Join a Team of Multicultural Church Planters/Trainers

Home of great numbers of merchants and workers from across the world, including the Arab lands, India, and China. Ministry in the city will be challenging and will require a great desire to learn the cultural nuances of a variety of people groups and a willingness to work on a multicultural team.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Paraguay

Apply Now

Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Church planting and leadership training
  • GCF-funded
  • Single or couple

The worker(s) will serve in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, one of the world’s five largest free-trade zones. Home of great numbers of merchants and workers from across the world, including the Arab lands, India, and China. Ministry in the city will be challenging and will require a great desire to learn the cultural nuances of a variety of people groups and a willingness to work on a multicultural team. 

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies (ICS)
  • The spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology and 15 hours of missions/ministry studies (with a minimum of 6 hours of 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 pioneer cross-cultural church planting and leadership development ministries
  • A passion for training leaders to enter cross-cultural ministries
  • Four years of full-time ministry experience with some cross-cultural experience

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 or another area of applicable ministry training
  • Church planting and multicultural ministry experience
  • Direct experience in ministry leadership
  • A ministry track record that indicates an ability to lead and initiate new ministries and/or measurably grow established ministries to new levels

 Responsibilities:

  • Learn Spanish to full professional proficiency
  • Learn, at minimum, a beginner’s level of the Arabic language
  • A full-time position with two primary foci—church planting in a multicultural community and training of South Americans to minister cross culturally
  • 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
  • Work with the team in the establishment of a mentoring program and training institute for potential Latin international workers (IWs).
  • Be familiar with ‘orality’ and develop methods to respond to oral learners in their learning preference 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.

Ciudad del Este is a fast-paced city in the areas of commerce and is more laid back in the residential areas. The climate is subject to seasonal changes that, due to the city’s position in the southern hemisphere, are opposite those in the States. Summers (December to February) are hot and winters (June through August) are moderate. Dress is North American and casual for both men and women. The city has a great variety of reasonably-priced restaurants. Grocery stores are attractive, well stocked, and carry some Stateside items.

Work and Living Environment:

The successful applicant(s) will live in Ciudad del Este, a multicultural, primarily commercial city on the Paraguayan border with Brazil. Housing will be a rented house or apartment. Internet and cable television are available in the city. Life in the city can be chaotic in the heart of the city but is more tranquil in the residential areas.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Paraguay.

Although Paraguay in general is about seven percent evangelical, the numbers are much lower among Ciudad del Este’s international community. The city has a number of churches that minister primarily to Paraguayans. The Alliance has the only outreach work primarily focused on the multicultural community. The Chilean Alliance began its work in 2008; it is presently led by two Chilean IW couples.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. The successful applicant(s) will be evaluated for proficiency in the Spanish language, and if determined to be necessary, will receive one year of intense language study in Costa Rica or in Paraguay, followed by on-the-field language and cultural acquisition studies. Though Spanish is the most common language in the city’s international community, the couple will be expected to also learn to use and understand basic Arabic phrases.

Health Considerations:

Ciudad del Este has good health-care facilities; some physicians have studied in the States and speak English.

Expectations for Couples:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, abilities, and training, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc. Couples are expected to serve side-by-side in church-planting ministries and in the development of Latin IWs; the husband working directly with the men and the wife with the wives of those who are being trained and mentored. Care of the children in the home is a priority and time will be granted to assure their needs are met and healthy development takes place in the family and the ministry.

Children’s Educational Options:

A variety of education options in English and Spanish are available in Ciudad del Este, including the British School, international Spanish/English bilingual schools, and Spanish-speaking Christian schools. Several preschools provide an outstanding environment for younger children to learn Spanish and serve as an excellent means for making local 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 challenging nature of this ministry opportunity, a healthy balance in all aspects of the applicant’s life is required. Whole-life health will be assessed during the appointment 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.

Apply Now

Share

Get Involved...

Pray.

We cannot “Live the Call Together” unless prayer is central to all we do.
Pray with us »

Serve.

Is God calling you to service? We’re here to help you connect your passion with God’s purpose.
Serve with The Alliance »

Give.

Help build Christ’s Church by supporting the ministry and workers of The Alliance.
Give today »