Missional Communities Developer

The international worker team in France is seeking a highly relational person or couple with a heart to reach lost people in an urban context.

Posted on January 17, 2019


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Position Type

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

The successful applicant(s) will be responsible to make a strong contribution to evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development efforts to help form new missional communities that contribute to advancing the national church network’s vision to plant and multiply churches in Paris.

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 spouse per couple)
  • Experience and gifting in evangelism
  • Highly relational and self-motivated
  • Heart for living and serving in an urban context
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Facility in friendship evangelism
  • Hospitable
  • Encouraging
  • Persevering
  • Patient 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership gifts
  • Personal experience living and/or serving in an urban context
  • Capable team player
  • Creativity
  • Skill in networking with a variety of people
  • Experience with missional communities or house churches
  • Experience in discipling, mentoring, and teaching


  • Work closely with the other Alliance IWs in Paris
  • Regularly seek and develop intentional relationships with people from the local culture
  • Consistently share the gospel through building relationships and hosting events
  • Build a gospel-centered community where people are loved and being transformed into Christ’s image
  • Regularly use the home for ministry
  • Share responsibilities in preaching and teaching ministries along with mentoring and developing leaders
  • Engage in the process of making disciple-makers, who are integrated into reproducing communities of faith.
  • Contribute to the growth of the national church network in France by partnering in ministry with the other Alliance churches 

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, the successful applicant(s) will join the team in Paris—a world-class city of 2.2 million people, with 10.5 million in the surrounding suburbs—with a mission to introduce Parisians to Jesus by creating, developing, and multiplying spirit-filled communities. 

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—France

Europe’s post-modern, secular culture 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, which is 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 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.


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.


Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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