Gospel Access for the Least Reached

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

Posted on January 30, 2020

Senegal

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Position Type

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

The successful applicant(s) will serve alongside experienced IWs and local believers to break through to another unreached people group. This team plans to create access by fulfilling the tangible needs of the community with the goal of seeing churches plant churches.

Responsibilities:

  • Join in the church’s current general ministries that involve people from the target people group
  • Develop new outreach efforts that specifically focus on the target people group in the surrounding villages with the goal of church planting
  • Work with the team and local church to develop a church-planting model that can be easily replicated using local resources
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with believers, national church leaders, and pastors
  • Develop a desire for church planting in believers by involving them in all efforts

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
  • Openness to further education based on the team’s guidance
  • Ability to work with and at times under local church leaders
  • Experience in evangelism and discipleship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with various cross-cultural church planting strategies
  • Training in the majority religion’s culture and beliefs
  • Willingness to use or develop a practical skill to help create access through outreach
  • Previous cross-cultural experience
  • A 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

Though housing in this city lacks many of the amenities of Western homes, most expats find the situation comfortable. In order to respect the local culture, the team has accepted a policy of mandatory alcohol abstinence while in Senegal and often dress in the local clothing.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive one year of French language study in France and then one to two years of Pulaar language study as needed at the ministry location in Senegal with primarily local language helpers. There also may be a period of one to three months spent in a local home for language immersion. The successful applicant(s) will need to reach proficiency in both languages to be able to thrive and live in Senegal long-term.

Health Considerations:

Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Much better medical care is available four hours away in Dakar, Senegal. Many medications, blood work, and medical tests are available in local pharmacies and labs. Climate conditions may not be ideal for those with a respiratory disease, due to the high levels of desert dust.

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:

For younger children, homeschooling, local French schools, a Christian French/Wolof school, and a homeschool co-op are available. For older children, homeschooling, a homeschool co-op, and an American boarding school in Dakar (four hours away) are viable options.

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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