“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,” Revelation 7:9.             By God’s sovereignty, we get to taste this picture of glory in the present.  Times: Our church hosts a Lao language service at 9:30 on Sundays led by Pastor Bounmee. We host an Anuak language service at 12:15 and are currently searching for a leader.  We host an Oromo language service led by Pastor Tesfaye.             We periodically share a meal together with such representative dishes as fried rice, egg rolls, injera, atmet, the Dutch banket.  We also have an annual shared worship service using each language.
Job Opening for International Ministry
INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY – POSITION DESCRIPTION November, 2017 GOALS AND AIMS The goal of this ministry is to bring glory to God by proclaiming the gospel of grace to and with immigrant people, particularly from Africa and Asia, along with other ethnic minority people in our community, nurturing their faith through educational and mercy ministries and enfolding them in the church of Jesus Christ. Specific aims include provisions for: 1.  Discipleship in the Christian life. 2.  Instruction of adults in the Christian faith and ensuring that the preaching of the Word is consistent with the confessional standards of the CRCNA. 3. Identification and training of an individual or two who could be a Bible leader . 4. Integration of English speaking children and adults into the life and ministry of the church, especially into the Christian education classes and GEMS, Cadets and Youth Group. 5.  Preaching part-time at Worthington CRC and occasionally in supporting churches (if he is an ordained minister of the Word or a Commissioned Pastor). 6. Conducting services in the Oromo and/or Anuak, Liberian or other language groups.  7. On-going pastoral care (under supervision of the elders) and diaconal care (under supervision of the deacons). 8. Occasions for interaction between church members and new immigrants. 9. Assistance in immigration, resettlement, citizenship and cultural concerns. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A.  DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY LEADER RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY (at present for the African and other ethnic minority people) would include, but not be limited to the following areas: 1.  PREACHING (if this man is an ordained minister or commissioned pastor). a.  Preaching and/or providing training and oversight for the preaching in the various language groups. b.  Ensuring that the Word of God is faithfully proclaimed in harmony with the Three Forms of Unity and the provisions of the Church Order. 2.  ADMINISTRATION a.  Provide oversight and leadership to the three International Groups with whom we are currently working. b.  Oversee youth activities of the International Groups and encourage involvement in our outh programs. c.  Report directly and regularly (monthly) to the Council. d.  Educate the congregation on what is happening in the International Ministry with the intention of encouraging the members to work with and support this ministry. e.  Inform the congregation, classis and other supporting churches by way of an every other month newsletter about the work and progress of this ministry and consider entries in “Following the Flock”. f.  Coordinate the appointment of mentors for individuals from the International Community where appropriate and effective. 3.  CHURCH EDUCATION a. Hold Bible studies in small groups (e.g. for Lao people, Oromo or Anuak people or other African immigrants) and supervise any current Bible studies with internationals led by church members) b. Teach membership classes at all age levels for the internationals, using the Heidelberg Catechism as a foundation c. Oversee possible translation of the Catechism into Oromo and Anuak.  This would include finding individuals who could provide at least a rough translation and then contacting Faith Alive to have it printed, if possible. 4.  PASTORAL CARE a.   Hold spiritual visits with Africans or others to encourage them to come to church services. b.  Visit the sick and comfort the sorrowing. c.    Provide pastoral Christian counsel as needed. d.   Oversee provision of transportation, especially for children, to Sunday worship and other church events. 5.  DIACONAL MINISTRY a.  Keep informed of the conditions that led to the immigrants’ coming to Minnesota and of ongoing struggles as a result of leaving family and friends behind in their native land.  There is a great need to provide comfort for those with concerns for family members back home in their country of origin (especially Ethiopia) who experience violence and hunger, some of whom are refugees. b. Look for diaconal needs and do follow-up visits.  This would be coordinated with church deacons or with the VIM (Volunteers in Mercy) Coordinator of Classis and with LoveInc. 6.  CONNECTING THROUGH CULTURAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS Several opportunities that may help connect members of the church with international families and individuals and assimilate them into the congregation are: a.  