Secondary Teacher

The Alliance is looking for someone to come be a part of building up TCKs as well as building up the body

Posted on January 13, 2021


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Vocational Track
  • Educational
  • Church planting
  • Partial funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Ishinomaki City was devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. Since 2013, our team has lived in vital relationship with the people of our city and our fellow Christian workers from other organizations. As a mission community seeking to engage the unreached people of northeast Japan, we have a pressing need for a secondary teacher to supervise the educational progress of eight to twelve middle and high school TCKs who are currently doing homeschool or online schooling. The teacher’s role will be that of supervisor, tutor, mentor and student developer. The teacher will live in the local community and also will have the opportunity to support outreach and church-planting efforts.


  • Providing accountability and supporting students’ educational progress
  • Providing individualized instruction, when needed
  • Overall classroom management and supervision
  • Helping middle-school TCK’s transitioning to the classroom from Japanese elementary school
  • Cultivating a loving and supportive classroom community where students thrive

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
  • A recognized bachelor’s degree in education, perferably secondary education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong desire to invest in the educational and spiritual development of secondary TCK students

Biblical Characteristics Desired

  • Kingdom-minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit-dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language- acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

Ishinomaki, situated on the northeast coast of Japan, has a small-town feel. The teacher will live in the local community, working at the TCK classroom. He/she will have opportunity to connect with Japanese and will meet regularly with the Ishinomaki church-planting team for community, worship, and outreach.

CIA World Factbook – Japan

Language Expectations

Language learning will be a small, but regular, part of the teacher’s role in Ishinomaki, in order to enhance his/her experience in the culture, as well as to equip him/her for meaningful engagement in the local Japanese community. Possible language-learning methods will include tutoring, Japanese classes, conversation with a language- exchange partner and self-study.

Health Considerations

Japan has good healthcare facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

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.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options

There are local Japanese schools for primary-aged students. Secondary students could attend the TCK classroom while completing online or homeschool studies.


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.


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