Join Church Planting Partnerships Teams in Bangkok and Provincial Cities

Join a team which facilitates the planting of healthy Thai churches in the Bangkok metropolitan area or other provincial capital cities through dynamic partnerships with Thai Christians in existing Thai churches.

Posted on December 21, 2016

Thailand

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Position Type

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

We are planting churches in Bangkok and some of the surrounding cities! Churches planting churches in unreached areas is one of the most effective methods for completing Christ’s Great Commission and having a lasting and transforming effect on society. As a member of the Church-Planting Partnerships Team, the individual or couple should have a strong reliance on God through prayer, be passionate for evangelism, understand meeting felt needs, and be committed to discipleship through mentoring relationships. This is what Thailand needs today!

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 60
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Church planting ministry experience
  • Direct experience in leadership of ministry of evangelism and discipleship
  • Flexibility
  • Experience in meeting felt needs of a community

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the Thai language to a sixth grade proficiency after one year and be fluent after two years. The first year of language learning will combine interactive language classes and individual tutoring as well as being exposed to and immersed in the Thai culture. The second year will continue individual tutoring and emphasize opportunities to use the language in different settings and grow in proficiency
  • Reach out and share the gospel through your network of relationships
  • Engage local people and express the love of Christ according to felt needs
  • Develop relationships with Thai Christians that facilitate a cooperative outreach to the community
  • Disciple new believers through mentoring relationships
  • Train and coach Christians who are emerging leaders
  • Assist the new church plant to establish a financial and administrative structure

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

The Bangkok metropolitan area, as well as other major provincial cities, is rapidly developing with many modern facilities. Transportation is rather convenient with an expanding sky train and subway train system, numerous public bus routes and many taxis. In the northeast provincial cities, the public transportation options include buses, taxis, and tuk-tuk’s. Cars are driven on the left side of the road. Numerous opportunities for shopping are available in shopping malls and markets. Western products and foods are readily available. Thailand has a hot, humid climate.

The countryside of Thailand has developed considerably over the past years. Thailand has a good road system and good telecommunications in most areas of the country. Larger cities have shopping facilities like malls and markets. Transportation to all parts of the country is rather convenient as one can choose between airplanes, trains, and tour buses.

World Factbook—Thailand

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant would live in the Bangkok metropolitan area or a major provincial city of Thailand. The Thai people are friendly and gracious, but they are still darkened by the appeasement of evil spirits, Buddhism, and other majority religions. You will live in the local community of the new church plant where you will seek to introduce others to the light of Jesus, mentor them in Biblical faithfulness, and partner with Thai churches to plant new communities of faith.

If you have been appointed to work in a provincial capital, you will live in the neighborhood of the church and work along with a Thai ministry partner (or couple), who has been assigned by the TCMA.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Bangkok area is only about 0.5% Christian, which means only one in 200 people know Jesus. The provinces in the northeast of Thailand are only about 0.02% Christian. Thailand has freedom of religion. International workers face no restrictions on their efforts to share the light of Jesus with others. Thai people often think that all religions are good because all religions teach us to be good people. But they desperately need to know the Savior who is the only One who can free them from their sinful ways and Satan’s deception.

The Joshua Project—Thailand

Language Expectations:

You will receive two years of intensive Thai language and cultural study. Your goal will be to speak, read, and write Thai at a fluent level so that you can clearly share the good news of Jesus. Mastery of the Thai language is really a life-long learning process.

Health Considerations:

Modern and inexpensive medical care is available in many parts of Thailand. Medications can easily be obtained through hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies.

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 there are many international schools in the Bangkok metropolitan area, especially in the area east of the Chao Praya River, homeschooling remains a strong possibility for elementary and middle school age children. International schools are often located where there is a concentration of ex-pats and not the areas where there is the greatest need to church plant. Families with young children should be prepared to home school as we are committed to church plant in the least reached areas. Boarding school options are available at Grace Academy in Chiang Mai and Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia for middle and high school students.

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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