Church Planting and Discipleship in the Middle East

From a strategic Middle Eastern city, there is enormous potential to reach countries that make daily headlines with the good news.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Center ministry, discipleship, and church planting
  • Creative-access country
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

The successful applicant(s) will work with an existing team to teach English at an NGO-based community center that touches hundreds of families. There are numerous opportunities through the center and the established international church to create house church networks. By God’s grace, the team has the vision to launch a new ministry in a smaller, untouched city nearby.

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)
  • Strong understanding of the Church and a passion to see it multiply
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 (50 or above preferred)

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Unconditional love
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • Discernment
  • Perseverance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • TESOL or TEFL certification
  • Training or experience in community development
  • Established track record of discipleship

Responsibilities:

  • Spend 20–24 months in full-time language study in the city while also developing relationships
  • Serve at the English center and international church, seeking to establish meaningful contacts
  • Disciple and multiply individuals and groups
  • Flexibility to meet life’s demands

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:

This city is home to about 1 million people—a long-oppressed people with a proud history of artisans and poets.

Work and Living Environment:

People are eager to learn English from native speakers, and the culture is generally hospitable to Westerners. Electricity and water services are undependable. There are a growing number of Western-style brands, retail chains, and restaurants. Most families on the team live in houses or apartments in the community they are seeking to impact.

Status of Christian Witness:

The people of this region mainly practice the majority religion. The international (Alliance) church is registered and locals may freely attend. The full Bible was first published in the local language last year. Persecution takes the form of social ostracizing, and it has turned violent at times. The government officially allows freedom of religion, however, and Christians are rarely jailed. Dozens of locals have “professed” faith at some point, and there are about 15 visible local churches throughout the region.

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:

Good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local, foreign-staffed private hospital and a few accomplished specialists, but public health care in general is sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, and any routine procedures can be done locally. Major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.

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:

Good schooling options are quite limited. There are several English international schools, but some lack upper grades or only offer a minimal curriculum. Some IWs choose to homeschool or utilize online classes.

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 ministryopps@cmalliance.org.

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