Discipleship and Missional Living in Asia/Pacific

Join a team living missionally among professionals in the Asia/Pacific region

Posted on April 20, 2020

Asia and Pacific

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Discipleship and evangelism
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

The successful applicant(s) will serve on a cross-specialization team of students and business people working in a city of over 20 million people. The staff will walk with the applicant as they figure out where they can best use their gifts and strengths to join the team and have a meaningful, impactful presence. These international workers long for Jesus Christ to make Himself known in their city where less than 1 percent know Him. They live missionally in their businesses, universities, and neighborhoods, walk alongside new brothers and sisters, and often meet one-on-one or in small groups for discipleship.

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 35
  • Desire to live missionally in a student or professional role
  • Willingness to pursue further technical training or certification

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined
  • Patient endurance
  • A deep love for Jesus
  • Consistent reading of God’s Word
  • Willingness to show grace to teammates and others

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire to be a team player and a self-starter
  • Ability to tolerate ambiguity
  • Strong prayer life

Responsibilities:

  • Encourage and walk alongside new believers and those seeking truth
  • Be a student at a university or part of a business
  • Be an active part in team life, contributing to the collective vision according to gifts and strengths
  • Be an active and enthusiastic learner of the language and culture with the help of a language coach
  • Practice hospitality towards neighbors as opportunities arise

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.

Work and Living Environment:

In this country, 45 percent of the population is under the age of 25. Rich in culture and linguistic diversity, each state in this country feels like a country of its own. It has a rapidly growing population and economy. The city where this team serves is a major urban center which provides lots of opportunity for education and business.

Status of Christian Witness:

The people of this country are looking for answers about the meaning of life, spirituality, hope, relationships, and inner peace. The majority in the city follow a diverse and somewhat complex system of thought and belief that spans monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, and atheism. Many here practice meditation as well. This team serves in an area where less than 1 percent are Christians. The local church here needs encouragement, strength, and a continual model of incarnational ways to reach people with the gospel. The team desires to be bridge builders as they walk alongside the church and the majority population.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The goal is to be an effective communicator in order to have meaningful relationships and a successful ministry. Working with a language coach, language students will receive a combination of one-on-one and group instruction in a highly interactive, fun learning environment. In advanced stages of learning, students will have a tailor-made language learning program to meet their specific needs.

Health Considerations:

It’s generally easy to find well-qualified medical professionals who speak English. There are also good hospitals that are equipped with modern facilities. Frequent walking is required. Poor air quality can aggravate asthma.

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:

There are many options to consider for children’s education including a Christian international school, Montessori School, and other private education 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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