posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: Plant an Intercultural Church in a Vibrant and Historic City in the Middle East
New workers will be based in one of the cities in which the Alliance currently has a presence, either in the south or in the capital. Alliance teams working among the majority people are diverse, with IW units from four different countries. New IWs will work within existing teams and local congregations to develop leaders and assist with the development of a church-planting strategy, either in an under-served geographical location or among an under-served segment of society. Ideal candidates will be skilled in forming and maintaining strategic Kingdom partnerships and have a passion for church multiplication grounded in deep spiritual formation.
- Learn the local language to a high level of proficiency
- Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture by nurturing relationships with teammates and locals
- Make new contacts and develop relationships
- Work closely with existing teams and local congregations to develop and implement church planting and outreach strategies
- Foster strategic Kingdom partnerships with like-minded churches and organizations
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- A desire and gifting to work with youth and children
- Experience in leadership development (in either formal or informal contexts), mentoring, and/or coaching
- Experience in church planting
- High language aptitude
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.
Living conditions are modern, with infrastructure on par with most Western cities. Cities are rich in history and culture and provide many recreational resources. Locals are generally welcoming to outsiders, but it requires time and effort to form deep relationships. The expression of the various religions represented are interwoven into daily life. Periodic unrest, most often in the form of protests and the subsequent police or military reprisal, is not uncommon.
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.
This country has great options for language learning. You will learn the local language in a very professional setting. Depending on your ministry you may study basic speaking skills in another local language.
Health care is considered very good, doctors are generally well-trained, and emergency services are readily available. Health care outside of the capital is generally considered poor. Emergency services are available, but it is highly advisable to be treated in the capital. Little provision is made for people with disabilities, especially in certain sectors. Most medications are readily available.
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.
For married couples, the spouse is expected to study language full-time for two years. Ministry assignments will be determined prayerfully and in dialogue with the team, branch, and field leadership.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Families have several schooling options. Some IW families have chosen public schools, which are well-funded and have a good standard of educational achievement. There are private Christian schools available, and families with high school children also have the option of 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.
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.