Engaging the New Europeans

Europe is changing as millions of refugees and immigrants spill into the region. You will be working with a team to engage these “new Europeans” with the gospel in word and deed.

Posted on January 9, 2018

Europe/Middle East

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Europe is changing as millions of refugees and immigrants spill into the region. You will be working with a team to engage these “new Europeans” with the gospel in word and deed. Your ministry focus will be on people from North Africa and the Middle East who hold to the majority religion of their home countries. Creativity, courage, and love for the lost are a must!

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 50
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Study and/or experience in the majority religion or culture of the Middle East

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy Living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Ability to love people significantly different than you
  • Courage to share faith in a potentially hostile environment
  • Supportive of others in a team setting
  • Resiliency in the face of challenges and trials
  • Dependency on the Holy Spirit’s leading 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in initiating new projects or ministries
  • Speak a second language proficiently
  • Experience working in a team setting
  • Experience/study in working with refugees or immigrants

Responsibilities:

  • Intentionality in relationship-building
  • Discipleship
  • Creative ministries (typically within a ministry-center setting)
  • Model Christ in word and deed

 Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

The applicant’s location for ministry will be determined through the interview process. Currently, we have projects in Spain, France, and Germany and are planning to expand to other countries as well. You will live in an urban setting with high refugee/immigrant density.

Work and Living Environment:

As noted above, the exact location is yet to be determined and will be based on need, team chemistry, and calling. You will be serving in a Western European country.

Status of Christian Witness:

The focus of your ministry will be a people group where less than one percent  follow Jesus. People on the move tend to be more open to the gospel and there has been exciting evidence of God at work, but the percentage of believers remains low.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers typically receive one year of intensive language and cultural study. The goal is to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. You will need to learn the local majority language at a high level of fluency. In addition, you may also need to learn a second language at some level of proficiency.

Health Considerations:

Europe offers a good health-care network.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as 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. Family ministry is important in this context as the people you will be reaching place a high value on family.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local schools are available, as well as some bi-lingual, international school options. Black Forest Academy is recommended for high school age children. Homeschooling is against the law.

Compensation:

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 optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. This will be assessed as you move forward in the application process.

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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