Join a Team in Outreach and Discipleship Among Migrants

This is an opportunity for a couple or individual to model contextualized, wholistic evangelism and discipleship among migrants from other parts of the country.

Posted on January 24, 2018

Indonesia

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Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 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
  • Completion of course on contextualization

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Team player
  • Building bridges (John 4)
  • Adaptability

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification or experience in an area of holistic ministry like education, health, agriculture, or income generation
  • Understanding of how best to minister to those who practice the majority religion
  • Interest in marketing and small-business development
  • Experience in outreach outside the church context specifically in sports ministries and recruiting and working with a team.

Responsibilities:

  • Live in a community predominantly populated by members of the majority religion
  • Develop broad and deep relationships among the majority population and share the gospel with them
  • Create a nontraditional missional platform for increased impact
  • Network with a local community development organization to provide services to needy migrants
  • Train and mentor workers in contextualized methods and resources

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:

This ministry opportunity is located in the largest and easternmost province where about 3.5 million people reside.

Work and Living Environment:

The applicant will live in a small town with few Western amenities. He or she will be in close proximity to other C&MA workers for fellowship and accountability. Workers will serve with at least one national couple as teammates and be part of a larger network of expat and national workers.

One of the ministries you may be involved in is a sports ministry. This will include recruiting and working with a team of local coworkers who can implement these ministries across the area. The primary focus is soccer, but opportunities in distance running, basketball, volleyball, and other sports are also available. The local youth are attracted to almost all sports, so there is a possibility that a sport in which the team member is interested could be utilized.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Christian majority in this area is changing with the influx of tens of thousands of migrants from the majority population. The national church network has been wracked by turmoil in recent years, and resentment of migrants has left it rather impotent in its witness to the majority population. The team must demonstrate to them that the majority population can be reached with the good news.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive one year of intensive language and cultural study followed by language study done in the context of ministry. The team member is expected to dedicate several hours per day to language acquisition and make mastery of the local language a lifelong goal, as this will greatly enhance the ministry and ability to impact people for Christ. The goal will be to speak, read, and write in order to share the good news of Jesus.

Health Considerations:

Limited hospital services are available. The capital city has good health-care facilities and well-trained doctors; most medications are readily available. Several missionary doctors are open for consultation, but serious issues are usually handled in the capital city or Singapore.

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:

While homeschooling is always an option, there is a quality grade 1–12 international school with commuting options and boarding options for middle- and high-school age 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 includes 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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