Breaking Ground – Again!

Though the apostle Paul himself may have traveled through this area, today someone interested in finding out more about Jesus may have to travel several hours before finding someone who can tell them about the Savior. You can be part of changing this reality!

Posted on December 29, 2017

Europe/Middle East

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Though the apostle Paul himself may have traveled through this area, today someone interested in finding out more about Jesus may have to travel several hours before finding someone who can tell them about the Savior. You can be part of changing this reality! As new communities of faith are being planted, we need people who can break ground in new places, disciple new believers, and make a positive impact on the community. You will study the language at a local university with 30,000 students which will give you many opportunities to share the gospel. You will partner with international workers (IWs) on the ground who have started an international, local language C&MA church and are reaching out to seekers in nearby cities.

 Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 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 40
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Clear call to make disciples among people who practice the majority religion of the Middle East
  • Faithfulness in difficult situations
  • Dependency on God in prayer
  • Love for others

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to take initiative in building relationships
  • Comfortable sharing the gospel in a grace-filled manner
  • Experience discipling new believers
  • Experience in basic leadership training
  • Recognized English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate/degree and experience teaching English
  • Teaching degree helpful but not required

 Responsibilities:

  • Attend language school at a local university for one–two years
  • Assist a multicultural church-planting team in developing a new community of faith
  • Visit and disciple people who are seeking to know more about the truth
  • Impact the community through providing practical, holistic service
  • Teach English at a local school or language center

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2019. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The city and surrounding area has about 1 million residents, 22 percent of whom are between the ages of 15 and 24. More information may be obtained upon application.

Work and Living Environment:

This is an urbanized country, but it is still considered developing in some aspects. It is a beautiful yet challenging place to live.

Status of Christian Witness:

There are few believers in this region. Although religious freedom is officiallyrecognized, followers of Jesus often face significant challenges and persecution, especially from their own family and community.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive one year of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level to mentor, teach, and train others. Language learning will take place in a local university setting. Classes are designed for students intending to study at the university after achieving proficiency. Tutors will be used to supplement university classes. IWs are expected to reach a high-aptitude level.

Health Considerations:

Basic health-care centers are available. If major surgery or care are needed, it is recommended to travel to a larger city either in-country or in a neighboring country.

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:

Local pre-schools and primary schools are available for children. Although there are some schools that offer Engilsh, it is necessary for children to learn and study in the local language. Home-schooling is also a possibility. Black Forest Academy is the recommended option for high-school students.

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 IWs 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 include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. This 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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