posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Church Planter—Be the Catalyst for Multiplying Churches in the Western Sahara
Help spark a movement. This IW will serve alongside a team and local church to begin a new chapter of reaching the second largest unreached people group in the country. He/she will learn a local language to help create gospel access through fulfilling felt needs in a way that can be replicated by local believers with the goal of seeing churches plant more churches. A new effort for reaching nearby villages outside of the city is underway primarily through sports. A hunger to grow new outreach is needed, so come be the catalyst for growing gospel access.
- Be engaged/present in the functions of the local church
- Develop new outreach efforts that specifically focus on the target people group in the villages with the goal of planting churches
- Collaborate with the team and the local church to develop a church planting model that can be locally replicated
- Live evangelically to create deep relationships with those around you
- Cultivate a lifestyle of intimacy with Jesus that will naturally overflow into your ministry to be effective
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
- Must be willing to work on a team and with local believers
- Ability to work with, and at times under, Senegalese leadership
- Experience in discipleship, mentorship, and outreach
- Be proactive/self-motivated to pioneer new methods of outreach
- Be willing to fail
- Familiar with or has experience in church planting
- ESL or technical training or sports training or community development is helpful
- Training in majority religion culture and beliefs
- Previous cross-cultural experience
- Vision trip to the ministry site
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
Housing in the urban city is modern, and most expats find their living conditions comfortable. Outside the city, housing can be difficult to rent. Although not all Western amenities are available in our location, the city is rapidly growing with an increase of more Western materials. There is a small but well-established local church that has a vision to reach their own people. We work to empower the local church, which often means choosing to submit to their direction even when it seems contrary to the U.S. cultural norms. Workers are expected to work hand-in-hand with Senegalese peers. The team would like to see an IW or unit live in the village outside of the city for more effective presence.
World Factbook – Senegal
Joshua Project – Senegal
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
The IW will have one year of French language study in France followed by local language learning in Senegal. We encourage one month (or up to a year) of a home-stay experience for immersion language learning. With no official language schools, IWs need to be self-motivated, learning with a tutor/professor at a distance with the help of local language partners.
Local hospitals may not be considered adequate for some health issues. Much better health care is located four hours away in the capital city. Many diagnostic services and medications are available as well as labs and pharmacies.
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:
Currently, we have a TCK homeschool co-op teacher on our team, which is the best option. Otherwise, the options are a local French school or Christian French/Wolof school for younger kids. For high school, there is a boarding school option located four hours away in the capital city.
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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicant(s) 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 has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].