Planting Churches among a Resistant People Group

This is an opportunity for a servant-minded couple with a strong sense of calling to join a team-based, pioneer church-planting effort in a region that has historical, cultural, and economic significance.

Posted on January 25, 2018

Guinea

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The successful applicants will use their unique gifts and abilities on a team to build relationships, disciple believers, and establish communities of Christ followers among people who practice the region’s majority religion.

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 60
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Belief that Jesus Christ is the sole source of salvation from sin
  • Belief that the Bible is the inerrant, divinely inspired Word of God
  • Belief that prayer is our vital connection to God and His work
  • Belief in the Triune God
  • Understand the neccesity of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives and ministries
  • Desire to embrace risk and hardship to bring the gospel to the least reached

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exhibit gifts of evangelism, discipleship, and shepherding
  • A basic understanding of both forms of the region’s majority religion

Responsibilities:

  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Confidently share the gospel with new people
  • Contribute to Bible studies, discussions, and other types of meetings or events that form part of the team’s church-planting efforts
  • Regularly communicate effectively and securely with supporting churches and individuals
  • Be willing to take part in and contribute to the ministries of other team members and of the wider team

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:

CIA World Factbook—Guinea

Work and Living Environment:

A town in a rural area of Guinea’s central highlands, the Fouta Jalon.   This is a beautiful region with rolling hills, valleys, and waterfalls, perfect for those who love the outdoors. Towns in the area function as the commercial and social centers for the surrounding area. The majority people group  is generally hospitable and open to relationships with outsiders.

This is a tropical area with a warm, dry season (March–May), with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees and cooler at night. Temperatures are moderate in the rainy season (June–September) and cool down in the early part of the year (January). The townships are semi-developed, with sporadic electricity and cell-phone coverage. The dirt roads can be quite rutted and secondary routes are at times difficult to traverse. This scenic area is known for its vegetation and livestock.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Guinea

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive one year of intensive French language and cultural study in a French-speaking environment followed by a year of half-time field-based language and cultural study in Pular. The successful appointees will have a dedicated period of time to become competent in the local language as well to enhance the 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 that require constant monitoring and control will 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 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.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

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

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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