Assisting with teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes either from our local church or using the resources such as those available from LoveInc and Community Education Classes. This includes assisting in finding teachers from the congregation or other churches in classis and providing private instruction where necessary or appropriate. b. Arranging for social gatherings such as meals shared by church members and the Africans or others who attend the services or with whom we are in contact, including invitations to coffee fellowship after church services. c. Occasionally bringing in special native speakers to conduct special services or programs either in the Oromo, Anuak or Lao languages several times per year. d. Inviting members of each ethnic group to join the congregation in services when the Lord’s Supper is held. e. Providing guidance and teaching regarding the proper use of our church building and regulations that have been approved by the council such as respect for the sanctuary and our common customs. B.  DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY LEADER RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORTHINGTON CRC (alongside of international ministry) may include the following: a.  Assist in teaching Catechism or Sunday School b. Lead small group Bible studies c. Preach occasionally in the absence of our minister (if ordained). d. Assist with VBS (Vacation Bible School) during the summer months e. Assist the elders in Family Visiting f. Assist the pastor in visiting the sick and sorrowing QUALIFICATIONS 1.  Commitment to Christ and to promotion of the glory of the Triune God. 2. Strong commitment to the Reformed faith as expressed in the Three Forms of Unity and in the Christian Reformed Church. 3. A heart for bringing the gospel of peace and justice to immigrant peoples, particularly to those now displaced and living in Minnesota. 4. Outreach and evangelistic gifts. 5. Ability to communicate with people in a cross-cultural setting; understanding of their culture and their experiences and tolerance of cultural practices that may be unique to each group.  Making strong connections and developing strong relationships between members of the various ethnic groups (Anglo, Oromo, Anuak, Lao, etc) is a high priority. 6. English speaking. 7. Organizational skills. 8. Calling:  If possible, we believe the man called to this work should be an ordained Minister of the Gospel or Commissioned Pastor who will have a vision for the task of ministering the Word and Sacraments among the immigrant peoples in southwest Minnesota. 9. Education:  Reformed theological seminary degree preferred; if not, a degree in church or biblical studies (such as from Kuiper College) would be desirable. 10. Experience or special training:  background in ministry or missions and evangelism preferred. 11. Self-motivated, with an enthusiastic appreciation for his task and calling. The Worthington CRC believes there is much to be done in ministry with and for the immigrants in Worthington.  To make this a full-time position, we would envision the Ministry Leader spending perhaps 25% of his time assisting in other tasks in the Worthington CRC. 
International Community
“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb,” Revelation 7:9.             By God’s sovereignty, we get to taste this picture of glory in the present.  Times: Our church hosts a Lao language service at 9:30 on Sundays led by Pastor Bounmee. We host an Anuak language service at 12:15 and are currently searching for a leader.  We host an Oromo language service led by Pastor Tesfaye.             We periodically share a meal together with such representative dishes as fried rice, egg rolls, injera, atmet, the Dutch banket.  We also have an annual shared worship service using each language.
Job Opening for International Ministry
INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY – POSITION DESCRIPTION November, 2017 GOALS AND AIMS The goal of this ministry is to bring glory to God by proclaiming the gospel of grace to and with immigrant people, particularly from Africa and Asia, along with other ethnic minority people in our community, nurturing their faith through educational and mercy ministries and enfolding them in the church of Jesus Christ. Specific aims include provisions for: 1.  Discipleship in the Christian life. 2.  Instruction of adults in the Christian faith and ensuring that the preaching of the Word is consistent with the confessional standards of the CRCNA. 3. Identification and training of an individual or two who could be a Bible leader . 4. Integration of English speaking children and adults into the life and ministry of the church, especially into the Christian education classes and GEMS, Cadets and Youth Group. 5.  Preaching part-time at Worthington CRC and occasionally in supporting churches (if he is an ordained minister of the Word or a Commissioned Pastor). 6. Conducting services in the Oromo and/or Anuak, Liberian or other language groups.  7. On-going pastoral care (under supervision of the elders) and diaconal care (under supervision of the deacons). 8. Occasions for interaction between church members and new immigrants. 9. Assistance in immigration, resettlement, citizenship and cultural concerns. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES A.  DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY LEADER RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY (at present for the African and other ethnic minority people) would include, but not be limited to the following areas: 1.  PREACHING (if this man is an ordained minister or commissioned pastor). a.  Preaching and/or providing training and oversight for the preaching in the various language groups. b.  Ensuring that the Word of God is faithfully proclaimed in harmony with the Three Forms of Unity and the provisions of the Church Order. 2.  ADMINISTRATION a.  Provide oversight and leadership to the three International Groups with whom we are currently working. b.  