Plant a Church Among Young Professionals

This opportunity involves joining the Montevideo church-planting team, which is developing a vibrant faith community among the professional class in the most secular and unreached city in Latin America by building friendships that will support the weight of the gospel.

Posted on December 29, 2017

Uruguay

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This opportunity involves joining the Montevideo church-planting team, which is developing a vibrant faith community among the professional class in the most secular and unreached city in Latin America by building friendships that will support the weight of the gospel. Our target area is a highly atheist and agnostic population that tends to be suspicious of religious institutions and resistant to the good news. Consequently, we have sought to be a positive presence in our community by meeting societal needs and hosting outreach events. This has resulted in deep relationships and the beginning of a church plant.

This couple will be expected to contribute to our efforts in meeting the community’s needs. They will also be involved in relational outreach, discipleship, leading Bible studies, establishing a vibrant community of faith contextualized to Uruguayan professionals, and strengthening our relationship with the Uruguayan Christian and Missionary Alliance churches.

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 (ALME)
  • A clear call to cross-cultural church-planting ministry

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to healthy living
  • Biblical alignment

 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 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), business, or another marketable skill
  • Overseas experience

Responsibilities:

  • Learn Spanish 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 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—Uruguay

Work and Living Environment:

The work and living environment is in a modern city of 1.6 million with all the advantages of an urban setting. The arts are highly valued, and there are frequent cultural events. Public transportation is safe and inexpensive. In contrast to more primitive Latin American cities, Montevideo has  potable water and a modern sanitation system. Comfortable housing is available. Utilities, Internet, and cable are readily available. There is one Alliance church in town with a traditional worship style.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Uruguay

The target area is comprised of five adjoining neighborhoods of professional people. The believers in one of these communities comprise 0.1 percent of the population. Those in the remaining four comprise 1.5–2 percent.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend language study. International workers receive one year of intensive language and cultural study. The goal is to proficiently speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

Health Considerations:

Quality medical care is readily available. There are no major health risks.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, abilities, and training 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. The team expects the spouse to be able to teach at the Bible institute and engage in leadership development.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

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

Compensation:

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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