Building the Kingdom One House at a Time

The Alliance is looking for a disciplemaker and church planter in West Africa.

Posted on September 17, 2020


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting, community center, discipleship, ESL, and evangelism
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Those who practice the majority religion in this West African country have long been resistant to the gospel. However, in recent years there has been an increased openness among young adults. When the center opened in 2013, this team dreamed of planting house churches among those who came to know the Lord through their ministry. Dedicated workers are needed to join this team in ministering at the center, and ultimately planting solid, Bible-based, culturally-relevant house churches.


  • Connect at the youth center by teaching in English about your area of expertise—life skills, computers, health, English, etc.
  • Collaborate with the team to start house churches
  • Formulate a strategy for discipleship of new believers
  • Develop leaders in the newly-formed house churches

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
    • Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • A minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
  • Attend a seminar about church-planting movements
  • A call to cross-cultural ministry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous involvement in a church plant
  • Have experience working on a team
  • Have some experience working with those of the majority religion
  • Desire to teach and be taught

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 2021. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The capital city in this West African nation is a sprawling, developing third-world city offering limited services but extensive opportunities for growth. Applicants would live in a developing semi-urban area, with a few high-rises, but mostly small courtyards with recently constructed houses. Homes are spacious but lack a continual supply of water and electricity due to the poor infrastructure. This can be remedied with a water tower and solar-electric back-up system or generator. The primary roads are in fair condition but often are congested. Local shopping options are limited, but the essentials are available at certain shops around town.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The first year will be French language study in France, and the second year will be focused on the local language while ministering in-country. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so the use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Please check the CDC website for all other health suggestions and requirements to live in this country. Basic health services and medications are available, but the capital city lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced medical diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions which require constant monitoring would be difficult to sustain 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’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There is one American international school that provides a suitable education for elementary-aged children and is developing a secondary program. A French school provides quality education and classes for both elementary and secondary levels and offers a bilingual option in which students split their studies equally between French and English. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal, beginning in eighth grade. Homeschooling is always an option, with a homeschool library and resource center available at the mission headquarters in the capital city.


The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

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 are assessed during 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.


Please email Stacy Douglas at

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