posted on January 13, 2022
aXcess: Discipler and Teacher Among Believers from an Unreached Ethnic Group in Guinea
Nestled in the mountains of central Guinea is a town of 80,000 from an unreached people group. Hidden among them are a small number of Jesus-followers who need to be discipled and built into a contextualized community of believers. Needed is a couple with solid biblical understanding and strong teaching gifts, willing to help grow these believers in faith and in outreach. Working as part of a team, they will seek to use their gifts and abilities to build relationships, engage in personal evangelism, disciple believers, and help establish a beachhead for wider Kingdom ministry. Come join us in this pioneer-level opportunity!
- International worker (IW)—aXcess – Clergy Track
- Church planting, discipleship, evangelism, leadership development
- Partially funded
- Become competent in the local language and make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
- Confidently share the gospel with new people
- Work with believers to train and establish them in their faith
- Work with local leadership to develop better ways of discipleship
- Contribute to Bible studies, discussions and other meetings or events which form part of the team’s church planting efforts
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- NOTE: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one member per couple)
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- Gifts of teaching, discipleship, and/or shepherding
- Basic understanding of both the folk and formal beliefs of the majority religion
- Flexible and resourceful
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
Fouta is mountainous and has both a dry season and a rainy season. Temperatures can reach 100° but cool down at night. Towns in the Fouta are mildly developed. Part-time electricity and cell phone coverage exist, but dirt roads are quite rutted and secondary routes at times are difficult to travel. Only 0.01% of the people are Christians. They are unreached and have limited access to the gospel. While workers have freedom to talk about the gospel, there can be strong resistance, and believers suffer persecution. We build relationships and seek open doors of communication.
CIA World Factbook – Guinea
Joshua Project – Guinea
Language study isn’t something one “attends.” It is engaging in a shared experience in order to learn to serve and participate in a new community. It is essential to ministry. Those who do not yet speak the local language will take part in language study with the goal to speak, read, and write the language competently in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
This couple will receive one year of French language study in a French-speaking environment. They will follow this with field-based language and culture-acquisition in the language of the unreached people group. Both spouses are expected to learn this local language and will have a dedicated period of time to develop competency in the language in order to facilitate their ministry and their ability to impact Guinea with the gospel.
Basic health services and medications are available here, but Guinea lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions that require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. The state of secondary roads may also make life difficult for those with chronic back pain.
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.
A strong call to ministry is essential for both husband and wife. Women have many opportunities for ministry, including but not limited to personal evangelism, orality storying, engaging in Bible studies, children’s ministry, and discipleship. Both husband and wife form an integral part of the ministry team.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Quality formal educational opportunities are limited in the Fouta Jalon. There are no local French or English language schools that provide an acceptable level of education for workers’ children. Home schooling is an option, with a home-school library and resource center available in the capital city. A boarding option is available in a nearby country for older children.
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.
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]
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.