posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Teach TCKs for a Church-Planting Team in the Middle East
This ministry opportunity is for a teacher who has a heart to support our church-planting team by teaching team children. There are currently 12 children on this team. Successful applicants will join a church-planting team working in a city of 800,000 among a people group that is 99.96 percent unreached. They will work with families of school-aged children to teach at a homeschool co-op teaching kindergarten-high school as needed.
- Learn the basics of the local language and culture
- Work with families to choose appropriate school curriculum
- With the help of families, implement school programs and teach the children throughout the school year
- Participate in other ministry activities at the international church and community center as able
- Use gifts to serve alongside team in church-planting efforts as able
- Maintain healthy relationships with team members, especially families
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
- Experience with and love for education
- Ability to oversee and manage children in different grades
- Prior overseas experience
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees must attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience before deploying.
This is a stable region of a country not known for stability. This city of 800,000 is known for being more progressive and open to new ideas compared to other cities in the region. The region is very mountainous. Summers are very hot and dry. Winters are moderately cold, and snow typically falls 2-3 times in the city each year. There are a growing number of Western-style stores, cafés, restaurants, malls, grocery stores, parks, amusement parks, a bowling alley, and a cinema. There are 100-200 believers in our city of 800,000 who are involved in some sort of Christian fellowship. Others have confessed to Christ but are not connected with other believers. There are three small locally-led churches in our city and several other small local-language churches that are led by foreigners.
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level to mentor, teach, and train others.
There is no formal language school in our city. Language learning (24 months) is typically done with individual tutors and periodically as a group with others in the city.
Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local foreign-staffed private hospital and a few good specialists, but public health care in general is sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, including some name brands. Any routine procedures can be done locally. Any major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.
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:
Local public schools are available but do not offer a great education and are not recommended. There are many private schools, most of which educate in English. Homeschooling is also an option. There is a homeschool co-op, which is what this MOD is all about.
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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.
Applicant(s) 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 has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].