posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: Church Consultant and Pastoral Coach in Central America
Central America (CA) is a region unified by history and language but populated by distinct cultures. The role of this international worker is to serve alongside the pastors and national church networks in this region where the gospel has been preached but for the most part, The Alliance is under-developed. In most of our five Central America countries, The Alliance has yet to establish capacity that will empower it to continue church expansion and extension. This IW couple will work with a multicultural, multinational team of local Central America pastoral leaders in mentoring, church development consultation, and theological education.
- Develop warm, mentoring relationships with many pastoral couples
- Keep up with the demand for extensive travel as each country is visited three to four times a year
- Work with a multinational team of Central America leaders in church development of the region
- Teach in the regional seminary
- Develop the regional models of church development and growth
- A recognized bachelor’s degree
- Completion of at least 30 hours of Bible/theology/ministry and 15 hours of intercultural studies
- Spouse must hold a recognized bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 18 hours of Bible/theology, 12 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 Polity course
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 20
- A minimum of 15–20 years of ministerial experience with two years of successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration (all single applicants or one member per couple
- Fluent Spanish language ability
- Training and ministry experience in church planting
- Ability to work with vision in a self-directed context
- Hispanic as well as a multinational cross-cultural experience
- Knowledge of church growth dynamics
- A clear call to church development in a multicultural context
- Experience developing mentoring relationships with pastors
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall of 2024. Following appointment, and once fundraising goals and other qualifications are met, the appointee is required to attend a cross-cultural and language-acquisition program and pre-field orientation prior to deploying.
The work and living environments are within the Central American region. This IW couple (family) will choose to live in one of the Central American countries according to strategic needs and travel access. Likely choices are Costa Rica or El Salvador—for the airport travel hubs. Both countries, as well as the rest of CA, have warm, expressive people with whom it is easy to build great relationships. The climates of the capital cities are moderate tropical climates, and each CA country offers great opportunities for vacations and physically and spiritually refreshing breaks. As the Costa Ricans say, “Pura Vida” (Pure Life).
Joshua Project – Costa Rica
Joshua Project – El Salvador
Language is an essential part of ministry. Those who do not know the language will attend a language study program. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.
Fluent Spanish language is required for this position. The successful applicant(s) will likely be either native Spanish speakers, pastoral couples who have served many years in a Hispanic context, or experienced missionaries.
Quality health and dental care are readily available.
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.
Spouses should be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives and serving in the local church, team, and community.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Within the likely countries of residence, quality international English-speaking, as well as bilingual schools are available. In conjunction with our regional educational consultant and conversations with current workers in the location, a recommended plan for families with school-age children will be developed.
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, family, local church, or other resources. Information on support costs will be made available upon application. Training and/or coaching in fundraising is available.
Applicant(s) 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 email the IPO office at [email protected].
As part of an evangelical denomination, we are committed to biblical holism, which is modeled and reflected through our work. Due to this commitment, part of the required qualifications includes optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These will be assessed during the application process.