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					                                 J-Life Africa
                    Important Information about Hosting a
                               Coaching Team

                      1.   J-Life Africa’s Mission Statement
                      2.   At the Heart of J-Life Africa
                      3.   About a Coaching Team
                      4.   Purpose of a Coaching Team
                      5.   Responsibilities of the Hosting Church
                                    a.      Identify leaders for training
                                    b.      Accommodation
                                    c.      Central workspace
                                    d.      Office equipment
                                    e.      Financial support of J-Life
                                    f.      Schools ministry
                                    g.      Ministry opportunities within the community
                                    h.      Oversight, coaching and mentoring of the team
                                    i.      STeM and Two-week break
                                    j.      Create a healthy environment for youth ministry in
                                            the Church


                      6.           Addendum 1:     J-Life Africa’s Statement of Belief

  J-Life Africa                    Addendum 2:     J-Life Africa’s policies for team members

                  Any reference to “He” in this manual shall automatically also refer to “She”.
Coaching Teams
1.       J-LIFE AFRICA’S MISSION STATEMENT                                                    To ensure that the leaders who remain in the church, are
                                                                                               adequately trained in order to be able to continue the ministry once
Mobilising Disciplemaking Movements                                                            the team leaves


2.       AT THE HEART OF J-LIFE AFRICA                                               5.        RESPONSIBILITES OF THE HOSTING CHURCH

J-Life Africa believes in the potential and priority of the local church. For this        a. Identify leaders for training
reason, J-Life seeks to partner with churches in order to establish effective
and holistic Christian youth ministries for the advantage and betterment of               The host church is to provide at least three (3) committed leaders for
the entire community.                                                                     each age group being targeted to be trained for the duration of the
                                                                                          team’s stay in the church. These leaders need to commit to being
J-Life is committed to building a non-denominational, racially integrated                 available to meet for one (1) training session per week, as well as up to
ministry and does not tolerate any form of discrimination such as (but not                two (2) other youth meetings per week where the training will be
limited to) racism, sexism, denominationalism and classism.                               implemented.

                                                                                          In addition to this, leaders will be required to attend two (2) weekend
3.       ABOUT A COACHING TEAM                                                            training camps during the course of the year.

A J-Life Coaching Team consists of 3 or 4 people. The team members                        It is also requested that at least two (2) members of the leadership
spend four months being trained in a Philosophy of Youth Ministry. During                 team attend STeM (Short Term EQUIPPING Mission) to equip them to
this training they are also given the necessary tools that are required in                assist the J-Life Team members in putting together a short-term
order to implement a healthy, disciplemaking youth ministry within a local                mission for the youth of the church. STeM is a ten (10) day programme
church. On completion of the four-month training period, a coaching team                  which takes place during the June/July school holidays.
is placed into a church for a seven-month period in order to equip leaders
from the local church to run a disciplemaking youth ministry within their                 b. Accommodation
church. The team members’ role is to empower others to run the ministry.
Their responsibility will be to ensure that those being trained are thoroughly            Over the past years, J-Life Africa has seen that team members are
equipped to continue the ministry once the team leaves.                                   integrated more fully into the church and community when they live
                                                                                          among people from the church. We therefore request that, as far as
                                                                                          possible, the church hosts the team members in the homes of church
4.       PURPOSE OF A COACHING TEAM                                                       members. In Romans 12:13 Paul encourages the church to “practice
                                                                                          hospitality” and therefore we do not encourage the church to house the
        To train and equip leaders to run a disciplemaking youth ministry in             team by themselves in a flat. Rather, we encourage the following:
         the local church.
        To provide leaders with the necessary tools for the implementation                   For team members to be hosted by families for a period of one
         of this strategy                                                                      month (or more) at a time
        To assist these leaders in the implementation of a disciplemaking                    To host team members in close proximity to one another (this has a
         model for youth ministry                                                              huge impact on transport costs!)
        To ensure that the strategy and tools have been implemented
         within the church                                                                c.   Central Workspace



