posted on September 1, 2021

aXcess-Clergy Track: CREATIVE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DISCIPLESHIP

The Alliance is looking for a couple to work with the national church to engage in evangelism and discipleship to plant national churches.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

The successful applicants will serve on a team partnering with the national church, engaging in evangelism and discipleship with the goal of planting churches among a diverse, highly educated population in a multi-linguistic Middle Eastern capital city. The team seeks creative ways to serve the community and build relationships through which the gospel can be demonstrated and explained. In addition, team members help mentor student ministry interns attending a regional Bible institute and may teach an occasional course at this school.

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

This country’s multi-religious setting is both a source of national pride and frustration. Politics and society are deeply influenced by the history and interaction of the different faith groups in the country; no one group has decisive control. There are multiple expressions of Christianity (followed by a minority of the population) and multiple forms of the region’s majority religion. While there are tensions between the groups, there is also a large degree of religious freedom. The evangelical church is small—less than 1 percent of the population—but the religious freedoms allow for active ministry. This country is a regional center for Christian media, publishing, and theological education. More than 1.5 million people live in the capital city, and an influx of refugees has stretched thin the available resources and public services. The general population faces regular electricity, water, public education, and affordable housing shortages. Demonstrations occur regularly, and roads can become impassable at short notice. Most necessities are easily available in numerous shops, groceries, and large supermarkets.

Language Expectations

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations

In general, the climate is moderate but hot and humid in the summer and cool and damp during the winter rainy season. Pollution, dust, and mold can be problematic for people with pulmonary issues. Many people buy bottled water to drink; people generally do not drink tap water unless it is boiled. There are several excellent hospitals in the capital city. Pharmacies in most neighborhoods provide easy access to common medications.

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. In this cultural setting, it is important for couples to be comfortable with visiting people’s homes and welcoming people into their own homes for visits and meals.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options

Several quality private schools and international schools are available locally. Families also have the option to send their older children to school in Europe where the children of other Alliance international workers attend.

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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