Minister in Biblical Discipleship and Development

God is at work among the largest unreached people group in West Africa!

Posted on January 25, 2018

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Discipleship and biblical leadership development
  • Creative-access location
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

A small but growing number of Christians with a majority religion background have a passion to reach their people with the good news of Jesus. They have asked our team to come alongside them to disciple new believers, teach them to lead their own home groups, and train their emerging leaders to become godly shepherds, evangelists, biblical teachers, and church planters to multiply the Church among their people.This is a relatively new team that is forming because of open doors that God has presented through invitations from these believers. As a part of our team, the successful applicant will teach believers of this people group throughout our area and reach out to emerging seekers, connecting them to believers in their people group who are further along in their faith journey. Because these people are often persecuted, we strongly and intentionally move toward facilitating insise access to the gospel among these peoples.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed 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).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Experience in discipleship, biblical leadership training, counseling, and member care
  • Love for people with the ability to work honorably with key national partners
  • A basic understanding of the majority religion

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Belief in the power of prayer and strong commitment to sharing the gospel
  • Depend on the Holy Spirit
  • Humble service that empowers and honors others
  • Unity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Focus on the Kingdom of God
  • Willingness to partner with other like-minded teams to proclaim the name of Christ and unify the church
  • Ability to care for those who are rejected by their families and are denied social support when they accept Christ
  • Counseling, coaching, and mentoring experience

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language and culture to full professional proficiency
  • Regularly teach the Scriptures in a culturally appropriate, understandable way to new believers and emerging leaders in collaboration with the team leader and key national partners
  • Where applicable, perform needed community or ministry-center program duties among this people group as assigned by the team leader
  • Engage in the current strategies employed by our team and key partners: disciple and train emerging leaders
  • Assist in hosting short-term teams coming to enhance what God is doing

Timeline for Deployment:

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

General Information:

In our host country, 95 percent of the population practice the majority religion, 4 percent are Christian (including Roman Catholic), and 0.2 percent are evangelical. Among the people group we minister to, 99.9 percent follow the majority religion. While statistics say that 1 percent of the population is animist, virtually all who practice the majority religion also follow animistic practices.

Many restaurants, supermarkets, swimming pools, and other amenities are available. The local population enjoys hospitality, outdoor exercise, drinking Arabic tea, attending ceremonies, and following wrestling and soccer.

Work and Living Environment:

Our ministry is located in the urban capital city, which serves as a launching pad into regional pockets of groups that need training. The country’s population is 16 million, and its capital has about 4 million people;  it may be the second most modern city in the region. This diverse city is an important economic and cultural center in Africa. The area is generally dry and cool from December through May. From June until the end of November, the climate is more humid and warmer. Rains in the capital city are sporadic for two months during the summer. It is unusual to experience rain the rest of the year.

Western dress is appropriate on the right occasions but should be modest. Women in this context do not show their silhouettes and generally cover their arms and legs. For this particular ministry, dressing in a contextually appropriate way when engaging the people is helpful for removing barriers and building relationships.

Because of the overall state of the roads, the team member may choose to invest in a four-wheel drive vehicle, but it is possible to get around using public transportation. One can purchase almost all necessities from those leaving the field  or well-stocked stores.

Status of Christian Witness:

The majority of churches in the capital city minister mainly to expats or Pan Africans. There is no known church among the people group we serve in our city and only one or two in the rest of the country. Less than 10 known workers serve this people group throughout the country.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IWs) receive one year of intensive French language and cultural study in a French-speaking environment followed by a year of half-time language study done in the context of ministry. Additional field-based language and culture-acquisition in the local languages will be required. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain 30 hours of study per week until achieving competency in the local language, with the goal of advancing that competency to enhance the ministry and ability to impact people with the gospel.

Health Considerations:

Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. Good health care is available in the capital city, and medical practitioners make house calls. Many IWs give birth or have routine surgeries in hospitals nearby. There are ambulances, 24-hour emergency services, and some of the best doctors in the region. Eye, dental, and health care is excellent and easily obtainable.

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 available in the capital city. Most IWs send their children to a K–12 American school with an on-campus boarding option for children in middle school and high school. Homeschooling is also an option that has access to the American school library and after-school sports programs. There are also many French and bilingual schools, as well as an international school for elementary age children. The international school is an American school supported by the U.S. government, but tuition costs are quite high—more than $20,000 per child annually.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars through 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 you 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 contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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