posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Community Development and Church Planting in the Middle East

Worker will, by day, be involved in our non-government organization (NGO), helping provide community development and poverty alleviation to the low income and high-risk program participants. There is opportunity in our women’s wellness program, either teaching fitness classes or leading educational and group therapy talk times. Afternoons and evenings will involve teaching, leading, and training students and employees in our after-school programs, including 120 high school and university students. English, leadership development, and values are taught, learned through activities, and developed in community and relationships. At night, there are opportunities to disciple new believers and participate in the underground church movement.   

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy or Vocational Track
  • Church planting, discipleship, and educational community development (rural and urban environments)
  • Creative-access location
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

Worker will, by day, be involved in our non-government organization (NGO), helping provide community development and poverty alleviation to the low income and high-risk program participants. There is opportunity in our women’s wellness program, either teaching fitness classes or leading educational and group therapy talk times. Afternoons and evenings will involve teaching, leading, and training students and employees in our after-school programs, including 120 high school and university students. English, leadership development, and values are taught, learned through activities, and developed in community and relationships. At night, there are opportunities to disciple new believers and participate in the underground church movement.   

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:

As a site in a creative-access country (CAC), we all need to work in the NGO to maintain our visas in the city. While at this part-time job, we cannot talk about religion or politics. However, we always live out the Kingdom of God so others can see a difference inside of us. Outside of work, we develop relationships and make space where spiritual conversations can develop. 

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, train, and foster deep relationships in the local language. 

Health Considerations:

Hospitals, pharmacies, and public and private clinics are available for most healthcare needs. 

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.

Spouses will be expected to engage in language study, volunteer in the NGO, and with the team, at least part-time.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Our city offers international schools that are sufficient with minor homeschooling supplements. For children in high school, Black Forest Academy in Germany is recommended but not required.

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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