Developing People and Churches

The Alliance is looking for a church planter and disciplemaker in north and central Asia.

Posted on January 30, 2020

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Creative-access location
  • Church planting, discipleship, ESL/TESOL, evangelism, and leadership development
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This team desires to be a catalyst in bringing the light of the gospel to this city. In order to help reach young urban professionals who have little access to knowledge of God’s love, passionate Christ followers with experience connecting with non-believers are needed. This is an opportunity to use creativity to develop relationships and build communities of faith. The successful applicant(s) will work alongside a great team and have opportunities for personal development, support, and ministry partnership as they seek to grow a network of churches.

Responsibilities:

  • Make contacts with the unchurched and develop relationships
  • Share the gospel and initiate follow up evangelistic Bible-study activities
  • Lead small-group Bible studies and meet one-on-one for discipleship
  • Participate in leading an English club
  • Mentor church planters

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 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 (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in intercultural studies
  • Experience in church planting
  • Proficient knowledge of English grammar and experience teaching ESL

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:

This city is developing rapidly, providing a bustling urban environment. This requires applicants to be prepared to carry on many ministry activities in the evenings with the large student and young professional populations. As this country’s “gateway to the West” much of the city has a European mentality. Housing is in apartment buildings with 100-200 apartments. Public transportation is excellent—the subway connects to a majority of the city. An English-speaking international school is available for children.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write at a fluent level in order to clearly share the good news of Jesus. Language-learning possibilities are flexible, based on the learner.

Health Considerations:

There are good health-care facilities. Transportation, apartments, sidewalks, and public buildings are not usually 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’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There is an accredited international K–12 Christian school with an American curriculum available. Also, many local schools can provide a quality education with excellent opportunities for your children and whole family to integrate into the culture. Preschool programs with flexible hours are prevalent throughout the city.

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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