posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Help the Local Church Reach Neglected Communities in Congo
The local church, despite meager resources, has a vision to reach the neglected around them. From struggling urban families, single mothers, and orphans to remote villages, many struggle from poverty, poor understanding, and practices of healthy family living. Come help us in two ways. First, assist with facilitating our joint church-mission project, Hagar House, a safe living environment in which older widows mentor younger mothers and children in godly, healthy family living. Second, potentially help in the development and training of personnel for a mobile medical clinic that will provide medical screening, basic care, and health education, as well as a clear presentation of the gospel.
- Partner with local women to counsel the widows and orphans living at Hagar House in discipleship, practical skills, and finance management
- Assist the national church in overseeing the maintenance and care of Hagar House
- Assist in coordinating and planning medical clinics/outreaches to share Bible stories and truth
- Potentially prepare health training materials and train national Community Health educators to teach public health principles and concepts
- Work with the team and national church to build a support network for the mobile clinic
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
- Ready to learn and promote teaching through orality as we are adapting it to this community
- Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
- A vibrant spiritual life with consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
- Ability to learn and recover from failure
- Ability to work with teams—international as well as national
- Functional French, with a commitment to ongoing study of local culture and language
- Previous training or experience in community health or development
- Experience in women’s ministries and/or youth ministries
- Experience in project management
- Mentoring experience
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
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.
Pointe-Noire is a port city that, though relatively modern, has poor infrastructure. Life is challenging in the Republic of Congo. Though often faced with heartbreaking poverty and injustice, we have many opportunities to come to the aid of those who suffer as well as to see God’s power at work in breaking chains of misery and fear and freeing people to be brothers, sisters, and coworkers in reaching the lost.
World Factbook – Republic of the Congo
Joshua Project – Republic of the Congo
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.
Functional French is necessary. For those who do not know the language, one year of French language study is required. After arriving in Congo, the first few years will include cultural and local language learning as well as continuing studies in French.
The worker(s) would need to be healthy enough to maintain their health in a country where health care and food choices are limited. Common infectious diseases include malaria and tuberculosis. Appropriate prevention and healthy living are necessary. We are committed to biblical holism, modeling and reflecting this through our work.
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.
This ministry position requires that both spouses be meaningfully involved in the development of the Hagar House Project.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
International workers have exercised a variety of educational options with their children, including home school, French language school (in the French education system), and our French-language Christian primary school (levels equivalent to 1st through 6th grade). One family supplemented this program with English-language home school for their son. An international British primary school is also available. For high school, English-language options include home school or international boarding schools out-of-country.
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].