Equip Church Planters to Reach West Africa’s Most Influential People

The Alliance is looking for a disciplemaker in Senegal.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Senegal - Dakar

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting, discipleship, rural community development, and leadership development
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This team works with believers from the Fula people group, who have a desire to see a church planting movement take place among them. Working out of a major urban center, they support an emerging regional network and often travel to encourage and build relationships between believers in remote locations. They plan to establish a center for training, discipleship, fellowship, and church planting.  Many Fula believers face persecution and exclusion from their families, communities, and economic networks. A visionary worker is needed to develop a ministry helping believers achieve economic independence, which could involve urban and rural job creation/training and discipleship.

Responsibilities:

  • Disciple individuals and small groups as they grow in likeness to Jesus and work through the challenges of ministry
  • Teach individuals and small groups church-planting methodology and walk with them through implementation
  • Build relationships with non-believers and begin study groups with them or connect them to existing groups and disciplemakers
  • Pray and help foster a movement of prayer to accomplish the team’s mission
  • Develop a program of micro-enterprise and/or vocational training in a relevant area, coordinating this training with the larger program of discipleship and church planting

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 50
  • Some understanding of and desire to work among those of the majority religion
  • Willingness to work collaboratively on a team
  • Training in micro-enterprise or experience in a relevant field, such as agriculture, animal husbandry, technology, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with various cross-cultural, church-planting strategies
  • Training in the culture and beliefs of the majority religion
  • Willingness to use or develop a practical skill to help create access for outreach
  • Previous cross-cultural experience
  • Vision trip to the ministry site

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—Senegal

Most of the team lives in Dakar and often travels up to an hour by personal vehicle or taxi to ministry locations. At times it is necessary to travel six hours or more to visit contacts. Running water, electricity, and air conditioning are readily available. Supermarkets are plentiful and offer almost all needed household and grocery items. There are also neighborhood open-air food and household-item markets.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive one year of French language study in France followed by one year of Pulaar language and culture study before taking on full team member responsibilities. The team will guide and help new workers develop a participant driven Pulaar language program with local language partners.

Health Considerations:

Dakar is on a coastal peninsula and has a milder climate than interior regions, which can be extremely hot from May through October annually. Dakar has high levels of air pollution at times, which can affect those with respiratory issues. All typical healthcare specialties are well served in Dakar, though people often choose to seek specialized care elsewhere.

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. The spouse could be involved in urban church planting, outreach to urban professionals through business and leadership training, and medical ministry.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Some team members’ children attend private bilingual French schools that use the French system and are taught by Senegalese teachers. Most of the childrens’ classmates are other expats from around Africa and Europe, as well as Senegalese children. Other members’ children attend Dakar Academy, a Christian, international Pre-K–12 school following the American system with all courses in English and taught mostly by Americans, as well as some foreign English speakers. Boarding is available for students in sixth grade and above.

For workers who choose to live outside the city, Bourofaye Christian School offers teaching in English that follows two systems from England and also offers boarding.

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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