Church planter in Israel

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in Israel.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

This team is looking for applicants who have a heart for church planting in a place that has been resistant to the gospel since the time of Christ. This position will require giftings in relational ministry and a willingness to put extensive efforts into seeking ways to connect with the Israeli people.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in a healthy way with a diverse team of internationals to initiate or develop new church plants
  • Spend significant time in relational ministries, including hospitality and intentionality to find different groups/activities to join in order to build relationships
  • Seek to develop deep, trust-based relationships with current Messianic leaders
  • Be intentional in sharing the gospel in ways that specifically help Jewish people understand that Jesus is the Messiah

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 (one partner per couple)
  • Evangelism and discipleship experience
  • Thick-skinned but tender hearted
  • Flexible/adaptable
  • Teachable spirit
  • Clear calling to work in Israel
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Conflict Resolution/Peacemaker training would be very helpful
  • Russian or Spanish language background can open additional doors
  • Experience working on teams with internationals
  • Background in serving Jewish people or studying how to work with them

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020 or January 2021. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The successful applicants will likely begin language study in Jerusalem, considered by many to be the world’s religious epicenter. Most Israeli communities are modern and comfortable. Life here is an eclectic mix of European and Middle Eastern influences. The Israeli people are commonly compared to the cactus pear—hard and prickly on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside. All three major religions here have population segments that are quite legalistic. Christians have legal status, but an evangelical witness is not welcome (there is an illegal anti-missionary agency that can create visa challenges \for believers). Jewish believers are frequently perceived as traitors to the Jewish people, and various levels of persecution are commonplace for them. An authentic Gentile Christian witness is vital for many Israelis to first hear the gospel; they then can be discipled in partnership with local believers.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of full-time language and cultural study followed by part-time study for another two years. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a fluent level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Health care in Israel is considered quite good, and doctors are generally well-trained. Emergency services are readily available. Because Jerusalem is built on a mountain,  the successful applicants should be physically able to navigate many steps and hills when walking in the city.

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. Since so much of the ministry requires relationship building, the spouse will be involved in as many aspects as possible in this process (opening the home, visiting families, participating in social activities, etc.)

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Children can attend a secular public school or a private Christian school.

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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