Impact the Youngest Country in Europe

Kosovo is the youngest country in Europe with 42 percent of the population under the age of 25.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Kosovo

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Discipleship and church planting
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

Disillusioned with the majority religion, these young Europeans are looking to the West to find hope for the future. We are looking for people who will creatively use their skills and experience, to engage this young population, share Christ, and develop communities of faith. If you enjoy building relationships over numerous cups of coffee and collaborating with a small, but vibrant, national church network to transform communities, then Kosovo may be a good fit for you. Workers will utilize both traditional and holistic methods to impact communities with the gospel and influence the development of a first-generation church. This position will be messy, stretching, challenging, and life changing. An adventurous, flexible, go-with-the-flow attitude is 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
    • 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 12 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 60

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Love people
  • Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly (Micah 6.8)
  • All teams have conflict; work through it together (Acts 15.36ff)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in intercultural/cross-cultural studies
  • Ministry experience that indicates an ability to initiate new ministries, measurably grow them, and transition them to new leadership.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the Albanian language to full proficiency and make a healthy adjustment to the local culture.
  • Build and nurture new relationships on an ongoing basis, intentionally share the gospel with people who practice the majority religion and appropriately disciple them.
  • Collaborate with the local 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 existing team and contribute to healthy team dynamics.

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—Kosovo 

Work and Living Environment:

Language study will be completed in-country. Workers usually rent a modest, fully furnished apartment or house within a few kilometers of the city center. Internet is widely available. Electricity and water are regular but with occasional rationing or outages. Hospitality is a high priority and the Kosovar people value relationship over task.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Kosovo

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. International workers (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.

Language learning is done through private tutoring, individual language helpers, and significant personal practice in the community. The goal at the end of two years of full-time language study is to reach a proficiency level of 2.5 (Advanced High) based on the ACTFL guidelines.

Health Considerations:

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

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

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

Compensation:

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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