Church Planter/National Church Developer

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated, hard-working, flexible visionary (individual or couple), who has a strong calling, in close partnership with national church planters and developers, to work among those who adhere to the majority religion of the Middle East.

Posted on February 20, 2018

Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Developing local church leaders and church planting
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

This individual or couple should possess a willingness to minister in a challenging environment and serve cross-culturally in team-based church planting, partnering with local and international team members. The ideal applicant will have experience and gifting in church planting, teaching, mentoring, discipleship, leadership development, and relational evangelism, as well as good organizational skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Grace in the midst of adversity and conflict
  • Patience/flexibility in the face of unknowns
  • Wisdom and humility as a servant leader
  • Compassion for all the peoples of this region
  • Trust in God’s peace and protection

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience in organizational development
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching
  • Experience in church planting
  • If a couple, both should be ordained or consecrated
  • High language aptitude


  • Work closely with the leaders of the local C&MA network of churches to promote organizational health and develop and carry out a church-planting strategy
  • Advise church leaders in implementing established strategies.
  • Mentor and coach local believers
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to regular Bible study, discussion, or other types of meetings and events designed as outreach, discipleship, or worship meetings as a part of the church-planting effort

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 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—Israel

CIA World Factbook—West Bank

Work and Living Environment:

This team member(s) will live in one of the larger cities, either Jerusalem or Ramallah (depending on ministry assignment), and work in cities and villages in the surrounding area. The living conditions in cities are modern, offer a host of amenities, and are rich with history, culture, and recreational opportunities. Villages tend to be less modern but are developing. In general, the locals are warm, friendly, and hospitable. The vast majority of the population adheres to the majority religion of the Middle East, but large cities are home to a small, yet influential, Christian minority. You will be living in a rented apartment. Electricity is 220, so many U.S. appliances will not work properly here unless they are designed to be dual-voltage. Satellite or cable television is available in most locations. High-speed wireless Internet is available in the larger cities.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—West Bank

Historic Palestine is the birthplace of Christianity, but fewer and fewer Arabic people continue to follow Christ. While there are 3,800,000 people who practice the majority religion of the Middle East  in this region, there are only about 71,000 Christians, including approximately 4,000 evangelicals. Most members of evangelical churches come from traditional Christian backgrounds. Many organizations have focused their evangelistic efforts entirely among the Christian community. As a result, traditional churches tend to be suspicious of Protestants in general, and evangelicals in particular.

The Evangelical Alliance Church of the Holy Land (a C&MA national church partner) is the leading church reaching out to the majority people and is breaking new ground in this endeavor. More freedom to openly share the gospel exists here compared to most other nations in the Middle East, and ministries range from relief and development to direct distribution of Bibles and Christian media to public evangelistic events. But the proclamation of the gospel is not without challenges. Wisdom and sensitivity are prerequisites for outreach endeavors.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study, followed by an additional two years of part-time study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Arabic is a challenging language, and as such, learning it to a high level of proficiency will require a lifetime of study. Language learners typically work with tutors in group or individual settings and with language helpers privately. Some local courses and programs are available, but most learning is done individually or in small, self-directed groups.

Health Considerations:

Healthcare inside of Israel is considered very good, and doctors are generally well-trained. Emergency services are readily available. However, healthcare in the area where you will serve is generally considered poor. Emergency services are available, but it is highly advisable to be treated in Israel if at all possible. Little provision is made for people with disabilities, especially in the Arab sector. 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. Arab society is frequently divided along gender lines. Female team members will have opportunity for significant ministry and unique pastoral roles among women, both within the church and in the broader society.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Both Ramallah and Jerusalem offer a number of good educational options covering preschool through high school in both English and Arabic, with several bi-lingual schools available. Many of the best schools are private Christian schools. Black Forest Academy in Germany is another option staff have used as an alternative to local high schools.


This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars through 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. This will be assessed as you move forward in 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.


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