Overseas Work

International Work

Since 1887, Alliance people have sought to reach the lost with the whole gospel—in their own communities and around the world. Today, the urgent need remains for devoted Jesus followers to take His light to the last missions frontiers—some of most spiritually dark places on earth. Opportunities to establish and/or strengthen Christ’s Church around the world include service through:

  • International Worker (Clergy Track)

    Typically involved in church-planting ministries, community development, holistic outreach, evangelism, theological training, leadership development, or other outreach

  • International Worker (Vocational Track)

    Typically involved in community development or educational, financial, medical, logistical, or other business-driven ministries

  • Relief and Development Work

    Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA) personnel help plant churches and serve in a variety of ministries that flesh out the good news of God’s love for people—body and soul

  • marketplace ministries

    Skilled specialists, marketplace personnel support creative-access ministries through employment in international, secular settings

  • Envision

    Envision is a movement within the C&MA that specializes in missional engagement, equipping followers of Jesus to live well in a post-everything world.

International Worker—Clergy Track (IWC)

IWC workers typically engage in church-planting ministries, community development, holistic outreach, evangelism, theological training, leadership development, or other outreach.

All IWC applicants must meet specific qualifications to serve; if you are appointed, you will receive financial support through The Alliance’s Great Commission Fund (GCF) and intensive orientation prior to deployment. When you arrive on the field, you will begin cultural acquisition and full-time language study. Prospective Alliance international workers must demonstrate an ability to achieve fluency in a second language.

Our Candidate Development team is committed to each candidate’s growth and will walk with you as you follow God’s leading on the IWC journey. Check out the International Candidate Process.

IWC Qualifications

Personal Calling and Character

Candidates must be able to verbalize and exhibit God’s call on their lives, demonstrate spiritual and character development, and be in alignment with the values and vision of the C&MA.

Academic Preparation

In pursuing a solid academic foundation, plan on completing the following coursework:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree (both husband and wife if married).
  • 30 hours of Bible, theology, and ministry
  • 15 hours of missions
  • Graduate studies are valued and may be advantageous or required for some positions. [See specific Ministry Opportunity Descriptions (MODs) for details.]
  • In the case of married couples, wives must complete a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies, at least six hours of which must be in cross-cultural studies or missions.

Professional Development and Mission Preparation

It is crucial that prospective Alliance international workers obtain missional ministry experience and learn to work on a ministry team.

  • Alliance international workers will be required to complete a minimum of two years in Alliance licensed ministry. During this season of preparation, workers are coached in the key competencies needed for effective cross-cultural ministry.
  • International Apprentice Program: In certain cases, opportunities may be available for candidates to perform their Alliance licensed ministry experience overseas. This is an option only for those pursuing the IWC track.
  • Most positions will require ordination for men. Consecration is encouraged, but not required, for women.
  • Psychological exams and medical histories must be completed to assess and encourage good physical and emotional health.
  • It is important that prospective Alliance international workers be able to achieve fluency in a second language.

International Candidate Process Next Steps Openings

International Worker—Vocational Track (IWV)

IWV workers typically are involved in community development or educational, financial, medical, logistical, or other business-driven ministries.

All IWV applicants must meet specific qualifications to serve. Some IWV workers may be financially supported through The Alliance’s Great Commission Fund (GCF); others may be tasked to raise their own support. If you are appointed to an IWV position, you will receive orientation prior to deployment and begin language study once on the field. Prospective Alliance international workers must demonstrate an ability to achieve fluency in a second language.

IWV Qualifications

Personal Calling and Character

Candidates must be able to verbalize and exhibit God’s call on their lives, demonstrate spiritual and character development, and be aligned with the values and vision of the C&MA.

Academic Preparation

Although formal theological training in a C&MA school is not required, candidates will complete an exam to ensure they have a sufficient working knowledge of the Bible. Candidates are required to have completed the missions Perspectives Course or an approved equivalent. Candidates are required to complete the Alliance Polity Course, available online. Contact the Ministerial Studies Program Office for further information.

