CAMA: Community Development among a Least-Reached People Group

CAMA is looking for a disciplemaker to serve at a social foundation in Asia/Pacific.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Asia and Pacific

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Position Type

  • CAMA worker
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Join a small team consisting of aXcess, and CAMA workers engaged in transformational community development in one of the least-reached areas of the world. A large part of this role will be building meaningful, impactful relationships while working with a social foundation (The Moringa Project) and pursuing other opportunities as they arise.

Responsibilities:

  • Transformational community development and contextual church planting
  • Invest in the development and success of a local social foundation (moringa public health promotion, care for people with disabilities, and disaster response and mitigation)
  • Engage in intentional expansion of the team’s network of relationships in the community
  • Partner with the C&MA-affiliated denomination’s new national social foundation to encourage and facilitate the growth of holistic ministry (disaster response and church-based community development) through approximately 3,000 churches and church plants
  • Teach intensives in C&MA-affiliated Bible schools across the country

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree (if a couple, this applies to both spouses)
  • Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
  • Experience in community development work and discipleship stateside or internationally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a development-related field (adult education, community development, international economic development, tropical agriculture, public health, etc.)
  • Knowledge of development best practice and field experience
  • Knowledge about and commitment to contextual ministry among people of the majority religion
  • Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME)
  • Knowledge of nonprofit management

Biblical Characteristics:

  • Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
  • Ability to communicate the gospel to a seeker
  • Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
  • Theological alignment with The Alliance
  • Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
  • Vibrant spiritual life and consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
  • Ability to learn from and recover from failure

Timeline for Deployment:

Fall 2021. Once appointed and fund-raising and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

You will live in the provincial capital. The primary ministry will involve travel to the foundation in a small, rural town 2.5 hours away. The town is on one of the most beautiful stretches of pristine coastline in southeast Asia with few foreigners or believers. The capital has a population of about 800,000 and a small community of English-speaking believers.

Citizens of this country are famous for their gentle, warm hospitality, and the people in this area are no exception. Nearly 100 percent of the people in this province practice the majority religion. The successful applicant(s) will live in a rented home in a strategic location and must be willing to participate in the local community with all the unique joys and challenges this brings.

 Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, they will receive one year of intensive language and cultural study in Java followed by language study in the context of ministry. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

The provincial capital has emergency and general hospital services that are below international standards but may be adequate depending on the circumstance. Well-stocked pharmacies are available. International quality care can be found in Malaysia or Singapore.

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:

Currently the team’s homeschool co-op offers an English, U.S. college preparatory education for grade-school children. Local and bilingual schools are available in the capital. Middle and high school–age children can be homeschooled or attend Dalat International School, a boarding school in Penang, Malaysia.

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

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialization of Alliance Missions. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which we are committed to model and reflect through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual and physical health. These will be 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 write Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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