posted on November 5, 2021
aXcess-Clergy Track: MENTORING CHURCH LEADERS AND FUTURE LEADERS
We will seek to fuel church-planting movements among the local people by encouraging, discipling, and teaching local church leaders and potential leaders. Also, through the ESL business, there will be a steady stream of short-term ESL professionals who come for a year to teach English. As a member of the long-term team, you will be […]
We will seek to fuel church-planting movements among the local people by encouraging, discipling, and teaching local church leaders and potential leaders. Also, through the ESL business, there will be a steady stream of short-term ESL professionals who come for a year to teach English. As a member of the long-term team, you will be an example and encouragement to these short-term workers as well.
- Intentional one-on-one discipleship/mentoring relationships with local believers and church leaders
- Some discipleship/mentoring of short-term workers who will teach in the ESL business
- Responsive, lifestyle evangelism in the course of daily life
- Work together with your team to run an ESL business (20-30 hours/week), either in a teaching or an administrative role, depending on your capabilities
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
o 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
- Flexibility as the team’s business plan evolves and changes
- Excellent one-on-one relational skills
- Love for God’s Word and theological studies, and an ability to instruct others in sound doctrine
- Love for people and an ability to apply the Word of God to life in a discipleship relationship focused on the whole person
- Love for the church and a desire to participate in healthy body life
- Teachable spirit
- Servant heart
- Business training or experience or certification
- Local church-ministry experience in discipleship/teaching
- Bi-vocational church ministry experience would be valuable, since the team will be living in the country as bi-vocational gospel workers.
Biblical Characteristics Desired
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
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.
The applicant(s) will live in the modern capital city of an emerging country that is not well known in the West. Despite the fact that some Bible characters may be buried here, the gospel was virtually unknown until the 1990s. Almost all adult believers are first-generation Christians, and most churches are unofficial, small, house groups. The church is in great need of encouragement and strong foundations of hope as they face a hostile society and extended family who are wary of Christ-followers.
You will experience hot, dry summers, some snow in winter, but always a nice cup of tea with hospitable neighbors!
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.
Team members will be on full-time, university student visas for a minimum of one year and will focus exclusively on language learning in a one-to-one, tutored setting in a state university.
Healthcare is available for routine needs. For more serious conditions, it likely would be necessary to leave the country for care.
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
Although it is only in the initial stages, this country has a rapidly developing market for English-immersion schools, so it is likely that by the time of deployment, there will be local schools that offer instruction in English. Homeschooling also would be acceptable.
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.