posted on September 1, 2021
aXcess-Clergy Track: CHURCH PLANTING IN NORTH CENTRAL BOSNIA
The Alliance is looking for a church planter in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
This is an opportunity to share the love of Christ in southeastern Europe. Northcentral Bosnia is an unreached area of this multi-ethnic country. There are very few believers, yet there is a door beginning to open into this dark area. We need people skilled in evangelism and discipleship to become part of a regional team responsible for establishing healthy churches.
- 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 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
- Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one partner per couple)
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Kingdom minded
- Biblically grounded
- Spirit dependent
- Competently skilled
- Experience and/or training in TESOL
- Experience in community development
- Field of study in intercultural studies (bachelor’s or master’s degree)
- Share the gospel on a regular basis
- Practice hospitality in the home with new contacts or for team events
- Attend or lead small group Bible studies or other outreach/discipleship events
- Make and develop relationships with local people. Relationships are key in this culture and time together, especially around coffee, ties people together.
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.
Work and Living Environment:
Northcentral Bosnia includes part of the Serb Republic region of Bosnia-Herzegovina and part of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The largest city in this area is Banja Luka, the de facto capital of the Serb Republic. It is a city of 185,000 people who are primarily Serb.
Status of Christian Witness:
There are less than 700 baptized evangelical believers out of 3.9 million people.
Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. IWs 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.
The successful applicants are expected to complete 2 years of language study in Serbo-Croatian. Depending on individual skill and determination, this Slavic language will require several years to master.
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:
There are local schools available. Homeschooling alone is not a legal option for education in Bosnia. Many families send their children to local schools and supplement with some homeschool classes. For high school-aged children, Black Forest Academy in Germany is a great option.
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.