Church Plant in Northeast Thailand

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in northeastern Thailand.

Posted on January 30, 2020


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planter
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

The northeast region of Thailand, called Isaan, is a rugged, dry area made up of 20 provinces and more than 20 million people. When The Alliance entered Thailand in 1929, the first work was in this region. Although significant impact has been made, the region still remains less than 1 percent Christian. Today there is a great need for church planting alongside The Alliance in Thailand, in both the provincial cities and rural areas.

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).
  • Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one partner per couple)
  • Ability to promote and develop a local worker to lead the church.
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Love for Thai people


  • Church planting
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Cross-cultural leadership development

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 2021. 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—Thailand 

Work and Living Environment:

Depending on where the successful applicant(s) is stationed, there will be a mix of rural and smaller cities. The primary work will be done with the local Thai church and other Alliance IWs in reaching areas that have no church presence.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Thailand

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language fluently in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Most provincial cities have adequate health care. However, for serious or extensive health issues, Bangkok has excellent international hospitals and health care.

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:

Options include a boarding school (Dalat), local Thai schools, or homeschooling. Some of the larger cities in the Isaan region have international schools, but there is no guarantee that the successful applicant(s) will be placed in those towns.


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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