Disciplemakers Needed

Come and join this team of Alliance IWs and national believers who are seeking to plant churches in this capital city.

Posted on January 15, 2021

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Clergy Track
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism,
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple

The openness of the people in our city will give the applicant(s) opportunities to build friendships and share their faith. An active church life will offer discipleship for new believers and further development of spiritual gifts.

Responsibilities

  • Learn to speak the local language fluently, and adapt to the local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships that will create opportunities to share your faith
  • Disciple new believers
  • Lead/participate in Bible studies, team meetings, outreach events, etc.
  • When applicable, participate in ministries to the few hundred internally displaced peoples that the churches regularly serve

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 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of six hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • 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 60 or above

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for developing relationships and sharing your faith with seekers
  • Training and experience in discipling new believers
  • A teachable spirit
  • Life in a foreign country requires flexibility, as time constraints differ from country to country and plans often experience last-minute changes, requiring understanding and patience
  • The desire and ability to work on a team

Biblical Characteristics Desired

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

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language- acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

This country was the center of the first Slavic state, and a member of the former Soviet Union. Today, it is struggling with an economic crisis and worsening relations with a neighboring country. However, the people are warm, friendly and open to talking about spiritual matters.

Language Expectations

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Most of the formal language learning will be done in a classroom for about 20 hours per week. Additional homework usually takes another 10 hours per week. We expect that each language student will speak the local, native language with nationals, and develop relationships that will allow for more advanced language learning.

Health Considerations

Our city has good healthcare facilities. However, since transportation, apartments, sidewalks and public buildings are usually not handicap accessible, physically challenged applicants may find it difficult to live here.

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

The local Christian international academy is an international K-12 school. Also, many local schools can provide a quality education with excellent opportunities for children and whole families to integrate into the host culture.

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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