Church Planting in Alicante

A new international English-speaking church is being planted in Alicante, Spain, with services translated into Spanish.

Posted on July 3, 2018


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Position Type

  • International worker—clergy track
  • Church planter
  • GCF-funded
  • Couple only

The goal is to start a second Spanish-speaking congregation in the near future. This church is closely linked with the strategic Bethany House and Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions, affording a unique opportunity to train millennials and emerging leaders.

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 and 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
  • Speaks English as first language

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Walking and serving in the fullness of the Holy Spirit
  • Strong prayer life
  • Persevering
  • Humble
  • Passion for evangelism and disciple-making

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient or fluent in Spanish
  • Strong teaching gifts, as confirmed through prior teaching experience
  • Excellent relational skills
  • Pastoral and church-planting experience
  • Passion for teaching, mentoring, and leadership development
  • Philosophical and practical alignment with C&MA core values, church planting focus, and methodology
  • Experience working with millennials and emerging leaders


  • Serve as assistant pastor in the El Campello Christian Community Church in Alicante, Spain, with the goal to become associate pastor and eventually lead pastor
  • Preach, in coordination with the lead pastor, and teach regular Bible study classes, as well as conduct other duties assigned by the lead pastor
  • Assume all the functions of the lead pastor during his six-month sabbatical
  • Work with the outgoing lead pastor, who will retire in June 2021, in crafting a transition plan to facilitate stability for the congregation
  • Work in close coordination with and support of the ministry of Bethany House and the Bethany School of Discipleship and Missions

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 international workers will live in the city of El Campello in the province of Alicante. Spain is a generally safe, developed country with excellent public services.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Spain

A Prayer for Spain

Europe’s post-modern, secular environment is descriptive of Spain as well. Less than 1 percent of the population professes to be evangelical Christian.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend language study. International workers (IWs) receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others. Language learning in Spain is done through using private schools or language institutes, as well as local universities, depending upon which city the worker lives in.

Health Considerations:

Spain has modern health-care facilities with well-trained doctors. There are no major health-care 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. A wide variety of ministry options in Alicante, both in the local church and through Bethany House, will be available to the spouse.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

Information can be made 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.


Please contact Amy Roedding at

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