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It is important that a central work area (office) has been designated for
the team prior to their arrival. The team will spend a fair amount of time   Banking details:
doing both preparation for meetings and general admin work. For this         Bank:                First National Bank
reason we request that an area be found where they will be able to           Branch:              The Glen
make themselves ‘at home’. This can be a room at the church that is          Branch code:         259605
not being used or a room that they can use during the week and clear         Acc name:            J-Life Africa
out for any meetings that may be held there. Obviously the ideal is the      Acc number:          62021417903
first option.                                                                Reference:           Name of your church and the month that is being
                                                                                                  paid for eg: Johannesburg Methodist – July
d. Office Equipment

The team will need to be in contact with the J-Life office at least once a   f.   Schools Ministry
week and will need to use a phone for ministry purposes on a regular
basis. Where the church has a phone, it would be appreciated if the          The main focus of a coaching team will be to train leaders from your
J-Life Team could have access to it.                                         church. However, they will also focus on working in the schools in the
                                                                             community. While this is not the primary focus of the team, it does
The team will be required to keep a clear record of calls made. If the       serve as a key part of drawing youth into the church where the team is
church is able to cover the cost under their office expenses, this would     working.
be greatly appreciated.
                                                                             It is therefore crucial that the hosting church gains access into schools
We do realise that this is potentially open to abuse and therefore           for the team members. It is vital too, that hosting churches secure
request that if the church feels that access to the telephone is being       ministry opportunities in schools before the team arrives. The reason
abused, it must be addressed with the team immediately. Should the           for this is that often the church leaders / pastor has credibility in a
abuse continue, then the J-Life Africa office is to be contacted             school and community that the team members do not yet have. In order
immediately so that the matter can be resolved.                              to make the most efficient use of time, it is vital that this is set up prior
                                                                             to the team’s arrival.
Where churches have access to a photostat machine, we request that
the team be given access to it to copy training material that will be        The best form of ministry in schools would be where team members
given out to the leaders being trained. If the church does not have          have a regular slot with classes.
access to a machine then the team will make alternative arrangements.
                                                                             The church can inform schools that the team can do the following:
e. Financial Support of J-Life
                                                                                  1.      Life Preparatory classes (using material from Ergo
We believe that a hosting church needs to invest back into the ministry                   Leadership)
of J-Life in keeping with the Biblical principle of "what you sow; you
shall reap". In some contexts, what is sown may be the widow's mite; in           2.      Help with running SCA groups
other contexts, it may be a much larger sum. It is not the amount that is
as important to us, but the heart.                                                3.      Invigilate for exams or supervise classes when teachers
                                                                                          are absent
Based on your context, we ask that you discern from the Lord what He
would ask you to invest back into J-Life and into the broader movement            4.      Take Assemblies
throughout Africa. The J-Life director will be in discussion with you                     The team will be able to take assemblies in schools where
regarding this.                                                                           they will bring a message to the youth
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                                                                                      Sabbath day’s rest every week and to be abiding by J-Life’s rules
         5.      Taking classes with problem children                                 and policies for team members (see Addendum 2).
                 The school may not know what to do with problem children
                 and may be looking for a way to influence them positively.           It is requested that the team meets once a week with the
                 The church could suggest to the school that the team run             supervising pastor. In this meeting the pastor is to encourage them
                 classes with these children either during or after school.           in the work they are doing, question what is happening, understand
                 The team would then use this time to do training with these          what the team is doing, inspire them where they are feeling low and
                 children and build relationships with them to influence their        pray with them about the ministry.
                 lives positively.
                                                                                      If your Church hopes to maintain what is done through the ministry
                                                                                      of a J-Life Team then it will be key that these elements become part
                                                                                      of the ‘talk’ of the Church. This is to be a meeting where the pastor
                                                                                      holds the team accountable for the previous week’s goals.

