Following Up With Media Inquiries

Be part of an exciting Kingdom movement. There is an opportunity to join an existing team while being immersed in language and culture.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Relationship building
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

A team partner has developed a media ministry that provides access for seekers to gospel content and opportunities for discipleship and discovery. Members on our team have participated in this discipleship movement through meeting with seekers and collaborating with local believers. Additionally, this opportunity will be preparing to launch into a new area of the country with less access to the good news.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Cross-cultural ministry experience (U.S. or international)
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • Training and experience in Bible, discipleship, or evangelism
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 70 

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Compassion for lost people
  • Integrity
  • Joy/Laughter
  • Perseverance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated history of adaptability and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion and calling to work among least-reached.
  • Demonstrated commitment and humility to being a learner.
  • Passion and abilities to develop and run a ministry in a creative access location.
  • Applicants who meet clergy track qualifications may be preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Live out life and ministry in the context of a team.
  • Live out faith authentically and share in word and action.
  • Actively participate in media follow-up coalition. Disciple new believers and develop communities of faith.
  • Prepare to launch with new team during or after language study.

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:

Locals living in the capital have the greatest opportunity for access to these media resources, but there are still many in other remote parts of this country without access. The team desires to launch into other unreached areas using media ministry as a mode to engage the lost. As we prepare to launch, we hope to research possible areas for a new ministry location. During the formation stage, the successful applicant(s) will learn the local language and have opportunities to learn and engage in the team’s work, as they prepare to be part of the newly launching team.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live and work in the capital city where you will find many shops and cafes. Taxis are affordable, allowing ease of travel around town. The country has many beautiful areas and a mild Mediterranean climate.

Status of Christian Witness:

Less than 1 percent of this country’s population is evangelical. Some have become disillusioned with the majority religion and are seeking other alternatives, providing opportunities for believers to be lights in this country.

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.

The language is a local dialect of Arabic. International workers (IWs) in this language group receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak and understand the local dialect at a level (at least low advanced) which allows the IW to build into people’s lives in order to share truth. The community center also offers an excellent opportunity to rub shoulders with locals and learn the culture and language.

Health Considerations:

Medical services are adequate. Many medical personnel are trained in Europe. Private clinics offer most of the services similar to services in the U.S. and the cost is very reasonable. Most medications found in the U.S. can be obtained here at the local pharmacy. While the medical services are good, it is advised that those with special health considerations contact the field before application. 

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:

Quality formal educational opportunities are limited in rural areas. There is an English-language private school suitable for elementary, middle, and high school aged children. There are also local French and Arabic schools available. A boarding option is available for older children beginning with eighth grade.

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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