Join a Progressive Church-Planting Team in Asunción!

Posted on December 29, 2017

Paraguay

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This is a great opportunity to serve in a challenging place on a team involved in church planting and training nationals for cross-cultural ministries. As part of the team, the couple or single will be expected to make a strong contribution in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and leadership development.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours in cross-cultural or missions studies).
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
  • Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • A clear and compelling call to cross-cultural, pioneer church planting and leadership development
  • Effectiveness in the use of evangelism strategies and methods
  • Strong communication and verbal skills

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy Living
  • Biblical alignment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree , with focus in intercultural studies, some other area of applicable ministry training, or work-platform related field experience
  • Church-planting and team ministry experience
  • Direct experience in ministry leadership

Responsibilities:

  • Learn Spanish to a full professional proficiency
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Confidently share the gospel in appropriate ways and initiate discipleship activities with new believers
  • Attend, lead, and contribute in small group meetings, Bible studies, or other meetings and events designed as outreach, discipleship, or worship meetings as a part of the church-planting effort
  • Be familiar with “orality” and be willing to develop evangelistic/discipleship methods relevant to oral learners in preparation for greater ministry effectiveness

 Timeline for Deployment: 

Late summer 2019. 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—Paraguay

Asunción is more relaxed than other capital cities of Latin America. The climate is subject to seasonal changes that are opposite to those of the United States due to the city’s position in the southern hemisphere. Summers (December to February) are hot, and winters (June through August) are moderate. Dress is casual North American for men and women. The city has a great variety of restaurants at reasonable prices. Grocery stores are attractive and well stocked with some stateside items.

Work and Living Environment:

The people of Asunción are generally warm and friendly. The couple will reside in a rented house or apartment. Internet and cable TV are available.

 Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Paraguay

Though Paraguay in general is about 7 percent evangelical, the numbers are much lower among the international community of Ciudad del Este. The city has a number of churches that minister primarily to Paraguayans. Only the Alliance has work that focuses primarily on the multi-cultural community. Alliance work started in 2008 by the Chilean Alliance and is presently led by two Chilean international worker couples.

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. Mastering the Spanish language is a life-long process that will greatly enhance your ministry and ability to reach people for Christ.

Health Considerations:

Asunción has quality health-care facilities with some physicians who have studied in the United States and speak English.

Expectations for Couples:

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. Couples are expected to serve side by side in church-planting ministries and in the development of Latin IWs. The husband will work directly with the men, and the wife will work with the wives of those who are being trained and mentored. Your children are a priority, and time will be granted to insure their healthy development in your family and ministry.

 Children’s Educational Options:

A variety of education options in English and Spanish are available in Asunción, including the Academia Cristiana de Asunción, an ACSI school that is close to targeted areas for church planting. The school offers k–12 classes and has an excellent student-teacher ratio. Other recommended schools in the area provide an outstanding preschool experience in Spanish and serve as an excellent means for making contacts.

Compensation:

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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