posted on April 25, 2024

aXcess: International Church Pastor in the Middle East

For the career worker, retired couple, or anyone in between, this is a unique opportunity to shepherd an ever-changing congregation with attendees from the six inhabited continents! The pastor would join the team to lead the international church that is part of the two-pronged strategy to plant local language groups. The rest of the team would manage the local language work while providing help to the pastor in the English congregation. The team’s focus is on one-on-one discipleship and small groups. The pastor will be expected to be involved in weekly discipleship with English speakers.

Position Type

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


Required Qualifications:

Clergy Track

Vocational Track

Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Timeline for Deployment:

Fall 2024. 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 stable region of a country not known for stability. This city of 800,000 is known for being more progressive and open to new ideas compared to other cities in the region. The church-planting team has been in the city since 2008. 

The region is very mountainous. Summers are very hot and dry. Winters are moderately cold, and snow typically falls 2–3 times in the city each year. There are a growing number of Western-style stores, cafes, restaurants, malls, grocery stores, parks, amusement parks, a bowling alley, and a cinema.

There are 100–200 believers in our city of 800,000 who are involved in some sort of Christian fellowship. There are others who have confessed Christ but are not connected with other believers. There are three small locally led churches in our city and several other small local-language churches that are led by foreigners.

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.

The pastoral couple is expected to spend at least 15 hours per week for the first six months in language study. There is no formal language school in our city. Language learning is typically done with individual tutors and periodically as a group with others in the city. 

Health Considerations:

Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment.  There is a local foreign-staffed private hospital and a few good specialists, but public health care in general is sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, including some name brands. Any routine procedures 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.

Full participation in language learning is expected. Both spouses are expected to use their gifts and abilities to help build up the church. They should both be involved in personal evangelism and discipleship. Both spouses are expected to participate in team life (meetings, retreats, etc.).    

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local public schools are available but do not offer a great education and are not recommended. There are many private schools, most of which educate in English. Homeschooling is also an option. There is a home school co-op.

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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