Ministry Center English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Program Coordinator

This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ in the cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo, the capital of this multi-ethnic country in Southeastern Europe.

Posted on January 9, 2018

Europe/Middle East

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This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ in the cosmopolitan city of Sarajevo, the capital of this multi-ethnic country in Southeastern Europe. We need an individual or couple willing to work with a multinational team in center ministry, church planting, and leadership development in this strategic city. The team member will be responsible to make a strong contribution to the evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development efforts that help to establish a healthy church. This member will oversee the conversational adult English program and the children’s English program at a cultural/educational center administered by Alliance international workers, as well as assisting with other programs as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies (ICS), TESOL, or elementary education
  • Ample proficiency in a vocation demonstrating ability to be successful
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy Living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Patient, persevering, steadfast
  • Humble
  • Able to teach others
  • Demonstrates faith and hope for the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s in ICS, TESOL, or elementary education
  • Familiarity with the Common European Framework system of evaluation and IELTS (or any Cambridge exams) or TOEFL exam preparation

 Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language and adjust to local culture
  • Apply individual gifts, talents, and passions to contribute to the ongoing educational and cultural programs of the center and assist in developing new programs
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly Bible study, discussion, or other types of events as a part of the church-planting/development effort
  • Able to consume large quantities of coffee (or your favorite beverage of choice). Sharing over coffee is a key to building relationships in Bosnia.

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 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—Bosnia-Herzegovina

Work and Living Environment:

Sarajevo is a cultural melting pot of the East and West. The ethnic majority practices the majority religion; about 25 percent of Bosnia’s population lives within a half hour’s of Sarajevo.

Status of Christian Witness:

There are less than 700 baptized evangelical believers in this country of 3.9 million people.

The Joshua Project—Bosnia-Herzegovina

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal is to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Workers are expected to complete two years of language study in Bosnian, although this Slavic language requires several years to master.

Health Considerations:

Hospitals, pharmacies, and public and private clinics are available for most health-care needs.

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:

There are both local and international schools in and around Sarajevo. Parents can choose which option will best fit the needs of their children. Black Forest Academy in Germany is a great educational option 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 international workers 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, part of the required qualifications includes 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.

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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