FAQ

What is the salary structure?

The Power to Change salary structure is comprised of a number of factors including previous experience, tenure with Power to Change, geographical area of service, and the level of responsibility of one’s role. Taking all of these factors into consideration, starting salaries are set by the Board of Directors of Power to Change. All staff roles with Power to Change – Students require Ministry Partner Development (MPD) to raise funds for salary, benefits and ministry expenses.

What is Ministry Partner Development (MPD)?

Successful candidates will have the privilege of building a partnership team which provides financial and prayer support for their ministry. Financial support covers a staff member’s salary and ministry expenses.

We believe that Ministry Partner Development is biblically based and that God will provide everything necessary to fulfil calling into ministry: including finances, emotional strength and perseverance. Building a ministry partnership team is an integral part of being in ministry. Because of this we provide in-depth training for new staff and interns. They will receive an orientation to our ministry, an understanding of our mission and methods, and the tools needed to communicate about the role as new staff build a team of ministry partners.

For new staff: Ministry Partner Development (MPD) training happens three times a year at our National Office in Langley, BC. For internships, there is an Intern Kickoff Weekend at the end of April in Ontario. Please see Our Hiring Process for this year’s dates. After attending this training staff receive individual coaching, support and accountability throughout the MPD process.

What are some of the benefits that staff have with Power to Change?

We place a high priority on caring for our staff. Here is a sample of some of our benefits:

  • group health care plan (includes medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage)
  • RRSP and organization matching contributions
  • training and leadership development
  • maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves with salary top-up options

Can I pursue seminary or further education while on staff?

Yes, we have many staff who are currently working with P2C full time and pursuing a counselling degree, MDiv or MBA at the same time – all with the hopes of helping P2C reach more students with the Gospel. After a few years on staff with P2C, you are even able to pursue studies as a part of your job.

Do I need to do an internship before I join staff?

No. Currently most people join after interning for a year, but if you’re ready, you can join as a staff member immediately.

Will I be wasting my degree if I intern or join staff?

First, P2C offers opportunities to give you experience in almost any area of employment from IT to finance to preaching. If you are passionate about any of these areas, please let us see if we can find a match for you. Second, polls, such as this one, suggest that many students don’t find jobs in their field of study, but are more related to their major or general field of study (ie – Arts). Third, while we’re not suggesting P2C is the route for everyone, we have staff and interns for whom God used their area of study to minister to people in those majors in the short term. We have staff from the area of science ministering to science students, fine arts sharing the Gospel with music students, and so on. Fourth, staff or internships with P2C may not give you experience in your specific area of study, like marine biology, but you will gain many other resume building skills like: fundraising, public speaking experience, project planning, training, and many more.

What if my family doesn’t approve of my choice?

To process this question, we encourage these resources from The Travelling Team. While reading them, we encourage you to share your thoughts with a pastor or staff member so they can pray and process with you.  

STINT FAQ

Who will be on my team?

A typical team will be somewhere between four to eight people, usually with two team leaders. Together, they will give leadership and direction to the whole team. As much as possible, we take special care in forming the teams and choosing leaders, considering each member’s level of experience, personality, gifting, and background. You will not always be able to be on the same team with your friends, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences.

How long does the application process take?

Once you have sent in your full application, including all references, it usually takes only two to three weeks for you to hear back from Human Resources. The key part of this process is making sure all of your references are sent in. Your application begins to be processed only when all parts are received by HR.

What will I do on STINT?

Your team will be tasked with either pioneering a ministry, or building on a pre-existing ministry of evangelism and discipleship. In an established ministry, your main activities will involve evangelism, discipleship, possibly leading a small group, planning retreats and weekly meetings, and training students to be leading the ministry after you have gone. As a team, you will spend times praying for toward those goals and working together to make it happen. In pioneering a new ministry, several of these activities, such as planning retreats and weekly meetings, may not occur.

Where will I live?

In most cases, you will live in apartments near campus. In some instances, you may live in a dorm setting on campus.

