Creative and Relational Church Planter

We are looking for gifted individuals who desire to use their talents to bring gospel access to unreached people groups through a new nongovernmental organization (NGO) that is looking for creative ways to enter villages in this central Asian country.

Posted on January 9, 2018

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

The successful applicant will creatively use his or her God-given gifts to see churches planted.

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
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Integrity
  • Joy
  • Perseverance
  • Dependence on God’s Word
  • Compassion for marginalized people


  • Being involved in relational ministry
  • Managing or participating in various projects within an NGO
  • Working with local partners

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:

This mountainous, central Asian country is  part of the former Soviet Union and the poorest of the post-Soviet states. Only 3,000 believers comprise its population of about 8 million, most of whom subscribe to the majority religion. The local body is made up of mostly Russian speakers whose language is not understood in most of the villages.

Work and Living Environment:

The team member will work with an NGO that partners with local teammates. Part of the team member’s time will be spent in an office, but most it will be devoted to working on projects in villages.

Status of Christian Witness:

Most of the country’s 3,000 believers reside in city centers. The majority of church services are conducted in a Russian format with Russian preaching. This has hindered the growth of the church outside urban areas because villagers do not speak Russian, nor are they interested in “Russian religion.”

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study that is mainly self-driven because of the lack of language schools. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Our workers have stayed with host families for the first three months on the field in order to be immersed in the language. We also have a required language program. By the end of two years, the team member will be able to lead Bible studies, share the gospel, and tell Bible stories in the language.

Health Considerations:

Complex or chronic conditions may be difficult to treat.

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:

Currently, the only option is local schooling in either the local or national language, homeschooling, or a combination of both.


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.


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