Country Statistics

Church-in-Formation

  • Population: 6,993,000
  • Evangelical Christians: 1.98%
  • FM Work Opened: 2007
  • Ordained Ministers: 2
  • Church Planting Projects: 7
  • Overseer: Josh Fajardo
  • FM Churches: 14


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• the St. John’s Home and the success of the New Start Light and Life Church
• teams that regularly come to serve and minister to the people of the Balkans
• microenterprise development to help pastors and congregations become self-sustaining
• training opportunities to help shape the next generation of leaders
• discernment and wisdom for the missionary team in responding to the many needs, requests and opportunities presented to them
  • the expanding work in the Balkan Region – especially the new church plants in Serbia
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    Bulgaria

    Reproducible Bulletin Insert
    Videos about Bulgaria Country Support Accounts

    Livelihood Groups

    Community Centers

    Leadership Development

    Funding the Bulgaria Country Support Account (CSA) will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:

    Translation and administrative assistance for ministries, projects, and programs

    Training events for pastors and church leaders

    English outreach events

    Youth conferences and training

    CSA promotional materials

    One Year or More

    Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator - Bulgaria

    Mirco-Enterprise/Small Business Development Coordinator

    Fast Trackers

    Pastoral Training - Bulgaria
    Bulgaria needs pastors and leaders who can come to help with the pastor’s training program. Many Bulgarian pastors have had no formal training and will not be able to attend seminary. So volunteers are needed to teach on pastoral responsibilities, sermon preparation, care for the people, Biblical instruction, and more. Pastors who come are invited to visit famous Biblical landmarks, such as Thessaloniki and Philippi, to learn more about these places and have a better understanding of Scripture. Check out this video to learn more!

    Pastor/Church Planter Trainers - Bulgaria
    Team Bulgaria would like pastors and church leaders to conduct weekend pastor/church planter training. Topics would cover whatever it takes to be a pastor and oversee a church; the topic can be determined by those who are interested in coming. Training is held every month for two years for church plant pastors and others. The stay would last 4-5 days: arrive a day or two before training, two days for event, one day after for debriefing. There is no cost once you arrive as you will be staying with one of the missionaries, but any contribution to help cover the cost of travel and meals while here could be made if desired.

    St. John’s Home Staff - Bulgaria
    From time to time Team Bulgaria is looking for individuals or couples who could help with life skills development for the girls in the safe home(s). This assignment would last between 6 -12 months, and the cost would be worked out based on the length of stay. This opportunity would be great for a retired person or couple who has an income and would love do life with these at-risk girls.

    Business Mentors/Coaches - Bulgaria
    Team Bulgaria is looking for individuals who have experience and background in running a company to help coach and mentor Bulgarians working in the micro loan program. The assignment would include assessing the business and offering suggestions for improvement. Another option is to hold seminars for individuals who are interested in starting a business but are not sure how to begin. The assignment would last about a week, depending on what kind of coaching is being done. Cost is $50 a person per day which includes meals, in-country transportation and lodging.

    Teams

    Bulgaria – LOVE Bulgaria Conference
    Every summer, Al Mellinger helps organize a youth summer camp and outreach program called LOVE Bulgaria. Teams are needed to help put on activities, work with the children, and share the gospel. For more information, check out this promotional video.

    Bulgaria - Summer Camps
    Team members for each of the camp options listed below need to be available for 6-8 days: at least 2 days before camp, 4-5 days of camp and 1-2 days for debriefing. (This will be worked out when the camp and dates are scheduled.) Cost is $50 a person/day, which includes meals, in-country transportation and lodging. The team is asked to provide some project funds to run the camp (amount to be determined with Team Bulgaria).

    1. Summer Youth Camp Team
    Team Bulgaria is looking for teams (6-10 people) to help run summer camps for the children and youth of the newly formed Light & Life Free Methodist Church. The team would partner with Bulgarians to plan and implement the camp for the appropriate age group. The camp could include music, sports, crafts, games, teaching and anything else that might go into a summer camp experience.

    2. Summer Day Camp Team
    Team Bulgaria is looking for teams (6-10 people) to help run day camps at our community center(s). Teams will partner with Bulgarians to organize and implement the day camp experience (running typically from 9 am-4 pm) focusing on either of these options:
    • Music, Dance & Drama
    The outreach team will hold classes each day - singing, drama, dance and maybe even some instrumental music. The last day will in end with an evening performance in the town square for the family and friends of the participants.
    • Sports
    The team will go to a different town each day and run a day long sports outreach with a morning session, break for lunch and an afternoon session. In the evening all players will be invited back to hear their teachers' testimonies.

    3. Summer Family Camp Team
    Team Bulgaria is looking for teams (6-10 people) to help run a summer family camp for the newly formed Light & Life Free Methodist Church. Teams will partner with Bulgarians to organize and implement the camp to include activities for all age groups. These could include music, sports, crafts, games, recreation, teaching and anything else that might go into a summer camp experience.

    Bulgaria - Women's Conferences
    Team Bulgaria is looking for women (individual or team) who would help hold women’s conferences and events. These could be a weekend or a one day event, or even nightly for several days. Each one is individually designed based on location and topic. Cost to team member is $50 a person per day, which includes meals, in-country transportation and lodging. Additionally the team is asked to provide some project funds to run the Women’s Conference(s).

    Bulgaria - St John’s Home Construction
    Team Bulgaria is looking for individuals and/or teams to work alongside Bulgarians assisting with the remodeling and construction of the safe house for at-risk girls. The duration of this trip would be 7-14 days depending on the specific project and needs. Cost is $50 a person per day which includes meals, in-country transportation and lodging. Additionally the team is asked to provide some project funds to assist with the supplies of the current project.