posted on January 19, 2022

aXcess: Join a Team Developing Lay Leaders Throughout Thailand

Working within a team framework and expected to make a strong contribution, the successful applicant(s) will help train Thai pastors and church leaders to use the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) curriculum to raise up lay leaders in their churches. It is essential to have well-trained leaders for the Great Commission to be fulfilled. There is no shortcut to success in this dimension of missions. CLD has a vision to see churches across the country of various denominations—particularly Thai C&MA churches—utilize a proven process for training and multiplying effective lay leaders.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—clergy track
  • Discipleship, leadership development, theological education
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple

Working within a team framework and expected to make a strong contribution, the successful applicant(s) will help train Thai pastors and church leaders to use the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) curriculum to raise up lay leaders in their churches. It is essential to have well-trained leaders for the Great Commission to be fulfilled. There is no shortcut to success in this dimension of missions. CLD has a vision to see churches across the country of various denominations—particularly Thai C&MA churches—utilize a proven process for training and multiplying effective lay leaders.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Timeline for Deployment:

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

General Information:

Northeastern Thailand has several modern, growing cities with shopping malls, grocery stores, western restaurants, and more. Internet and cell phones are readily available.  Thai people are friendly and gracious but are in bondage to spirits and Buddhism.  Applicants will live in either Khon Kaen city or Udon Thani city depending on their needs. Frequent travel may be necessary to a variety of settings including rural, less developed areas and staying overnight in the homes of local believers or possibly in basic hotels.

CIA World Factbook—Thailand

Joshua Project—Thailand

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language classes, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The second year will emphasize opportunities to use the language in different settings and grow in proficiency. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level so that you can clearly share the good news of Jesus, teach the Bible, and train leaders. Mastering the Thai language is a life-long endeavor.

Health Considerations:

Modern and inexpensive medical care is available throughout Thailand. Both Khon Kaen and Udon Thani have several great hospitals. Medications can be easily and inexpensively obtained. 

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:

There are various schooling options depending on the location of housing, including international schools, home schooling, and bilingual schools.

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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