Church Plant Among Taiwan’s Least-Reached People

Help plant a church among the least reached people of Taiwan’s Chinese population.

Posted on December 21, 2016

Taiwan

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planting
  • Funded
  • Couple or single
Taipei, Taiwan

Among Chinese people across the globe, the Taiwanese working class remain some of the least reached. Our team is planting churches in places where there are few churches, Christians are scarce, and the spiritual climate is challenging.

In Taiwan, modern and contemporary co-mingle with traditional Chinese beliefs and customs. The working class Taiwanese are steeped in ancestor and idol worship, and we are looking for people who will live incarnationally in a community in order to bring hope in Christ and help build up a vibrant community of believers.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies,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, 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 80
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree with a focus in Intercultural Studies
  • Church-planting ministry experience
  • Direct experience in leadership of a ministry of evangelism and discipleship
  • Ability to lead in the initiation of new ministries and/or the measurable growth of the established ministry
  • Flexibility

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, seeking opportunities to share Christ
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly organized church meetings (worship, prayer gatherings, children’s ministry, etc.), as well as initiating creative ways to build relationships in the community in order to bring people closer to Christ
  • Ministry may also include launching a new church planting initiative in a location with little or no gospel presence
  • Host short-term teams
  • Disciple new believers, training them to lead others

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

World Factbook—Taiwan

Work and Living Environment:

While formal language learning will give the individual or couple an opportunity to live and learn in an urban setting, once language study is completed, a move will be made to one of Taiwan’s least-churched regions, most likely a small town in a more rural setting. Though Taiwan’s rural areas do not have the abundance of shopping or variety of public transportation options, the lifestyle is still convenient and comfortable.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Taiwan

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IWs) receive two years of intensive Taiwanese language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak and read (Romanization and some Chinese character study) the language at a functional level, in order to share the good news of Jesus. IWs will be expected to be disciplined and intentionally persevering in the first season of language learning. Once a proficient level of Taiwanese language ability is reached, IWs are encouraged to learn a basic level of Mandarin Chinese as well.

Health Considerations:

Taiwan has good health care facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

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:

While in language study, most IW children attend school at one of Morrison Christian Academy’s Taiwan campuses. A move to a more rural setting after language study may necessitate children being home-schooled or attending a local Chinese school during early elementary years. There is also the possibility of elementary students attending a Morrison Academy Satellite Campus. High School students would live in the dorm at Morrison Academy.

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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