Train Pastors and Leaders in Canary Islands

God has opened many doors for ministry in the Canary Islands in recent years.

Posted on February 8, 2018


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Position Type

In response to a clear need and the open invitation to train future pastors and church leaders, the C&MA network of churches in Spain is looking for an experienced couple to teach, train, mentor, and provide pastoral care ministries. This ministry will take place in the context of “Project Seven,” a specific plan for church planting in this region.

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
  • Strong teaching gifts as confirmed through prior teaching experience
  • Pastoral and church-planting experience

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Healthy living
  • Biblical alignment
  • Walking in the fullness of the Holy Spirit
  • Strong prayer life
  • Persevering
  • Humble
  • Zeal for evangelism and disciple-making

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Excellent relational skills
  • Evangelism and discipleship experience
  • Passion for teaching, mentoring, and leadership development
  • Philosophically and practically aligned with C&MA core values, church planting focus, and methodology


  • Encourage Alliance pastors in the Canary Islands
  • Mentor local pastoral couples, church leaders, and future pastors as opportunities present themselves
  • Develop a lay-leader training program for Alliance churches in the Canary Islands that wish to participate in such a program
  • Lead training workshops/seminars in local churches
  • Attend and actively engage in ministry in a local Alliance church, preferably in a church-planting context, with openness to potentially lead a church plant

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer 2020. 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—Spain

Work and Living Environment:

The workers will most likely live in the city of Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, one of the two largest islands where there are currently three Alliance churches. Public transportation is excellent and safe.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Spain

A Prayer for Spain

A Prayer for Spain—Canary Islands

Europe’s post-modern, secular environment is descriptive of Spain as well. Less than 1.5 percent of the population professes to be evangelical Christian. The Canary Islands is one of Spain’s least-reached areas.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. It is expected that applicants will already speak Spanish with above average to excellent proficiency.

Health Considerations:

Spain has good modern health-care facilities with well-trained doctors. Quality health-care services are readily available. There are no major health risks.

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. There are many needs at Trinity, and it is expected that both spouses find the way to best use their gifts in the life of the church.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Information is available upon application.


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 through 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 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.


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