g.       To find ways for the team to minister within the community                 Once a month the team leader is to give the Church leadership or
                                                                                    representative of the Church Leadership an account of what the
     As has been previously stated, the primary objective of the team is to         team has been doing. This will ensure that the Church leadership
     train leaders and to be involved with the young people in your church.         is kept up to date with what is taking place.
     We do however encourage the team to get to know the community and           Mentoring:
     to be involved in service, visitation etc. The teams are not always busy
     enough in the mornings – especially when they are not involved full              It is requested that the pastor or other church members take time to
     time in a school. They can therefore visit Aids homes, orphanages,               meet with regularly with the team - not only to speak about the
     soup kitchens, old folk from the church, prisons etc. These visits               ministry but also to find out how the team are doing in their
     provide good opportunities for the team to build relationships with              personal lives and in their walk with the Lord. We suggest that
     people outside of the church and thereby have an impact on the                   each team member is ‘adopted’ for the year by an older, more
     broader community.                                                               mature Christian who will be able to hold them accountable for their
                                                                                      emotional, physical and spiritual well being.
     h. Oversight, Coaching and Mentoring for the J-Life Team

     Many of the team members are young (having just completed school)           i.   STeM and Two-week break
     and therefore do not have years of experience. We therefore ask that
     the church has general oversight of the team, as well as coaching and       It is crucial that the team members are released from the church for the
     mentoring the members as they minister. This would entail:                  below-mentioned times:
                                                                                 STeM:
     Oversight and Coaching:                                                     Team members are required to attend STeM (Short term equipping
                                                                                 mission) for 10 days during the June/July school holidays. They are
         The J-Life office will be in contact with the team on a weekly basis    required to bring at least 2 leaders from the church with them to be
         and will visit them where possible. We do however, ask the pastor       trained up in how to run a short-term mission. The reason for this is so
         or the person overseeing the team to hold the team accountable.         that these leaders and the team can implement this programme in the
                                                                                 church later in the year.
         J-Life expects the team to be united as a team, to be                   2-week break:
         communicating with one another, to be working hard, to be taking a


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Team members are required to take a 2-week break sometime during            Tester:     Do the youth leaders feel that the Church leadership
their 7-month ministry period in the church. They need to liaise with the               supports and defends their ministry OR do they join in with
church as to when this would be best.                                                   the opposition who seek to continuously find fault?

                                                                            3 Freedom is given to those ministering to youth
j.   Create a Healthy Environment for Youth Ministry in the Church          This is not freedom without guidance, but freedom to do what ministry
                                                                            to youth requires. This will mean that the Church allows the youth
One of the greatest challenges in youth ministry today is knowing how       ministry freedom to grow in a direction that is contemporary and
to integrate young people into the church. This challenge is made more      effective for reaching youth and that they are not forced into a mould
difficult when the climate in the local church is not conducive to the      that is antiquated.
growth of an effective youth ministry.                                      Tester:       Have the youth leaders been allowed to get on with the
                                                                                          work OR are people continuously manipulating them in
J-Life Africa recognises that placing a team into a community will not                    their direction even though they are not involved?
guarantee the start of a youth movement. In fact, if the “climate” in a
church is not conducive for youth ministry, then we can guarantee that      4    Youth Ministry is not seen as a training ground for other
within a year of the team leaving, that there will be no disciplemaking          ministries within the Church
youth ministry continuing. Having studied a number of churches and          Churches need to see youth ministry as one of the key areas of focus in
interviewed a number of youth pastors and youth workers who are             the Church. It is during the early years of ones life that people are most
effectively integrating youth into the church body, some key ingredients    influenced - 80% of people make a lasting commitment to follow Christ
for growing a healthy youth ministry in the local church have emerged.      under the age of 14/15. If we miss people here we have lost an
                                                                            opportunity. Satan also knows these facts and therefore targets the
Below is a list of these ingredients. We encourage all communities to       youth of our community. If this is true, then our question needs to be
work at nurturing a healthy environment.                                    “Why does the Church often see the youth ministry as training ground
                                                                            of the apprentice leader or minister?” The Church should be placing
8 ingredients that define a positive climate for integrating youth          some of its best leaders in this department.
into the Church:                                                            Tester:      Are our youth leaders some of the best leaders in the
                                                                                         Church OR have the youth been given ‘anyone and
1 The Church is prepared to change                                                       everyone’ who wants to minister?
Kahlil Gibran said, “Life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday”
The youth movement today has as one of its key characteristics              5 Contemporary Worship forms part of the Church’s backbone
“openness to change”.                                                       Youth specialist, Ron Hutchcraft said that one of the defining
Tester:     When change is suggested, is it welcomed OR is there            characteristics of this generation of youth is that “Music is his
            always opposition and a struggle to bring in new ideas?         language”. Churches that seek to be on the cutting edge of music and
            The question you as a Church need to be asking is, “How         what is available out there in contemporary worship will draw in youth.
            can we become more change friendly and not resist the           Tester:      Is Worship in your Church progressive and dynamic OR is
            new generation that loves change”?                                           it stagnant and resistant to change?

