Impact the Youngest Country in Europe

The Alliance is looking for a church planter and disciplemaker in Kosovo.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Europe/Middle East

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Position Type

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

This team is looking for coworkers who will creatively use their skills and experience to engage the younger population, share Christ with them, and develop communities of faith. Disillusioned with the majority religion, these young Europeans are looking to the West to find hope for the future. The successful applicant(s) will enjoy building relationships over coffee and collaborating with a small but vibrant national church network to transform communities with the hope of Jesus. This position will require a great deal of flexibility but will also be potentially life-changing. An adventurous go-with-the-flow attitude is a must.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the Albanian language to full proficiency and make a healthy adjustment to the local culture
  • Regularly build and nurture new relationships, intentionally share the gospel with people who practice the majority religion, and appropriately disciple them
  • Collaborate with our national church partner to create and develop new communities of faith
  • Participate in the spiritual life of the local church, fulfilling leadership roles as appropriate
  • Integrate into the existing team and contribute to healthy team dynamics

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
  • 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:

  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies
  • A demonstrated ability to initiate new ministries, measurably grow them, and transition them to new leadership

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

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

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 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—Kosovo
Joshua Project—Kosovo

Language study will be completed in-country. Typically, workers rent a modest, fully furnished apartment or house within several kilometers of the city center. Internet is widely available. There is electricity and running water with occasional rationing or outages. Hospitality is a high priority, and  Kosovars value relationship over task.

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:

Basic health-care services are readily available, including well-run private clinics, hospitals, dentists, etc. Quality general surgery options are available in the capital.  More advanced medical care is accessible nearby in Macedonia and Greece.

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:

Educational options in Kosovo consist of local Albanian language schools, homeschooling, international schools in the capital, and Black Forest Academy in Germany for high-school–age children.

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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