Be a Conversation Starter

Teaching conversational English in language center and university settings can lead to conversations about the One who offers peace and freedom.

Posted on December 29, 2017

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Relationship building through teaching English
  • Creative-access
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

Teaching opportunities allow each team member to bless local people and open the door to relationships that go much deeper than language instruction. This team desires to work where God is moving, build relationships that allow to share the gospel, help develop communities of faith, and encourage new believers as they reach out to their families, friends, neighbors, and neighboring countries.

Required Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Love—in order to build relationships, the team member must genuinely love people
  • Spirit led—Creating English lessons that allow for relationship building and gospel openness requires listening to the Spirit’s leading.
  • Contextualization—ability to present truth in a way that is understandable in different contexts
  • Patience
  • Team Player

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in youth or university ministry
  • Native English speaker

Responsibilities:

  • Partnering with the team to establish and develop communities of faith (house churches) that seek to mobilize and disciple believers in their journey with Christ
  • Developing and teaching English lessons to students at the center and/or in local universities
  • Participating in outreach events at the center
  • Working with students in one-on-one life coaching/leadership development sessions
  • Building relationships that lead to gospel conversations

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 this nominally Christian nation there is an Orthodox church on nearly every corner; the people are warm but hurting. This country has endured centuries of occupation and decades of communism; and been at war during the past 10 years. Divorce and abortion are rampant. On all fronts there is a desperate desire for freedom.

Walls—in hearts, minds, and in the Body of Christ—characterize this land, separating the people from the sacraments and God’s Word. People have little peace or hope because they believe they have no direct access to God. The Orthodox Church tells them they must have a priest or icons to serve as a mediator. As one woman said, “We are required [by the church] to do so many things, but we can’t.”

Work and Living Environment:

This is a beautiful country with some of the world’s tallest mountains and rich soil that produces bountiful crops. New team members will join the existing team in the capital city (population 1.5 million), which is in a valley. The city dates back to the fifth century and is being restored to showcase its ancient beauty. The people are known for their art, poetry, hospitality, and strong religious beliefs.

Status of Christian Witness:

Many view this country as predominately Christian and tolerant of other religious faiths. However, the people hold strong Orthodox religious traditions; they view evangelical Christianity with great suspicion, and any departure from their traditions is considered a betrayal of their religion and country.

Lack of gospel access is a major obstacle for this nation’s people; there are few international workers, and less than 0.5 percent of the population is evangelical. The Orthodox Church is strong, but most people attend service only during holidays and for special ceremonies. Christianity here is often seen as works-based, hypocritical, and impersonal, which has caused many young people to leave the church and turn to atheism.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers will receive two years of intensive language and cultural study, followed by continued learning when entering other ministries. It is expected that the selected applicant(s) will dedicate several hours per day to language acquisition (30 hours per week) and continue to make mastery of the local language a lifelong goal.

Language learning is guided by a coach and done in a variety of ways outside of classroom time; including language helpers, community engagement, cultural experiences, exploring the city, attending church in the local language, full immersion experiences, and more. This will greatly enhance ministry and ability to influence people for Christ. The goal is to speak, read, and write the language fluently.

Health Considerations:

This is a rapidly developing country, especially in the field of medicine. New hospitals and clinics with modern facilities and equipment are opening continuously. The doctors are trained in Western standards, and many of them speak English. Most medications are readily available. A neighboring country also is well known for its medical care and can provide specialized care if needed.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the team’s and family’s needs. Married couples on this team see their ministry as a partnership and their families as a part of the team. Both spouses are expected to fulfill two years of full-time language study. If children are in the home, it is understood that there may be less time for ministry.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

The capital city offers excellent opportunities with several schooling options. Currently, international workers’ children attend a local International Baccalaureate® (IB) school or a British school with local and expat youth. Homeschooling is also an option.

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 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 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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