Reaching Refugees in Europe

Europe is changing as millions of refugees and immigrants spill into the region.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Europe/Middle East

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy/vocational track
  • Role will vary depending on location
  • Creative-access country
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

Country Undetermined

The successful applicant(s) will work with a team to engage these new Europeans with the gospel in word and deed. The primary ministry focus will be on people from North Africa and the Middle East who practice the majority religion of their home countries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Study of and/or personal experience with Middle Eastern or North African culture
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 40 (50 or above preferred)

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Ability to love people of different cultures well
  • Courage to share faith in a potentially hostile environment
  • Resilience
  • Ability to serve with others in grace

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in initiating new projects or ministries
  • Ability to speak a European language or Arabic
  • Experience working with refugees and/or people who practice the majority religion of the Middle East
  • International Ministries clergy qualifications


  • Build relationships intentionally
  • Disciple new believers
  • Participate in creative ministries
  • Model Christ in word and deed

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:

The ministry location will be determined through the interview process. Currently, we have projects in Spain, France, and Germany and are planning to expand to other countries.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in an urban setting with high refugee/immigrant density.

Status of Christian Witness:

The ministry focus will be a people group where less than 1 percent follow Jesus. People on the move tend to be more open to the gospel and there has been exciting evidence of God at work, but the percentage of believers remains low.

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 local majority language fluently in order to mentor, teach, and train others. In addition, the successful applicant(s) may need to learn a second language at some level of proficiency.

Health Considerations:

Europe offers excellent health-care options.

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. Family ministry is important in this context as the people being reached place a high value on family.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local schools are available, as well as some bilingual and international school options. Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, is recommended for high school–age children. Homeschooling is not an option in some European countries.


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.


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