posted on January 17, 2022
aXcess: Church Planting Evangelist in a Creative Access Country (Africa)
The primary focus of our team is church planting through evangelism and discipleship. We are looking to add someone to our team who is a gifted evangelist. We also support and help facilitate the network of the few existing house churches in our city in whatever way they feel would be beneficial to them.
The primary focus of our team is church planting through evangelism and discipleship. We are looking to add someone to our team who is a gifted evangelist. We also support and help facilitate the network of the few existing house churches in our city in whatever way they feel would be beneficial to them. We are passionate about discipling future leaders – entrusting the Word to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Tm. 2:2).
- Language and culture study
- One-on-one discipleship of believers
- Meaningful presence (i.e., have a job or another valid reason to be in country, e.g. retirement)
- Work with the team and local group leadership to determine how to best support and facilitate growth of home groups in our city
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of Certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 80
- The applicant must be able to build a meaningful presence in our community. This would most likely happen through the establisment of a business, through joining in an already established business, or by qualifying for a retirement visa.
- The applicant must be meaningfully invested in their home church and have clearly demonstrated the gift of evangelism.
- AA or BS degree in business administration or in their specific field of expertise, or hold equivalent experience in business or field
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 work is based in an urban area in an African country. The government is stable, and our city has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. Despite some economic growth, within the country poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy rates remain high. There is a national religion, and while there is a stated civil tolerance of other religions, familial and cultural persecution (as well as, more rarely, government persecution), follows conversion. It is estimated that 0.1% of this country are evangelical, although some are becoming disillusioned with the majority religion and the evangelical growth rate is estimated at 4.6% (for reference, the global growth rate is 2.6%).
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 national dialect is the primary spoken language and is a requirement for this MOD. We expect 2 years of full-time study in this language. We have good language school options in our city. French is also very helpful in this context, but not a requirement.
There is access to adequate medical care in our city. We do, however, recommend traveling to Europe for major procedures.
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.
Both spouses are considered vital parts of our team, and as such (following the leading of God and wise counsel) encouraged to engage in ministry. Each family unit is responsible to find the right balance of work, family investment, and rest for themselves.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
We have several options for schooling within our city. Private (French) schools and an American school are both available, and home schooling is also an option.
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.