Church Planting in Paraguay

In Paraguay, IWs work closely with national pastors and leaders, being a source of support in the growth and development of the Alliance network of churches in Paraguay.

Posted on January 1, 2019

Paraguay

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—clergy track
  • Church planter
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

As leaders are equipped, this team works together to develop Bodies of believers through church-planting efforts. As part of the team, the successful applicant(s) will make a strong contribution in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and mentoring.

Required Qualifications:

  • A recognized bachelor’s degree
  • Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
    • Note: If a couple, one spouse must meet this requirement. It’s preferable that the other spouse holds a recognized bachelor’s degree, has strong ministry experience, and has completed the C&MA Polity course and 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).
  • Minimum of two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
  • Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all singles or one partner per couple)
  • Church planting, evangelism, and disciple-making experience.
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Adaptability and teachability
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35 

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Positive and healthy family dynamics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree with focus on intercultural studies or some other area of applicable ministry training
  • Training and experience in previous church-planting work.

Responsibilities:

  • Learn Spanish to full professional proficiency
  • Make a healthy adjustment to the local culture
  • Continually develop relationships, including making new personal connections in life and ministry
  • Confidently share the gospel and initiate discipleship activities
  • Participate in the regular discipleship of believers and mentoring of future leaders

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/fall 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—Paraguay

The successful applicant(s) will initially live in Asunción, Paraguay’s capital. With a population of 2.5 million, it is one of the smaller capital cities of South America. Asunción maintains the feel of a small town; people are warm, friendly, and open to sharing life together. The majority speak both Spanish and the indigenous language of Guarani.

Work and Living Environment:

Asunción is a quickly developing, culturally diverse city. The climate is subject to seasonal changes which, due to the city’s position in the southern hemisphere, are opposite to those of the United States. Asunción has a great variety of restaurants at reasonable prices, and grocery stores are well stocked with some stateside products.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Paraguay

Paraguay is about 8 percent evangelical. Most Paraguayans are professing Catholics but do not practice the religion. Within Asunción, many young adults have little religious background. Despite more than 50 years of Alliance involvement in Paraguay, the churches have remained small and under-developed.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. 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.

Health Considerations:

Asunción has good quality health-care facilities. IWs often take advantage of the many physicians in country who have studied in the United States and speak English.

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.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

There is an excellent accredited K–12 Christian school in Asunción. Other schools in the area provide a good education as well.

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs 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 optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during 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.

Questions?

Please email ministryopps@cmalliance.org.

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