Church Planter in an Urban Setting

This is an opportunity to live in an urban center and experience the life and culture of one of Europe’s largest cities, while using creativity to develop relationships and build communities of faith.

Posted on January 9, 2018

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

We are looking for people to join this initiative to plant churches in this city, working alongside a great team that will provide the successful applicant with opportunities for discipleship, support, and ministry partnership.

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 60
  • 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
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Faith
  • Perseverance
  • Love
  • Grace
  • Patience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in intercultural studies
  • Experience planting churches
  • Proficient knowledge of English grammar and experience teaching ESL

Responsibilities:

  • Attain proficiency in the local language
  • Make a healthy, positive adjustment to the local culture
  • Make contacts with the unchurched and develop relationships
  • Share the gospel and initiate follow-up through evangelistic Bible study activities
  • Lead group Bible studies and meet one-on-one to disciple new believers

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:

The 25 years since the country’s release from Communism have brought major changes for the people here. Deteriorating relationships with the West have caused concern among the people; they love their country but also want to have healthy relations with Western countries.

Work and Living Environment:

Most of the major cities in the country are developing rapidly, creating a bustling urban environment. The team member must be prepared to carry out most ministry activities in the evenings because of the city’s large student and young professional populations.

Status of Christian Witness:

An estimated 0.5 percent of the population is evangelical Christian. The national church network is growing slowly but has been hurt by many believers immigrating to other countries. More churches and trained, godly leaders are desperately needed. Tightening laws against gospel witness has made ministry more difficult for local believers and international workers.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive one year of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Language study is generally done in a classroom setting, with 20 hours of classroom time and 10 hours of homework per week. Each language student is expected to be a self-starter, and to work hard at learning the local language. In addition to school work, a great way to learn the language is through building friendships with locals.

Health Considerations:

Our city has good health-care facilities. However, since transportation, apartments, sidewalks, and public buildings are not usually handicap-accessible, physically challenged applicants may find it difficult to live here.

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 quality international K–12 Christian school with an American curriculum in the city. Also, many local schools can provide a quality education with excellent opportunities for children and families to integrate into the culture. Pre-school programs with flexible hours are also prevalent.

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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