International Candidate Development Process

Preparing for International Ministry with The Alliance involves intentionally focusing on three major areas: personal growth, academic preparation, and professional development. Alliance Candidate Developers will come alongside international candidates in their journey of growth and development. We understand everyone’s journey is different, but we have outlined the basic building blocks of the coaching network to help you prepare for effective cross-cultural ministry.

Personal GrowthPreparing for International Ministry with The Alliance starts with your personal growth. Discovering your identity in Christ and intentionally investing in your personal growth is essential for effective life and ministry. Whether you are just exploring your options for international ministry or you are already an international candidate, your personal growth through a coaching relationship is foundational. Here are the steps to start in the coaching network.

Academic Preparation– Each Alliance global position has different educational requirements based on the responsibilities of the position. Your Candidate Developer will be available to guide you as you map out your educational plan. Here are some of the basic qualifications for a candidate’s education. 

Professional Development– Prior to going oversees, you will need to have a proven track record of professional experience before applying for a position. Your Candidate Developer will assist you in creating a Professional Development Plan to gain valuable experience and to reach the general qualifications for the desired position. Most international positions will require 2-3 years of experience prior to applying.

As you approach the end of your preparation, your Candidate Developer will begin a conversation with you about applying for one or more of the global openings that are posted on the Alliance Employment Page each January. Following careful evaluation and coordination with local and district leaders (level I interview), the Candidate Developer will recommend you to the International Placement Office (formerly known as the Missionary Candidate Office) for interviews and assessments connected with the process of being considered for appointment.