The Alliance is deeply committed to the personal, educational, spiritual, and professional development of its future leaders. A dynamic partnership of Alliance leaders, academic institutions, churches, and personal coaches is available to walk with you as you prepare for service. Here are some ways we help:

Alliance Coaching Network

We believe God has uniquely created each person to become someone special and to do something exceptional. Alliance coaching helps emerging leaders discern their unique calling and achieve wholeness, fulfillment, and effectiveness in their lives and ministry.

An Alliance coaching relationship provides a supportive environment that involves minimal advice-giving in order to equip developing leaders to discover Spirit-inspired solutions. Those being coached choose their own growth goals, options, and next steps. Coaches actively listen and ask reflective questions, challenging applicants to become more like Christ in all areas of their lives.

Ask your candidate developer for more information about Alliance Coaching.

International Candidate Process

Alliance candidate developers come alongside international candidates to help prepare them for effective cross-cultural ministry. Qualifications to serve as an international worker center around three criteria:

  • Personal Growth

    Discovering your identity in Christ and intentionally investing in your character is essential for life and ministry effectiveness. Whether you are exploring options for international ministry or are already an international candidate, the coaching relationship is critical to development in this area.
  • Academic Preparation

    Educational requirements are tied to each Alliance global position and its unique responsibilities. Your candidate developer will help you map out an educational plan.
  • Professional Development

    A proven track record of professional experience is essential before applying for an international position. Your candidate developer will assist you in creating a Professional Development Plan to meet the general qualifications for a position. Prior to application for them, most overseas appointments require two to three years of experience.

As you approach the end of your ministry preparation, your candidate developer will talk with you about applying for one or more of the openings posted on our Serve page.

After local and district leaders conduct a Level 1 Interview, you will be recommended to the International Placement Office to undergo further assessments related to the open position(s).

Next Steps Openings

Education Options and Loan Repayment

The Alliance has a rich history of offering quality Christian education in the United States and abroad. From theological institutions to the Office of Ministry Studies we have seen that solid doctrinal training is an effective tool to prepare for church leadership and spark passion among emerging leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. Also, scholarships and loan repayment services are available to Alliance school graduates.

  • The Ministerial Study Program

    The Ministerial Study Program (MSP) is designed to develop character and skill proficiency. Although the student will gain knowledge, the emphasis is upon developing Christlike character and practical ministry expertise. Program candidates must be approved by the local congregation and recommended by their respective Alliance district superintendent.

    Students study under the supervision of a district-appointed coach. Completing the MSP fulfills the C&MA’s academic requirements for licensing and ordination/consecration.

  • Schools

    Through Alliance academic institutions emerging church leaders learn about the Alliance heritage, mission, vision, and values. Students are discipled in the deeper life, equipped to win the lost, and trained to lead Great Commission churches. Currently, there are more than one hundred Alliance theological schools worldwide and nine institutes of higher learning in the United States.

Ministry scholarship and loan repayment programs are available for students attending Alliance schools who seek to serve vocationally with the denomination; these financial services also are available to licensed Alliance workers who have previously attended an Alliance school within the past five years.

  • Ministry Scholarship Program

    The Ministry Scholarship Program grants up to five $2,000 scholarships to each Alliance school to assist students preparing for vocational service with The Alliance. Undergraduate scholarships are awarded at the close of the student’s junior year. Also, a grant is available for students who have 24 graduate credit hours in seminary or graduate school.

    Scholarship applications are processed by the Candidate Development Office (CDO) representative on each campus. For undergraduates, the best time to contact the representative is at the beginning of the fall semester during the student’s junior year. Postgraduate students can apply after completing 24 graduate credit hours. For more information, contact The scholarship application deadline is March 15.

  • Loan Repayment Program*

    The Loan Repayment Program is a loan-matching program available to students who have graduated from an Alliance college or university; have incurred tuition debt, and are serving in vocational ministry with The Alliance. At this time, only undergraduate loan applicants will be considered. Loan repayments made through the program are not scholarships and therefore are considered taxable compensation.

    Loan repayment amounts are sent directly to the participant’s loan agency and will match an amount equal to what the student has paid toward his/her loans in that year, as funds are available. The amount The Alliance contributes in one year will not count toward the amount matched the following year. Questions regarding this program may be sent to

    In order to be considered for this program:

    • Applicants must apply within five years of graduation.
    • Applicants must have incurred their educational debt in a program of study leading to a degree from an Alliance college, university, or seminary.
    • Applicants must currently be serving in a local Alliance church ministry or overseas as licensed Alliance workers and have successfully completed the accreditation process for ministry.
    • Applicants currently involved in Alliance church ministry must provide a letter of recommendation from their district superintendent. Those currently serving in the overseas Missionary Apprentice Program should contact the director for candidate development to request a recommendation letter.
    • Applicants must be regular contributors to the Great Commission Fund.

    *International Ministries Appointees only: The Alliance President’s Cabinet has approved a restricted account through which family, friends, and churches may help pay for an international ministry appointee’s debt retirement. In addition to Alliance funding, donors can contribute up to $12,000 between the time of the candidate’s appointment and deployment.

    Undergraduate Level Graduates

    • Applicants with undergraduate degrees who serve with The Alliance in the United States or overseas may receive up to $12,000 over a three-year period ($4,000 per year) toward tuition debt repayment.
    • Apply for Undergraduate Loan Repayment Program
    • Master’s level graduates and Doctoral program graduates are not eligible for the Loan Repayment Program.


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