Cutting Edge CP

Located in a rugged but strategic area of the Middle East, the local people have enormous potential to reach countries that make daily headlines.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Europe/Middle East

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Located in a rugged but strategic area of the Middle East, the local people have enormous potential to reach countries that make daily headlines. In a key city with an existing team, you will help provide meaningful skills, like English, and meet other felt needs at an NGO-based community center that touches hundreds of family networks. The center unconditionally blesses this historically misunderstood people while creating broad opportunities to share the gospel and help them grow. Through the established international church, you will plant small local-language faith-based groups capable of generationally multiplying across the country and region. As God opens doors, you may have the opportunity to help launch a new ministry in a smaller, untouched city.

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 a minimum of 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to engage people and create new relationships
  • Experience leading people to life-changing decisions
  • Experience disicpling new believers

Responsibilities:

  • Spend 20–24 months in full-time language study in the city, while simultaneously developing relationships
  • Serve at the community center and international church, seeking to establish meaningful contacts and discipleship groups that multiply
  • Be flexible and able to change course rapidly to meet life’s demands here

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:

This country has been at war for much of the last 100 years. The more than 30 million residents come from a diverse religious and ethnic background. This region has been autonomously governed for many years and in the last 10 years has seen major investment in the oil sector. As the only stable country in the region, , it has developed strong ties with Western nations despite the emergence of new hostile groups. The people are quite hospitable and loyal and place a high value on familial and social honor.

Work and Living Environment:

The base city is home to about 1 million people and one of three strategic cities in this country. It is the cultural home of long-oppressed people and has a proud history of artisans and poets. To build economic strength, people are diligent to learn English from native speakers, and the culture is generally hospitable to Westerners. Electricity and water services are not always dependable. There are a growing number of Western-style brands, retail chains, and restaurants. Most families on the team live in houses or apartments in the community they are seeking to impact.

Status of Christian Witness:

The people of this region mainly practice the majority religion. There are some pockets of historic ethnic Christians, but most are nominal believers and tend to keep to their own communities. Latest estimates indicate that there are only 500 Jesus followers from among 6 million people. Many more have “professed” faith at some point but haven’t stuck with it for a variety of reasons. There are about 10 visible local churches across this region.

Persecution takes the form of social ostracizing, though it has turned violent sometimes. The government officially allows freedom of religion, however, and Christians are rarely jailed. The international church is registered and locals may freely attend. That has been the biggest source of new believers, and has also led to the formation of several small groups designed to multiply and function as the church. The full Bible was published in the local language for the first time last year. There are a few other Christian resources available in the local language, with others being developed.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive French language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to share the good news of Jesus. Language is learned individually or in small groups with tutors. Within 20–24 months, teammates should be Advanced Low in the language, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Guidelines.

Health Considerations:

Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local, foreign-staffed private hospital and a few good specialists, but public health care in general is sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, including some name brands. Any routine procedures can be done locally. Major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.

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 are several English international schools, a homeschool co-op formed by the international worker community, and plenty of local private and public schools.

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. These 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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