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In Kosovo, there are many people open to the gospel who practice the majority religion, and you can play a part in reaching them.

Posted on January 9, 2018

Kosovo

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In Kosovo, there are many people open to the gospel who practice the majority religion, and you can play a part in reaching them. If you enjoy building relationships (over numerous cups of delicious coffee), bringing the hope of transformation to a post-war society, and collaborating with a small, but vibrant, national church network to pioneer new communities of faith, then Kosovo may be a good fit for you. Workers will have the opportunity to utilize both traditional and holistic methods for sharing Christ in unreached communities, as well as helping to influence the development of a first-generation church. This position will be messy, challenging, and life-changing. An adventurous, flexible, go-with-the-flow personality 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 (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 60
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy Living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Love for God and neighbor (Mark 12:30–31)
  • Readiness to share the reason for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Willingness to live at peace with everyone, as much as it depends on you (Rom 12:18)
  • Perseverance in doing good (Gal 6:9)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in ICS
  • 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, intentional to share the gospel with people who practice the majority religion and appropriately disciple them
  • Collaborate with national church partner to create and develop new communities of faith
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly church services, Bible studies, discussion groups, or other gatherings as part of building healthy churches
  • Integrate into existing team and contribute to healthy team dynamics

Timeline for Deployment:

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

General Information:

Kosovo is landlocked, bordered by Albania to the west, Macedonia to the south, and Serbia to the east and north. Kosovo is home to a large (90 percent) Albanian population, which practices the majority religion, with Serb, Roma, Turk, Bosnian, and Goran minorities. The climate is similar to the north-central United States (IN, OH, PA) with cold winters and hot, humid summers.

 CIA World Factbook—Kosovo.

Work and Living Environment:

Language study will be completed in-country. Workers typically rent a modest, fully furnished apartment or house (you will experience occassional electricity and water rationings and outages) within a few kilometers of the city center. Internet is widely available. Hospitality is a high priority; Kosovars value relationship over tasks.

Status of Christian Witness:

Kosovo is less than 0.1 percent evangelical, although there is a small and growing church movement. All ethnic groups in the country are among the world’s least-reached people. Kosovars who practice the majority religion hold to their traditions quite firmly, but most are religiously secular. They are very open to discussing issues of faith.

The Joshua Project—Kosovo.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers (IWs) complete two years of full-time intensive Albanian language and cultural study with local tutors. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to share the good news of Jesus. IWs will be expected to be disciplined and intentionally persevering in the first season of language learning. 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 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Guidelines.

Health Considerations:

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

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the husband’s and wife’s giftings, training, and 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. When there are children living at home, special consideration is made in developing appropriate ministry descriptions.

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:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars through 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, some of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. This will be assessed as you move forward in 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 contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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