Church Planter in Montevideo

We are currently working on developing a vibrant community of faith among the professional class in the most unreached city in Latin America by building friendships that will support the weight of the gospel.

Posted on December 21, 2016

Uruguay

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Position Type

  • International worker—Clergy Track
  • Church planting among the professional class in Montevideo
  • Fully Funded
  • Couple
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Our target area is comprised of a highly atheist and agnostic population that tend to be suspicious of religious institutions and resistant to the gospel. We have sought to be a positive presence in our community by meeting societal needs and hosting outreach events. This has resulted in deep friendships and the beginning of a church plant.

This couple would be expected to contribute to our efforts in meeting societal needs in practical ways—relational outreach, discipleship, leading Bible studies, establishing a vibrant community of faith contextualized to the needs of Uruguayan professionals, and strengthening our relationship with the Uruguayan Christian and Missionary Alliance National Church. This position needs someone who has leadership skills, is self-motivated, flexible, a team player, preferably has church planting experience, and is committed to sharing the gospel.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
    1. Completion of a minimum of 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 40 or higher
  • Two years of Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience (ALME)
  • A clear call to cross-cultural church planting ministry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ministry experience and training in church planting
  • Work experience in a business setting involving management, sales, and administration
  • A professional degree or certification in TESOL, business, or another marketable skill
  • Overseas experience

Responsibilities:

  • Learn the local language to a full professional proficiency
  • Make a healthy and positive adjustment to local culture
  • Make new contacts and develop relationships
  • Contribute to meeting societal needs
  • Develop, host, and lead a cell group (community of faith)
  • Fulfill other church plant duties as the team and church grow

Timeline for Deployment:

Late summer 2018

General Information:

World Factbook—Uruguay

Work and Living Environment:

The work and living environment is in an urban city of 1.6 million people. It is a modern city with all the advantages of an urban setting. The arts are highly valued, and cultural events are frequent. Public transportation is safe and inexpensive. Unlike many Latin American cities, you can drink the water and flush the toilet paper. Modern comfortable housing is available. Utilities, internet, and cable are readily available. There is one Alliance church in town that is traditional in worship style.

Status of Christian Witness:

The target area is comprised of 5 adjoining neighborhoods of professional people. One of these neighborhoods has 0.1% believers. The remaining four are 1.5%–2% believers.

The Joshua Project—Uruguay

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Appointed international workers will complete one year of language school, usually in Costa Rica, followed by a second year of language study requirements to be carried out in Montevideo.

Health Considerations:

Quality health care services are readily available. There are no major health care risks.

Expectations for Spouse:

It is expected that spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives depending on the nature of family roles and children.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There are multiple options for education for children in English or Spanish.

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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