Church Planting in a Formerly Unchurched Area

In the mountains of Guinea is a plateau with about 80,000 Fulani people, many of whom have never heard the gospel.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Guinea

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Church planter/development
  • Funded
  • Couple only

This team needs a couple with medical training, willing to try new things to present the gospel in a culturally understandable way. As part of the team, the successful applicants will seek to use their unique gifts and abilities to build relationships, disciple believers to maturity, and help develop the emerging church.

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).
  • Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Belief in the vital nature of prayer
  • Understand the necessity of the Holy Spirit’s filling in daily life and ministry
  • Desire to embrace risk and hardship to bring the gospel to the least reached

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A basic understanding of both forms of the region’s majority religion
  • Gifts of evangelism, discipleship, and/or mentoring
  • International Minstries clergy qualifications

Responsibilities:

  • Become competent in the local language
  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to the local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Confidently share the gospel with strangers
  • Contribute to Bible studies, discussions, and other meetings that form part of the team’s church-planting efforts

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:

CIA World Factbook—Guinea

Work and Living Environment:

A town in a rural area of Guinea’s central highlands, the Fouta Jalon is a pleasant place to live for those who love the outdoors. Towns in the area function as the commercial and social centers for the surrounding area. The majority of its people are Fulbe (Fulani), a people who are generally hospitable and open to relationships with outsiders. The Fouta has a warm, dry season (March-May), with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees but cooler at night. Temperatures are moderate in the rainy season (June-September) and cool down in the early part of the year (January). Towns in the Fouta are semi-developed. Part-time electricity and cell phone coverage exists, but the dirt roads can be quite rutted and secondary routes at times are difficult to traverse.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Guinea

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. This couple will receive one year of intensive French language study in a French-speaking environment. They will then have a dedicated period of time to become competent in the local language in order to enhance their ministry and ability to impact Guinea with the gospel.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Basic health services and medications are available, but Guinea lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced medical diagnoses and treatments would need to be obtained out of country. For this reason, medical conditions that require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to manage here. The state of secondary roads may also make life challenging for those with chronic back pain.

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 the Fouta Jalon. There are no local French or English language schools providing an acceptable level of education for workers’ children. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy), for older children. Homeschooling is also an option, with a home-school library and resource center available in Conakry.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The C&MA 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 will be assessed as the applicants move forward in 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 ministryopps@cmalliance.org.

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