Bible teacher | West Africa

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: Africa
  • Location: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Guinea
  • Ministry category: Education, Leadership training

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Teach the Bible to established churches throughout West Africa who are hungering for teaching from an Anabaptist perspective. Assignments could range from weeks to years in length. This opportunity is suitable for someone interested in non-resident mission work.

Regional vision
In the West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Guinea) corridor, it is clearly the time for Anabaptist workers to be actively establishing faith communities. Presentation of the gospel from an Anabaptist perspective has been quite attractive to West Africans over the past several years and holds great potential for growth in the region and beyond. We have been building collaboration with local evangelical churches and seek to plant churches among people groups and in villages where Jesus is not well known, rather than competing with other denominations. 

Responsibilities

  • Seek counsel from EMM worker Beryl Forrester on where the current needs are.
  • Prepare sermons, Bible studies, seminars and retreats that focus on Bible teaching from an Anabaptist perspective.
  • Possibly mentor others within the church who have passion for and the gift of teaching.
  • All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service. Note: This level of participation in phase three may be difficult for workers serving in West Africa due to limits in internet connectivity.

Environment
There is much to be appreciated in the various cultures in West Africa. Locals are very friendly, eager to form friendships, and ready to share their culture. Animism and folk Islam are the primary religions practiced, and believers need to find the way of Christlikeness within this context. There are dozens of people groups, many of whom are considered unreached. Primitive living, dust, insects, and heat are daily realities, but mission workers generally experience adequate water and facilities to maintain reasonable cleanliness. Days are hot and nights are cool. The rainy season brings heavy precipitation from June through October. 

Supervisors and colleagues
The bible teacher will interact mostly with Beryl Forrester and local church leaders. This worker will be accountable to EMM’s strategic coach for the region.

Skills and experience
Applicants should have an unapologetic and uncompromised commitment to Anabaptist perspectives and identity, with theological training and skills to present a Christ-centered approach to the Bible. Steadfast patience is needed as believers are nurtured out of animism. Wisdom is also needed to know what is right and wrong, good and bad, while practicing the patience and gentleness of the Lord in helping believers to be set free from their cultural bondages. Applicants should be fluent in French and willing to pick up Guinea-Bissau Creole.