Mobilizing Young Adults for Ministry

There are only 250 known believers out of millions of Wolof people.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Senegal

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Church planter/disipleship
  • Funded
  • Couple only

The successful applicants will play a vital role in mobilizing and equipping young adults to be a part of the great work happening among the Wolof people group in Senegal.

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 (one partner per couple)
  • Ability to work with, and at times under, Senegalese church leaders
  • Successful experience mentoring/discipling others
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test score of 45

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Hospitality
  • Humility
  • Discretion and purity in speech
  • Dedication to prayer
  • Forbearance 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with church-planting strategies
  • Experience leading ministry among college students
  • ESL or technical training/experience

 Responsibilities:

  • Continue education based on direction from the team
  • Recruit resident interns to minister for a period of one to two years
  • Assist in the day-to-day living challenges of a group of interns
  • Provide mentoring, cultural advice, and spiritual guidance for interns
  • Work with local believers to help develop disciplemaking ministries among Senegalese university students
  • Help interns and believers in the local university plug into church ministries

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Senegal

Work and Living Environment:

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; they also often dress in the local clothing.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Senegal and the Wolof People

About 20 years ago, the local church started a medical clinic and a vocational girls’ school, which teaches both a job skill and the Bible. Their outreaches have had significant impact on their community. The team’s goal is to empower the local church, not replace them or create unhealthy dependence, which often means choosing to submit to their direction even when it seems contrary to U.S. cultural norms.

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 Wolof language study as needed at our ministry location in Senegal with a trained professor and local language helpers. There may also be a period of one to three months spent in a local home for language immersion. The successful applicants 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, etc. Ministry opportunities for the spouse include teaching at one of the two trade schools, participating in medical ministries, serving in prison ministries, and many others.

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 possible options.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The C&MA compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

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 will be assessed as the applicants move forward in 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email ministryopps@cmalliance.org.

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