Teaching English

Teach English to students in class sizes of about 15 students and form relationships with them outside of class.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Discipleship
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

The successful applicants will also help lead more programmed forms of outreach such as events and Bible studies.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • Experience in teaching in a formal or informal setting
  • Study and training for living and working among West African majority religion.
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Love one another
  • Live at peace with all and put their needs ahead of your own
  • Let your words be seasoned with salt
  • Become all things to all people

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Applicants who meet clergy track qualifications may be preferred.
  • Training or experience in EFL/ESL
  • Aptitude in building relationships with university students and young professionals.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete language study and sign team working agreement.
  • Teach at least two English courses.
  • Volunteer in one or more GGM departments (Activities, Administration, or Academics)
  • Proactively pursue relationships with students and take part in activities with gospel content.
  • Participate in team prayer times and other activities. 

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:

Our country has a long and proud history and deep cultural roots that traditionally include ethnic and religious tolerance. These values have been challenged recently as ethnic conflicts opened the door to international terrorists basing themselves within the country’s borders. A number of attacks have directly affected places where westerners congregate (hotels and bars), and the U.S. State Department recommends against travel outside of the capital. In spite of that, we feel safer here than we would in most large cities and have policies in place to increase security and avoid risky places. 

Work and Living Environment:

Advantages of our city include neighborly people, a major river, the national park, and interesting restaurants and shopping. Disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, dirty air, and infrastructure issues. 

Status of Christian Witness:

Our country has a history of evangelical work for almost 100 years, yet has fewer than 1 percent of evangelical believers. Adherents of the majority religion make up 87.5 percent of the population. Many of those are heavily influenced by Sufism and/or traditional religions leading to a tolerant attitude of other religions in general and an appreciation of biblical teaching specifically. Besides this cultural characteristic, evangelistic ministry is protected by the freedom of religion written into the country’s constitution and proactively enforced by government officials. 

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. International workers (IWs) receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

IWs will receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment (France) followed by basic in-country local language study. We find that knowing these two languages builds bridges with people and fosters cultural adaptation.

Health Considerations:

Our city poses some difficulty for people with allergies, especially dust during the dry time of year. If someone is especially sensitive to heat, they should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Malaria, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever are three diseases that an expatriate resident should either be vaccinated against or take prophylactic treatment to avoid. Good medical care is available locally and at a Christian hospital with a mix of local and expatriate personnel.

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.

Both spouses are expected to partner with one another and with the team, unless one has a specific different assignment. When young children are part of the household creativity is necessary for balancing family life with language study or ministry involvement. Various ministries are available based on each spouse’s gifts or interests.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Current options used by IW’s in our city include private schools based on the French system, the international school, and homeschooling. What used to be a private school focusing on the children of IW’s is currently running as a homeschool co-op.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance 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 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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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