Church and community development worker | Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Service term length or program: Long-term
  • Region of service: Europe
  • Location: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ministry category: Children at risk, Community development, Pioneer witness

Work alongside the Evangelical Church of Tuzla in its various ministries, possibly including outreach to a minority ethnic group.

Regional vision
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.

Responsibilities
In Tuzla, work alongside the evangelical church in their various ministries, possibly including outreach to a minority ethnic group. Build relationships, disciple and mentor believers, and explore opportunities for community development.

All new appointees for long-term service are engaged in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during the first year of their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, appointees spend two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of other long-term appointees and interns preparing for service) before heading to their countries of service. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort as they jump into language and culture learning, along with other activities on the field.

Environment
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country still experiencing the effects of the Bosnian War, which took place between 1992 and 1995. Political leadership changes between the three main ethnic groups — Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs — on a regular basis, which prevents the country from moving closer to inclusion in the E.U. There are occasional clashes between cultural groups.

Tuzla is a medium-sized city with around 200,000 people. It is a mix of Serb (Orthodox), Bosniak (Muslim), and Croat (Catholic). Tuzla is becoming modernized. The people are friendly, but can be reserved with foreigners.
Tuzla is 80 percent Muslim (compared to about 60 percent throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina) and a small percentage Orthodox and Catholic. There is a miniscule number of evangelical Christians — about 30 in all.

Supervisors and colleagues
The church and community development worker will work alongside members of the Evangelical Church of Tuzla, including the leader of outreach. The worker will be supervised by Pastor Zoran, and will check in regularly with EMM Regional Representative Stacy Nofziger.

Skills and experience
College degree in any emphasis preferred, but the main quality needed is a willingness to meet and show love to people. Applicants must be willing to pursue proficiency in the Bosnian language.