Indonesia, Jakarta: Model Compassion and Urban Holistic Development

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More than half of Indonesia’s 240 million people are crowded into urban centers. For many, the dream of jobs and opportunity is lost in unemployment, poverty, and despair. The team is seeking a compassionate, justice-driven single or couple to model contextualized holistic development in Jakarta. This applicant will also train and support Indonesian counterparts—including Kemah Peduli, the new social foundation of the Gereja Kemah Injil Indonesia, The Alliance in Indonesia. The goal will be to increase vision and capacity to more effectively implement transformational community development strategies.

Position Type:

• CAMA worker
• Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
• Single or couple


• Live in a community of the majority faith in Jakarta
• Spend 20 hours a week on language learning, enculturation, and relationship building
• Develop/join a transformational community development ministry
• Network with the Kemah Peduli staff in implementing community development initiatives with the poor
• Teach seminars and courses on urban holistic ministry as opportunities arise

Required Qualifications:

• A recognized bachelor’s degree
• Education in community development and/or urban work
• 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 45 or higher
• Self-motivated
• Flexible/adaptable

Preferred Qualifications:

• Degree and/or experience in development (education, health, agriculture, income generation, etc.)
• Experience in organizational development/project management
• A master’s degree in field of expertise in order to teach bachelor-level classes

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
• Ability to learn and recover from failure
• Vibrant spiritual life
• Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines

Timeline for deployment:

Summer 2022 or earlier: Once appointed and fund-raising 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:

World Factbook—Indonesia
The Joshua Project—Indonesia

You will live in Jakarta, a city with many Western amenities. They will serve with at least one national couple and be part of a larger network of expat and national workers. About 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, one year of intensive language study is required, followed by on-the-field language and cultural acquisition studies.

Health Considerations:

Jakarta has quality health-care facilities, as do other large cities in Indonesia. Well-trained doctors and most medications are readily available. Serious health issues are usually handled in Jakarta or Singapore

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

Children’s Educational Options:

Local private schools, international Christian schools, and homeschooling are viable options.


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

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development specialization of Alliance Missions. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which we are committed to model and reflect 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.

Important Clarification:

Applicants 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.

Please contact Pat Altemose at