Opening Doors to a Closed People

Are you committed to developing Christ-like communities of faith? Are you passionate about missional, multiplying churches among those with least access to the gospel? Are you ready to live your faith with passion and pour out your life to form servant leaders? The need is today in the Guadalajara area of 6 million people.

Posted on December 21, 2016

Mexico

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Developer and Discipleship
  • Funded
  • Couple

We are looking for those desiring to be part of a team doing church development in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico. Through building engaging relationships and focusing on creating disciple-makers, this couple will be heavily involved in evangelism and helping form communities of faith among those with the least access to the gospel.

We are looking for people who will courageously live out their faith to form Christ-like servant leaders in a culture of corruption and violence. You will work together on a ministry team to form church leaders. With these leaders you will plan and implement evangelistic and church development strategies to form a strong multiplying church in the Guadalajara metro area.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
    1. Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry studies and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • Alliance ordination completed
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 hours of Bible/theology studies and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies)
  • MLAT Score of 20 or higher
  • Two years of Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME)
  • A clear call to cross-cultural, pioneer, outreach ministry
  • Be willing to live in a setting with a challenging culture resistant to evangelical Christianity
  • Training in the use of one or more of the following—evangelism, discipleship, and/or church development strategies and methods
  • Demonstrated teaching gift and mentoring abilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in and passion for evangelism and discipleship
  • Direct experience in leading a ministry whose focus and fruitfulness has resulted in lost people being engaged and brought to faith and maturity in Christ
  • The ability to initiate new ministry and/or grow an established ministry to new levels

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the Spanish language to a proficient level for church ministries and leadership development
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships on a regular basis
  • Confidently share the gospel and initiate discipleship activities with new believers
  • Make use of the home for entertaining new contacts and team events
  • Lead and/or participate in weekly small group meetings, Bible studies, or other meetings and events designed as outreach in the church planting effort
  • Train and develop church leaders
  • With the IW team and church leaders, develop strategies for multiplying communities of faith

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2018

General Information:

Guadalajara is a city known for holding traditional religious beliefs mixed with ancient superstitions. Many false teachings and cults have invaded the city in recent years, leaving a mass of people either confused or increasingly entrenched in their ways. Although less than 2.1% know Jesus in a life transforming way, people do respond to a loving and personal presentation of the gospel over time.

Guadalajara is in the state of Jalisco, the state of origin for mariachi music, rodeos, and Tequila. Guadalajara is the home of the “Virgin of Zapopan” and as many as 3 million people participate in the virgin’s processional through the streets on October 12 every year. Mexican special foods include tacos, pozole, and mole, quite different than those served in the U.S. The typical greeting between women is a mutual cheek-to-cheek kiss and men greet with a handshake and a pat on the back. Clothing is similar to the U.S. style of dress and casual. Ties and suits are seldom worn to church events. Women are free to wear dresses or slacks. A great variety of restaurants are present, including many of the U.S. franchises. Grocery stores are clean, attractive, and well stocked. Walmart and Costco are both present. Guadalajara is at an altitude of 5,000 feet and has a moderate climate with dry, mild winters and warm, wet summers. Although subject to electrical storms and occasional flooding, Guadalajara does not experience earthquakes, tornados, or hurricanes.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant would live in Guadalajara, a modern city, the second or third largest in Mexico. Guadalajara, a big city with a small city feel, is called the “Silicone Valley” of Mexico, with many universities and service industries. The people are friendly and helpful. Although violence is present, work and life continue as normal but with alertness and common sense. Housing will be a rented house or apartment. Electricity is 110v./50hz. Most appliances and electronic items are available. High speed internet and cable TV are available for work effectiveness and connectedness.

Status of Christian Witness:

Mexico is approximately 4.5% evangelical according to more complete studies. Most Mexicans will say they are Roman Catholic but are not necessarily practicing. Though there are evangelical churches in many parts of Guadalajara, the vast majority of the population has not had relevant, personal exposure to the gospel. Those who do make decisions for Christ usually receive pressure from their family because of long-held family beliefs and religious traditions. Discipleship is often a battle for new believers as they struggle against the prejudice towards the “hallelujahs.” The Alliance began ministering in Guadalajara in 1994 and presently has three churches, a seminary, and a developing church plant.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers will receive one year of intensive Spanish language study in Costa Rica, followed by on the field language and cultural acquisition studies. It is expected that while in Costa Rica, several hours per day will be dedicated to language acquisition. The goal of mastering the Spanish language is a life-long process, greatly enhancing ministry and the ability to reach people in Guadalajara for Christ.

Health Considerations:

Guadalajara has excellent health care, dental care, and facilities. International Workers often take advantage of physicians that have studied in the U.S. and who speak English.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s giftings and training, and the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Lincoln School, with a blend of English and Spanish teaching, is not far from targeted areas for church planting. The school offers preschool through grade twelve and has an excellent student-teacher ratio. Other neighborhood preschools are also an option. See the school’s Web site.

Compensation Package:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). We offer compensation for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit our compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance international workers are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include being healthy in all aspects of life. As you move forward in the consideration process for appointment, these will be assessed.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please contact Amy Roedding at roeddinga@cmalliance.org.

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