posted on January 18, 2022

aXcess: Ministry Among Immigrants and Refugees in Italy

Italy continues to receive wave after wave of immigrants and refugees, as it is one of the main entry points to the European Union. The successful applicant(s) will work with a new team to engage immigrants and refugees in Italy with the gospel in word and deed. The primary ministry focus will be on people who practice the majority religion of their home countries in North and West Africa and the Middle East.

Position Type

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

Italy continues to receive wave after wave of immigrants and refugees, as it is one of the main entry points to the European Union. The successful applicant(s) will work with a new team to engage immigrants and refugees in Italy with the gospel in word and deed. The primary ministry focus will be on people who practice the majority religion of their home countries in North and West Africa and the Middle East.

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:

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

CIA World Factbook – Italy

Joshua Project – Italy

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 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.

In addition, the successful applicant(s) may need to learn a second language at some level of proficiency.

Health Considerations:

Italy offers excellent healthcare options in both the private and public sectors.

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 famSpousal 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 value family highly.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Local schools are available, as well as some bilingual and international schooling options. Homeschooling is legal, but not common in Italy. 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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