Workers who long to see the kingdom of God flourish in this region will come to East/Central Europe and invest in relationships, realizing they may not see fruit for some time. As people in the region connect with Jesus and churches begin to grow, Christians will have a life-giving impact on this area.
The church worker will create opportunities to build relationships by working in a profession or ministry that allows for community engagement. Possibilities include working with students at camps or sports programs, teaching at a local university, and working with local churches.
All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service.
A relatively stable Eastern European country, Albania is considered one of the less-developed nations in modern Europe. Many Albanians have the desire to modernize; common aspirations include joining the European Union and, on an individual level, receiving higher education — a goal many have not had the opportunity to achieve.
Historically tribesmen and clansmen, Albanians’ heritage is still a deep influence on everyday life. Unwritten codes of law and conduct are upheld by a large majority of the population, such as the belief in revenge that can perpetuate family feuds for generations, and the desire for personal autonomy that makes Albanians a freedom-loving people. Nearby Turkey also has a strong effect on Albanian culture.
Albania is a Muslim-majority country with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical minorities.
Supervisors and colleagues
The church worker will work with national church leadership. This worker will receive supervision from Pastor Agustin Bushgjokaj (if in Shkodër), and will check in regularly with EMM Regional Representative Stacy Nofziger.
Skills and experience
College degree needed for long-term assignments. Applicants must be willing to pursue proficiency in the Albanian language. Ability to build relationships amidst cultural differences and challenges is essential. This worker must be willing to work with and submit to local church leadership.