Minister to Syrian Refugees in Berlin

Our team seeks to reach out to the many Syrian refugees who have fled to Berlin for safety and new lives.

Posted on December 16, 2016

Germany

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Position Type

  • International worker—http://www.cmalliance.org/serve/international-work/#iwc
  • Church Planter
  • Funded
  • Couple or single

Germany opened up their arms and have welcomed over a million refugees since 2015. With thousands and thousands of individuals and families trying to adjust to a new way of life in the capital city of Berlin, God has opened doors and the new ministry center “The Lighthouse” was opened in 2016, serving as a way to introduce people to the true light in the midst of spiritual darkness. Sharing the good news of Christ and His love for all people, our hope is to see the ministries at the Lighthouse grow and for a community of faith to be established and developed while ministering to those in need. This ministry has the potential to transform into German/International ministry, in cooperation/connection with the Lighthouse Arabic ministry.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies and 15 hours of Intercultural Studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology studies and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 50 or higher
  • Alliance Ordination Completed
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and passion for evangelism and discipleship
  • Training in or experience in working with the majority religion of the refugees
  • Adaptability and flexibility in response to how God shapes the Lighthouse ministry and church-plant ministry

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the German language well and adjust to the local culture
  • Potentially learn Arabic
  • Minister in cooperation with the national Alliance church and their pastors at Lighthouse through organizing and overseeing events, evangelism, discipleship, and helping form and establish a community of faith

Timeline for Deployment:

Fall 2018

General Information:

CIA World Fact Book—Germany

Work and Living Environment:

The NE Germany Berlin team consists of 8 international workers living and serving in different ministry contexts. We are also loosely connected with the NE Germany Waren team, consisting of 5 IWs. Our ministries involve networking and partnering with other churches and ministries, including the German national Alliance Church (Missions-Allianz-Kirche-Deutschland).

Status of Christian Witness:

Although the number of Christians registered in Germany is high, the actual number of evangelical Jesus followers is around 2%. In our corner of the country, that number drops down to lower than 1%. You can find more information on The Joshua Project website.

Language Expectations:

Being able to communicate clearly is an imperative part of ministry, and international workers receive two years of intensive German language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a moderate to high level, in order to live effectively in the culture and share the good news of Jesus. They will be expected to intentionally persevere and be disciplined in the first season of language learning. The required fluency level is Goethe-Zertifikat B2 or equivalent successful testing.

Health Considerations:

Germany has modern, good health care facilities, well-trained doctors, and most medications are readily available.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings and training, and the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

For younger children, the local schools and the education standards are a good option. For high school aged children, Black Forest Academy in southwestern Germany is recommended. Homeschooling your children in Germany is illegal and, therefore, not an option.

Compensation Package:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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