posted on January 1, 2024

aXcess: Engaging the Majority Culture through a Community Center in the Middle East

Workers are needed to be a part of this newly formed team impacting an unreached city in the Middle East. There is a historical lack of effective discipling of local disciplemakers that leads to church planting among the majority population, despite much international work in the city. This highly strategic area has enormous potential to reach neighboring countries that make daily headlines with the good news. The successful applicant(s) will work with his/her teammates and other area partners to grow a community center that touches hundreds of families and fosters relationships of trust.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)–aXcess–Vocational Track or Clergy Track 
  • Church planting, community center, community development (urban), education, ESL/TESOL, evangelism, leadership development, NGO 
  • Partially funded 
  • Creative-access country (CAC) 
  • Single or couple 


Required Qualifications: 

Clergy Track 

Vocational Track 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Biblical Characteristics Desired: 

Timeline for Deployment: 

Summer/fall 2025. All appointees must attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience before deploying. 

General Information: 

This ancient city has rapidly grown into a sprawl of over a million. Multicultural yet conservative locals are interested in Western ideas but are rooted in their traditions. Regional political and aid efforts are based here because of its openness, location, relative security, and development. In the plains of a mountainous region, locals picnic in the mountains in the spring and drink sugary, hot tea year-round. Summers are very hot and dry while winters are moderately cold. Electricity and water are not always dependable, but services are improving each year. There are a growing number of Western-style stores, cafés, restaurants, high-rise buildings, malls, grocery stores, hotels, and parks. Although overwhelmingly unreached, it is home to a small group of ethnic Christians with a handful of evangelical congregations. There are almost no majority cultural congregations found in the city. These believers generally fellowship with other language groups or in small home groups. 

Language Expectations: 

Language is an essential part of ministry. There is no formal language school, and learning is typically done with individual tutors. After 24 months of full-time language study, teammates should be advanced in the local language according to the ACTFL guidelines. After 24 months, funds will be made available to continue in part-time language learning. 

Health Considerations: 

Workers should be in good health to thrive in this environment. Public health care is generally sub-standard, although there are some better private facilities, especially in a sister city. Pharmacies carry most medicines. Any routine or emergency procedure 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: 

Good schooling options are limited. While there are private international schools that educate in English, some lack upper grades or only offer a minimal curriculum. While some IWs have been satisfied with these institutions, especially for primary school, other IWs have homeschooled or utilized online classes. A new school project began in the school year 2022–2023. It is a Christian school education only for expat children as they are only seeking accreditation through the American education system and not the local education system. Currently, they have grades pre-K through grade 6 with the goal of adding grades each year and offering high school diplomas by 2026. 

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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