Church Planting in Thailand

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in Thailand.

Posted on January 30, 2020


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Position Type

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

This is an exciting ministry opportunity to join a team that facilitates church planting in the Bangkok metropolitan area through dynamic partnerships with Thai Christians in existing churches. Church planting in unreached areas is one of the most effective methods for completing Christ’s Great Commission and having a lasting and transforming effect on society.

The successful applicant(s) will be challenged to spread God’s Kingdom in a Buddhist country where less than 1 percent are Christian.


  • Reach out and share the gospel through relationships
  • Engage local people and express the love of Christ through meeting tangible needs
  • Develop relationships with Thai Christians to facilitate a cooperative outreach to the community
  • Disciple new believers through mentoring relationships
  • Train and coach Christians who are emerging leaders

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 60

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience serving as a pastor
  • Experience leading someone to Christ and discipling them
  • Ability to homeschool children, if necessary

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

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:

World Factbook—Thailand
The Joshua Project—Thailand

The Thai people are friendly and gracious, but they are still darkened by the appeasement of evil spirits, Buddhism, and other major world religions. The successful applicant(s) will live in the community of the new church plant where they will seek to introduce others to the light of Jesus, mentor them in biblical faithfulness, and partner with Thai churches to plant new communities of faith. The Bangkok metropolitan area is rapidly developing with many modern facilities.Transportation is rather convenient with an expanding sky train and subway system, numerous public bus routes, and many taxis. Western products and foods are readily available. Bangkok has a hot, humid climate.

Please be aware that the local community of the new church plant will be in an under-reached Thai area of metropolitan Bangkok. It will most likely have very few foreigners and foreign amenities, but there are many Thai people there who need the Lord. It may be far from any international school, making homeschooling the best option for children.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The first year of language learning will combine interactive language classes and individual tutoring, as well as exposure to and immersion in the Thai culture. The second year will continue individual tutoring and emphasize opportunities to use the language in different settings and grow in proficiency. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a fluent level in order to clearly share the good news of Jesus.

Health Considerations:

Modern and inexpensive medical care is available in the Bangkok area. Medications can be easily obtained through hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. The target community for church planting will have some local health care available, but better hospitals may require some travel.

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 international schools in the Bangkok metropolitan area, especially in the area east of the Chao Praya River. Homeschooling is a possibility for elementary and middle school. Boarding school options are available at Grace Academy in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia, for middle and high school students.


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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