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Do you dream of starting a community of faith that loves like Jesus?

There is a place for you here, and help to realize the calling in your life. You may be called to your current neighborhood, or a continent away. With Communitas you are among friends. All around the world we are starting and shaping faith communities doing just that.

We invite you to learn more about our incarnational approach.

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Stories from the Field

Incarnational

“I ready for Jesus now. Can you show me?”

UNITED KINGDOM –– Hassan*, a Kurdish young man from western Iran, walked into the Upper Room church. From the very beginning, he began asking question upon question about the differences between what was taught there and what was taught in his strict Islamic upbringing.

The Communitas church he walked into is highly focused on refugees and immigrants from Central Asia, including Iran and Afghanistan. Our leaders there were ready to answer the questions pressing on his mind.

One weekend, after the online-only service due to Corona-lockdowns, he responded to one of the Bible teachings. We concluded with a strong invitation to give one’s life to Jesus. He texted one of our missional leaders in his broken English: "I ready for Jesus now. Can you show me?"

Hallelujah!

Creative

God Never Stopped Working

I have sometimes thought that we are more of a hindrance than a help to God's work. In moments of personal prayer I have surprised myself by asking God not to allow me to spoil what He alone does so well. 

This is funny to me, now that we are getting out of lockdown and meeting our friends again. During our confinement, God has taken advantage of this time to work on people's hearts, without us dancing around with our nerves, pressures and limitations of all kinds. This is something that Spain’s Communitas team has been praying for during this long quarantine, and once again His faithfulness has become evident. His faithfulness and His will, for not wanting anyone to be lost, encouraged our prayers in that sense.

When we began to go out into the street, I wondered what we would find. And what we found was that on the first day of chatting with some of our friends we had conversations at a level of transparency and depth that we had never had before.

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Why Go? - Our Temporary Home

We are starting a series highlighting various reasons why our missionaries decided to join us in partnering with God in creating communities of faith. 

Maybe God is nudging you or someone you know? Read on!

Todd and Y Bonesteele were 37 years old with four young kids between the ages of 2 and 8. Living in Orange County, California, they belonged to a church and community they loved. Todd’s job was coming to an end in the finance industry because the company was closing down. In the midst of that, they knew God had plans for them but were unsure of what those plans might look like.

One Sunday, a missionary spoke at their church. After the service they heard people saying, “Wow, I could never do that!” But in their hearts, their love for different cultures (being an inter-racial couple) and their passion for ministry (both enjoyed discipling people), had them saying, “We’d go in a second if we thought God was telling us to go!” 

Which spurred the thought, “Then why aren’t we going?”

Find Your Place

Director of Mobilization

The Director of Mobilization is primarily tasked with creating and stewarding the process and means to direct people into serving within our global mission. Working in close conjunction with the field ministry team and executive leadership, including the president, you will build a team that will “shepherd God’s people toward their calling” and will coach potential new missional staff considering Communitas. You will create numerous opportunities for engagement with Communitas and our mission, including speaking and other engagement events, short term experiences and internships, and more.

For full details, please download the Job Description on this page, and feel free to reach out to us with any questions at all at HR@gocommunitas.org.

Church Planter

Communitas International seeks a Planting Pastor to start and sustain a missionally-focused community of faith. Communitas has been planting churches worldwide for almost 50 years. The Planting Pastor will follow the proven methodology employed by the Communitas network of churches of embedding, initiating, practicing, maturing, hubbing, and extending to pattern the church and its community life, while also enjoying great flexibility to adapt to the specific cultural contexts of the area. The preferred candidate will have prior church-planting experience or extensive education in the areas of missional theology and practice. The efforts of the Planting Pastor will result in a thriving, self-sustaining, authentic, discipleship-oriented, outward-facing and reproducing community of faith in 3 to 5 years.   

