Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA)
In partnership with local leaders, local believers, and the local church, Compassion and Mercy Associates (CAMA) focuses on taking the gospel to the world’s poor and to communities devastated by disasters.
CAMA staff are involved in long-term development projects that utilize local strengths and resources that include serving in microenterprise ventures, providing medical assistance and educational services, and offering language and vocational training. They also partner with Alliance churches worldwide to respond to natural and manmade disasters.
All applicants must have a call to gospel demonstration and proclamation, have a heart for poor and marginalized, and be willing to raise partial support.
CAMA is actively seeking Alliance men and women with experience in community development, human resources, public health, social work, counseling, teaching English, establishing business initiatives, agriculture, and discipleship.
marketplace ministries (mm) worker
marketplace ministries is an association of C&MA professionals employed in international, secular, and faith settings. The mm team believes that work is worship and all of life’s activities are sacred. Their goal is to disciple people God has placed within their span of influence and establish them in the local church where possible.
Approximately 160 Alliance marketplace ministries professionals serve in 34 countries through work that includes sustainable business development, medical care, teaching, and a host of other valued services to the communities where they live. Members either earn a wage on the field, raise support, or do a combination of the two. The Alliance’s GCF assists mm workers with funding for health insurance and other important benefits.
aXcess — Clergy Track (IWC)
Typically involved church-planting ministries, evangelism, theological training, and other activities related to the establishment and development of a network of national churches, all IWC applicants must meet specific qualifications to serve.
If you are appointed, you will receive intensive orientation prior to deployment. When you arrive on the field, you will begin cultural acquisition and full-time language study. Prospective Alliance international workers must demonstrate an ability to achieve fluency in a second language.
Personal Calling and Character
Candidates must be able to verbalize and exhibit God’s call on their lives, demonstrate spiritual and character development, and be in alignment with the C&MA’s values and vision.
In pursuing a solid academic foundation, candidates should plan on completing the following coursework:
- A recognized bachelor’s degree (both spouses if married)
- 30 hours of Bible, theology, and ministry (for spouse pursuing ordination/consecration)
- 15 hours of missions
- Graduate studies are valued and may be advantageous or required for some positions. (See specific Ministry Opportunity Descriptions [MODs] for details.)
- In the case of married couples, the spouse not pursuing ordination/consecration must complete a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies, at least six hours of which must be in cross-cultural studies or missions.
Professional Development and Mission Preparation
It is crucial that prospective Alliance international workers obtain missional ministry experience and learn to work on a ministry team.
- Alliance international workers will be required to complete a minimum of two years in Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME). During this season of preparation, workers are coached in the key competencies needed for effective cross-cultural ministry.
- International Apprentice Program: In certain cases, opportunities may be available for candidates to perform their Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience overseas. This is an option only for those pursuing the IWC track.
- All IWC positions require ordination or consecration. For a couple, only one spouse is required to be ordained or consecrated.
- Personality assessments and medical histories must be completed to measure and encourage good physical and emotional health.
aXcess — Vocational Track (IWV)
This track generally involves educational, financial, medical, logistical, or community development work; business services; or vocationally driven ministries related to the establishment and development of a network of churches.
All IWV applicants must meet specific qualifications to serve. If you are appointed, you will receive extensive orientation prior to deployment and begin language study once on the field. Prospective Alliance international workers must demonstrate an ability to achieve fluency in a second language.
Personal Calling and Character
Candidates must be able to verbalize and exhibit God’s call on their lives, demonstrate spiritual and character development, and be aligned with the C&MA’s values and vision.
Although formal theological training in a C&MA school is not required, candidates will complete an exam to ensure they have a sufficient working knowledge of the Bible. Candidates are required to have completed the missions Perspectives Course or an approved equivalent and to complete the Alliance Polity Course, available online. Contact the Ministerial Studies Program Office for further information.
Candidates must give ample evidence of proficiency in their vocation and must have served effectively as volunteers in strategic local church ministry for a minimum of two years. Teachers for international worker children must have state certification and at least two years of commendable teaching experience. Medical personnel must have professional certification and licensing. Personal exams and medical histories must be completed to assess and encourage good physical and emotional health.
As a ministry of the C&MA, Envision identifies and develops missional leaders who innovate, establish, and strengthen communities of faith in key urban environments. They do this through short-term trips, internships, leadership development, and ministry opportunities in the Alliance family.
Envision has 22 sites internationally and stateside that provide opportunities to participate in what God is doing around the world through connecting with local churches, serving in urban settings, or bringing social justice to dark places. Participants experience discipleship working with and serving under long-term workers who are pioneering, building, and leading impactful ministries in their cities.
Envision Site Worker
Envision sites are staffed with site coordinators and site associates who have strong interpersonal skills, a heart to care for people, and the ability to be task focused.
Envision staff possess a unique missional calling. They are passionate about local ministry, to see growth in local churches and ministries, and about discipleship and mentoring short-term volunteers who serve alongside them.
The job of a site coordinator/associate involves three parts:
- Local ministry partnership to support the work of local churches and other international workers through short-term people resources;
- The discipleship of interns, teams, and others so they develop a healthy, deeper life with Jesus as well as cross-cultural understanding and training for lasting impact; and
- Local personal ministry according to gifting, vision, and involvement.