posted on September 1, 2021
aXcess-Clergy Track: CHURCH PLANTING AMONG REFUGEES IN GREECE
The Alliance is looking for someone to pioneer a church planting work among refugees and immigrants in Greece.
This is a new pioneer work among refugees in Greece. The vision is to see churches planted among the Muslim refugees who have been living in Greece. The 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 worker(s) focus on direct evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.
- Language learning
- Church planting
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 12 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of six hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one member per couple)
- Experience in church planting
- Cross-cultural experience inside or outside the US
- A calling to reach out to Muslims
- Completed Muslim studies or training in Muslim evangelism
- MLAT of 70 or above
- Experience in ministry among Muslim immigrants or refugees
- Knowledge of the Greek language and culture
- Knowledge of the Arabic or Farsi language
Biblical Characteristics Desired
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment
Summer/fall 2022. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.
Greece is part of the EU 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 Syria and Afghanistan. Economic crisis and the influx of refugees have destabilized the country.
More information on Greece can be found here:
CIA World Factbook – Greece
Joshua Project – Greece
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 multi-lingual setting requiring study in two different languages, achieving an advanced level in at least one.
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 only in major cities. Christian boarding school is available in Germany (Black Forest Academy). https://www.goldenvisa-greece.com/international-schools-education-athens-greece-moving/
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.
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.
Please email Stacy Douglas at [email protected]
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.