2   The Youth Ministry is supported and backed by the Church                6    Youth form a part of the body and are encouraged to function
    Leadership                                                                   in it
The Church leaders need to be proactive when it comes to mobilising a       Graham Knox said this “Youth are part of the Church of today and all
youth ministry. It needs to be a part of the overall strategy of the        the leaders of tomorrow. Many people say, “Youth are the Church of
Church.                                                                     tomorrow”. This is an underlying attitude that says that youth have
                                                                            nothing to offer the body now. Churches that function like this will lose
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their youth before they ever become the so-called “Church of
tomorrow”. Youth want to feel needed. Mobilizing youth for ministry
within the body fulfils this need.                                          Addendum 1: J-LIFE AFRICA STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
Tester:      Are the youth in your Church encouraged to minister in the
             body OR is the general attitude “Youth are to be seen and          1. God is the Eternal King, Creator and Ruler of all things
             not heard”?
                                                                            WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is: infinite, unchangeable,
7 Church members are prepared to mentor the next generation                 Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From
“He (God) commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the         all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons the
next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and      Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
they in turn would tell their children.” Ps 78:5-6. Churches that see the
youth as the spiritually young people of their family will be Churches      WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through
that encourage the attitude of “next generation” ministry.                  His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that
Tester:      Are the adults of your Church involved in the lives of the     exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every
             youth as mentors OR is there a great divide between the        living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.
             youth ministry and the adults?

8 The Church is prepared to invest money into youth ministry                    2. Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
If youth ministry is going to be a key focus of the Church, then we need
to invest money into making this happen.                                    WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against
Tester:      Does youth ministry form a key part of the Church budget       God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence
             OR is the Church budget “tight fisted” when it comes to the    and, in a forgery of God's rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness
             youth ministry?                                                and evil on the earth.


                                                                                3. The Creation of Man, the Fall and The Doctrine of Original Sin

Bringing the change that may be needed in order for a team to be            WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His own image, male and
effective in training your leaders will require:                            female, for relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the
                                                                            temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin,
   Prayer for God to change the climate: This will mean that God           sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan
    needs to change the hearts of people                                    and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation. Creation now
   Sharing the vision: The more people that hear about the needs of        experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin. Human
    the youth of today and how the Youth Ministry is helping meet           beings are born in sin, subject to God's judgment of death and captive to
    those needs, the more you will get people involved in the ministry.     Satan's kingdom of darkness.
   Recruiting Key adults: Find the influencers in the Church, those
    people who the church members listen to and take seriously.                 4. God's Divine Intervention, Kingdom Law and Covenants
    These people need to be exposed to these 8 ingredients and then
    won over.                                                               WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which He
   Exposing the Church to what is a healthy climate: It would be a         continues to uphold by divine intervention. In order to bring redemption,
    good idea to preach on these eight ingredients after making the         God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the
    Church aware of the needs of the youth of today                         covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising


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to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations         certain tasks as God saw fit to do so. Jesus promised that a time was
through them.                                                                      coming when the Spirit would be given to all God’s people. This occurred at
                                                                                   Pentecost when the Spirit was poured out on the Church (God’s people) in
WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty               power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of
acts from bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses,             the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of
revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfil it. The law's purpose is   God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the
to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral                     Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the
responsibility. By the work of God's Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God's   evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and
righteous judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.         doing the works of Jesus.

WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King, God
established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant              WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ
with David, promising that his heir would restore God's kingdom reign over         and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the
His people as Messiah forever.                                                     filling or the empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience,
                                                                                   for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the
     5. Christ the Saviour, Mediator and Eternal King                              exercise of all the biblical gifts of the Spirit.

WE BELIEVE that at the appointed time, God honoured His covenants with
Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus,              7.   The Sufficiency of Scripture
into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as
fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us           WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy
to be. Jesus was anointed as the Messiah (Saviour) and empowered by the            Scripture so that the Bible is God’s Word to man and is without error in the
Holy Spirit, He established God's kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the         original manuscripts. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New
reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of                 Testaments in its entirety as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible
salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead.              rule of faith and practice.
Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted (John 1:12) God's people (Rom
9:24) as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the           8.   The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling
the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus      WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and
met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took           that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are
God's judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By His death on           under God's just judgment. Through the preaching of the Good News of
the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with David             Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God
was fulfilled in Jesus' birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His      regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus Christ by the
glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present        Spirit all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and
rule at the right hand of the Father where He acts as Mediator between God         Saviour. By this they are released from Satan's domain and enter into
and man (reference). As God's Son and David's heir, He is the eternal              God's kingdom reign.
Saviour-King, advancing God's reign throughout every generation and
throughout the whole earth today.
                                                                                       9.   The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
    6.   The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
                                                                                   WE BELIEVE in the one, holy (set apart), universal Church. All who repent
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is and was active and working as part of           of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are regenerated
the Godhead from all time. The Holy Spirit empowered certain people for            by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head
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and of which we are all members. The Church’s role is to worship God with        Addendum 2: J-LIFE AFRICA POLICIES FOR TEAM MEMBERS
everything at our disposal (individually and corporately); and to proclaim the
words and perform the works of Jesus as an ongoing witness of God’s love         EMPLOYMENT POLICY
and grace and as proof of God’s Kingdom rule.
                                                                                 J-Life is committed to providing a ministry environment that is free of
    10. Baptism and the Lord's Supper                                            discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, J-Life maintains a strict
                                                                                 policy prohibiting unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church:             policy prohibits harassment in any form, including verbal, physical and
believer’s baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both are available to all              visual harassment. Any J-Life team member who believes he or she has
believers.                                                                       been harassed by a co-worker or team leader, shall promptly report the
                                                                                 facts of the incident/s and the names of the individuals involved to his/her
                                                                                 supervisor, or alternatively to the Director of J-Life Africa. Team leaders will
    11. The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment                                immediately report any incidents of unlawful harassment to the Director of
                                                                                 J-Life. The Director will investigate all such claims and recommend the
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord               appropriate disciplinary action.
Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through
the Church, and that it will be fully completed in the glorious, visible and     J-Life is committed to a high standard of performance at all levels. In order
triumphant appearing of Christ - His return to the earth as King. After Christ   to assure this high standard, you will be reviewed periodically throughout
returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his   your term of service. The Director of J-Life will review your performance.
minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the      You will have the opportunity to read all comments made and you may
eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal punishment of the wicked.          present any disagreements in writing on that same report. Issues that
Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be     cannot be resolved by the Director will be referred to the J-Life Board.
fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty
power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be             J-Life provides a personnel record keeping system. Your personal file will
worshipped.                                                                      be kept strictly confidential and only the Director and a specifically
                                                                                 appointed Staff member(s) of J-Life will have access to the information on
                                                                                 your file.

