Develop Leaders in Paraguay

The Alliance is looking for a disciplemaker and leadership developer in Paraguay.

Posted on January 30, 2020

Paraguay

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)— clergy track
  • Discipleship
  • Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
  • Single or couple

This cross-cultural team is seeking a discipler and leadership developer, who will help develop believers with a call to ministry and assist in local church revitalization. The successful applicant(s) will make a strong contribution in areas of relational outreach, discipleship, and mentoring as core efforts in developing national leaders for church ministries.

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)
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 35

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Kingdom minded
  • Biblically grounded
  • Spirit dependent
  • Competently skilled
  • Self-aware
  • Self-disciplined

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Good relational, verbal, and communication skills
  • Experience in Christian education or training others
  • Adaptability and teachability

Responsibilities:

  • Work with and mentor pastors and potential pastors and leaders
  • Teach a leadership development course in the C&MA Bible institute (Instituo Ministerial Alianza Paraguay)
  • Model discipleship for younger believers
  • 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 2021. 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 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

The successful applicant(s) will receive a full compensation package with the expectation that, once appointed, efforts will be made to raise a portion of support costs through the applicant’s network of friends and family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fund-raising is available.

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.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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