posted on January 13, 2022

aXcess: Establishing Gospel Relationships Through a Community Center

The desire of this team is to work where God is working, to build relationships that are bridges to sharing the gospel, to help develop communities of faith, and to encourage new believers as they reach out to their families, friends, neighbors, and neighboring countries.

Position Type

Position Type:

  • International worker (IW) —aXcess—Clergy Track
  • Community center, evangelism, discipleship, community development (urban), leadership development, ESL educational classes
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple

The desire of this team is to work where God is working, to build relationships that are bridges to sharing the gospel, to help develop communities of faith, and to encourage new believers as they reach out to their families, friends, neighbors, and neighboring countries. We seek to accomplish this goal by leading conversational English groups, providing one-on-one coaching opportunities, and hosting skill and hobby classes or events at our community center. It is our goal that through these options, we will have opportunities to share about the One who gives us hope and freedom.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer of 2023. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Course/Experience prior to deploying.

General Information:

This is a beautiful country that boasts the sea and majestic mountains. New team members will join the existing team in the capital city (population 1.5 million), which is situated in a valley and dates to the 5th century. A gift for hospitality and community, along with a complex mix of the ancient and modern, has landed GM on several travel lists in the past two years.

While the landscape speaks of God’s majesty, the lack of access to the gospel is a major obstacle for this nation, where less than 0.5 percent of the population is evangelical. The local Orthodox Church is strong, but most people attend service only during holidays and for special ceremonies. Christianity here is often characterized as part of the national identity and is often works-based, hypocritical, and impersonal, which has caused many people to leave the church and/or embrace atheism.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive two years of intense language study followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

It is expected that the selected applicant(s) will dedicate several hours per day to language acquisition (30 hours per week) during language study and continue to make mastery of the local language a lifelong goal. This will greatly enhance ministry and the ability to influence people for Christ. Even the locals understand that this language can be difficult, so our commitment to studying it opens doors, shows love, and increases our testimony. While we desire to increase the use of the local language in our day-to-day ministries and lives, our team still uses English for many of its ministries. Therefore, self-commitment and continued self-study will be necessary to work toward increased mastery.

Health Considerations:

This is a rapidly developing country; however, in general, medical care is not up to Western standards. New hospitals and clinics with more modern facilities and equipment have opened and some are staffed by doctors who speak some English and are trained in Western standards. Many medications are readily available but may not be under the same brand name or from familiar manufacturers. A neighboring country is well-known for its medical care and is available to provide specialized care if needed.

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.

The successful applicant’s spouse is expected to engage meaningfully in fulfilling ministry objectives based on his/her gifts, training, the team’s needs, and the family’s needs. Married couples on this team see their ministry as a partnership and their families as a part of the team as well. Both spouses are expected to fulfill the two-year full-time language study requirement. If children are in the home, it is understood that there may be a limited time commitment for ministry.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

The capital city offers excellent opportunities for families with several schooling options that include an International Baccalaureate (IB) school and a British international school. Homeschooling is also an option after language study.

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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