Envision Sendai—Site Coordinator

Sendai is a modern city of more than 1 million people, where less than 1 percent of the population is Christian.

Posted on October 8, 2019


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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Partner development and discipleship
  • Worker responsible for subscribing own support
  • Ordination not required
  • Single or couple

Known for being urban, green, and academic, Sendai is an integral part of reaching Tohoku, a region devastated by many natural disasters in 2011.

As a ministry of the C&MA, Envision identifies and develops missional leaders who innovate, establish, and strengthen communities of faith in key urban environments. We do this through short-term trips, internships, leadership development, and ministry opportunities for the Alliance family.

The successful applicant(s) will work closely with a catalytic church-planting team in Sendai and initiate new ministries and partnerships. The individual or couple will be expected to evangelize and disciple locals as well as host and disciple short-term teams and interns. Working in this cross-cultural environment requires a missional calling, willingness to work on a team, flexibility, and an innovative mindset.


  • Partner with local ministries (local Alliance churches, other Alliance international workers, and other key ministries)
  • Develop and implement a discipleship and development program for all short-term volunteers
  • Cast vision for site and local ministry
  • Build and maintain partnerships with U.S. churches desiring involvement in overseas missions
  • Host teams and interns, taking care of logistics for trips and ministry experiences
  • Develop a ministry in the community/church through applying personal gifts and experience

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated proficiency in a vocation
  • Study within field of expertise
  • Completion of Alliance Polity Course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course—or equivalent
  • Demonstrated proficiency in area of ministry
  • A passing score on the Bible Knowledge Exam
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80

Preferred Qualifications

  • Group and event planning experience
  • Leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Mentoring or coaching experience
  • Evangelism and discipleship experience
  • Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  • Gift of hospitality

Timeline for Deployment:

Once appointed and fundraising and other qualification criteria are met; 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—Japan

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in Sendai, Japan, a generally safe, developed city with excellent public services. Specific housing options will be explored following appointment.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Japan

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of intercultural ministry. Envision coordinators and associates receive one year 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. The Alliance pays for language study. If a couple is hired, both individuals are required to participate in language study.

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 is meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Education Plan and Options:


Once appointed, funds must be subscribed through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application.

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.


Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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