                                                                                 As a J-Life Coaching Team member, you will be required to serve for a
                                                                                 fixed period of time, namely one year. You will considered to be in training
                                                                                 for the first four months of your term of service. The four months training is
                                                                                 a probationary period and will determine your inclusion on a Coaching
                                                                                 Team or not.

                                                                                 LEAVE

                                                                                 a)      Emergency Leave

                                                                                 You may be granted emergency leave for personal matters such as illness
                                                                                 and funerals within your immediate family. Approval for this type of leave
                                                                                 must come directly from the Director of J-Life Africa. All expenses for this
                                                                                 type of leave will be at your own personal expense. Any financial assistance
                                                                                 given for this type of leave will be at the discretion of the J-Life Director.
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b)      Leave of Absence                                                        Matthew 5: 23-24 for resolution. If the problem still cannot be resolved the
                                                                                following steps shall be followed:
The Director of J-Life may grant you a leave of absence for emergency or
special reasons such as health and family. A written application must be        a)      Have an open and honest discussion with your J-Life Coaching
made as well as a target date for your return.                                          Team leader who will make every effort to resolve the concern.

c)      Sick Leave                                                              b)      If the individual/s are not satisfied with the results from the above
                                                                                        discussion, they may take the matter up with the J-Life Director.
Sick leave is intended to give you time to attend to doctor’s and dentist’s
appointments and the necessary recuperation time. Sick leave cannot be          c)      If the individual/s are dissatisfied with the results of the discussion
“purchased” when you leave J-Life.                                                      with the Director, they may take the matter to the J-Life Board. The
                                                                                        Board shall make a final decision.
VACATIONS
                                                                                All problems and complaints must be documented and filed and shall be
All J-Life Coaching Team members are required to take four (4) calendar         answered as quickly as possible.
weeks of vacation in a calendar year. For the purposes of J-Life Africa, you
will be requested to take 2 weeks in December (once your year with J-Life       MORAL FAILURE
is complete) and 2 weeks during your 7-month practical period (when your
team decides together to take it). You must cover all transport costs to and    Because J-Life Africa bases its acceptable standards of behavior on
from your vacation.                                                             organizational and individual commitments to God and to the Bible, and is
                                                                                committed to biblically based lifestyles of morality, fidelity, and faith, all
CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCESS                                                     Coaching Team members will be held accountable to a high standard of
                                                                                conduct. Because these standards are based on biblical principles,
We recognise that problems are bound to arise and questions develop in          acceptable behavior for a J-Life Coaching Team member will differ from
any organization involving people. Therefore, the purpose of this document      that considered acceptable by society at large. In order for you to know
is designed to maintain, strengthen and solidify relationships between J-Life   what the expected standard of behavior is, the following applies:
Coaching Team members and Directors. This is done by providing a short,
simple and direct means of effectively receiving and answering questions,       In J-Life, immoral acts (as described in the Bible) are unacceptable and will
problems and suggestions.                                                       be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of service with
                                                                                J-Life Africa. Other forms of behavior, some of which may be tolerated by
A complaint, problem or suggestion may concern anything about a                 society in general, violate biblical standards for practice and living and are
Coaching Team member’s job that he /she thinks is unfair, wrong or needs        therefore considered immoral by J-Life. These biblical standards of morality
improvement. No matter the severity, it is a concern and should be given        and behavior are required to ensure the conduct of J-Life Team members is
immediate attention. J-Life welcomes the opportunity to talk with any           beyond reproach.
employee because we feel that this is the fairest way to settle any
problems, complaints or receive suggestions. Prevention of complaints and       Guidelines:
grievances is as important as the proper handling. Problems may arise from
an accumulation of small irritations. It is the responsibility and commitment        a) J-Life Team members are obligated to report immoral behavior by
of J-Life to eliminate these wherever possible.                                         Team members to the Director immediately. The Director shall then
                                                                                        take steps to verify or refute the charges, including a detailed,
If a problem arises between two or more individuals, it is the responsibility           confidential report.
of the individuals to follow the Biblical pattern of