Professional Development

Candidates must give ample evidence of proficiency in their particular vocations. Candidates must have served effectively in strategic local church ministry on a voluntary basis for a minimum of two years. Teachers for international worker children must have state certification and at least two years of commendable teaching experience. Medical personnel must have professional certification and licensing. Psychological exams and medical histories must be completed to assess and encourage good physical and emotional health. It is important that prospective Alliance international workers be able to achieve fluency in a second language.

Medical personnel must have proven professional certification and licensing. Psychological exams and medical histories are required to assess and support the candidate’s positive physical and emotional health.

International Candidate Process Next Steps Openings

Relief and Development

Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA) personnel serve in a variety of ways that flesh out the good news of God’s love for people—body and soul. An integral part of The Alliance, CAMA is the relief and development arm of our worldwide ministry.

CAMA workers provide disaster relief in the United States and around the world. They have served various refugee groups since 1972, and they are involved in long-term development projects that capitalize on local strengths and resources such as digging wells, serving in microenterprise ventures, and providing medical assistance, educational services, and language and vocational training. In many projects, CAMA and Alliance international workers labor side by side. CAMA’s work is funded through the CAMA Advance Fund.

Next Steps Openings

marketplace ministries (mm) worker

marketplace ministries is an association of C&MA lay professionals employed in international, secular settings. Skilled specialists, marketplace personnel support creative-access ministries with emphasis upon building Christ’s Church, making disciples and establishing them in the local church where possible.

Approximately 150 Alliance marketplace ministries professionals serve in 34 countries, spearheading educational programs, vocational training, sustainable business development, ESL courses, and a host of other valued services to the communities where they live. Some personnel work in relatively isolated settings. Others partner with like-minded missions organizations to quietly build a gospel presence in spiritually challenging environments—discipling new believers to be passionate Jesus followers.

marketplace ministries personnel seek to be self-supporting through their vocations; however, many rely upon partial support from the Alliance family and other financial partners. Designated gifts to the GCF have helped to establish marketplace ministries workers in a growing number of countries.

Learn more about marketplace ministries.

mm Qualifications

  • Preferred

    Secular employment overseas

  • Acceptable

    Vocational experience and education that can secure secular employment overseas

  • Proven competency (references required) in a profession and a commitment to excellence as part of his/her witness for Christ
  • Cross-cultural training or experience (must take Perspectives course: www.perspectives.org)
  • Two years of professional work experience and/or a graduate degree in a specific field. (This requirement is reviewed case-by-case through applying environmental and specific vocational goals criteria)
  • An understanding of biblical and theological truths and the proven ability to communicate the gospel effectively through lifestyle and written and oral exams
  • Good physical and emotional health. Note: Physical and psychological assessments are required. The cost of the psychological evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant (singles, $295; couples, $625)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learn (ASAP!) the language of the people served
  • Possess no more than $5,000 in outstanding unsecured debt
  • In one of the following ways, full support of work on the field must be provided:
    • Entirely through income received from secular employment
    • Entirely through contributions received from churches, individuals, and/or participating agencies
    • Through a combination of secular employment and contributions
  • In the case of married couples, it is expected that both spouses will possess the same basic qualifications. Exception: Depending upon the local field environment, one spouse may choose not to be secularly employed.
  • Membership in a North American C&MA church
  • Commitment to work in a specific overseas country for a minimum of one year
  • Intention to develop a relationship with the C&MA mission and the national church where possible
Next Steps Openings FAQ

Envision

Envision is a movement within the C&MA that specializes in missional engagement, equipping followers of Jesus to live well in a post-everything world. The two main branches of Envision are Sites and Labs.

Our 20 Sites provide opportunities to participate in what God is doing around the world-whether it’s through connecting with local churches, serving in urban settings, or bringing social justice to dark places. Participants experience discipleship working with and serving under long-term workers who are pioneering, building, and leading impactful ministries in their cities.

Our Labs are specific experiences tailored to shape leadership and faith. Envision’s 3 Labs are Films, Campaigns, and Summit. Films explores the intersection of faith and culture. Campaigns offers tangible ways to make a difference in social justice issues. Summit is a yearly gathering that provides young influencers with a week-long leadership experience in an international setting.

Visit WeAreEnvision.com

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