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The harvest is plentiful in the Kenedougou region! Recent developments that only God could have organized have opened a window of opportunity to plant a church in this area. We need those with evangelistic and church planting gifts to join us now!

Posted on December 16, 2016

Mali

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planter
  • Funded
  • Couple or single
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The harvest is plentiful in the Kenedougou region! This once resistant area encompassing the Kenedougou province of Burkina Faso and the southeastern region of Mali is “ground zero” for the work the Lord is choosing to do in calling people to Himself. A newly established focus group working from Koutiala, Mali, is committed to evangelism and disciple-making ministries in cooperation with the Malian National Church. Team members are needed in order to facilitate the work as a broad area of the Mali/Burkina Faso border region is being targeted as part of the “Alliance for Kenedougou” outreach effort. Join a team of dedicated church planters, motivated community development workers, professional medical personnel—all international workers who want to see the Kingdom come in Mali.

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 minimum of 40
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Training and/or experience in the use of church planting and discipleship strategies & methods

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in church ministries, including teaching and discipleship ministries
  • Cultural studies and strong language acquisition are necessary in order to minister in the village context
  • Some cross cultural experience in living with a host culture family

Responsibilities:

  • Learn both the French and Bambara languages in order to do ministry in both contexts
  • Work in conjunction with team members and Malian/Burkinabé pastors to facilitate outreach efforts in rural areas, which will include spending large amounts of time in village settings engaged in evangelism
  • Participate in discipleship of new believers by partnering with Malian pastors in preaching and teaching in newly formed churches, as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with new believers and church groups
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with national church leaders and pastors
  • Work with hospital staff to facilitate health outreaches, as well as following up on new believers that have been influenced through the work of the hospital
  • Stay overnight in villages being hosted by nationals due to our broad region of ministry

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2018

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Mali

Work and Living Environment:

The town of Koutiala, approximately 6 hours from the capital, Bamako, is a small, but adequate place to live and work. Private houses with city powered electricity and water supply are available throughout the city. Internet and phone service is also readily available. Small grocery stores supplement the supplies available in the local market, with other purchases made in the capital city. A multifaceted team gives access and opportunities for many kinds of ministry. Other mission organizations in the city also give an outlet for friendship and work with other westerners. The Koutiala Hospital for Women and Children, along with its staff of IWs, provides more than adequate medical care and advice.

Status of Christian Witness:

90% of Malians belong to the majority religion; traditional beliefs and animism remain pervasive and often are merged with the practices of the majority religion. Just more than 1% of the population is evangelical Christian; however, national church leaders suggest there is a new wave of openness. Visit The Joshua Project for more about the peoples of Mali.

Language Expectations:

French and Bambara. Language is essential to this ministry position. International workers will receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment followed by up to two years of in-country Bambara study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write both languages at a fluent level in order to share Christ with Malians, disciple new believers, and communicate effectively with Malian church leaders.

Health Considerations:

Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the climate and work in Mali. Hot, dry weather is the norm, with hot, humid weather in the rainy season. Malaria and other tropical diseases can occur, but precautions should be taken to prevent these sicknesses. Village ministry requires travel on rough roads, which can be difficult, especially if a candidate had any back issues. Health infrastructure in Mali is poor and unable to accommodate people with chronic health issues. A hospital staffed by Western doctors in the town of Koutiala, and others in Bamako, provide generally high levels of care. If you have health questions or concerns, you may consult with Alliance medical professionals on the field.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings 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:

The Koutiala Team currently operates a homeschool co-op in which children of all ages can learn and study together in one school building. Although some families participate in only part of the co-op experience, the possibility for a professional teacher, with a masters’ degree in education, to teach all of the TCKs for the morning school sessions is available.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) runs a French school in town where several families have enrolled their pre-school or elementary-aged students. Some international workers in Mali choose for their high-school-aged children to live in the dorm and attend school in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy). We will work with you to find the options that best suit your family.

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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