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    b) Abstaining from immoral behavior (including, but not limited to,              of the opposite sex during their period of service. This includes relationships
       marital unfaithfulness, adultery, fornication, homosexual activity,           with other Team members as well as with people to whom you will be
       child molestation, pedophilia, exhibitionism, incest, bestiality, sexual      ministering. However, should feelings develop that are hindering ministry,
       addiction, or physical, sexual, or substance abuse) is a condition of         this needs to be discussed with one of the J-Life Staff Members.
       employment by J-Life Africa.
                                                                                     TIME COMMITMENT
    c)    If warranted, and at its sole discretion, J-Life may take the
         following measures:                                                         Service with J-Life is for a fixed period of time. J-Life expects a minimum of
                                                                                     five full working days per week. You should conscientiously give the
         i)      Immediate dismissal.                                                expected time whether you have assigned office hours or not. You must
         ii)     Offer the Team member the option of resigning.                      also be available when needed at times other than assigned ministry times.
         iii)    Require the employee to assume responsibility for
                 restitution and damage caused by inappropriate conduct.             However, J-Life will strive to not be unreasonable in the amount of
         iv)     Provide the team member with such other disciplinary                additional time requested. Any outside ministry/activities must be approved
                 action as is deemed appropriate.                                    by the Director and may only be approved if they do not interfere with your
                                                                                     time commitment to J-Life. J-Life’s weekly work schedule depends totally on
    d) J-Life Africa will at all times endeavor to initiate and support the          the particular ministry to which you are assigned. Your requirements will
       ministry of restoration to the body of Christ within the local church         include weekend assignments. They will also include weekday
       context where the Team member holds membership or is affiliated.              assignments. It is normal to expect a minimum of 40 hours work per week.
                                                                                     It is your team leader’s responsibility to assure that your weekly schedule is
    e) A confidential report will be placed on the Team member’s file. This          meeting the required standards. You will be expected to adhere to one
       report will be reviewed should the Team member request                        day’s rest per week.
       reinstatement at a later stage.
                                                                                     TERMINATION
    f)   In all cases, the Director of J-Life will use its best efforts to arrange
         appropriate spiritual, social and psychological rehabilitation for the      Your service with J-Life may be terminated for any of the following reasons:
         Team member.
                                                                                     a)      Completion of Appointment

OTHER BEHAVIOURAL STANDARDS                                                          As a J-Life Coaching Team member who has satisfactorily completed a
                                                                                     term of service, you will automatically be terminated unless you have been
J-Life is committed to a non-denominational, racially integrated ministry and        approached to serve with J-Life for another term.
thus does not tolerate the following in any form: racism, sexism,
discrimination etc. Not adhering to these behavioral standards will also be          b)      Insubordination
dealt with seriously.
                                                                                     Overt insubordination is grounds for dismissal.

                                                                                     c)      Lack of Unity
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX
                                                                                     Intentional and overt lack of cooperation with other team members is
At all times Team members are expected to display lives of purity and be             grounds for dismissal.
single-minded about the purpose of a J-Life Coaching team. Thus, J-Life              d)       Resignation
does not encourage Team members to pursue relationships with members
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If you want to terminate your service, a minimum of two week’s notice must
be given to the Director. Your resignation and reasons thereof will be
considered and your resignation will be processed.

e)      Dismissal

J-Life has the right and duty to terminate the service of any individual who
fails to meet the qualifications for ministry or whose attitude, conduct, or
performance is unsatisfactory. In order to maintain an effective Christian
witness, the standard of J-Life Team members is of utmost importance.
Indiscreet conduct jeopardizes a Team member’s ministry as well as the
ongoing ministry of J-Life. Should any Team member become guilty of a
gross act of sin, it is understood that by that act he severs his relationship
with J-Life.




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