Relational Church Planting in Thai Cities

This is a position for someone with a heart for church planting in a Buddhist country that has freedom of religion; yet, less than one percent are Christian.

Posted on January 13, 2021

Thailand

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Clergy Track
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • Partial funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Come and use your skills, giftings and abilities to be a part of a church-planting team!  You would be working alongside Thai believers to plant churches in Bangkok or other major cities throughout the country.

Responsibilities

  • Be intentional about sharing the gospel in a Thai context
  • Disciple new believers
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Thai believers, national-church leaders and pastors
  • Make and develop relationships with local people by practicing hospitality
  • Relationships that allow ministry to flow as an expression of faith and genuine concern for local people

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 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of six hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • 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 or above

Preferred Qualifications

  • Gospel motivated
  • Adaptable
  • Team oriented
  • Willingness to try new things in order to reach Thai people

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

The Bangkok metropolitan area and major cities throughout Thailand are rapidly developing, with many modern facilities.   Transportation is quite convenient, with an expanding sky train and subway-train system, numerous public-bus routes and many taxis.  Cars are driven on the left side of the road.  Numerous opportunities for shopping are available in shopping malls and markets. Western products and foods are readily available.

The successful applicant(s) would live in a Thai metropolitan area.  They will begin your first two years by learning the Thai language in Bangkok, which is the capital and principal city of Thailand.  The Thai people are friendly and gracious, but they also are  darkened by the appeasement of evil spirits, Buddhism and Islam.  Living arrangements will be in the local community of the new church plant in order to introduce others to Jesus, mentor them in biblical faithfulness, and partner with a team to plant new communities of faith.

CIA World Factbook – Thailand

Language Expectations

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

The applicant(s) will receive two years of intensive, Thai-language and cultural study.  The first year of language learning will combine interactive language classes and individual tutoring, as well as being exposed to and immersed 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.  Your goal will be to speak, read and write Thai at a fluent level, so that you can clearly share the good news of Jesus.  The mastery of the Thai language is a lifelong learning process.

Health Considerations

Modern and inexpensive medical care is available throughout Thailand.  Medications can be obtained easily through hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.

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 many educational options in Thailand.  In Bangkok and some metropolitan cities, you will find international schools.  Other options include Thai private schools, homeschooling or various options of boarding schools.

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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