Relational Church Planting in Berlin

The Alliance is looking for a church planter and disciplemaker in Berlin, Germany.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Germany

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planting
  • Leadership development
  • Evangelism/discipleship
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This project focuses on reaching out primarily to Germans through intentional relationship building, disciplemaking, and helping establish a new church in Berlin based on a network of small groups.

Responsibilities:

  • Successfully complete German language study
  • Host new contacts, church events, and a small group
  • Adjust in a healthy and positive manner to the local culture
  • Attend, lead, and develop Bible studies and other discipleship activities
  • Impact the community through service and engagement in creative events (including visual and performance arts)

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
    • Note: The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree, have strong ministry experience, and have 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
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one partner per couple)
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
  • A vision trip to the ministry site

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Small group/house church leadership experience
  • Pastoral experience
  • Experience mentoring and coaching

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall of 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
Joshua Project—Germany

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

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, good 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’s needs, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local German, bilingual, and international schools are viable options for K–12. Black Forest Academy, a boarding school in Germany, is a good option for high-school–age children and is relatively easy to visit.

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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