Business Developer and Relationship Builder

This is a marketplace business with the goal of providing services that meet felt needs in the marketplace and build personal and professional relationships that lead to opportunities to share the love of God and the truth of the gospel.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Relationship building and connecting with marketplace people
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

Our programs are all Biblical truth based and, though not outwardly evangelistic, they are clearly based on truth and lead to open discussions and change. We are looking for someone who has sales and business development experience who can help to increase our network and tap into a people group who is not currently being reached. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in sales and business development
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • A heart for business, education, and the marketplace.
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • See your work as worship and ministry in the context of marketplace ministry
  • Be all things to all men, teaching truth and showing love, knowing all good things come from God.
  • Being able to share the gospel in word and deed, but with gentleness and respect.
  • Be friendly and encouraging to both your team and our network of clients.
  • Train leaders in biblical truths that will help them succeed in the marketplace.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in French.
  • Self-motivated and organized individual.
  • Desire for excellence in the workplace.
  • Ability to work cross-culturally and adapt skills.
  • Able to network and close deals.
  • Outgoing with an ability to build rapport with people of all backgrounds.

Responsibilities:

  • Cold calling potential customers and selling the company’s services.
  • Researching the target market and finding companies to target.
  • Attending meetings with potential customers and closing sales.
  • Building and logging a sales pipeline to ensure a constant stream of sales.
  • Creating invoices and sending them to customers following a sale.

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The work is based in the capital city which has over 3 million people.

Work and Living Environment:

Working with professionals in a large developed city of a third world country. The government is stable, the majority religion is the national religion, but there is tolerance of other religions at a civil level, with a high rate of family persecution when conversions happen. 

Status of Christian Witness:

Of the main people group we work with, it is 0.01 percent evangelized.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. International workers (IWs) receive two years 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.

French is the language of the business world and needs to be learned, but there is a lot done in English as well. The first year will consist of French language study in France.

Health Considerations:

In the city, there is good health care, but the standards are different from the U.S. There is a doctor on the team as well as three nurses to give advice in medical situations. Malaria is present, but rare.

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.

Relationship building is the expectation of any role on our team. There are many female business owners and educators in our network that desire coaching, friendship, or English classes. We are also looking for a bookkeeper, someone to do administrative tasks, hospitality for our functions and seminars. Any marketplace training would be helpful, but not required. 

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Dakar Academy (an American Christian school) is the most commonly used option, but one family on the team home schools and another uses the French school system.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from 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 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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