posted on January 19, 2022
Envision: Site Associate—Student Center Development in the Dominican Republic
The Caribbean Sea is just a few blocks away, and Santo Domingo is the place that God is raising up the next generation of missional leaders. Join Envision DR as we reach out to over 100,000 college students through English learning, great coffee, and a variety of other campus ministry opportunities at our new student center called The Greenhouse. Partner with the Dominican Alliance church as we develop both Dominican and American ministry leaders through short-term teams and interns, working alongside local leaders towards personal and church growth.
- Be part of the day-to-day student center staffing
- Work with short-term teams
- Organize and teach English or other classes
- Connect and work with the local Alliance churches and pastors
- Disciple interns and residents
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- Degree and experience in TESOL, ministry, or business focus
- Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35
- Flexibility in work schedule and daily responsibilities
- Highly developed interpersonal skills
- An ability to apply the Word of God in a wholistic discipleship relationship
- A love for the Church and a desire to participate in healthy Body life
- Ordination or willingness to pursue ordination
- A successful track record in ministry and vocational work
- Experience working in a coffee shop setting
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
Applicants would live in the oldest “western” city in the Americas. Apartment living would probably be the norm with easy access to the Caribbean Sea. As the Dominican is relatively close to the United States, access to a lot of American products is possible. Friendliness and hospitality are high values among most Dominicans. The Catholic faith dominates culture, and it can, at times, be difficult to convince people of the need for a personal Savior. As a developing country, electricity, high speed Wi-Fi, and other services are fairly reliable in the city, but not outside the city.
CIA World Factbook – Dominican Republic
Joshua Project – Dominican Republic
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 Dominican health system is fairly well-developed and except for serious major surgery, you can have confidence in the health system. If you struggle health-wise with heat, the Dominican may not be a good location.
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 expected to be full members of the team while allowing for healthy family dynamics, especially concerning children.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Children’s education can be accomplished in one of two ways. Homeschooling is allowed in the DR, and if a family chooses to use this option, it will be supported. The other option is private bilingual schools. Several schools in Santo Domingo provide Dominican and American accreditation in a quality learning environment.