministry opportunities should help solidify the use of French in ministry. They will follow this with field-based language and culture-acquisition in Pular. They will be expected to maintain a dedicated schedule of learning until achieving competency in the local language, with the continuing goal of advancing that competency so as to enhance their ministry and ability to impact Guinea with the gospel.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Basic health services and medications are available here, but Guinea lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions which require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. The state of secondary roads may also make life difficult for those with chronic back pain.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifting and training, 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, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Quality formal educational opportunities are limited in the Foutajalon. There are no local French or English language schools that provide an acceptable level of education for workers’ children. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy) for older children. Home schooling is also an option, with a home-school library and resource center available in Conakry.

Compensation Package:

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 from 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 being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

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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