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This is a great chance to help develop a church planting movement in Eastern Europe.

Posted on January 9, 2018

North and Central Asia

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The openness of the people will give you opportunities to share your faith with those around you, disciple new believers, and build a strong church presence in this region. The team member’s ministry will involve serving the many refugees from the country’s eastern region that the churches are reaching with the gospel.

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
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Faith
  • Courage

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Passion for developing relationships and sharing your faith with seekers and new believers
  • Training and experience in personal evangelism
  • Life in a foreign country requires flexibility as time constraints differ from country to country, and plans often change last minute, requiring understanding and patience.
  • Training and experience in discipling new believers
  • A teachable spirit
  • The desire to work on a team

 Responsibilities:

  • Learn to speak the local language fluently and adjust to the local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships through regular interaction that will create opportunities to share the gospel
  • Disciple new believers
  • Lead and participate in Bible studies, discussions, or other types of meetings and events designed as outreach
  • When applicable, participate in ministries to the roughly 350 internally displaced people that are served on a weekly basis

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 country was the center of the first Slavic state and a member of the former Soviet Union. Today it is struggling with an economic crisis and worsening relations with a neighboring country. The people are warm, friendly, and open to talking about spiritual matters.

Work and Living Environment:

The location for this position is a beautiful and modern city of 3 million people. It has a great network of public transportation. It is easy to find affordable housing. There are a variety of restaurants, many historical sites, and a beautiful river, which flows through the center of the city.

Status of Christian Witness:

The western part of the country is much more evangelized than the capital city and the eastern part of the country. We work in the capital, which is less than 1 percent evangelical Christian.

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. Most of the language learning on our field is done in a classroom for about 20 hours a week. Extracurricular homework usually takes another 10 hours per week. We expect that each language student will speak the local language with natives and develop relationships that will allow for more advanced language learning.

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:

The local Christian International Academy is an international K–12 school. Also, many local schools can provide a quality education with excellent opportunities for children and whole families to integrate into the culture.

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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