Providing Gospel Access and Justice to Rural Villages

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in Africa.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Africa

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Position Type

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

The successful applicant(s) will serve on a multi-specialization team and alongside veteran staff to provide gospel access to rural villages. The team builds bridges to rural communities through healthcare, teaching, orality, clean water initiatives, and other methods so that churches can flourish in an area that is newly open to the gospel. 

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 (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • Training and/or experience in church planting and discipleship strategies and methods
  • Vision trip to the ministry site
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test score of 45

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior cross-cultural experience

Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with team members and national pastors to facilitate evangelistic outreach efforts in rural areas. For couples, this will mean a significant amount of one spouse’s time will be spent away from the family.
  • Participate in discipling new believers by partnering with national pastors in preaching and teaching in newly formed churches
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with new believers, churches, national church leaders, and pastors
  • Work with hospital staff to facilitate health outreaches
  • Follow up with new believers who have been influenced through the hospital’s work

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 West African nation is consistently ranked one of the world’s poorest, yet the capital is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa.

Work and Living Environment:

The job location is in a town with a population of 200,000 and is approximately six hours from the capital. Private homes with electricity and water supply exist throughout the community; Internet and phone service are also readily available. Small grocery stores supplement supplies found in the local market and in the capital city. A multifaceted team offers opportunities for many types of ministry; missions organizations in the area provide additional avenues for friendship and work with other Westerners. The Hospital for Women and Children, along with its staff of IWs, provides more than adequate medical care.

Status of Christian Witness:

Despite a well-established national church, the evangelical population is less than 2 percent. However, several areas of the country are now showing increasing openness to the gospel.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. IWs receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment followed by basic in-country Bambara 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:

Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the hot climate and challenging work conditions. Malaria and other tropical diseases are concerns, but precautions can be taken to prevent these illnesses. Village ministry requires travel on rough roads and can be difficult, especially if a candidate has back problems. The health infrastructure is poor; however, medical facilities in the capital and an in-town hospital staffed by Western doctors and Alliance workers offer quality care. Any health questions or concerns can be directed to Alliance medical professionals on the field.

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:

The team operates a homeschool co-op through which children of all ages can learn and study together. A professional teacher with a masters’ degree in education teaches during the morning school sessions. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) administers a French-speaking elementary school in town. High-school students can attend Dakar Academy in Senegal.

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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