posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Church Planting in a Vibrant and Historic Country 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, evangelism, discipleship, theological education, leadership development
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

New workers will be based in one of the cities where The Alliance currently has a presence, preferably in the south, but with the potential option of the capital city. Alliance teams working here are diverse, with IW units from four different countries. New IWs will work within existing teams and local congregations to develop leaders and assist with the development of a church-planting strategy, either in an underserved geographical location or among an underserved segment of society. Ideal candidates will be skilled in forming and maintaining strategic Kingdom partnerships and have a passion for church multiplication grounded in deep spiritual formation.

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 southern region are modern, with infrastructure on par with most Western cities. Both areas are rich in history and culture and provide many recreational resources. Locals are generally welcoming to outsiders, but it requires time and effort to form deep relationships. The expression of the various religions represented here are interwoven into daily life. 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 full-time language and cultural study, followed by part-time study for another two years. The goal is to speak, read, and write at a fluent level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

The successful applicant(s) for this position will learn the official language of the country. After full-time language study, IWs will continue with part-time language study and, depending on ministry focus, may consider some basic study in the second most common language spoken here.

Health Considerations:

Healthcare in this country is considered quite good, and doctors are generally well-trained. Emergency services are readily available. Because the capital is built on a mountain, the successful applicants should be physically able to navigate many steps and hills when walking in the city.

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 tFamilies have the choice between several options. Some IW families have chosen public, local language schools, which are well-funded and have a high standard of educational achievement. In the capital city, private Christian schools are available. Families with children in high school also have the option of Black Forest Academy, a boarding school in Germany.

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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