How will I communicate with my family and friends back home?

The world has changed significantly with the availability of smartphones, messaging apps, and wifi. STINTers will have access to all of these communication tools, and we encourage STINTers to stay in touch with family and friends while abroad. For STINTers in secure locations, there will be specific apps which we will require you to use, for the purposes of encryption and security.

Is language a barrier?

English is a global language. Most of your time will be spent with students who are studying English, or have an ability to communicate in English. We would also highly encourage you to learn the basics of the local language as part of the process of acclimating to the local culture.  You’ll also make friends who will be able to help you with things like shopping, paying bills, and other necessities of life. In some places there will be long term International Campus Staff (ICS) who will be able to help as well.

Will we go to church?

This will vary by location. In countries where a local church is not available or there are security issues, you will most likely meet as a team for praise and worship and teaching. Many times STINT leaders will make use of downloadable sermons or teams may do a Bible study together. In some secure locations where there is a local gathering of expat believers, you may have opportunity to integrate into the local fellowship. In other locations where formal churches are available, going to church will likely be part of your regular schedule. The details will be highly dependent on your particular assignment.

Will we take holiday breaks?

Yes. Most locations will go to a mid-year conference in a location outside of your ministry assignment. Most teams take vacation attached to this conference, either before or after. In the event that your location does not attend a mid-year conference, but you will still get to have some vacation time. Although there are scheduled vacation times, the primary focus of your time will be to minister to students. With very rare exceptions, you will not be allowed to be away from your team for the duration of your STINT. Any outside travel (including at the end of your STINT) must be approved by the in-country director and the partnership director.

 

How much money will I need to raise?

You need to raise adequate support to cover your salary, your travel expenses and all your ministry expenses along the way. Depending on the partnership to which you are going, this means you will need to raise roughly $32,000 – $45,000. Note that the salary scale is a floating one with minimum and maximum amounts. The higher the salary you choose to take (which you may want to do if, for example, you have student loans), the more support you will need to raise, as P2C does not have any central funds from which to contribute to your salary or other expenses.

How will I raise funds?

You will invite individuals and churches to join your Ministry Partnership team (see above). There will be a ministry training time in late April during which you will receive training on support team development. You will also be paired up with a P2C staff member who will coach you during your support raising process.

What is covered in the amount I raise?

Three basic things are be covered by the money you raise:

  • salary (money for the basics of life)
  • benefits (health insurance)
  • reimbursable expenses (ministry related expenses)

How do I get paid?

P2C will deposit your salary into your Canadian bank account on a bi-monthly basis, and you will be able to withdraw necessary funds from your bank, on location.

What is included in my salary?

Your salary covers your living expenses. There should be sufficient funds to enable you to save for the future, tithe and also pay off school debts if necessary.

Do I need to get insurance?

As an intern you are covered by health care insurance for living outside Canada. This coverage also includes medical evacuation insurance, should something happen in the case of an emergency. You have life insurance for the amount of $50,000, provided you are serving a minimum of six months. Coverage will begin the day you leave Canada for your assignment. You should also contact your provincial health insurance to notify them that you will be out of the country for 11 months (or more). This will help you in being reinstated with your provincial insurance plan upon your return.

How are medical needs met?

While medical services vary from location to location, in most countries you go and receive treatment, pay out of your own pocket, file a claim and then get reimbursed. Most locations will have varying levels of medical facilities, with most having private hospitals that are up to Canadian standards. If you experience an emergency or a serious issue that cannot be handled locally, you will leave the country to receive treatment in the best place available. In an extreme emergency you will be airlifted out by our emergency evacuation service.

What about safety issues?

Although no place in the world is perfectly safe, P2C takes the geopolitical nature of the world into account when sending people overseas. P2C leadership seek to make wise decisions about where to best locate staff in order to make a maximum impact for Christ. When making a decision, P2C leadership will consult with local staff, the Canadian government travel advisories, as well as Health Canada’s recommendations.