Discipler/Teacher Among Believers From an Unreached Ethnic Group

The Alliance is looking for a disciplemaker to work among an unreached ethnic group in Guinea.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Guinea

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting, discipleship, and evangelism
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

Nestled in the mountains in Guinea is a town of about 80,000 Fulani, along with a small number of other peoples, where 90 percent follow the majority religion. Hidden among them are a small number of believers needing discipleship who could be built into a body of believers. This team needs a couple with solid biblical understanding and strong teaching gifts, willing to help grow these believers’ understanding and practice of truth. As part of the team, they will use their unique gifts and abilities building relationships, discipling believers, and helping the emerging church develop.

Responsibilities:

  • Become competent in the local language and adjust positively to local culture
  • Make new contacts, develop relationships, and confidently share the gospel
  • Contibute to the ministry of other team members, including Bible studies, discussions, and attending other team meetings/events
  • Make regular use of the home for entertaining new contacts and hosting team events
  • Be prepared to make appropriate use of travel when invited by new contacts for the purpose of relationship building or to follow-up teaching opportunities

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 45
  • An understanding that risk and hardship are common in the work of bringing the gospel to the least reached

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Exhibit gifts of teaching, discipleship, and/or shepherding
  • A basic understanding of the majority religion

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:

World Factbook—Guinea

The town where the successful applicants will serve is one of Guinea’s crossroads. The Fouta Jalon is a pleasant place to live, with rolling hills, valleys, and waterfalls. The towns are mildly developed and function as the commercial and social centers for the surrounding area. The Fouta is also known for its vegetables and livestock. It has a warm, dry season (March-May), with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees but cooling down at night. Temperatures are moderate in the rainy season (June-September), cooling down in the early part of the year (January). Part-time electricity and cell phone coverage exists, but dirt roads can be quite rutted and secondary routes at times are difficult to traverse. The majority of its people are Fulbe (Fulani), a generally hospitable people, open to relationships with outsiders.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. This couple will receive one year of intensive French language study in France, followed by field-based language and cultural-acquisition study in Pular. A period of time will be dedicated to becoming competent in the local language in order to enhance ministry and the ability to impact Guinea with the gospel. The goal will be to speak, read, and write French 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 use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Basic health services and medications are available here, but Guinea lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions which require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. The state of secondary roads also may make life difficult 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’s needs, etc. There are several ministry opportunities for spousal involvement.

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 which provide an acceptable level of education for workers’ children. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy) for middle and high school students. Homeschooling is also an option, with a homeschool library and resource center available in Conakry.

Compensation

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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