Partner with Local Believers to Provide Gospel Access

The Alliance is looking for a disciplemaker and church planter in Africa.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting, discipleship, and evangelism
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This team is looking for coworkers to partner with the local church as it reaches out to outlying areas which have few or no known believers. The successful applicant(s) will connect with local people in relationships that lead to disciplemaking through activities at the English center community involvement, and other avenues.

Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of French and Bambara language study
  • Build relationships with local church and district leaders
  • Outreach, discipleship, and church planting in areas identified as strategic by the church
  • Teach an English class or other community involvement
  • Given that there are fewer pastors than churches, ordained IWs may be asked to preach and teach on occasion
  • Participate in team prayer times and events

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
  • Training or experience in living and working in a potentially hostile majority religion context.

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:

This country has a long and proud history and deep cultural roots that traditionally include ethnic and religious tolerance. These values have been challenged recently as ethnic conflict opened the door to international terrorists basing themselves within the country’s borders. A number of attacks have directly affected places where Westerners congregate (hotels and bars), and the U.S. State Department recommends against travel outside of the capital. In spite of that, this team feels safer here than in most large cities and have policies in place to increase security and avoid risky places. The advantages of this city include neighborly people, a major river, the National Park, and interesting restaurants and shopping. The disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, dirty air, and infrastructure issues.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The first term will involve one year of French language study in France followed by on the field Bambara language study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

This city poses some difficulty for people with allergies, especially dust during the dry time of year. If someone is especially sensitive to heat, they should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever are three diseases which an expat should either be vaccinated against or take prophylactic treatment to avoid. Good medical care is available locally and at a Christian hospital with a mix of local and expat personnel.

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. This team is currently looking for someone to help start ministries that empower young household servants that can only be filled by a woman.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Current options used by IWs in this city include private schools based on the French system, international schools, and homeschooling.

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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