Indonesia: Holistic Community Development Among Migrants

Start creative and innovative initiatives while building meaningful relationships

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Join a small team of aXcess and CAMA workers engaged in transformational community development among migrants coming from some of the least-reached people groups of Indonesia. Build meaningful, impactful relationships through creative holistic development projects while planting context-fitted fellowships. Work to serve migrant communities through creation care, fitness, agriculture, farming, English, small business, or other creative initiatives.

Position Type:

  • CAMA worker
  • Creative-access country (CAC)
  • Partially funded
  • Single or couple


  • Be part of transformational community development and contextual church planting
  • Live in a community of the majority faith and build relationships that lead to the demonstration and proclamation of the gospel
  • Commit to a contextually appropriate lifestyle in relation to the majority religion
  • Be a faithful and committed member of a local team
  • Start creative and innovative initiatives
  • Possibly partner with the local church and C&MA Bible schools to increase people’s passion and motivation for outreach, as well as, work with a large national church that is not yet actively engaged in outreach to migrants from the majority faith living among them

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of World Perspectives Mission Course or other comparable mission course
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 or higher
  • Experience in community development and discipleship
  • Commitment and calling to long-term overseas ministry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in community development-related field (adult education, international economic development, public health, etc.)
  • Ability to identify, equip, and train local church planters
  • Training in ministry among majority religion (ask for more details)

Biblical Characteristics:

  • Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
  • Ability to articulate the gospel to a seeker
  • Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
  • Theological alignment with The Alliance
  • Demonstrated flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
  • Vibrant spiritual life
  • Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
  • Ability to learn and recover from failure

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Indonesia is a large archipelago made up of over 17,000 islands and 583 languages with a total population of over 200 million. About 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The Alliance first entered Indonesia in 1929. The national church has grown and is now self-sustaining. It has multiple Bible schools across the nation where pastors and teachers are trained for ministry and how to reach the lost. You will live in Papua, the furthest Eastern island of Indonesia working among migrants from many of Indonesia’s unreached people groups.

CIA World Factbook—Indonesia

The Joshua Project—Indonesia

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend language study for one year. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. The first year of service will be spent in full-time language study at one of a number of possible language schools.

Health Considerations:

Well-trained doctors and medicines are generally available, though serious illnesses or medical emergencies are best handled in Jakarta, Malaysia, or Singapore. Mission Aviation Fellowship flights are available if needed.

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 team objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Support and options for homeschooling; an on-island, international school; and boarding schools, two in Indonesia and one in Malaysia, are all options. A regional educational consultant will be available to work with the successful applicant as needed.

Compensation Package

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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.

Important Clarification

Applicant(s) 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 has begun or is completed.

Whole-Life Health

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialized structure of Alliance Missions. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.