Join a team of Multicultural Church Planters/Trainers

You will have the opportunity to serve in a challenging place cross-culturally in team-based church planting and also train nationals for cross cultural ministries.

Posted on December 21, 2016

Paraguay

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church Planting and Leadership Training
  • Fully Funded
  • Couple

The couple will serve in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, one of the five largest free trade zones of the world and the home of many merchants and workers from different parts of the world, such as the Arab lands, India, and China. Ministry in the city will be challenging and will require a desire to learn the nuances of multiple cultural groups, a willingness to work on a multicultural team, and great creativity.

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 60 or higher
  • Two years of Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME)
  • A passion for training leaders to enter cross cultural ministries
  • Must be flexible, adaptable, and teachable
  • Four years of full-time ministry experience with some cross-cultural experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree, with a focus in Inter-Cultural Studies, some other area of applicable ministry training, or work platform related field
  • Church planting and multi-cultural ministry experience
  • Direct experience in leadership of ministry
  • A ministry track record that indicates the ability to lead in the initiation of new ministry and/or measurably grow established ministry to new levels

Responsibilities:

  • Learn Spanish to a full professional proficiency
  • Learn at least a beginner’s level of the Arabic language
  • A full-time position with two primary aspects—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 IWs
  • Be encouraged to 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 2018

General Information:

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 to those of the U.S. Summers (December to February) are hot and winters (June through August) are moderate. Dress is similar to North American style and casual for both men and women. The city has a great variety of restaurants at reasonable prices. Grocery stores are attractive, well stocked, and carry some stateside items.

Work and Living Environment:

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

Status of Christian Witness:

Though Paraguay in general is about 7% evangelical according to The Joshua Project—Paraguay), 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 primarily targets the multi-cultural community. The Alliance work was started in 2008 by the Chilean Alliance and is presently led by two Chilean IW couples.

The Alliance began ministering in Paraguay in 1965 with a church plant started by an Argentine pastor in Asunción, the capital city. The other eight Alliance churches in the country have been started since 2000 and, with the exception of the church in Ciudad del Este, all are located in the greater Asuncion area.

Language Expectations:

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

Health Considerations:

Ciudad del Este has good health care facilities with some physicians that have studied in the U.S. and who speak English.

Expectations for Couples:

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. 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. Care of children in the home is a priority, and time will be granted to assure their needs and healthy development in your family and ministry.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

A variety of education options in English and Spanish are available in the Ciudad del Este, including the British School, international Spanish/English bi-lingual schools, and Spanish speaking Christian schools. Several preschools provide an outstanding environment for younger children to learn Spanish and serves as an excellent means for making contacts.

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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