posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Church Planting and Disciplemaking in the Middle East

From a strategic Middle Eastern city, there is enormous potential to reach countries that make daily headlines with the gospel. The successful applicant(s) will work with an existing team to teach English at an NGO-based community center that touches hundreds of families. There are many opportunities through the center and the established international church to create house church networks. The team has a vision to launch a new ministry in another strategic urban area with a high level of need. The applicant(s) will have the opportunity to help launch this new project by either joining it, or by supporting the existing work.

Position Type

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

From a strategic Middle Eastern city, there is enormous potential to reach countries that make daily headlines with the gospel. The successful applicant(s) will work with an existing team to teach English at an NGO-based community center that touches hundreds of families. There are many opportunities through the center and the established international church to create house church networks. The team has a vision to launch a new ministry in another strategic urban area with a high level of need. The applicant(s) will have the opportunity to help launch this new project by either joining it, or by supporting the existing work.

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:

This is a stable region of a country not known for stability. Our city of 800,000 is known for being more progressive and open to new ideas, especially compared to other cities in the region. The church-planting team has been in the city since 2008. 

The region is very mountainous. Locals love to picnic in the mountains in the spring.  Summers are hot and dry. Winters are moderately cold, and snow typically falls a few times in the city each year. Electricity and water are not always dependable but are improving each year. There are a growing number of Western-style stores, cafes, restaurants, malls, grocery stores, parks, and activities. There are gyms and swimming pools with both men’s and women’s hours.

The local people follow the majority religion, with few exceptions. There are around 100 believers in our city of 800,000 who are involved in some sort of Christian fellowship. Others have confessed Christ, but for various reasons are not connected with other believers. There are several small churches in our city led by locals, and several other small local-language churches that are led by foreigners. The International Church is registered, and locals can freely attend. 

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive two years 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.There are no formal language schools in our city. Language learning is typically done with individual tutors, and periodically as a group with others in the city. At the completion of two years of full-time language study, teammates should be Advanced Low in the local language, according to the ACTFL guidelines. After two years of full-time study, funds will be made available to continue in part-time language learning. 

Health Considerations:

Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local foreign-staffed private hospital and a few good specialists, but public healthcare is substandard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, including some name brands. Any routine procedures can be done locally. Any major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.

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:

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, Good schooling options are quite limited. There are several private international schools which educate in English, but some lack upper grades or only offer a minimal curriculum. Some IWs choose to homeschool after language learning or utilize online classes. For children in high school, Black Forest Academy in Germany is an option.

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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