posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Post-War Care and Recovery Developer in Ukraine
This role will help provide the national church with the needed resources and tools to care for pastors and people traumatized by war, train and disciple national church pastors to care for the emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs caused by the war, and help focus on the recovery of families separated by the war and for soldiers returning to civilian life.
- Work with the C&MA team and national church to develop caregiving programs
- Organize and lead national training programs
- Work with outside organizations that desire to assist
- Encourage an acceptance of member care and counseling by the church and its members
- Minister to pastoral couples, separated families, soldiers, and children
- 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 ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
Both Clergy and Vocational Tracks
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
- Have training or experience in trauma care and counseling
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
Disruptions to electricity, heat, and water are likely. One will see areas of total destruction, but most of Ukraine is still normal. Expect little access to American products and unreliable access to European products.
World Factbook – Ukraine
Joshua Project – Ukraine
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.
Several good language schools as well as online and tutorial possibilities are available.
Getting around Ukraine requires a lot of walking. The ability and willingness to walk is essential. Medical facilities are adequate for basic needs. Surgeries are available through private clinics.
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:
Kyiv Christian Academy offers educational programs beginning in kindergarten. Homeschooling is legal and acceptable. National schools provide educational programs in various languages, including English. Black Forest Academy is a boarding school option available for students in grades 9–12.
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].