Using ESL and Discipleship to Grow the Church

Using discipleship, while also teaching in an ESL program, you can be part of a team that is serving a Kosovar community and helping to grow His church.

Posted on August 9, 2016

Kosovo

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Position Type

  • CAMA Worker
  • ESL teacher
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

The CAMA Kosovo team seeks to demonstrate Christ’s compassion through immediate relief and long-term development that transforms lives and restores communities. If you are creative, motivated and have a strong call to minister to members of the country’s majority religion, this might be the team for you.

Required Qualifications:

  • Clear conversion and call to ministry of the Gospel
  • Demonstrated spiritual maturity and service
  • A recognized degree in TEFL/TESOL [or a Certificate w/experience on a case by case basis]
  • Completion of Missions Perspectives course
  • Willingness to work in cooperation with the local team and its goals

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two or more years of teaching experience
  • Cross cultural training and/or experience
  • Flexible and able to make a healthy adjustment to the local culture
  • Proactively develops relationships

Responsibilities:

  • Healthy, growing relationship with Christ
  • Attend and contribute to weekly team prayer meetings and other team events which include bi-monthly family mealtimes and monthly fun day/evenings
  • Maintain a good working relationship with team members
  • Attend weekly gatherings and foster relationships within the community
  • Regularly connect with the larger church through monthly prayer times
  • Teach and lesson plan for a minimum of two classes/levels three times per week in the fall and spring semesters
  • Meet monthly with potential student teachers
  • Offer an English camp once per year using this time to train interns/teachers (both foreign and domestic)
  • Help host interns and/or short-term teams
  • Contribute in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and other ministry-related activities as arranged by the team leader
  • Communicate regularly with supporters

Timeline for Deployment:

Early spring 2018 for language study and enculturation

General Information:

Currently, the team is involved in business development, health-occupational therapy, evangelism, teaching EFL, and more.

CIA World Factbook—Kosovo

Work and Living Environment:

Approximately 100,000 people live in the city where you would serve. It is rich in history, with a number of restaurants/coffee bars and interesting area sights and activities to enjoy. Albanians are extremely welcoming and easy to develop relationships with. Crime is quite low.

Status of Christian Witness:

Kosovo is not a creative-access country and maintains freedom of religion. However, the nation’s majority religion has become increasingly radicalized. With a small population of evangelical Christians, sensitivity in public communications, including social media, is a must. Members of the majority religion hold firmly to their traditions, but most are religiously secular and open to discussing faith issues.

The Joshua Project—Kosovo

Language Expectations:

Albanian is the national language. One year of formal language learning in Albanian is required with an additional year as necessary.

Health Considerations:

Some local private, pay-for-service clinics offer quality basic and emergency care. Private hospitals/clinics in the capital city, Pristina, provide quality care in nearly all specialties. Smoke allergies—a large percentage of Kosovars heat their homes with wood stoves. Additionally, though technically banned, smoking is allowed in most restaurants and coffee bars.

Expectations for Spouse:

If a couple is to apply, it is expected that both will participate in meaningful, full-time ministry as contributing team members. Opportunities other than teaching English are available. Consultation can be made with the team about roles.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Educational options in Kosovo consist of: (1) local Albanian public schools-generally inadequate for proper learning, (2) homeschooling, (3) Black Forest Academy in Germany for high-school-age children.

Compensation Package:

This is a partially funded position with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise 75 percent of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

Whole-Life Health:

CAMA Services is the relief and development arm of the C&MA. As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to Biblical holism. We are first committed to model holism and then reflect holism in how we carry out our work. Because of this commitment, 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 write Pat Altemose at cama@camaservices.org.

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