posted on January 17, 2022

aXcess: Radio Impact Development Coordinator (Congo)

Established as Congo’s first independent radio station in 2001, RSM (Radio Good News) 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.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Vocational Track
  • Business development, church planting, community development (rural), community development (urban), discipleship, educational, evangelism, leadership development, medical, radio/studio
  • Partially Funded
  • Single or couple

Established as Congo’s first independent radio station in 2001, RSM (Radio Good News) 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. 

Responsibilities:

The ministry worker would be involved first-hand with

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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.

General Information:

Work and Living Environment: Pointe-Noire is a port city which, 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 heart-breaking 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 making visits to villages and other national cities.

Recent articles about our team’s work:

CIA World Factbook – Republic of the Congo

Joshua Project – Republic of the Congo

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.

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, especially, will include cultural and language learning both as continuing studies in French as well as beginning to study a local language.

Health Considerations:

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 healthcare 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 1st through 6th 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.

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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