Invest in a Future Church Planter

The Alliance is looking for a mentor for church planters in Ukraine.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Ukraine

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Develop church planters
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

Ukraine is in a time of transition and appears to be on the cusp of revival. This is a country that has potential to experience great church growth and contribute to the evangelization of many unreached people groups.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability and experience to teach and mentor
  • Willingness to work on a team in submission to national leadership
  • 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 singles or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 55

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with a multicultural team
  • Willingness to work outside comfort zone

Responsibilities:

  • Work alongside church planters
  • Help organize events
  • Develop and organize a discipleship program
  • Contribute to weekly team meetings
  • Invest in Ukraine’s missions-minded churches

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 is a modern country, transitioning from a Soviet system to a free market economy.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in an apartment in Kiev, an urban environment. Most people use the highly efficient transportation system, and most modern conveniences are available.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project lists Ukraine as 73 percent Christian. Among these Christians, 2.73 percent are evangelical, but many still have little knowledge of their faith. 

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 the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

There are a lot of stairs and frequent walking is necessary to navigate the city and access public transportation.

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:

A K–12 Christian English-speaking school and a homeschool cooperative are available.

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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