posted on November 5, 2021

aXcess-Clergy Track: CHURCH-PLANTER MENTOR, DEVELOPER, AND COACH

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 […]

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—Clergy Track
  • Church planting
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development
  • Theological education
  • NGO and refugee/migrant work
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple

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.

Responsibilities

Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Biblical Characteristics Desired

Timeline for Deployment

Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information

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 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.

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.

Health Considerations

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.

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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