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Croatia

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Croatians, Internationals
Major Religions
Roman Catholicism
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SEND’s Ministry

Developing reproducing disciples is the key to establishing reproducing churches. SEND Croatia’s vision for developing disciples is based around partnerships with the local church, life in community, and missions. SEND Croatia also seeks to plant a healthy reproducing church in a strategic location as part of a multi-national team. A variety of methods include youth ministry, sports ministry, Christian camping, Bible teaching, leadership development, and creative engagement.

SEND Croatia partners together with the Baptist Union in Croatia to encourage existing churches and to plant new churches in areas where there is no existing church. We work closely with our national partners following their leadership and helping where they need us. We also partner together with Scripture Union Croatia, in providing religious education materials, camps for children and youth in the hopes of evangelizing and discipling the next generation.

Spiritual Climate

The culture is shifting—while most Croatians still identify as Catholic, in actuality, they live a dichotomy of “God on one side and life on another.” Interest in church and God is declining. The majority of Croatians are pragmatic agnostics and a growing number would identify themselves as something other than Catholic—Agnostic, Muslim, Atheist, or other.

Team Goals

In the next five years, SEND Croatia will, LORD willing: 

  • Have 3 new units on the field learning language and preparing to partner with a national in a church or church plant.
  • Partner with Scripture Union Croatia as they offer camps and programs to local schools, churches, and communities that create opportunities to engage with biblical truth.
  • Explore creative new opportunities for outreach.
  • In partnership with the local church, we fervently pray and work hard toward beginning one new church plant.
Life in Croatia looks like: 

Croatia is a small country with many small cities. Life is a little slower than the hustle and bustle of the West. People here take time to grab coffee and enjoy each others' company. Many life-giving conversations happen over that cup of coffee. Croatia is a mix of East meets West. We enjoy the conveniences of the West but have a rich-Balkan history that influences many of the people here.  

Would you be a good fit for this team?

We are looking for humble, flexible, servant-hearted leaders who will come alongside us and our national partners to see God's Kingdom grow. We want teammates who have the heart to serve, being new ideas, make meaningful relationships, learn the language and culture, and listen to the needs of the people and our church partners. We desire to engage people with the gospel in creative and new ways but patience is key when serving here in Croatia. It takes time to see people come to faith, it takes time to see ideas come to life. As the Croatians would say, "polako," meaning take it slow. 

Opportunities in Croatia

ESL Teacher - Europe
Needed:
ESL teachers to build connections on a church-planting team.
Country: Albanian Ministries, Croatia, Europe, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years), Short-Term (2 weeks - 1 year)
Church Planting Evangelist
Needed:
Do you have a passion to reach the unreached with the gospel? Church planting teams in...
Country: Croatia, Europe
Term: Long-Term (3+ years), Mid-Term (1 - 3 years), Short-Term (1-3 months), Short-Term (2-4 weeks), Short-Term (4-6 months), Short-Term (7-12 months)
Camp Ministry Internship for LLI
Needed:
Outdoor enthusiasts who would like to be trained in camp ministry. This nine-week training...
Country: Croatia, Europe
Term: Short-Term (1-3 months)

Project in Croatia

Breathe Free
In: Croatia, Europe
Breathe Free is a place where Christian workers and pastors who are tired and weary can get away to be with Jesus. Through this time away, they can rest and be restored and renewed to continue the... Read More »
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