Church Planting in Berlin, Germany

Join a team serving Spanish and German speakers in post-Christian Germany through intercultural church planting and theological education

Posted on April 20, 2020

Germany

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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Church planting
  • Leadership development
  • Theological education
  • Single or couple
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)

The international team in Berlin, Germany, wants to birth and develop an intercultural community of faith in Spanish and German. This initiative responds both to the gospel needs of thousands of Spanish speakers in Berlin and to the gospel contacts they have with many German friends and others.

Responsibilities:

  • Church planting
  • Theological education
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Leadership development

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of Intercultural studies
    • Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • A minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME)
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • A clear call to church planting in a post-Christian context
  • Experience developing relationships with non-believers, leading people to Christ, and discipling them
  • An ability to love people of different cultures
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 50 or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience initiating new projects or ministries and working with immigrants
  • Fluent in Spanish

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Timeline for deployment:

Summer 2021. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

World Factbook: Germany

The Joshua Project: Germany

New team members will be joining the existing intercultural church planting team in Berlin. The successful applicant(s) will be living in a rented apartment. The city has a great public transportation system (bus, metro, taxi). Internet and cable television are readily available and reliable. Applicants should also be aware that serving as an international worker often requires flexibility and adaptability due to government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control.

The city of Berlin is a challenging environment for gospel communication in two ways. It is a post-modern, post-Christian, and atheistic society and is comfortable with liberal theology. Locals are not responsive to traditional evangelism but are more responsive to the gospel expressed through authentic relationships.

Due to current world events, the number of immigrants living in Germany is increasing rapidly. The church in Berlin has great opportunities to share the Good News with many post Christian Spaniards, Latinos, and other immigrants. This team is committed to building communities of faith among the diaspora.

Language Expectations:

International workers receive two years of German language and cultural study to live effectively in the culture and share the good news of Jesus. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a moderate to high level.

Health Considerations:

Germany is well known for its medical care. Doctors have been trained according to western standards.

Expectations of 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’s needs, etc. It is also expected that each family will attend to its spiritual and emotional health.

Children’s Educational Options:

Since Germany has high standards of education the local schools are good options. The Black Forest Academy in southwestern Germany is also an excellent option for high school.

Compensation

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion 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

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. These are assessed during 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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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