posted on September 1, 2021
aXcess-Vocational Track: JOIN A TEAM LIVING MISSIONALLY AMONG PROFESSIONALS
It has been called the land of spice and color. Life here is anything but boring. Do you like to make friends? Do you like to learn? Do you like to try new things? We are a cross-specialization team of students and business people working in a city of over 20 million people. We will walk with you as you figure out where you can best use your gifts and strengths to join our team and have a meaningful, impactful presence. We long for Jesus Christ to make Himself known in our city where less than one percent know Him. We live missionally in our businesses, universities, and neighborhoods. We walk alongside new brothers and sisters and often meet one-on-one or in small groups for discipleship.
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
o Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry, 15 hours of Intercultural Studies (ICS)
- The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree, completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of six hours in cross-cultural or missions studies), and complete(d) the C&MA Polity course.
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance licensed ministry experience (ALME)
- Alliance ordination completed.
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35
- Desire to live missionally in a student or professional role
- Willingness to pursue further technical training or certification
Biblical Characteristics Desired
- Christ-centered character
- Spirit-empowered ministry
- Spiritual leadership
- Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
- Biblical alignment
- Patient endurance
- Deep love for Jesus
- Self-feeding of the Word
- Willingness to show grace to teammates and others
- Team player
- Able to tolerate ambiguity
- Strong prayer life
- Encourage and walk alongside new followers and those seeking truth
- Be a part of a business or a student at a university
- Be an active part in team life contributing to our collective vision according to your gifts and strengths
- Be an active and enthusiastic learner of language and culture with the help of a language coach
- Practice hospitality towards neighbors, as you are given opportunity
Timeline for Deployment
Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language- acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation (Pre-Field Course and experience) prior to deploying.
Work and Living Environment
Forty-five percent of the population is under the age of 25. Rich in culture and linguistic diversity, each state in this country feels like a country of its own. It has a rapidly growing population and economy. It is a major urban center, which provides lots of opportunities for education and business.
Status of Christian Witness
People are looking for answers about the meaning of life, spirituality, hope, relationships, and inner peace. The majority in our city follows a diverse and somewhat complex system of thought and belief that spans monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, and atheism. Many here practice meditation. Our team serves in an area where less than one percent are Christians. The local church here needs encouraging, strengthening, and continual modeling of incarnational ways to reach people with the gospel. We desire to be bridge builders as we walk alongside the church and the majority population.
Language is an essential part of ministry. The goal is to be fully functional in your ability to express yourself and allow friends to express themselves. Working with a language coach, language students will receive a combination of one-on-one and group instruction in a highly interactive, fun learning environment. In advanced stages of learning, students will have a tailor-made, language-learning program to meet their specific needs.
It’s generally easy to find well-qualified, medical professionals here who speak English. There are also good hospitals here that are equipped with modern facilities. Frequent walking is required. Poor air quality can aggravate asthma.
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
There are many options to consider for children’s education, including a Christian international school, Montessori school, and other private education options.
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.