Project Leader

As Lead Pastor, you give oversight to the staff and missionary team.  The Lead Pastor takes the initiating role in providing pastoral oversight and leadership to the health  of the community. With the aid of the elder board and missionary team, focus should  be shared among the areas of mission/evangelism, discipleship, leadership development and  establishing and sustaining essential functions of a growing and maturing church in the areas  of worship, community groups, children, operations, and other essential functions. As a natural process of living internationally, embedding in the culture and learning the language well should  be an ongoing work in progress. 

Intern

Communitas International seeks Interns who will assist Planting Pastors and Team Leaders to start and sustain a missionally – focused community of faith. Communitas has been planting churches worldwide for almost 50 years. The Intern will assist the Planting Pastor in the proven methodology employed by the Communitas network of churches of embedding, initiating, practicing, maturing, hubbing, and extending to pattern the church and its community life, while also enjoying great flexibility to adapt to the specific cultural contexts of the area. The preferred candidate will be at least a college Junior or volunteer adult who has a great interest in church-planting as well as missional theology and practice. The efforts of the Intern will result in greater personal and mission effectiveness which will in turn leave the host project more healthy and thriving due to the efforts of the Intern.

 

What Intern Can Expect from local Communitas Team: 

The Intern can expect the following from the leader and local team:

  1. You will be welcomed into the place of ministry and given opportunities to embed in the culture.
  2. You will meet with your team leader at least weekly to discuss your progress and the ministry/personal work that needs to be done.
  3. You will be supported in the transition to the new culture – however, you will also be given the freedom to explore on your own. As an intern, you should expect that the local team will give guidance, but not seek to micromanage your stay there.
  4. Times of prayer and support as you meet the challenges of living in a new culture.

We sincerely hope that your internship will lead you to a greater understanding of God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Team Member – Sicily

We are looking for missionally-minded teammates who will join us in serving in Sicily, Italy. We desire to build authentic relationships and learn from and with one another as we welcome each other into our homes and lives and invite others to join us as we follow Jesus. If you feel God is leading you to build His kingdom in Italy, this may be for you!

This position can be as a full or part-time team member, or a short or long-term intern.

Director of Marketing

This position oversees all aspects of the organization’s external marketing and communication, with primary growth expectations around (1) Recruiting more missionaries for Kingdom impact, and (2) raising unrestricted funding for the organization. The roll establishes an overall marketing and branding plan and coordinates all aspects of marketing the ministry.

Oversight includes the Communitas website, gathering and development of life-change/impact stories from the mission, article publishing, external social media marketing and engagement, marketing purchases, and more. This role will also supervise or manage outsourced media production, to include video production as needed.

Roll is responsible to manage the Communication expense budget. This is a full-time or part-time role, depending on experience and availability, and has the opportunity to grow from part-time to full time at the discretion and desire of the employee and supervisor.

Co-Director of Staff Care and Development

The Co-Directors of Staff Care and Development (DSCD) are responsible for the implementation of global SCD functions and services and champion a culture of care and development within the organization. The DSCD helps Communitas fulfill its mission by promoting healthy practices, values and resources that a) help staff develop their own self-care systems that proactively deal with stress, conflict, transition and the normal challenges of life, b) create an environment where staff can “raise their hands” to ask for additional support and resources beyond their care system when needed, c) develop a SCD Team that invites staff systematically into opportunities for care and development, and d) promote reciprocity within each staff member that leads to them becoming an integral part of another staff member’s care system.

The DSCD is also responsible to foster personal development (leader development) among Communitas staff to support their thriving in context and fulfilling God’s call in their lives.

The DSCD may come alongside staff on an individual basis by providing coaching, mentoring, care, or processing as needed. The role serves as an advisor and collaborator to the regional SCD leader team to advocate for holistic wellbeing with national staff and affiliates and as well as seek resources for the sending division staff, national staff and SCD leaders.

Director of Training

This position (either full time or part time, depending on availability) is responsible for the oversight of CI training: both curriculum content development and delivery across the organization. This position sits within the Ministry Support Team area of Communitas, providing operational support to all staff for the duration of their service with the organization.

