posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Missional Community Developer in Paris

This is a great opportunity for a highly relational person or couple who have a heart to reach lost people in an urban context. As a team member, this individual or couple would be responsible to make a strong contribution to evangelism, training disciplemakers, and leadership development efforts that go into the forming of new missional communities of faith that will multiply themselves. Missional communities will contribute to and help advance the National Church’s vision to plant and multiply churches.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy Track
  • Church planting, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This is a great opportunity for a highly relational person or couple who have a heart to reach lost people in an urban context. As a team member, this individual or couple would be responsible to make a strong contribution to evangelism, training disciplemakers, and leadership development efforts that go into the forming of new missional communities of faith that will multiply themselves. Missional communities will contribute to and help advance the National Church’s vision to plant and multiply churches.

A “missional community” is a gospel centered group that gathers regularly with evangelistic intent. They create a space where non-believers are hospitably invited to experience Spirit-filled, biblical community. They are a place to discover God and His Word through dialogue. People are discipled, mentored, and developed into leaders there. Missional communities multiply into additional communities. In our context, these groups would meet outside of church buildings, have an element of “breaking bread together”, and each would be led by two units (couples or singles).

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:

Like most places where the Alliance has a presence, France is a very challenging environment to work in. It is a post-modern society, which generally shows solid resistance to gospel communication. Our experience of ministry in France has shown that people are responsive to the gospel when invited into a deep relational and Spirit-filled community. The location of ministry will be Paris, but other specific ministry details will be discussed during the interview process. Final strategy details will await completion of a two-year language study period in the country.

CIA World Factbook – France

Joshua Project – France

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.

In addition, the successful applicant(s) may need to learn a second language at some level of proficiency.

Health Considerations:

France offers excellent healthcare options in both the private and public sectors.

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. Family ministry is important in this context as the people being reached value family highly.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local schools are available, as well as some bilingual schooling options. Homeschooling is not an option in France. Black Forest Academy in Germany is an option for children in high school.

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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