Relational Church Planter in Berlin

Berlin is one of the fastest growing capital cities in Europe. Expats from more than 180 different countries call this city home.

Posted on January 1, 2019


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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planter
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

Located in former East Germany, the most atheistic region in the world, this city of 4 million people is less than 2 percent churched.  A hub of artists, musicians, students, and immigrants, Berlin is an integral part of reaching the rest of former East Germany. The successful applicant(s) will make a strong contribution to the evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development efforts of this team to establish a healthy church.

 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).
  • Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Love
  • Dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • Perseverance
  • Willingness to take faith-filled risks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Small group or house church leadership experience
  • Pastoral experience
  • Mentoring or coaching experience


  • Use your home to host new contacts, church events, and a small group
  • Make a healthy adjustment to the local culture and learn the German language to a proficient level
  • Attend, lead, and develop Bible studies and other discipleship activities in the context of home groups
  • Impact the community through service and engagement in creative events (including using visual and performing arts)

Timeline for Deployment:

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

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Germany

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in Berlin, Germany, a generally safe, developed city with excellent public services.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Germany

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. IWs receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Germany has modern, quality health-care facilities with well-trained doctors.

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. 

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Good local German and international schools are available for students through high school. Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, is a good option for high school–age children, and there is a relatively inexpensive direct flight from Berlin that allows for fairly frequent visits.


This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs 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. 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 has begun or is completed.


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