Church-Planting Couple

The Alliance is looking for a church-planting couple in France.

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)
  • Couple only

This is a ministry opportunity for a couple with a heart for French people who are spiritually lost with little gospel witness among them. The successful applicants will be doing outreach and church planting in innovative and creative ways. They will work as a team with the current Alliance IWs in Bordeaux and in partnership with EPEM (the Alliance church in Mérignac). The objective is to establish new communities of faith in the Bordeaux region.


  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Preaching and teaching
  • Mentoring and training leaders
  • Establishing communities of faith

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
    • Note: The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree, have strong ministry experience, and have 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 45
  • A vision trip to the ministry site

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Skill in relational evangelism
  • Training and experience in discipleship and leadership development
  • Teaching and preaching skills
  • A gift for hospitality
  • Love for God and an evident pursuit to be formed in the image of Christ
  • Team player but ability to work independently
  • Adaptability, creativity, and willingness to try new methods
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Ability to handle conflict biblically
  • Positive and healthy family dynamics
  • Teachability
  • Sense of humor
  • Sense of adventure and willingness to experience a new culture

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—France
Joshua Project—France

Bordeaux is a beautiful growing city with a population of one million people (including suburbs). The city is surrounded by vineyards, and it is only one hour from the Atlantic coast and two hours north of the Pyreenes mountains. The people and culture are wonderful, but there is great need for the gospel. It is a secular society which has largely rejected Christianity and views the church as a means of religious oppression.

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 at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others and engage in evangelism and discipleship affectively.

Health Considerations:

France has modern, good health-care facilities with well trained doctors.

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:

The local French schools are a viable option. One middle school and one high school in the Bordeaux district have American sections. Black Forest Academy, a boarding school in Germany for middle- and high-school students, is relatively easy to visit.


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.


Please email Stacy Douglas at

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