Marketplace: FAQ

  1. How is a marketplace ministries (mm) worker supported financially?

    As an mm worker, you are responsible to provide for your full support. Three primary support options are available.

    1. Hold an international position that provides a living wage. (Example: A full-time teacher at an international school.)
    2. Raise support through churches, friends, and family.
    3. Secure support through the combination of options 1 and 2.

    Please note: Funds contributed by the marketplace ministries office toward grants and medical insurance premiums are taxable income included in the 1099-misc totals issued for each tax year. Support monies receipted through The Alliance also are considered 1099-misc taxable income.

  2. What are the marketplace ministries positions and their benefits?

    Tentmaker (full-member status)

    1. Subsidized health insurance
    2. Language grants when available
    3. Financial assistance to attend a regional field forum
    4. C&MA rates for Alliance guest homes and business office services
    5. Attendance at an Alliance third-culture kid (TCK) school—room, board, and classroom costs—at Alliance rates. (When the mm’s employer provides educational support, business rates will apply toward tuition, room, board, and classroom costs at these schools.)
    6. A letter of recommendation to the home district superintendent for fund-raising purposes
    7. Pastoral care provided by the mm director or an appropriate designee
    8. Pre-departure briefing (in person or by phone)

    Associate (pre-tentmaker status)

    1. A letter of recommendation to the home district superintendent for fund-raising purposes
    2. Pastoral care provided by the mm director or an appropriate designee
    3. Pre-departure briefing (in person or by phone)
  3. How long does it take after an application is submitted and approved before an mm worker is deployed through The Alliance?

    The mm application process time frame varies widely; it is largely dependent upon the applicant’s financial status. The shortest amount of time is about four months. If the applicant needs to raise support, it will typically take longer to deploy.

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