posted on September 1, 2021

aXcess-Clergy Track: CHURCH PLANTING IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST CITY!

The Alliance is looking for someone who is ready to learn, to connect, and to join

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Clergy Track
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • Partial funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Work with a church-planting team to reach the unreached in the world’s largest urban area of more than 37 million people.  Our mission is to find creative ways to reach out into the community and to build relationships in order to share the Gospel, disciple new believers, and develop future leaders.  Partner with an experienced couple who will mentor you as you learn the language and culture.

Responsibilities

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Biblical Characteristics Desired

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

The Japanese are leading players in the international economic system. They can be seen as people who adopt many of the practices and products of the West; yet, they maintain a distinct identity and national pride. One thing that makes Japanese culture fascinating is that the people are simultaneously a changing people and a traditional one, a searching people, yet content. Their tendency to be a searching people is evident in the many religious and cult groups that have begun and grown in Japan.

The new worker will live in or near Tokyo. Japan has a long and distinctive cultural and historical heritage. This has given rise to ways of thinking and customs different from those of the West. Knowing how to approach these differences thoughtfully can facilitate the necessary learning to adapt gracefully to your particular situation and setting.

CIA World Factbook – Japan

Language Expectations

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.

As a new international worker, two years of full-time language study will take up a major part of your time and energy in a language program built to suit your needs, as well as gaining a basic understanding of Japanese culture. The effectiveness of your future ministry will depend largely on the use of this time. Learning the Japanese language should be a lifelong goal, as this will greatly enhance ministry and the ability to impact people for Christ. The goal is comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing of the Japanese language, with emphasis on the first two, in order to fluently communicate the message of Christ.

Health Considerations

Japan has good healthcare facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

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 Christian Academy in Japan is where most international workers’ children attend school in the Tokyo area.  Local Japanese schools are also options.

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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