posted on January 17, 2022
aXcess: Business Owner, Bringing Light to a Creative Access Country (Africa)
The applicant will shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of our closed-access community through evangelism and discipleship, both during their work, using their business to build relationships with locals and share with them, and outside of it.
Our hope for their business would be to eventually employ local people, providing very necessary employment opportunities and skills training.
The applicant will shine the light of the gospel into the darkness of our closed-access community through evangelism and discipleship, both during their work, using their business to build relationships with locals and share with them, and outside of it. Our hope for their business would be to eventually employ local people, providing very necessary employment opportunities and skills training.
- Language and culture study
- Evangelism and discipleship – both during work and outside of it
- Establish and run a business that will be a meaningful presence in our community.
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
- The applicant must be meaningfully invested in their home church through the use of whichever giftings the applicant holds.
- Have a background in running a business with several employees
- Be gifted in evangelism
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/Fall 2023. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.
Our work is based in an urban area in an African country. The government is stable, and our city has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Despite some economic growth for this country, its rates of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy remain high. There is a national religion, and while there is a stated civil tolerance of other religions, familial and cultural persecution (as well as, more rarely, government persecution), follows conversion. It is estimated that 0.1% of this country are evangelical, although some are becoming disillusioned with the majority religion and the evangelical growth rate is estimated at 4.6% (for reference, the global growth rate is 2.6%).
Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
The national dialect is the primary spoken language and is a requirement for this MOD. We expect 1 year of full-time language study and an additional year of part-time study in this language. We have good language school options in our city. Since French is widely used in business administration and finances, a decent grasp of French is highly recommended, but not a requirement.
There is access to adequate medical care in our city. We do, however, recommend traveling to Europe for major procedures.
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.
Both spouses are considered vital parts of our team, and as such (following the leading of God and wise counsel) encouraged to engage in ministry. Each family unit is responsible to find the right balance of work, family investment, and rest for themselves.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
We have several options for schooling within our city. Private (French) schools and an American school are both available, and home schooling is also an option.
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.
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.
Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]
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.