Providing Gospel Access in Rural Villages

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

God is on the move in this region. This is an opportunity to serve on a team with multiple specializations and alongside veteran staff to provide gospel access to rural villages, using healthcare, teaching, orality, clean-water initiatives, and other methods. The successful applicant(s) will help build bridges to rural communities so that churches can flourish in an area that is newly open to the gospel.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in conjunction with team members and national pastors to facilitate outreach efforts in rural areas, which will include spending large amounts of time engaged in evangelism in village settings
  • Participate in the discipleship of new believers by partnering with national pastors in preaching and teaching in newly formed churches, as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with new believers and church groups
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with national church leaders and pastors
  • Work with hospital staff to facilitate health-care outreaches, as well as following up on new believers who have been influenced through the work of the hospital

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 and/or experience in church planting and discipleship strategies and methods
  • A vision trip to the ministry site

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior cross-cultural experience

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:

Less than 2 percent of the population is evangelical in this West African nation which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s poorest. The town has a population of 200,000 and is approximately six hours from the capital. Private homes with electricity and water supply are available 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.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs will receive one year of intensive French language study in France followed by basic in-country Bambara study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a functional level, in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the climate and challenging work conditions. Hot, dry weather is the norm; hot, humid weather prevails in the rainy season. 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, an in-town hospital staffed by Western doctors and other medical facilities in the capital offer quality care.

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.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Several families homeschool using Alliance classrooms and library to supplement their curriculum. Depending on need and availability, The Alliance may send a teacher to form a homeschool co-op. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) administers a French-speaking school in town in which several families have enrolled their pre-school and/or elementary students. Some international workers send their high-school–aged children to attend Dakar Academy, a boarding school 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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