posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Church Planting Among Refugees in Greece

This is a new, pioneering work among refugees in Greece. The vision is to see churches being planted among immigrants and refugees who have come to Greece from the Middle East and North Africa. This ministry involves a lot of direct evangelism through the proclamation of the Word and service to the refugees. Ideally, this will be a joint project between aXcess and CAMA, with the expectation that aXcess workers will focus on direct evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy Track
  • Church planting, evangelism, discipleship, refugee and immigrant ministry
  • Creative-access ministry
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This is a new, pioneering work among refugees in Greece. The vision is to see churches being planted among immigrants and refugees who have come to Greece from the Middle East and North Africa. This ministry involves a lot of direct evangelism through the proclamation of the Word and service to the refugees. Ideally, this will be a joint project between aXcess and CAMA, with the expectation that aXcess workers will focus on direct evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

Responsibilities:

Required Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2023. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Greece is part of the European Union with modern systems of transportation, education, and healthcare. However, most of this is found in the major cities, not on the isolated islands or in smaller towns of the mainland. The country has a population of about 10.6 million people (roughly 80% live in the urban centers) and the majority religion is Greek Orthodox (90%, not including diaspora). The country unwillingly hosts 1.2 million refugees and immigrants, primarily from the Middle East. Economic crisis and the influx of refugees have destabilized the country.

CIA World Factbook – Greece

Joshua Project – Greece

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in an urban setting with high refugee and immigrant density. For more information on Italy’s role in the refugee and migrant crisis, click here.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive one year of intense language study, followed by ongoing language and cultural acquisition. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

As with other diaspora work, language is a challenge. This will be a multilingual setting requiring study in two different languages and achieving an advanced level in at least one.

Health Considerations:

Medical care is accessible in urban centers.

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 Greek schools are available throughout the country. Limited international schools are available, and only in major cities. For children in high school, Christian boarding school is available in Germany at Black Forest Academy. For more information about schooling options in Greece, click here.

Compensation

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]

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.

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