Office Manager

Our Benelux Advancement Team is looking for an Office Manager. Are you someone who can organize well and loves to plan? Do you have a heart for God and do you want to build His kingdom in the Benelux? Does it energize you to arrange / plan / monitor daily processes here? If so, please click here for the opportunity profile in order to learn more.

Hier is ook het Nederlandse profiel. We horen graag van je!

Interested? Let us know, by sending us an email at Nederland@gocommunitas.org or fill out the form below.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours a week

Communitas News

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Lament Devotional

As we wait on the Lord- we pray it is with open hands.

Legend tells of an ancient custom in Nepal: if a man loses something precious to him the rest of the tribe comes together, enters his home, and takes something else from him as well. This sounds so cruel, doesn’t it? Here is the reason and blessing behind this tradition. When a precious loss occurs, the other hand automatically clenches to keep what is left and the heart becomes lifeless or closed. Here stands the man cursing this one hand that has lost his treasure, bringing shame upon his family, while his other hand grips tightly to ensure he keeps what little is left. With clenched fist he threatens anyone who would get close enough to take away what is rightfully his.What does he look like now?

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Thinklings 2020: Giving Order, Meaning and Resilience to Missional Communities in Stressful Times

“Thinklings” has been a long-standing theological “think-tank” within Communitas, drawing together our theologians and missional practitioners to wrestle deeply with theological topics. The second online Thinklings took place in November 2020, on the topic, “Missional Communities: How do we give order, meaning, and resilience to Christ-communities under what are likely to be increasingly stressful circumstances? How shall the church maintain the integrity of our witness to the living God in turbulent times?" Nine contributors prepared and presented ideas on this topic, with robust conversation and discussion of pracitcal application following each. The discussion including additional Communitas staff and friends, beyond the presenters, and we are committed to continuing deep theological thinking within our missional movement! 

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Jon Ritner’s new book, Positively Irritating, is now available

What does church look like in a post-Christian world? We at Communitas International have been asking this for many decades. The new book by Jon Ritner, Positively Irritating, was released November 13th. Jon is a former missional staff member. He now serves on our international board and is a pastor in Hollywood, California.

It has been an exciting launch month for Positively Irritating. We crossed 500 copies sold including copies sold through Amazon to readers in the U.K. Canada, Australia, Belgium, and Germany! Our family had a wonderful small launch celebration with Rita and Michael Warren, and current Board members, Teal Rapp and Stephen Millage in California. For our American friends, I believe this book will be a good resource to share with your supporters and home churches to articulate how they can apply the experiences of missionaries embedded in Post-Christianity abroad.

We loved sharing our Communitas’ story and I close my acknowledgements with this statement: "“Finally, I want to thank the courageous liminal leaders from Forge International, Communitas International, and Movement Leaders Collective who welcomed us into their respective tribes and who challenge us to keep following Jesus into the unknown.”

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Strutzenbergs have arrived in Scotland

Celebrate with us the Strutzenberg family's arrival to Scotland!

Andrew and Kali are joining Drew and Christine Van Tiem in Edinburgh with a heart to serve those in their neighborhood of Leith.

Please pray with us as they settle into their flat, get to know their new city, and explore what God has waiting for them!

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Giving Day 2020 was a Success!

$155,707 given on GIVING DAY 2020! THANK YOU!

$155,707.07 was provided by God on our annual Giving Day, supporting our front-line missional workers and the Communitas movement. Thank you to all who made this amazing day possible!
 

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With you, we met our $20,000 Kingdom Advancement Challenge Grant!

Thank you for your partnership in prayer and finances as together we start communities of faith that are transforming lives, transforming neighborhoods, and transforming the world for Jesus Christ. 

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Psalm 148 for Audacious Praise

Written by Communitas staff member Wesley White:

In this time of international uncertainty, it is fitting that ardent worshippers of the God of the Bible give critical attention to Psalm 148.  As we might give historical considerations to the Psalter as a whole, this Psalm in particular features prominently in Hebraic liturgical traditions, most pointedly detailed in the Mishnah, that hermeneutically fertile collection of Jewish oral tradition that has been accorded such rigorous rabbinic attention in Judaism.

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