Rural Business and Community Development

The Alliance is looking for someone to plant churches and initiate businesses or community development projects in north and central Asia.

Posted on January 30, 2020

North and Central Asia

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Creative-access location
  • Business, church planting, community development, discipleship, leadership development, medical services
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

The successful applicants will work with a team to employ business and community development methods to impact rural communities in order to plant churches. The position could involve anything from sales/marketing to agricultural expertise to engineering. Additionally, it requires vision to see how professional relationships can be used for the transformation of individuals and communities.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with teammates to develop church-planting strategies
  • Regularly use hospitality to develop relationships
  • Employ business and development relationships for discipleship
  • Develop and implement initiatives for business and/or development in a rural community

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).
  • A 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 40
  • Study and experience in business and community development

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 mountainous, Central Asian country is among the poorest in the region. Only 3,000 believers comprise its population of about 8 million, most of whom subscribe to the majority religion. Religious sentiment is largely nominal, yet closely intertwined with national and traditional identity.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study that is mainly self-driven because of the lack of language schools. New workers often stay with host families for the first three months on the field in order to be immersed in the language. 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 is limited. Those with complex and/or chronic conditions will face great difficulty.

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:

Local schools will offer little more than a social outlet for children. Homeschooling or boarding school (for those in high school) are the only viable options.

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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