Work among At-Risk Teens or Women

The Alliance is looking for someone to serve at-risk teens or hurting women in the Middle East.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Community center
  • Business development
  • Evangelism/discipleship
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This team brings light in a dark city. The members work in a nongovernmental organization (NGO) center to provide opportunities for people to experience healing through community. These include a women’s wellness program that offers fitness and health education as well as group therapy to hurting women and an after-school English program that also provides English leadership development and mentoring to at-risk teens. The team runs these programs alongside local employees and volunteers, bringing hope to a hurting city.

Responsibilities:

  • Successful completion of Arabic language study
  • Invest in employees and volunteer staff through leadership development and discipleship
  • Volunteer in the after-school program or women’s wellness program, teaching English and training English teachers or teaching fitness classes and/or leading women’s wellness discussion
  • Help in discipleship of new believers
  • Build relationships of trust and intimacy that will lead to conversations about faith

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of Alliance Polity
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
  • Excellent relational and listening skills
  • Previous cross-cultural experience
  • Clear burden and passion to share Christ among those who practice the majority religion
  • Ability and commitment to adapt to team life and the cultures represented
  • Teachable spirit
  • Philosophical and practical alignment with C&MA core values, church-planting focus, and methodology
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
  • A bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A passion for women’s wellness or fitness or a passion for high school and college age youth.

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 2021. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The team works for an international NGO in bringing poverty alleviation and community development to a small Middle Eastern city. All members have jobs in the community center to meet the needs of hurting people. Because of prohibitions against proselytizing in the workplace, team members invest much of their time and initiative in intentionally building relationships outside of work, where they can have opportunities to share their faith.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Because Arabic is a laboriously difficult language to learn, team members complete two years of full-time language study; after that, part-time study will continue until they can speak, read, and write the language at a functional level.

Health Considerations:

Good health care is available in the capital city, and 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. If married, it is vital that both spouses feel a call to this city are willing to invest in people’s lives. The team’s expectation is that both will serve in some capacity at the center.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local schools for younger children are adequate but will require additional support through homeschooling. High school students attend Black Forest Academy in Germany.

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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