posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Church Planting and Disciplemaking in Kosovo

Today, many young people in Kosovo are disillusioned with the majority religion and are looking to the West to find hope for the future. We are looking for colleagues who will creatively use their skills and experience, both traditional and holistic, to engage this young population, share Christ, and develop communities of faith. If you enjoy building relationships over many cups of coffee and collaborating with a small, but vibrant, national church network to transform communities, then Kosovo may be a good fit for you. This position will be messy, stretching, challenging, and life changing. An adventurous, flexible, go-with-the-flow attitude is a must.

Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—aXcess—Clergy Track
  • Church planting, discipleship, evangelism, community development, ESL, and leadership development
  • Creative-access ministry
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Couple only

Today, many young people in Kosovo are disillusioned with the majority religion and are looking to the West to find hope for the future. We are looking for colleagues who will creatively use their skills and experience, both traditional and holistic, to engage this young population, share Christ, and develop communities of faith. If you enjoy building relationships over many cups of coffee and collaborating with a small, but vibrant, national church network to transform communities, then Kosovo may be a good fit for you. This position will be messy, stretching, challenging, and life changing. An adventurous, flexible, go-with-the-flow attitude is a must.

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:

Workers usually rent a modest, fully furnished apartment or house within a few kilometers of the city center. Internet is widely available. Electricity and water are regular, but with occasional rationing or outages. Hospitality is a significant priority and the Kosovar people value relationship over tasks.

CIA World Factbook – Kosovo

Joshua Project – Kosovo

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will receive two years 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.

Language learning is done through private tutoring, individual language helpers, and significant personal practice in the community under the oversight of the team’s language coach. 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 ACTFL guidelines.

Health Considerations:

Teammates should be in good health to thrive in this environment. There is a local foreign-staffed private hospital Basic healthcare services are readily available, including well-run private clinics and hospitals, dentists, etc. Quality general surgery options are available in the capital. More advanced medical care is available nearby in Macedonia and Greece. Air quality is regularly poor during the winter, which can exacerbate existing respiratory problems. Kosovo is not very handicap accessible, so climbing stairs and navigating uneven ground is unavoidable.

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:

Educational options in Kosovo consist of local Albanian schools, homeschooling, and international schools in the capital. Black Forest Academy in Germany is an option for children in high school.

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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