(Applications are closed for 2013 and we are only accepting new applications for staff for 2014.)
We are a pastoral care provider organization to global servants – primarily North Americans, but in many cases national leaders and workers from many nations. We are looking for people who fundamentally have a shepherd's heart. This shepherding ministry can be implemented from a multitude of platforms. The BI staff travel globally providing general pastoral care and counseling, Bible teachings at retreats and gatherings, professional and personal trainings of all sorts, debriefings, MK reentry seminars, writing, etc.
Where are BI staff located?
BI staff live all around the world. The majority of the staff are based in the US with highly itinerate schedules. There is no required living location. That being said, we are seeking to direct incoming staff toward locales of other existing BI staff to form communities and teams for personal well-being, ministry effectiveness, and to exemplify this ministry model.
How do budgets and income work?
Each BI staff is required to raise support for all of their personal living and ministry expenses. BI has a philosophy of not charging for services provided overseas. On some occasions other organizations offer to cover some costs such as airfare and/or room and board. This can be gratefully accepted. BI leadership will help you set an initial budget.
Does BI take an overhead fee from staff support?
Yes. BI currently takes 8% of all staff income to cover administrative overhead and various staff events.
Is BI registered in Canada?
No. BI does not have a platform to provide tax receipts for Canadian dollars donated. Currently, BI is not looking to expand in the area of opening any other offices internationally.
Can I work part time with BI and part time at another job?
Other than the initial period of acquiring support, BI is looking for full-time pastoral care providers. We are currently not accepting applications for part-time staff, nor do we do "short-term" efforts.
Does BI assign me to specific ministry assignments?
For the most part BI staff are responsible for the design and development of their own ministry model, networks, and implementation. People who come to BI must be tremendous self-starters.
Must I have cross-cultural experience?
Cross-cultural life/ministry experience is an ideal BI seeks in its staff, though it is not a hard and fast requirement. We realize many people have gained valuable experience traveling internationally doing "short-term" trips. However, for the long-term global servant's perspective, there is a significant gap in understanding between someone who has visited their country and those who have become multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and endured the normal stressors of life cross-culturally. It is difficult to acquire such validation any other way.
Does BI accept counselors or those with a clinical background?
BI is a pastoral provider organization, however, there are a few BI staff members who are clinicians. The crucial distinctive that BI leadership is seeking are those who have a strong, obvious pastoral posture in all the work they do. If the applicant does have a strong clinical background, then BI will be looking for ministry distinctives such as being word-saturated, in essence a shepherding ministry, and highly relational (i.e. not programatic driven nor "professional - client" driven). None of the those currently on BI staff have any sort of a private clinical practice. Certainly they bring to bear their clinical training and know-how to any given situation, but in the end their approach and care is that of a shepherd.
What is the application process to BI?
The BI application process is somewhat fluid. Our philosophy is to be as relational as possible through this process. Of course, relationship takes time. Thus we would ideally like to have time with applicants in varying scenarios, particularly seeing an applicant "in action" if at all possible. Below are the required elements in the application process. A reality that complicates this process is that the leadership team is fully engaged in ministry activity and we all travel globally. Naturally, this will slow the process down somewhat. These are in relative, but not absolute order:
- Preliminary application form filled out and emailed in (see the downloadable document at the bottom of this page. Instructions are on the document.)
- "Face-to-face" time. This is to get to know one another, not an interview. The more contact you have with BI leadership and staff the better. The annual PTM conference is an ideal place for more relaxed time to do this. See PTM link on BI web site for further details on this event.
- Formal application, including references. There are also several assessments to be completed that will be followed up with a personal time with a psychologist for interpretation and explanation of the findings. The applicant and BI leadership will be the only ones to see the findings. BI also will run a background check on all applicants.
- Interview - this is done face-to-face.
- Any resulting follow up that may be needed.
- Acceptance and starting date set.
If I have further questions, who can I contact?
You can contact Herb Lamp (Enquiries Coordinator) at
Preliminary application form