Ministry Opportunities in Israel

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in the Middle East.

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 is a great opportunity for the highly motivated, hard-working, flexible, visionary couple who have a strong calling to work among people of the majority religion in the Middle East and to plant churches in close partnership with national believers. The successful applicants will possess a willingness to minister in a challenging region and serve cross-culturally in church planting, partnering with local and international team members. The successful applicants will have experience and gifting in church planting, teaching, mentoring/discipleship, leadership development, and relational evangelism as well as good organizational skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local langauge to a high level of proficiency
  • Make healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Mentor and coach national beleivers
  • Work closely with national church leaders to devleop and carry out a church-planting strategy

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).
  • Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience in organizational development
  • Experience in mentoring and coaching
  • Experience in church planting

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 live in one of the larger cities in this area depending on ministry assignments and work in cities and villages nearby. Living conditions in cities offer a host of amentities and are rich with history, culture, and recreational resources. Villages tend to be developing and are less modern. The people, in general, are warm, friendly, and hospitable. The vast majority of the population follows the region’s majority religion, but large cities are home to small but influential Christian minorities. Women in this society enjoy greater freedom than many of their counterparts in other Middle Eastern nations. Foreign women are never compelled to conform to the regional standards of dress, but a high standard of modesty should be adhered to. Because of the political situation, Israel is more militarized than most societies, but there is relative peace and security.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend language study. IWs in this context receive two years of intensive full-time language study and cultural orientation, 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.

Health Considerations:

Health care inside of Israel is considered very good; doctors are generally well trained.  Emergency services are readily available. However, health care in the area of service is considered generally 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, espeically 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’s needs, etc. This 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 boarder society.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are a number of good educational options covering preschool years through high school in both English and Arabic, with several bi-lingual schools available. Many of the best schools are private Christian institutions. Black Forest Academy in Germany is another option, which has been used by some staff as an alternative to local high school education.

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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