Be a Church Planter! Bring Light and Hope to a Nation with Little Gospel Access
Are you willing to be adventurous and highly flexible? Do you desire to reach out to those around you with the love and freedom Christ can bring? Consider joining this team in North Africa.
Posted on December 16, 2016
Do you want to help bring light to the darkness? Then come join the Long Beach team! We need teammates who want to be primarily involved in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting among a people who so desperately need to have access to the gospel! Our team is using multiple strategies as we work together to bring light to the darkness. Come join us!
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies and15 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 45
- Alliance Ordination Completed
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- High aptitude for language learning, a self-motivated and independent learner (including high MLAT score)
- A strong and clear call to cross-cultural, pioneer outreach ministry
- Training and/or experience in the use of church planting and discipleship strategies & methods
- A master’s degree in ICS, other ministry training, or work related field
- Certification in English or experience teaching English
- Church planting ministry experience
- Evangelism and discipleship experience
- Learn the language to a proficient level and adjust to local culture
- Seek & develop intentional relationships
- Boldly share the gospel with seekers
- Initiate & develop disciple-making relationships
- Make regular use of the home for hospitality ministry
- Take an active role in fulfilling team objectives
Timeline for Deployment:
Late summer 2018
The successful applicant will join a team working in the capital city. This is a creative access country, requiring a great deal of creativity, tenacity, and resilience from those who choose to join in the work there.
As a part of their efforts, some members of this team are involved in running a community center which serves the local neighborhoods. Other team members focus their efforts on expanding opportunities in other objective areas and may work some hours at the community center as well. While your main focus for the first two years is language and culture study, you would be able to participate in working in some of the team’s identified objectives as you grow and discern, along with the team, where you will best fit once formal language study time is completed.
Work and Living Environment:
The work and living environment are in a city context. The city is fairly modern with grocery stores, markets, and doctors.
The local dialect is a complex combination of local dialect, classical Arabic and French. Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IW’s) receive up to two years of official language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak and understand the language at a functional level, in order to share the Good News. Various language options are available, such as the Thomson method (GPA) or a language school that provides a classroom setting. The community center also offers opportunities to rub shoulders with locals, learn the culture, and practice the language.
Medical services are adequate. Many medical personnel are trained in Europe. Private clinics offer most of the services we are used to in America, and the cost is very reasonable. Malaria is NOT an issue here. Most medications found in the United States can be obtained here at the local pharmacy. While the medical services are good, it is advised that those with special health considerations contact the team before application. You may contact the team through the IPO.
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:
Quality formal educational opportunities are limited in our city. There is one English-language private school suitable for elementary-aged children. Also, there is an English-language home-school co-op for middle/high school children. There are also local French and Arabic schools available. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy) for older children beginning in 7th grade.
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.
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.
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.
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