posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Community Center Director in the Middle East

The team focuses on reaching the Kurds with the gospel through partnering with the local church and operating the Community Center. The team has a good relationship with the local Kurdish pastor and church leaders. Through the Community Center, we are seeking to develop relationships in a broader sphere of the local community, partnering with church members in building the relationships and sharing the gospel.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy or Vocational Track
  • Business, business development, community center work, evangelism, discipleship, educational community development (rural and urban environments), ESL, and leadership development
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

The team focuses on reaching the Kurds with the gospel through partnering with the local church and operating the Community Center. The team has a good relationship with the local Kurdish pastor and church leaders. Through the Community Center, we are seeking to develop relationships in a broader sphere of the local community, partnering with church members in building the relationships and sharing the gospel. 

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:

Our work is based in an urban area in an African country. The government is stable, and our city has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Despite some economic growth for this country, its rates of poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy remain high. There is a national religion, and while there is a stated civil tolerance of other religions, familial and cultural persecution (as well as, more rarely, government persecution), follows conversion. It is estimated that 0.1% of this country are evangelical, although some are becoming disillusioned with tThe country predominantly follows the majority religion of the Middle East, though there is a small Christian minority. The evangelical church is small, but growing, if slowly, especially in the major cities. Our city is ethnically diverse, but predominately Kurdish, with a little under one million people. The city has an ancient history, predating the Babylonian Empire! Kurdish people are hospitable and welcoming, though they themselves live under oppression and discrimination as an ethnic minority. The surrounding region is mountainous and beautiful, with colder and snowy winters, but cooler summers. The local infrastructure is well developed, even if the city feels like a large village. Most necessities are easily available in various stores, groceries and supermarkets, though foreign food products are limited.

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.

The initial year of language learning will be done in a major city through a language institute and personal language helpers. Language learning will continue after relocating through private tutors and personal language helpers, along with practice in the community.

Health Considerations:

Basic healthcare services are available, including private hospitals and dentists.  Advanced medical care is available in the other major cities. 

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. The spouse will be expected to study the language and volunteer in the Community Center and with the team, at least part-time.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

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 fundraising is available.

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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