Pioneer church planting in rural Cambodia through prayer, relationship building, gospel sowing, making disciples, and training church leaders for mission.
Are you passionate about the gospel? Do you hunger for Jesus to be known and followed?
Thankfully, the number of Christians in Cambodia has been growing steadily for over 20 years. Yet, the task is still unfinished. Most church growth has occurred in larger towns and cities while the vast majority of Cambodians remain rural. Rural church planting in Cambodia is gospel sowing among neglected areas, seeking to share Christ where he is least known.
We are seeking to make followers of Jesus in low resource areas, areas of Cambodia with little or no access to other Khmer Christians or churches. We would ask you to join a small team that may either have a small group of believers already or might be starting from zero. Central to the work is building relationships, being persistent in prayer for the community, and seeking to proclaim Jesus. We look to partner with Khmer believers were possible and we seek to empower new believers. From the beginning, the church planting methods seek to encourage an indigenous community of Christ followers able to use the word of God, support themselves, lead themselves, and reproduce themselves.
Even in rural Cambodia, there is usually access to basic housing utilities such as water, electricity, and internet. Many Cambodians are open and hospitable but in some places you may face initial distrust or even antagonism from locals. The pace of life is more relaxed; it can be easier to find time to talk to people than in the city. You may not have access to Western-style coffee shops, but you will enjoy the beauty of ripening rice fields, an open skyline, and lush green coconut trees.
Workers typically spend their first two to four years developing language and ministry skills appropriate to the local context in Phnom Penh. During this time you would probably join an existing church-planting team, perhaps in an internship-style role. Later you would be invited to join a rural church plant team. The long-term goal is to plant new groups of Christ followers in unreached areas, wherever possible in partnership with local believers. Our church planting strategies focus on the following:
1. Prayer: Pray for the target area and/or people group. This includes mobilizing others to pray, such as home churches and prayer partners.
2. Proclaim: Intentionally seek to share the gospel generously. The church-planting team should be willing to evangelize and plant the gospel in multiple areas simultaneously.
3. Empower: Making disciples who make disciples: believers who are equipped to pray with trust in God; believers who share their faith; believers who study and obey the Bible, and believers who reach out in mission.?br>4. Partner: We seek to work together with other believers and groups. We seek to train, mentor, and encourage local leaders.?br>
- A deep and growing love for God
- A desire to serve the Cambodian people
- A thorough knowledge of the Bible; minimum 2 years' full-time study at seminary
- A passion to share the gospel intentionally and disciple others in culturally relevant ways
- A pioneering spirit
- Willingness to learn and speak the Khmer language (and subsequently a minority language if working with minorities)
- Willingness to learn and understand the Khmer culture (and minority culture if necessary), and the local ministry context
- A willingness to work in a small team, often of different nationalities
- Availability to serve long-term (e.g. ideally longer than six years)
- One year full-time cultural orientation and Khmer language study, then continued language and culture learning part time for a number of years.
- Must adopt a simple lifestyle. Many rural locations experience unstable electricity, slow internet, difficult roads, noise, fewer opportunities to fellowship with other expats and inadequate medical facilities.
- Ability to be adaptable in a ministry context that may lack resources and present significant spiritual, emotional and cultural challenges.
- Ability to train, teach and mentor others.
- Depending on location parents may need to consider home-school their children, or hostel/boarding schooling options.
- This is not a salaried position; you will need to trust the Lord for personal support.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only