posted on January 1, 2024

aXcess: Creative Church Planting in Bordeaux, France 

This opportunity is for a person or couple with a heart for French people, namely a younger, urban generation that is spiritually lost with little gospel witness among them. The workers will be serving in a culturally diverse, economically growing metropolitan area to creatively engage in relational evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development as a foundation for establishing faith communities. They will work on a team alongside the current C&MA Bordeaux cohort of international workers with the goal of forming new communities of faith in the area.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)–aXcess–Clergy Track 
  • Church planting, community center, discipleship, evangelism, leadership development 
  • Partially funded 
  • Single or couple 


Required Qualifications: 

Biblical Characteristics Desired: 

Timeline for Deployment: 

Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying. 

General Information: 

French people are very proud of their language and appreciate those who can communicate well within their language and culture. Bordeaux is the sixth largest and one of the fastest growing urban areas in France with the goal of having one million residents in its greater metropolitan area by 2030. It is home to the University of Bordeaux (four campuses with 82,000 students) as well as private professional schools. Two major local industries are aerospace manufacturing and wine production. A young, diverse population lives in the heart of this busy city where there are limited opportunities to encounter the gospel. 

World Factbook – France 
Joshua Project – France 

Language Expectations: 

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 in order to mentor, teach, and train others. 

International workers do two years of intensive French language and cultural study with the goal of CEFR C1 by the end of the first term (effective operational proficiency). 

Health Considerations: 

France has modern health-care facilities with well-trained doctors. Health care is generally significantly less expensive in France. There are some notable differences in care between France and the United States. If there are specific health concerns, please discuss them with the team on the ground. 

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: 

French schools work well for students with no special educational needs. Students who have individualized educational plans (IEP) may struggle in-country, in which case, a consultation with the Alliance regional education consultant (REC) is advised. Homeschooling is not an option under French law. Bordeaux has several private schools that offer classes in English and French that could accommodate third culture kids. Some could also accommodate an IEP. We do not recommend that children learn in an English-only context. Black Forest Academy in Germany is an easy and relatively inexpensive direct flight (to Basel/Mulhouse) from Bordeaux. 

Compensation Package

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.

Whole-Life Health

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.

Importance Clarification

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].

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