Mexico – Envision Site Associate

As a part of the team, this individual or couple is expected to host short-term teams and interns, participate in relational outreach, practice hospitality, disciple new believers, and assist in leadership development.

Posted on February 2, 2018

Mexico

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Position Type

  • International worker—vocational track
  • Envision site associate—discipleship, leadership, and community development
  • Worker responsible for subscribing own support
  • Ordination not required
  • Single or couple

Working in this cross-cultural environment requires a strong missional calling, willingness to work on a team, flexibility, and a creative, innovative mindset.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in a vocation
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the World Perspectives Mission course or equivalent
  • A minimum Bible Knowledge Exam score of 80%
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35 or higher
  • Demonstrated relational and mentoring abilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Vocational experience in business or teaching
  • Leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Heart for Kingdom advancement and church planting
  • Evangelism and discipleship experience
  • Experience and/or gifting in hospitality and hosting large groups
  • Entrepreneurial, financial, or transferable skills

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment

Responsibilities:

  • Host short-term teams/individuals
  • Translating, scheduling, meal planning, working with nationals, transport/chauffeuring, vision-casting, orientation, and mentoring interns
  • Develop a personal ministry in the community or church through discipleship, evangelism, education, development, or another area of need, depending on personal gifts and skills
  • Help local churches in Mexico fulfill their God-given missional calling and ministry, which may include building projects, community development, evangelism, or church planting
  • Network with other International Ministries’ (U.S. Alliance) and Global Ministries’ (Canadian Alliance) workers in Guadalajara and Mexico
  • Regularly make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Learn the local language to a full professional proficiency (tuition for language school will be paid by The Alliance upon appointment)

Timeline for deployment:

Once appointed and fund-raising and other qualification criteria are met. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

CIA World Factbook—Mexico.

Guadalajara is in the state of Jalisco where mariachi music, rodeos, and tequila originated. This city is the home of the “Virgin of Zapopan,” and as many as 3 million people participate in a processional in her honor through the streets on October 12. Typical foods include tacos, pozole, and mole.

The typical greeting between women is a mutual cheek-to-cheek kiss, and men greet with a handshake and pat on the back. Clothing is similar to the casual U.S. style of dress. 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 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, tornadoes, or hurricanes.

Work and Living Environment:

Guadalajara is a modern city, the second or third largest in Mexico, but has a small-town feel. It is called the “Silicone Valley” of Mexico because of its many universities and service industries. The people are friendly and helpful. Although violence is prevalent, work and life continue normally with alertness and common sense. The worker will live in a rented house or apartment. Most appliances and electronics are available, along with high-speed Internet and cable TV.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Mexico.

Mexico is approximately 4.5 percent evangelical, according to more complete studies. Most Mexicans will say they are Roman Catholic but do not necessarily practice the religion. 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.

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

Those who make decisions for Christ usually receive pressure from their family to renounce their faith because of long-held family beliefs and religious traditions. Discipleship is often challenging for new believers because they struggle against prejudice. The Alliance began ministering in Guadalajara in 1994 and presently has four 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/dental care and medical facilities. International workers often use physicians who have studied in the United States and speak English.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as 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 12 and has an excellent student-teacher ratio. Other neighborhood preschools are also an option. 

Compensation:

Once appointed, funds must be subscribed through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Cost information will be made available upon application.

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 optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed as you move forward in the application process.

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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