Community Development Project Director

All of our programming—English training, a handicraft program for at-risk women, high-school student mentoring, and women’s wellness—revolves around building community among hurting people.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Europe/Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Center ministry
  • Creative-access
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

We are a cutting edge NGO that provides sustainable development in a city with limited exposure to Jesus. All of our programming—English training, a handicraft program for at-risk women, high-school student mentoring, and women’s wellness—revolves around building community among hurting people. We are looking for leaders who are committed to blessing our city with peace through word and action. Candidates must share the team’s commitment to see community-based movements from darkness to light, resulting in multiplying, sustainable communities of faith throughout our city.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in a vocational pursuit
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
  • Relational ability to work on a cross-cultural team

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Humble
  • Faithful
  • Willing to share the gospel
  • Persevering
  • Loving

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience/educational background in one or more of the following areas: non-profit business, for-profit business, marketing, community development, fitness training and nutrition, and/or Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

 Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language to a proficient level and adjust to local culture
  • Engage as a leader in the community center, team activities, and development projects, focusing on high levels of professionalism as well as deep levels of relational connection
  • Authentically live out faith and share the gospel in word and action
  • Disciple new believers and develop communities of faith

 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:

In our Middle Eastern country, 96 percent of the population adheres to the majority religion and less than .03 percent are evangelical. Although the country is welcoming to all faiths, proselytizing is both feared and forbidden. The economic pressure on average citizens is increasing significantly in this country in which 1 in every 14 people are refugees. There are deserts, mountains, and major bodies of water all within the borders of this relatively small nation.

Work and Living Environment:

This small city has modern amenities, including hotels and seaside resorts. Taxis are inexpensive and easy to secure. Buses allow for accesible  travel to the capital, a few hours away, which is one of the largest and most modern cities in the Middle East. A small airport allows for connecting flights in the capital to international destinations.

Status of Christian Witness:

Less than .03 percent of the population is evangelical, most Christians live segregated lives, and religious conversions are illegal, so the expansion of the gospel is limited. However, people are still coming to faith.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. While two years will give a foundation, learning the language will be a lifelong goal, as it will greatly enhance the ministry and work of the team. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

The city has respectable health-care facilities, but serious health issues are referred to the capital where the medical facilities are exceptional. In the capital city, there are also well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available

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:

There is a growing international school in the city. With a strong British curriculum and some foreign teachers, the school is K–12. Instruction is in English. Even though the school is an international school, it should be noted that the student body is comprised of 95 percent nationals.

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 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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