Developer of Contact Strategies for Missional Communities

The successful applicant(s) will join a team developing creative strategies to reach nonbelievers through missional communities developed to plant churches in Paris.

Posted on January 1, 2019

France

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planter
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

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)
  • Experience and gifting in evangelism
  • Ability to be highly relational and self-motivated
  • Heart for living and serving in an urban context
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Ability to evangelize relationally
  • Hospitality
  • Heart for lost people
  • Godly leadership
  • Desire to make disciples

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience and gifting in discipling, mentoring, and developing people
  • Ability to be a team player
  • Spiritual gifts of encouragement and exhortation
  • Creativity
  • Comfortable interacting with people of different backgrounds/ethinicities
  • Experience with missional communities or house churches
  • Urban living and/or ministry experience

Responsibilities:

  • Creatively develop and implement contact spaces, events, and strategies that connect and integrate people into missional communities
  • Develop a strong infrastructure/network of partnership with AECM churches and other city organizations
  • Promote the vision and ministry of the missional community network
  • Lead/co-lead a gospel-centered missional communty, which involves teaching, hosting, mentoring, and discipling
  • Work closely with the team to train and coach missional community leaders
  • Creatively assist in discovering, identifying, and recruiting new leaders
  • Develop a training module for up-and-coming multiplication strategies
  • Assist in the mentoring of leaders in connection with missional communities and other leadership development ministries 

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 2020. 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—France

Work and Living Environment:

After a year of formal language learning, Paris will be the ministry location, a world-class city of 2.2 million people and 10.5 million in the surrounding suburbs. The successful applicant(s) will join the Paris team which has a mission to introduce Paris to Jesus by creating, developing, and multiplying spirit-filled communities.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—France

Europe’s post-modern, secular environment of is descriptive of all of France. Less than 1 percent of the population is considered evangelical Christian. France is the fourth most atheistic country in the world. The majority religion of the Middle East is the second most professed religion, followed by more than 10 percent of the population.

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.

Health Considerations:

France has good modern health-care facilities and well-trained doctors. 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:

Depending on the location and available finances, France offers a range of educational opportunities especially in the larger urban areas. Parents can choose which option will best fit the needs of their children. For high school-age children, Black Forest Academy in Germany is a great alternative.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

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 has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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