Messianic Church Planter/Developer

Israel’s Messianic Body is now a generation old and ready to transition leadership to the next generation but is unsure of how to do so.

Posted on February 20, 2018

Middle East

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The vision of our team is to focus on raising up a “Timothy”-type ministry to complement its existing “Paul”-type ministry. We will do this by working to broaden and deepen the Kingdom of God in Israel in a context-appropriate way, through equipping local and upcoming leaders to become Great Commission leaders. As a team member of an international team, this individual or couple will work in partnership with local leaders, stabilizing the momentum of discipleship and church planting. Final location assignment will be determined after the completion of a two-year, in-country language study program.

This is a new position and a great opportunity for the highly motivated out-of-the-box thinking individual or couple with a heart for ministry and a strong calling and willingness to go to a challenging place to serve cross-culturally in team-based pioneer church planting. As part of the team, this individual or couple is expected to make a strong contribution in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and leadership development, core elements in the planting of a new church and the strengthening of partnerships in southern Israel.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • 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, and (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 40
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Proven effective communicator
  • Clear calling to Israel and the Jewish people

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Grace in the midst of adversity and conflict
  • Patient and flexible in the face of unknowns
  • Wise and humbleservant leader
  • Compassion for all the peoples of this region
  • Trust in God’s peace and protection

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evangelism and discipleship experience
  • Conflict resolution/peacemaker training
  • Russian or Spanish language background
  • Biblical story-telling training and experience
  • Ablility to provide regular building maintence and do small repairs

Responsibilities:

  • Make new contacts and develop relationships in the local community
  • Use your home to host new contacts and team events.
  • Coordinate with local church leadership and the field team in a positive and professional way
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to an itinerant training model for discipleship and leadership development in a local context (this may include weekly 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)
  • Make appropriate use of travel when invited by new contacts for the purpose of relationship building
  • Perform community or ministry center program duties as assigned by the team leader.

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2019. 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—West Bank.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant will likely begin language study in Jerusalem, considered by many to be the world’s religious epicenter. Most Israeli communities are modern and comfortable. Lifestyle here is an eclectic mix of European and Middle Eastern. The Israeli people are commonly-known to be like the cactus pear (Sabra) they are compared to—hard and prickly on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside. Israelis are family-oriented. All three major religions here (Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, and the majority religion of the Middle East) have population segments that are quite legalistic. You will live in a rented apartment. Utilities, property tax, and “building committee” fees are paid in addition to the rent. Electricity is 220V/50hz, so many U.S. appliances will not work properly unless designed to be dual voltage. Cable TV and Internet are available.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Israel.

This is a sensitive area in which to minister, as the Christian presence is legal, but the evangelical witness is not welcome. There are many negative perceptions about Christians, and a deep rooted sense of betrayal and hurt due to the long negative history of Jewish/Christian relations. There is an active anti-missionary agency integrated (illegally) into the government offices, which makes every visa a matter of prayer. A Jewish believer (Messianic) is frequently perceived as a betrayer to the Jewish people, so an authentic Gentile Christian witness is critical for Israelis to hear the gospel and then be discipled by international workers and local believers.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the Hebrew language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. The successful applicant will work with the language coach to learn enough Hebrew to do his or her job successfully. The Israeli Ulpan language learning system is considered one of the best in the world. The learner typically begins in a group classroom setting and works additionally with language helpers.

Health Considerations:

Jerusalem and Beersheva (as well as Israel in general) have excellent and relatively inexpensive healthcare, with many medical specialists available, and options for purchasing coverage through the Israeli National Health Service. Most medications are readily available.

Israel is a warm, dry, mountainous country, with moderately hot, dry, dusty summers and moderately cold, wet winters. Those with dust allergies or health concerns related to climate should keep this in mind. The physical setting for this position is most likely urban. Jerusalem is built on a mountain, so there are a lot of steps and hills to navigate. Beersheva is flat, hot, and dry.

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. In the case of a married couple, the spouse would also have language and ministry requirements that match his/her gifting and ability.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Children can attend a secular public school or a private school (Catholic, Anglican, or Messianic). There are schools for children to learn the language before entering public school, where the primary language is Hebrew. Some field workers use homeschooling or boarding options at Black Forest Academy.

Compensation:

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 includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These 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.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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