Oversee youth activities of the International Groups and encourage involvement in our outh programs. c.  Report directly and regularly (monthly) to the Council. d.  Educate the congregation on what is happening in the International Ministry with the intention of encouraging the members to work with and support this ministry. e.  Inform the congregation, classis and other supporting churches by way of an every other month newsletter about the work and progress of this ministry and consider entries in “Following the Flock”. f.  Coordinate the appointment of mentors for individuals from the International Community where appropriate and effective. 3.  CHURCH EDUCATION a. Hold Bible studies in small groups (e.g. for Lao people, Oromo or Anuak people or other African immigrants) and supervise any current Bible studies with internationals led by church members) b. Teach membership classes at all age levels for the internationals, using the Heidelberg Catechism as a foundation c. Oversee possible translation of the Catechism into Oromo and Anuak.  This would include finding individuals who could provide at least a rough translation and then contacting Faith Alive to have it printed, if possible. 4.  PASTORAL CARE a.   Hold spiritual visits with Africans or others to encourage them to come to church services. b.  Visit the sick and comfort the sorrowing. c.    Provide pastoral Christian counsel as needed. d.   Oversee provision of transportation, especially for children, to Sunday worship and other church events. 5.  DIACONAL MINISTRY a.  Keep informed of the conditions that led to the immigrants’ coming to Minnesota and of ongoing struggles as a result of leaving family and friends behind in their native land.  There is a great need to provide comfort for those with concerns for family members back home in their country of origin (especially Ethiopia) who experience violence and hunger, some of whom are refugees. b. Look for diaconal needs and do follow-up visits.  This would be coordinated with church deacons or with the VIM (Volunteers in Mercy) Coordinator of Classis and with LoveInc. 6.  CONNECTING THROUGH CULTURAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS Several opportunities that may help connect members of the church with international families and individuals and assimilate them into the congregation are: a.  Assisting with teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes either from our local church or using the resources such as those available from LoveInc and Community Education Classes. This includes assisting in finding teachers from the congregation or other churches in classis and providing private instruction where necessary or appropriate. b. Arranging for social gatherings such as meals shared by church members and the Africans or others who attend the services or with whom we are in contact, including invitations to coffee fellowship after church services. c. Occasionally bringing in special native speakers to conduct special services or programs either in the Oromo, Anuak or Lao languages several times per year. d. Inviting members of each ethnic group to join the congregation in services when the Lord’s Supper is held. e. Providing guidance and teaching regarding the proper use of our church building and regulations that have been approved by the council such as respect for the sanctuary and our common customs. B.  DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY LEADER RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORTHINGTON CRC (alongside of international ministry) may include the following: a.  Assist in teaching Catechism or Sunday School b. Lead small group Bible studies c. Preach occasionally in the absence of our minister (if ordained). d. Assist with VBS (Vacation Bible School) during the summer months e. Assist the elders in Family Visiting f. Assist the pastor in visiting the sick and sorrowing QUALIFICATIONS 1.  Commitment to Christ and to promotion of the glory of the Triune God. 2. Strong commitment to the Reformed faith as expressed in the Three Forms of Unity and in the Christian Reformed Church. 3. A heart for bringing the gospel of peace and justice to immigrant peoples, particularly to those now displaced and living in Minnesota. 4. Outreach and evangelistic gifts. 5. Ability to communicate with people in a cross- cultural setting; understanding of their culture and their experiences and tolerance of cultural practices that may be unique to each group.  Making strong connections and developing strong relationships between members of the various ethnic groups (Anglo, Oromo, Anuak, Lao, etc) is a high priority. 6. English speaking. 7. Organizational skills. 8. Calling:  If possible, we believe the man called to this work should be an ordained Minister of the Gospel or Commissioned Pastor who will have a vision for the task of ministering the Word and Sacraments among the immigrant peoples in southwest Minnesota. 9. Education:  Reformed theological seminary degree preferred; if not, a degree in church or biblical studies (such as from Kuiper College) would be desirable. 10. Experience or special training:  background in ministry or missions and evangelism preferred. 11. Self-motivated, with an enthusiastic appreciation for his task and calling. The Worthington CRC believes there is much to be done in ministry with and for the immigrants in Worthington.  To make this a full-time position, we would envision the Ministry Leader spending perhaps 25% of his time assisting in other tasks in the Worthington CRC. 
International Community