Do you have experience working as a barista? Would you like to use your skills in a unique way while serving alongside the local church in beautiful Croatia? Do you have a heart to share both your barista skills and the good news with others?
Located in Southeast Europe near the top of the area known as the Balkan Peninsula, Croatia is a beautiful country of approximately four million people, well known by tourists in Europe and around the globe.
Having a majority population of professing Catholics comprising over 85% of the total population, and a professing Protestant population of less than .5% of the total population, it seems clear that Croatia was never significantly impacted by the Protestant Reformation. During the time of communism, Croatia was thought to be the center of theological study amongst the Eastern European countries. In present day however, it’s estimated that there are fewer than 5000 Protestant Christians attending local church services on Sunday. Furthermore, it’s estimated that there is only one church per 20,000 people. The Croatian Protestant Church has worked hard over the years to maintain and grow, however church membership has declined.
OM Croatia places great value in working beside the local church. Recently, a local church that the OM Croatia team works with, started an urban mission center called the ‘House of Hope’, situated in a former communist police station. The ‘House of Hope’ is a community center for local Croatians, where the desire is ultimately to share the love of Jesus and facilitate the birth and growth of vibrant communities of Jesus followers.
OM Croatia is looking for a person with prior experience working as a barista, to work alongside the local church at an urban mission center, making and serving coffee drinks, training staff in the center’s café and performing outlined administrative duties for the café.
Specifically, OM Croatia is seeking a person with prior experience working as a barista, who has a gift for hospitality, the ability to humbly respect local culture, and desire to see new churches planted. OM Croatia needs a person with leadership qualities who has the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, is adaptable and not easily flustered by unexpected changes, has the ability to communicate in a clear but gentle way, and is passionate about the gospel but mindful about appropriate ways to share. Come with a willingness to work alongside the local church and build lasting relationships with the community around you.
• Heart for the lost
• Some prior work experience as a barista
• Ability to both lead and/or work on a team
• Ability to train local café staff
• Ability to perform outlined administrative duties in the café
• Willingness to learn the local Croatian language (included as part of work hours)
• Willingness to take part in the wider activities of the OM Croatia team as opportunities and needs arise
• Organizational skills
• Passion to share the gospel and see new desire to be a part of planting new churches
• (Driver’s license is helpful, though not essential)