“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.
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
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 – POSITION
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:
Discipleship in the Christian life.
Instruction of adults in the Christian faith and
ensuring that the preaching of the Word is
consistent with the confessional standards of the
Identification and training of an individual or
two who could be a Bible leader .
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.
Preaching part-time at Worthington CRC and
occasionally in supporting churches (if he is an
ordained minister of the Word or a Commissioned
Conducting services in the Oromo and/or
Anuak, Liberian or other language groups.
On-going pastoral care (under supervision of
the elders) and diaconal care (under supervision of
Occasions for interaction between church
members and new immigrants.
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
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
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.
a. Provide oversight and leadership to the three
International Groups with whom we are currently
b. Oversee youth activities of the International
Groups and encourage involvement in our outh
c. Report directly and regularly (monthly) to the
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
f. Coordinate the appointment of mentors for
individuals from the International Community
where appropriate and effective.
3. CHURCH EDUCATION
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)
Teach membership classes at all age levels for
the internationals, using the Heidelberg Catechism
as a foundation
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
5. DIACONAL MINISTRY
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.
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
Several opportunities that may help connect
members of the church with international families
and individuals and assimilate them into the
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
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.
Occasionally bringing in special native speakers
to conduct special services or programs either in
the Oromo, Anuak or Lao languages several times
Inviting members of each ethnic group to join
the congregation in services when the Lord’s Supper
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
B. DUTIES OF THE MINISTRY LEADER RELATED
DIRECTLY TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORTHINGTON
CRC (alongside of international ministry) may
include the following:
Assist in teaching Catechism or Sunday School
Lead small group Bible studies
Preach occasionally in the absence of our
minister (if ordained).
Assist with VBS (Vacation Bible School) during
the summer months
Assist the elders in Family Visiting
Assist the pastor in visiting the sick and
Commitment to Christ and to promotion of the
glory of the Triune God.
Strong commitment to the Reformed faith as
expressed in the Three Forms of Unity and in the
Christian Reformed Church.
A heart for bringing the gospel of peace and
justice to immigrant peoples, particularly to those
now displaced and living in Minnesota.
Outreach and evangelistic gifts.
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.
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
Education: Reformed theological seminary
degree preferred; if not, a degree in church or
biblical studies (such as from Kuiper College) would
Experience or special training: background in
ministry or missions and evangelism preferred.
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.