posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Urban Church Plant and Media Ministry (Senegal)

The city is a powerful gateway to the entire country. The team is involved in a nationwide movement of music and media evangelism through training, gospel music production, outreach, and potentially radio.

We run a large recording studio with audio-visual production department in our city. Workers with gifting in media production, music, photography and the like can join in these ministries as part of training events. Through this outreach, we are involved in discipleship and CP.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess – Clergy Track
  • Church planting, discipleship, evangelism, media ministry
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

The city is a powerful gateway to the entire country. The team is involved in a nationwide movement of music and media evangelism through training, gospel music production, outreach, and potentially radio.

We run a large recording studio with audio-visual production department in our city. Workers with gifting in media production, music, photography and the like can join in these ministries as part of training events. Through this outreach, we are involved in discipleship and church planting.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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.

General Information:

Our city is a great location to live: good schooling options (French and US), comfortable housing (electricity, running water, A/C), large expat and IW community. Climate is mild for African standards. Roads are good, but traffic jams frequent. Housing will be sought in a middle/upper class neighborhood of this metropolis.

CIA World Factbook – Senegal                 

Joshua Project – Senegal

Language Expectations:

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.

Most ministry will be done in French which needs to be spoken very well. The French language will need to be acquired in France. Basic knowledge of the national language will be learned in Senegal with the help of a local tutor.

Health Considerations:

Basic health services and medications are available here, but the country lacks quality, comprehensive health care. Advanced diagnosis and treatment would need to be obtained outside the country. For this reason, medical conditions which require constant monitoring and control would be difficult to maintain here. Malaria is a fact of life iOur city is on a coastal peninsula and has a milder climate than interior regions, which can be extremely hot from May through October yearly. Dakar has extreme levels of air pollution, which can affect those with respiratory issues. All typical healthcare specialties are well served in Dakar, though people have often chosen to seek very specialized care elsewhere.

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.

Depending on spouse’s gifting and training he/she can join the Urban MI or one of the other Alliance works in Dakar (medical, professional development, or church planting among an unreached people group.)

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

International workers have exercised a variety of educational options with their children, including homeschool, In our city, some team members’ children attend private French schools that use the French system and are taught by Senegalese teachers. Most of the childrens’ classmates are other expats from around Africa and Europe, as well as Senegalese children. Other members’ children attend an international Pre-K-12 school following the American system with all courses in English and taught mostly by Americans, as well as some foreign English speakers.

Compensation

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.

Important Clarification:

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]

Whole-Life Health

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.

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