posted on November 5, 2021
aXcess-Clergy Track: CHURCH-PLANTER MENTOR, DEVELOPER, AND COACH
This position would call for one who is ready to mentor and coach existing church planters and pastors and also may include mentoring M-background believers/leaders who have influence, both in our city and their home countries.
We serve in one of Europe’s largest key cities that has an influence on the countries to the east, south, and west where Westerners have little access. There has been some reinvigoration for church planting in recent years, especially among the majority group of our country. This position would call for one who is ready to mentor and coach existing church planters and pastors and also may include mentoring M-background believers/leaders who have influence, both in our city and their home countries.
- Involvement in one or more humanitarian projects on which the team is working
- Attend a partner church or church plant, with the goal of establishing relationships, credibility and to encourage further church planting
- Mentor/coach new and current church planters
- Mentor/coach pastors
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of six hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance licensed ministry experience
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 55 or above
- Church planting experience
- Coaching/mentoring experience
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.
This is one of the largest cities in Europe. It is a multi-cultural city with millions of immigrant workers. Our city is an advanced European-style city that is pleasant to live in and is replete with cultural and sporting opportunities. It is crowded, however, and apartment living is the only option; yet, comfortable living situations are available. Some organized churches and sects have come under further scrutiny over the last few years after the passing of a certain law in 2016. There are a lot of different interpretations to the law, and its enforcement is not the same throughout the country. While people are free to share their faith one on one, in general, there are certain types of events, publications, and situations that may not be legal, depending on one’s reading of the law. We are continuing to monitor the situation and advise our workers accordingly.
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.
Language learning likely will be done in either a very small group of students or with a tutor. Expect 12 to 15 hours a week in the classroom or with a tutor and then an additional 15 to 20 hours a week of self-study and practical application of what you are learning. It usually takes two years to acquire enough of the language to begin to engage in ministry.
Like any large city, there are issues with pollution. It is also extremely cold, but an extensive public-transport system helps to minimize the number of hours outside during the winter.
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 is a well-established K-12 Christian school that serves IW families in the city, as well as many of the Christian Koreans living and working here.
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.