posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Starting and Supporting Communities of Faith via Education and Development in the Middle East
This ministry opportunity is for a single person or a couple with a heart to reach the majority for Christ. The successful applicants will join a church planting team working in a city of 800,000 among a people group that is 99.96 percent unreached. They will work with an established international church and a team-led community center to reach out to locals. Together, the team plants small local-language faith groups capable of generationally multiplying across the country and region.
- Learn the local culture and the majority language of the country and then learn the primary language of the people group you are working with
- Make contacts and develop relationships that create opportunities to share your faith
- Use your skills to find legitimate ways to have presence in this refugee community
- Communicate consistently with other workers in this refugee community to create clarity and consistency of work and presence
- Lead/participate in discipleship, Bible studies, and other outreach events within the community
- 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 40
- Experience in relational sharing faith and spiritual conversations
- Ability to plan, prioritize, and complete daily ministry and life tasks, both assigned and self-initialized, that are often variable
- Training or experience working with majority religion
- Experience leading people to Christ
- Experience in discipleship
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees must attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience before deploying.
This is a stable region in a country not known for stability. This city of 800,000 is known for being more progressive and open to new ideas compared to other cities in the region. The region is mountainous. Summers are very hot and dry. Winters are moderately cold, and snow typically falls 2–3 times in the city each year. There are a growing number of Western-style stores, cafés, restaurants, malls, grocery stores, parks, amusement parks, a bowling alley, and a cinema. There are 100–200 believers in our city of 800,000 who are involved in some sort of Christian fellowship. Others have confessed to Christ but are not connected with other believers.
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 to mentor, teach, and train others.
There is no formal language school in our city. Language learning is typically done with individual tutors and periodically as a group with others in the city. Within 24 months, teammates should be “advanced low” in the local language according to the ACTFL guidelines.
Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local foreign-staffed private hospital and a few good specialists, but public health care in general is sub-standard. Pharmacies carry most medicines, including some name brands. Any routine procedures can be done locally. Any major non-emergency surgeries should be done abroad.
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:
Local public schools are available but do not offer a great education and are not recommended. There are many private schools, most of which educate in English. Homeschooling is also an option. There is a homeschool co-op.
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].