posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Social Media Ministry to Immigrants in Southwestern Europe
Over 50 million people of the majority religion live in Europe, and many are open and seeking Jesus. The Alliance Diaspora Ministry network exists to reach these immigrants and refugees with the gospel of Jesus, plant churches, and disciple believers in the faith. Social media plays an increasingly important role in providing access to the gospel and connecting seekers to followers of Jesus. We are looking for a dynamic and creative person or couple who can develop and provide online/social media resources to the network as well as facilitate connections between online seekers and ministry partners across Europe. The candidate will work closely with the ADMC and relate to the teams that we have in Europe focused on reaching the diaspora.
- Develop and maintain an online/social media ministry focused on the majority religion diaspora
- Create and collect evangelistic content for online/social media ministry
- Connect with follow up with, and redirect seekers to teams on the ground
- Work closely with the ADM coordinator to meet network media needs
- Engage locally in on-the-ground ministry
- 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 80
- Knowledge and experience in creating social media content
- Passion to reach out to and connect with diaspora people
- A creative personality and self-initiator
- Experience in online or social media ministry
- Fluency in a European language
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.
Although this is a non-CAC country, the main focus of this ministry is on North African CAC peoples. Understanding that daily life is lived between local culture and North African cultures is very important to long-term resilience and success. There are very few known evangelical believers, and professing Christians number less than 1 percent. Most immigrants have come to Europe in search of a better life. Some are seeking refuge or asylum. For the first time in their lives, they are coming in contact with a religion, belief system, and worldview other than their religion. For many immigrants, this transition offers their first chance to explore the concepts of Christianity and meet a true follower of Jesus.
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.
If Spanish is lacking, classes or tutoring will be required until the candidate reaches a B2 level. Two years of Arabic language study are required.
This country has modern health-care facilities and well-trained doctors, and 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.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
This country offers various options for education. There are public, private, and semi-private schools that teach in Spanish and basic English. All are close to the ministry location. An international school that offers an IB diploma is also close. Boarding at a Christian school may also be available (BFA in Kandern, 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].