Flexible Evangelist

This position is based in a central Asian country with a resistant people group.

Posted on January 9, 2018

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

Teammates must be willing to learn a new language and establish a legitimate meaningful, impactful presence (MIP) while maintaining a focus on evangelism, discipleship, and building communities of faith.

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 (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
  • Demonstrated history of personal evangelism
  • Desire to grow in spiritual depth for Kingdom-building impact
  • Ability to maintain spiritual, social, and emotional self-care in a mature manner

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Contentment
  • Perseverance
  • Passion for making disciples
  • Honoring others
  • Being filled with the Spirit

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Capable of contributing to healthy team dynamics
  • Able to strategically set and achieve measurable goals
  • Aware of the basic history, teachings, and worldview of the majority religion

 Responsibilities:

  • Complete the team language program in one and a half to two and a half years.
  • Participate in team events, including meetings and accountability opportunities.
  • Upon completion of language study, discern along with the team the most fitting ministry role description based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to personal strengths, available visa options, past experience, and evident community need
  • Fearlessly participate in sharing the gospel, facilitating Bible studies, and following up relationally, being ready to cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s power and leading

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

In this country of less than 8 million people, evangelicals number less than half of 1 percent. It is a mountainous region with both a colder winter and a hot summer along with milder springs and autumns. There is a large dependence on husbands and fathers who have become migrant workers, which has changed the traditional family dynamics in some situations.

Work and Living Environment:

This team is based in a valley in the largest city, where there are some rustic housing options . There are many appearances of religious observance, but radicalization is controlled tightly. The people are generally friendly, hospitable, and eager to engage in conversation, even with strangers.

Status of Christian Witness:

Christianity in this country grew significantly in the 1990s. Most current church leaders’ personal testimonies resulted from activities in that era. There are both registered churches with buildings and unregistered, illegal home groups. Generally there is a strong allegiance to the majority religion, but the reasons for this have more to do with psychological oppression in an honor/shame culture than theological conviction.

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 language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Team members are required to complete a proficiency-based program (a series of 23 tests with a language helper, split into 2 phases), which aids in building language skills conducive for legitimate communication and ministry.

Health Considerations:

Although hospitals are available, their medical facilities and level of expertise would be considered substandard by most international measurements. While this is not a part of the world known for a high frequency of life-threatening illnesses, any candidate pursuing service in this country should be healthy and at peace with entrusting their health and that of their family to the Lord’s care.

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:

There is currently a K–12, English-speaking home-school Christian cooperative for ex-pat workers. It functions like a school utilizing some local and volunteer teachers from the United States who raise their own support. There are mandatory hours of participation based on how many students attend. Homeschooling is an option, but families with multiple children often do not prefer that due to the limitation it places on the workers’ ministry investment outside the home.

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 include 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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