North Central Bosnia Church Planting Challenge

This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ in southeastern Europe. The city of Doboj is a strategic location for launching into unreached areas of this multi-ethnic country.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Europe/Middle East

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This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ in southeastern Europe. The city of Doboj is a strategic location for launching into unreached areas of this multi-ethnic country. We need a single person or couple who will be part of a regional team, responsible to make a strong contribution to the evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development efforts involved in establishing of a healthy church.

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 45
  • 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
  • Patient, persevering, steadfast
  • Teachable
  • Humble
  • Able to teach others
  • Demonstrates faith and hope for the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s or bachelor’s degree in ICS
  • Experience in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL) or English as a Foregn Language (EFL)
  • Experience in drug/alcohol recovery program or other type of community development program

Responsibilities:

  • Prepared to regularly share the gospel
  • Use your home to host new contacts and team events
  • Attend, lead, and contribute to weekly Bible study, discussion, or other types of events as a part of the church planting/development effort
  • Make and develop relationships with people from the local culture—most likely over many cups of coffee

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:

CIA World Factbook—Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Work and Living Environment:

Doboj is part of the Serb Republic region of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a city of 70,000 of which 74 percent are Serb, 22 percent Bosniak, 2 percent Croat, and 2 percent other ethnicities. There is a small, 22 member evangelical church, who are the only known believers.

 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 will be 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 Serbo-Croatian, 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:

Local schools are available. Home-schooling alone is not a legal educational option in Bosnia. Many families send their children to local schools and supplement with some home schooling. Black Forest Academy in Germany is a great 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 include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

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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