Church Planters

The Position

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis, ABWE is limiting international travel of short-term missionaries originating from the US and assessing the level of risk per country per US State Department guidelines. To inquire about travel restrictions or exceptions, please contact go@abwe.org. We would love to talk to you!

We need people who are passionate about seeing the gospel advance through church planting, but who are willing to see this vision accomplished through local Gambian and Wolof leaders. This type of church planter would help train, encourage, and strengthen churches and individuals to recognize and embrace the joy and responsibility of church planting.

As a church planter in The Gambia, you will:

  • Nurture community relationships that will spread the gospel and share the truth of Christ’s love
  • Use your natural organization and leadership skills to do the Lord’s work
  • Bring passion and energy to a sometimes-difficult process, while remaining patient, persistent and joyful about Christ’s love
  • Learn the Wolof language, the native tongue of the Wolof people, which is also a major trade language used by 17 other unreached people groups in The Gambia.
  • Work closely with your ABWE teammates on important administrative and practical tasks
The Need

In The Gambia, and you’ll spend time among people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. English is the official national language of The Gambia, but of the 17 unreached people groups, many don’t speak the language. Wolof is commonly understood among these people groups. To minister to their spiritual needs, a willingness to learn their language and culture is necessary.

Although the barriers to missions are great in The Gambia, so are the rewards — people call us on the phone in response to a radio broadcast every week! With 90 percent of the population coming from a Muslim background, and 2 percent holding indigenous views, there is a tremendous need to share God’s message of faith and grace.

The Impact

Use your skills to help fulfill the Great Commission. As Christians, Jesus has called us to go and make disciples of all nations, and we believe that process isn’t completed until these disciples are gathered into a local community of believers: a church. Church planting is the heartbeat of evangelism, and it’s at the core of who we are at ABWE. It’s hard work, but for those called to the challenge, there is no greater reward on earth than watching a community of believers grow in their faith, and begin to understand their own role in the Great Commission.

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