International Church Pastor

The Alliance is looking for a pastor for an international church in the Middle East.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting, leadership development
  • Evangelism/discipleship
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

This is a unique opportunity to shepherd an ever-changing congregation with attendees from six continents. The successful applicant will lead an urban-based international church, joining a team focused on one-to-one discipleship and small groups. Team members will manage work with those speaking the local language and assist the pastor with the English congregation. Pastoral responsibilities include helping the team plant churches among local language groups and engaging weekly in discipling English speakers.

Responsibilities:

  • Be a successful team player
  • Oversee church leadership and guide the church’s vision
  • Organize weekly services, while assuming most of the preaching duties
  • Initiate Bible studies, small groups, and service projects.
  • Make disciples who will make disciples

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 (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
  • A vision trip to the ministry site
  • A strong sense of identity and authority in Christ
  • Clear calling to this unique, local-international church outreach
  • Excellent relational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Demonstrated competency in planning, prioritizing, and completing ministry tasks
  • Training and demonstrated effectiveness in applying one or more evangelistic strategies/methods
  • Positive, healthy family dynamics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree with some focus in intercultural studies
  • Experience living and ministering in a cross-cultural context

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall of 2020. 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 be based in a city of 750,000-plus people and is one of three strategic cities in the region.  It is the cultural home of the long-oppressed people of this region, who have a proud history of accomplished artists and poets. Hospitality is a high priority; the people value relationships over tasks and enjoy discussing religion and politics.

The area’s topography is split between rugged mountains and rolling hills/plains.  Summers are extremely hot and dry; winters can be chilly and wet with temps dropping below freezing at night. Dress varies but in general follows Western styles with a great emphasis on modesty. Locals rarely leave their homes without dressing up.

The need is great in this region. Out of nearly 5 million people, an estimated 5,000 are Christ followers and just 500 are involved in some type of fellowship. Although the majority religion pervades society, compared with other countries in the larger region, many here are open to a new way. The potential is high for those reached to impact the three additional countries in which this people group lives.

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. During this season, the only expectation for pastoral duties is preaching three Sundays a month.

Health Considerations:

Access to general health care is good; however, quality is poor. Modern equipment is available, yet there is little training in the technology; basic sanitary precautions are not necessarily followed. However, there are an abundance of doctors, pharmacies, and hospitals in the city. Anyone considering coming to this area should be in good health, with no serious chronic illnesses.

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. Because of the strong gender division in this society, it is critical that female workers engage in hospitality and spiritually invest in the women of this people group.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are several options for education, including homeschooling. Local schools are often sub-par and will not qualify a young person for university in the West. In the city there are several English-based private schools that offer a decent education with some Western staff, and do graduate students able to study in the West.

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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