posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: Reaching a Middle Eastern Minority through a Language/Cultural Center
This ministry focuses on reaching the majority people with the gospel through operating a language/community center while partnering with the local church. Through the center, we are seeking to develop relationships in a broader sphere in the local community by partnering with church members and sharing the gospel. The team has a good relationship with the local pastor and church leaders, who we likewise seek to encourage and develop particularly as the church seeks to establish churches across our region.
- Operate the community center, primarily through teaching English
- Develop relationships with locals for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship
- Support the development of the local church, including partnering with church members who are participating in the center
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
- TEFL/TESOL certificate or degree
- Experience in discipling others
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program, and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
This country is predominately of the majority religion, though there is a small Christian minority. The evangelical church is small, but growing, especially in the major cities. Our city is ethnically diverse, with a little under one million people. It has an ancient history, pre-dating the Babylonian Empire. People are hospitable and welcoming, though they themselves live under oppression and discrimination as a minority in the country. The surrounding region is mountainous and beautiful with colder and snowy winters but cooler summers. The local infrastructure is well-developed, even if the city feels like a large village. Most necessities are easily available in various stores and supermarkets, though foreign food products are limited.
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 initial year of language learning will be done in a major city through a language institute and with personal language helpers. Language learning will continue after relocating through private tutors and personal language helpers along with practice in the community.
Basic health care services are available, including private hospitals and dentists. Advanced medical care is available in other major cities.
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 a number of local schooling options, in the local language, suitable for younger children. Older children would need to be home schooled or attend Black Forest Academy, a boarding school in Germany.
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].