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Church Development

We hope that our church development work with local African churches will lead them to be centres of hope and love that draw more people to Jesus.

What does church development mean?

As part of our vision to see Christ-centred churches among all African peoples we are committed to working with and helping to develop the African church. Recognising AIM’s own need of training, we work with the African church to develop mutually equipping resources. We are passionate about learning alongside African church leaders as together, we take advantage of training and development opportunities.


Church development work can mean being involved in fledgling churches, supporting new church leaders as they seek to be godly role models, or helping to develop discipleship methods. It can also mean providing theological education, or hosting seminars where church leaders can learn from each other, within the ever changing context of many parts of Africa.

Ultimately, we hope that our work with African churches will lead them to be centres of hope and love that will draw more people to Jesus. We pray that this work will lead to those who have yet to hear the gospel, being reached with it’s wonderful truth. If your passion is for the local church and the impact it can have across communities and across nations, will you join us?

Download a church development opportunity sheet

Have a missions event or missions board at your church? Why not download a church development opportunity sheet for others to find out more about serving in Africa.

How can I get involved?


Short Term

If you’re taking a year out, a career break, early retirement, or just simply wanting to offer up time to serve God, you can apply either as an individual or as a team of two or more for 3-12 months service. In that time, you can be part of important work in discipleship, in supporting church leaders and in learning together with Africans as to how the church can be a light to the nations.



Long Term

Twelve months to a lifetime… If God is calling you to use your skills of discipleship, theological education, youth work skills or church development knowledge in Africa we would love to partner with you and your church. You could join as part of a team, including our TIMO programme and be part of pioneer ministry amongst the unreached, or work to support the existing African church in their missions.

Latest opportunities

  • Building his church - Based in the Torit district of South Sudan, the Lopit practice traditional agriculture, as well as rearing livestock. Traditionally they believe in a supreme god, with spirits interacting with their day to day lives.
  • Mountain mission - Across the valleys, along the plateaus and slopes, and on the adjacent plains of the Didinga hills in South Sudan lives a people group who are still waiting to hear the name of Jesus.
  • Join a team to support the San - We are hoping to put together a team to minister in the Tsumkwe area of Namibia to encourage and train local Christians
  • Could you train leaders in Mozambique? - In order to produce Christ-like leaders, the vision is to place a team focused on Bible teaching, mentoring and discipleship in Marsabit.
  • Building blocks in Korr - We are looking for someone to come alongside the church in Korr with discipleship and building skills to enable further evangelism among the Rendille. 

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Latest articles on church development

  • What about the gospel and culture? - Culture matters. It shapes our identity, our society, what we value, what we fear. We can’t detach ourselves from culture, God created us to create culture. One of the biggest challenges for a believer in any culture is how to deal with areas of that culture that stand in tension with the Bible.
  • The year of African mobilisation - My family and I started our missionary work in the islands off the coast of East Africa and stayed there for 10 years. Our hearts were for the Islanders, to make disciples among them and to see churches planted. Heavily Islamic, the islands were almost totally void of Christians and churches. Except for the Malagasies.
  • What’s changed in Mozambique? - A lot has happened since AIM first started working in Mozambique in 1985. But what about the church? Claudia Middendorf gives us an insight.