posted on January 17, 2022
aXcess: Teaching English for Eternal Outcomes! (Africa)
Teach English to students and young professionals excited to learn English. Develop relationships with students inside and outside of class. Lead programs targeted toward outreach and discipleship with the students, such as special English events, Bible studies & classes designed to share Christ. Seek opportunities to serve in the local community and local church.
Our team is looking for a clergy co-worker to partner with the local church as it reaches out to outlying areas with fTeach English to students and young professionals excited to learn English. Develop relationships with students inside and outside of class. Lead programs targeted toward outreach and discipleship with the students, such as special English events, Bible studies & classes designed to share Christ. Seek opportunities to serve in the local community and local church.
- Complete language study and sign the team agreement.
- Teach at least two English courses per session.
- Volunteer in one or more departments (activities, administration or academics) at our English center for university students & business professionals.
- Pro-actively pursue relationships with students and take part in activities that are Kingdom focused.
- Participate in team prayer times and other activities.
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
- Degree and Experience in TESOL
- Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
- English as a mother tongue with high fluency/competency in the English Language
- Training or experience in ESL/EFL
- Experience in leading/ developing Bible studies, discipleship programs, evangelism outreach
- Training or experience in living and working in the majority religion context.
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/Fall 2023. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.
Our country has a long, proud history and deep cultural roots that traditionally include ethnic and religious tolerance. These values have been challenged as ethnic conflict opened the door to international terrorists basing themselves within the country’s borders. A number of attacks have directly affected places where Westerners congregate (hotels and bars), and the U.S. State Department recommends against travel to our country. In spite of that, we feel safer here than we would in most large US cities and have policies in place to increase security and avoid risky places. Advantages of our city include neighborly people, a major river, the national park & zoo, and interesting restaurants and shopping. Disadvantages include heat, heavy traffic, dirty air and infrastructure issues.
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.
The first term would involve language study in both French and the local language [1+ year(s) per language]. We find that knowing these two languages builds bridges with people and fosters cultural adaptation. Those staying less than two years would mix part-time study with their other work after an entry-level crash course in the local language
Our city poses some difficulty for people with allergies, especially dust during the dry time of year. If someone is especially sensitive to heat, they should be prepared to develop coping strategies. Malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever are three diseases that an expatriate resident should either be vaccinated against or take prophylactic medication to avoid. Good medical care is available locally.
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.
If a couple, both spouses are expected to serve in roles on the team. When young children are part of the household, creativity is necessary for balancing family life with language study or ministry involvement. Both spouses can be involved in this aXcess MOD of teaching English, or if the husband is looking at this MOD, his wife may want to look at the women’s ministry CAMA MOD that is also available for this team. If the wife is looking at this teaching English MOD, the husband may consider the church planter aXcess MOD/clergy track that is also available for this team.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Current options used by IWs in our city include private schools based on the French system, international schools and homeschooling. Dakar Academy in Dakar, Senegal, is also an option for high school boarding students. Other teams send their children there.
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 and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.
Applicants 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.
Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]
The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.