posted on January 17, 2022
aXcess: Radio Impact Development Coordinator in Congo
Established as Congo’s first independent radio station in 2001, Radio Good News (RSM) has earned its reputation for vibrant, reliable Christian programming. RSM has been praised by national authorities for its tone and interest in community development. Looking to RSM’s third decade, we are seeking an aXcess colleague with a technical background and a readiness to oversee the management of the radio and strengthen its relationship with our affiliated Alliance church in its orality-based evangelistic and discipleship emphases.
- Oversee day-to-day station operations
- Work with our team to explore ways to support orality-based missions and discipleship through radio
- Enrich broadcast content with both national and international sources
- Explore innovative approaches to audiovisual and internet-based ministries
- Participate as the Lord leads with other team ministries, which include village evangelism, leadership development, and community education and development projects
- 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 40
- Mechanical and technical aptitudes and willingness to learn
- Problem-solving ability and flexibility
- Previous training or experience in audio recording or sound engineering
- IT troubleshooting experience
- Journalism and broadcast experience, especially with a Christian radio
- Functional French, commitment to ongoing local culture and language study
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.
Pointe-Noire is a port city that, although relatively modern, has poor infrastructure. It is not an easy place to live, and basic services can be quite expensive. Life is challenging in the Republic of Congo, and we are often faced with heartbreaking poverty and injustice. We have many opportunities to come to the aid of those who suffer, but we also have the opportunity to see God’s power at work in breaking chains of misery and fear and freeing people to be brothers and sisters and coworkers in reaching the lost. The worker(s) would live in Pointe-Noire in proximity to the rest of the team and work among the churches of the city as well as make visits to villages and other national cities.
CIA World Factbook – Republic of the Congo
Joshua Project – Republic of the Congo
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.
Functional French is necessary. For those who do not know the language, one year of French language study is required. After arriving in Congo, the first years will include cultural and language learning both as continuing studies in French as well as beginning to study a local language.
The worker(s) would need to be healthy enough to live and work in sometimes challenging situations and to maintain their health in a country where health care and food choices are limited.
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:
International workers have exercised a variety of educational options with their children including homeschool, French-language school (in the French education system), and our French-language Christian primary school (levels equivalent to first through sixth grade). One family supplemented this program with English-language homeschool for their son. Also available is an international British primary school. For high school, English-language options include homeschool or international boarding schools out-of-country.
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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
Applicant(s) 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 has begun or is completed.
Please email the IPO office at [email protected].
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.