English (ESL) Teacher & Relational Ministry

Build meaningful and impacting relationships through teaching English to children, teens, and adults.

Posted on December 21, 2016

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker—Vocational Track
  • Creative Access Country (CAC)*
  • Responsible for raising own support
  • Couple or single

Build meaningful and impactful relationships through teaching English to children, teens, and adults in our English classes, clubs, and one-on-one tutoring we offer to the community. This is a great role for college students looking for an internship, early retirees looking for opportunities to serve cross-culturally, or any age in between. Come join our team as we build relationships with eternal impact.

Our team is looking for team members who embrace the value of ministering to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and are willing to make the investment, even when only “one of the ten lepers” returns to express gratitude. We need team members who see offering training in English, practical life skills, preventative health, marriage, family, and business topics not only as a “means to do ministry” but as ministry itself and gain satisfaction from it. We view our whole lives as a testimony to God and desire to imitate Christ in all that we do.

Required Qualifications:

  • Native English speaker (with good spelling and grammar skills, and no strong accent)
  • Proven teaching abilities and/or experience (preferable to have some TEFL/TESOL teaching experience or a teaching certificate in any subject, but not required)
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Missions Perspectives Course or equivalent
  • Enthusiasm and love for students
  • Willingness to work in cooperation with our local team and its goals
  • Teachable with the desire to continue growing both professionally and spiritually
  • Exhibits a lifestyle of obedience to Christ with high moral and ethical standards

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Be a positive, professional example to our team, inspiring their best
  • Take initiative to observe and respond to the needs of the team
  • Be flexible and able to make a healthy adjustment to local culture
  • Proactively develop relationships
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly Bible study, other outreach, or discipleship events
  • Maintain a good working relationship with team members
  • Communicate regularly and securely with supporters


All our teammates operate on a 40–45 hour work week which encompasses teaching and secondary duties required for the successful running of our business and work that encompasses the greater values of our team. These responsibilities are designated when a sweet-spot is found between a teammate’s natural giftings and acquired talents and the needs here on the ground. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Teaching 12–15 hours per week, a mixture of class time and one-on-one tutoring time. Class size of 6–12 students. Sundays will be free to participate in local church activities
  • Pre-testing students to determine in which level class they should participate
  • Preparing teaching lessons in a timely manner
  • Contributing in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and other ministry related activities as arranged by the team leader

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2018

General Information:

We are a cross-cultural team consisting of nationals and North Americans. We have single women, married couples with children, and retired people. Although the ability to contribute to the business platform of what we do varies from person to person, everyone is committed to functioning as a team. Our team meetings are bi-lingual so that everyone can participate.

Our team focuses on developing key church leaders. To facilitate this, we run an educational consulting business, relying on both local and expat volunteers who teach classes to our clients. In order to expand the business we need more full-time ESL teachers. Through our business we share His love to the least reached people groups (LRPG’s) by addressing emotional and physical needs.

Work and Living Environment:

Our team is located in a rapidly growing city of 9 million people. We live within walking distance from eachother and our office. Team members live in apartments along the river that runs through the city, and there is convenient grocery shopping. Travel is mainly by subway, taxi, motor scooters, or bikes.

*CAC (Creative Access Country) Specific location information related to this ministry description will only be released in later stages of application process.

Status of Christian Witness:

There is a large local church that our team is involved in to varying degrees. There are many Christians throughout our city, yet there are still many who have never heard. A local seminary serving six provinces is located in our city. We have the opportunity to mentor these future international workers and leaders. In the province, there are some areas without like-minded presence yet.

Language Expectations:

Native English speaker (with no strong accent). Chinese fluency is helpful but not essential for our English teaching roles.

Health Considerations:

Lots of walking is required, stairs are common, and there is limited wheelchair access. Our city experiences damp, cold winters and hot, humid summers. The periodic poor air quality can agitate asthma.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings and training, and 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:

Educational options include an excellent international school run by Christians in the city. Other options include local schools and home schooling.

Compensation Package:

Once appointed, funds must be raised through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application.

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 being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

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.


Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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