posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Church-Based Outreach in an Underserved Context in the Middle East

New workers will be based in the Alliance International Church in the central city of the state and will partner with other local Alliance churches to plan and pioneer new outreach efforts in communities in and around the area. Past outreach efforts in the area include English programs, youth and children’s events, and relief and development. Through these efforts, workers have successfully built meaningful connections with the broader community and established the international church as a uniquely welcoming place for people from all backgrounds. Ideal candidates will be forward thinkers with a passion to work with and empower local believers (especially the next generation) to advance the Kingdom in creative ways.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy Track
  • Church planting, working in a community center and non-government organization (NGO), discipleship, evangelism, leadership development, and educational environments (ESL/TESOL)
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

New workers will be based in the Alliance International Church in the central city of the state and will partner with other local Alliance churches to plan and pioneer new outreach efforts in communities in and around the area. Past outreach efforts in the area include English programs, youth and children’s events, and relief and development. Through these efforts, workers have successfully built meaningful connections with the broader community and established the international church as a uniquely welcoming place for people from all backgrounds. Ideal candidates will be forward thinkers with a passion to work with and empower local believers (especially the next generation) to advance the Kingdom in creative ways.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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.

General Information:

Living conditions in both the capital city and the central city of this state are modern, with many conveniences and amenities, though in our city the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Both cities are rich in history and culture and provide many recreational resources. The people of this region are warm, friendly, and hospitable. Most of the people in the state follow the majority religion of the region, but there is a small and influential Christian minority. Women in this society enjoy greater freedoms than many of their counterparts in other Middle Eastern nations but have more restrictions than typically enjoyed in the West. Owing to the political situation here, the country and the state are more militarized than most societies, but there is relative peace and security. Periodic unrest, most often in the form of protests and the subsequent police or military reprisal, is not uncommon.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive two years of intense language study and cultural orientation, followed by two years of part-time study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Language learners typically study with tutors in group or individual settings, and with language helpers privately. Some local courses and programs are available, but most learning is done individually or in small self-directed groups.

Health Considerations:

Healthcare inside of the country is very good, and their doctors are generally well-trained. Emergency services are readily available, as well as most medications. Healthcare in our state, however, is considered poor. Emergency services are available, but it is highly advisable to be treated outside the state if at all possible. Little provision is made for people with disabilities, especially in our sector.

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.

Since so much of this ministry requires relationship building, the spouse will be involved in as many aspects as possible in this process (opening the home, visiting families, participating in social activities, etc.). For married couples, the spouse is expected to study the language full time for two years. Ministry assignments will be determined prayerfully and in dialogue with the team, branch, and field leadership.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

If based in the central city of the state, new families have the choice between several good educational options covering preschool through high school in both English and the local language, with several bilingual schools available. Many of the best schools are private Christian schools. Educational options in the capital city are much the same, with many schools offering instruction in English, local languages, and a European language. Black Forest Academy in Germany is another option which has been used by some staff as an alternative to local high school education.

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.

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 [email protected]

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.

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