posted on January 17, 2022
aXcess: Multi-Ethnic Church Planting Among Least-Reached in Guinea
Are you passionate about offering hope to the hopeless and reaching those resistant to the Truth? Our team fosters community and develops young adults through center ministries such as teaching English, mentorship, and training the next generation of leaders. This multi-ethnic center provides a safe place for young adults to find community, be vulnerable about life concerns, and explore the truth of Scripture. Join us in building relationships with those of the majority religion to offer hope through Scripture study, discipleship, modeling Kingdom life, and inviting them into the Kingdom to plant the church among the least-reached.
- Build relationships with members of the center through teaching English and life skills courses that lead to significant conversations about Jesus
- Invite members into relationship with Jesus through Scripture reading and investing in their lives
- Disciple new believers by modeling Kingdom life and helping them mature in their faith
- Collaborate with our team in forming house churches
- Help to develop leaders in the newly-formed house churches
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40
- Attend a seminar about church planting movements
- Have a call to cross-cultural ministry
- Be teachable and prepared to be a learner
- Have previous experience with a church plant
- Have experience working on a team
- Have experience working with the majority religion in our country
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.
The capital is a sprawling, developing third-world city offering limited services but extensive opportunities for growth. Applicants would live in a semi-urban area with some high-rises, but most recently constructed homes are in small courtyards. Homes are nice, but many do not have a continual supply of water and electricity. This can be remedied with a water tower and solar electric backup system or generator. Primary roads are in fair condition but are often congested. Local shopping options are limited, but essentials are available in local markets while particular imported goods are available at certain shopping locations around town, including a few international grocery stores.
CIA World Factbook – Guinea
Joshua Project – Guinea
Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year 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.
Individuals will receive up to one year of intensive French language study in France before arriving at their ministry site. Time will be allotted for continued French study during the first year of living on-site. It is recommended, though not required, that you also study a tribal language upon arrival.
Basic health services and medications are available here, but the country lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions that require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. Malaria is a fact of life in this part of the world, so use of prophylaxis is strongly recommended. The poor state of many roads may also make life difficult for those with chronic back pain. We are continually monitoring the medical situation to ensure the safety of international workers here. Please check the CDC website for all other health suggestions and requirements.
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.
We would expect both spouses to fulfill language requirements and be an active part of the team based on their gifting. Our programs at the center include both young men and women, so we need both spouses to be able to serve at the center while raising a family. We are a flexible team and can be creative, as there are many options for ministry at the center.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
International workers have exercised a variety of educational options with their children, including homeschool, French-language school (in the French education system), and our French-language Christian primary school (a school co-op operates at the mission headquarters in the capital, offering K–8 grade). This co-op is run by Dakar Academy in Senegal, which provides and resources a teacher to live in our city for the co-op. There is also a French school that provides quality education and classes for both elementary and secondary levels. This school now includes a bilingual program option, in which students split their studies equally between French and English. A boarding option is available in Dakar, Senegal (Dakar Academy), beginning in grade 8. Homeschooling is also an option, and there is a home-school library and resource center available at the mission headquarters. Lastly, there is an American international school that offers K–12 grades.
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.
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].
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.