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Making disciples among the unreached
     

Cross-cultural Rural Pastor in Western Alaska

Pastor in Western Alaska
Needed:
An individual or couple with a heart to serve a small fellowship of predominantly native believers in "bush" Alaska.
Country: Alaska, SEND North
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years)
Tasks:
  • Leading culturally appropriate Bible study and small group worship services
  • Adapting to local indigenous culture by coming as a learner
  • Developing relationships in a small community
  • Getting involved in community life
  • Coordinating ministry outreach with regional church planting team
Specific Qualifications:
  • Desire and willingness to learn a new culture
  • Training and experience in pastoral ministry
  • Willingness to adapt to life in a very remote rural community
  • Eagerness to develop relationships with community members
Additional Information:
Western Alaska is known for its rugged beauty and wildlife, but amidst this exotic wilderness there are many churches with practically no spiritual leadership. Several villages have church buildings and a group of believers, but they have no regular pastor who lives in the community or who visits on any regular basis. The primary responsibility of a village pastor is to establish meaningful relationships with their fellow community members through various means of community involvement. These communities are largely comprised of indigenous, native Alaskans; although many aspects of life may feel familiar, there is a strong difference in worldview that must be learned and adapted to. Much of the village pastorÕs time will be dedicated to living a subsistence lifestyle; activities such as hunting, fishing, and wood-cutting become the primary platform upon which the Gospel is shared and the Bible is taught. Alaska, Bible Teacher, Children, Pastoral Care, Youth