Neighbours & Newcomers Network Cross-Cultural Evangelist in
Laval & Montreal, Quebec
Shared Funding (see Qualifications, f., below)
Employed and facilitated by Mission Canada, in partnership with the PAOC District of Quebec
The city of Laval has the highest concentration of Arab-language speakers in the Province of Quebec, closely followed by the city of Montreal.
Combined Montreal and Laval have almost 200,000 Arabic speakers.1 Many hail originally from parts of Frenchspeaking North and West Africa, while many of the older Arab-language population were from Lebanon and other parts of the former Ottoman Empire. Thus, besides English, French and Arabic are preferred linguistic skill sets, though not an initial requirement. Language-learning skills are preferred and may be required.
Arabic speakers have been coming to Quebec since the late 19th century, with the first waves coming from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Of these early emigrants from Lebanon were Christian (Marionite) and Druze, along with Muslims. Later waves of immigrants are Muslim and even irreligious, and they are often well educated and skilled, though there frequently are credentialization challenges to practice in their field of expertise resulting in underemployment. 2
Neighbours & Newcomers Network is the growing team of cross-cultural workers among ethnic and language-group communities across Canada. We value people of all languages, races and worldviews, honour in them with the desire to serve and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them in culturally relevant ways, seeing them raised up as self reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mission Canada workers are those intentionally sent to Canada’s neediest and least reached regions, aligning with one or more of the priority areas of focus, often referenced as missional ‘gaps’. Individuals must have a passion for and experience in working with a particular Mission Canada priority group or geographical areas where need and priority have been identified.
The role of the NNNetwork Worker is to establish a missional discipling community within the cultural-language community as defined via the following: Establish effective outreach and engagement mechanisms to build presence, authentic and credible reputation in the community, develop relationships wherein witness is consistently conducted, provide pastoral care to new believers encouraging growth and maturity in discipleship to Jesus, and develop new initiatives as needed.
- Representative of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Mission Canada expects all worker candidates to demonstrate to the best of their ability, by word and action, a lifestyle that is consistent with the principles of integrity and purity found in scripture. A Mission Canada, upon being commissioned to their ministry appointment, must agree to abide by the Minister’s Code of Ethics and the PAOC Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths
- PAOC Credential. Ideally, the candidate will possess a PAOC ministry credential or willingness and ability to obtain a PAOC ministry credential for the purpose of this role. Worker will be an employee of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC).
- Knowledgeable Regarding Cultural Environments. A knowledge and understanding of this cross-cultural environment is necessary. Ability to gain trust and respect in a new community. Ability to connect and interact with newcomers to Canada. Culturally sensitive.
- Ministry Experience - Enterprising and Resourceful. Ministry will include the development of contacts and networks. Ministry experience is necessary. Ability to listen, learn, strategize, collaborate and follow through on the recognized needs of newcomers to Canada.
- Accountability In All Areas. Because the role of a Mission Canada worker is collaborative between Mission Canada, the PAOC district in which the work is taking place, and the Mission Canada team at the International Office, the Worker must be skilled at working independently in their defined cultural environment but with multiple accountability partners.
- Fundraising. The worker must have a demonstrated ability or a willingness to learn to raise an approved budget each year. Mission Canada workers are responsible to raise the necessary financial support for their mission efforts and project funds. As well, representing the PAOC’s Mission Canada department, they are catalysts in motivating individuals and churches for missions nationally. Fundraising training is provided during the candidacy stage, prior to a worker being released for employment on campus.
- Canadian Citizenship. A Mission Canada applicant for a worker role must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian residency.
- Presence and Platform: Establish, maintain and advance a presence in the community of focus as a credible witness of Jesus Christ, His Kingdom and His Church; establish, maintain and advance a ministry platform meeting felt-needs in line with the Gospel, providing a mechanism for ministry, building relationships and context for your witness.
- Declaration and Disciple-making: In every way, nonverbally, in deeds and with spoken words, declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ in culturally contextual ways with the community of focus, making disciples of Jesus who also go on to make disciples who make disciples (cf. Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2). Participate in a local PAOC church and her body life; engage new disciples with local PAOC churches; facilitate local PAOC churches to engage and support new disciples from the community of focus; advocate with the District, where appropriate, in their establishment of new church plant(s) focused on this community.
- Local and District Mobilization & Representation of PAOC MC’s NNNetwork including: Raising awareness and vision casting; Resourcing & equipping believers; Recruiting and referral of potential new workers to Mission Canada; Networking with workers of other organizations is this same cultural-language group field for fellowship, accountability, mutual encouragement, prayer and equipping.
Full-time role: 40 hours per week. Certain times of the ministry year may require additional workload (i.e. cultural holidays, special events, etc.). Some workers start at half-time and grow into full-time roles.
Salary: As a Mission Canada Worker, employed by The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the salary for this role is raised by the worker through personal fundraising. An annual budget is developed and agreed to between the Mission Canada Director and the Worker, including salary commensurate to the role. Mission Canada provides fundraising training and has a track record of long-term success for its employees’ funding.
INQUIRIES / INTEREST:
For further information, or to express an interest in this Mission Canada worker opportunity, please share with us about yourself to get started at THIS LINK. If you have questions about a certain location opportunity, please include them in your response form. We look forward to hearing from you and following up with you shortly thereafter!
The PAOC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants taking part in all aspects of the selection process.