posted on January 1, 2024
aXcess: Church Planting Among Immigrants in Spain
This ministry is heavy on evangelism and church planting. We are looking for someone gifted and passionate about sharing Jesus with immigrants and refugees. The ministry also includes gathering people into small house churches and discipling new believers. There might be opportunities to do evangelism through social work and development, but the main focus is on direct evangelism, and candidates need to be comfortable with that. A secondary focus could be providing administrative help for the region’s diaspora ministry network.
- Provide pastoral care/visit/teach
- Provide administrative assistance
- 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)
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of Alliance ordination/consecration
- Minimum of two years successful Alliance Licensed Ministry Experience
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 70
- Spanish or Arabic speaker
- Experience in church planting and evangelism
- Previous ministry experience with the majority religion
- Previous ministry experience within an immigrant setting
Biblical Characteristics Desired:
- Biblically grounded
- Competently skilled
Timeline for Deployment:
Summer/fall 2025. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and pre-field course/experience prior to deploying.
Spain is a non-CAC country, but the main focus of this ministry is on North African CAC peoples. Understanding that daily life is lived between both Spanish and North African cultures is very important to long-term resilience and success. There are very few known evangelical believers, and professing Christians number less than 1 percent. Most immigrants have come to Europe in search of a better life. Some are seeking refuge or asylum. For the first time in their lives, they are coming in contact with a religion, belief system, and worldview other than their own. For many immigrants, this transition offers their first chance to explore the concepts of Christianity and meet a true follower of Jesus.
World Factbook – Spain
Joshua Project – Spain
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.
Fluency in Spanish or Arabic is expected pre-arrival as stated above in the requirements. Due to the nature of the diaspora ministry, further study will be encouraged. If Spanish is lacking, classes or tutoring will be required until the candidate reaches a B2 level. Arabic study will be considered on an individual basis. Factors to consider include aptitude, adaptation, family dynamic, and need in ministry.
Spain has modern health-care facilities and well-trained doctors, and most medications 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.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
Spain offers various options for education. There are public, private and semi-private schools that teach in Catalan, Spanish, and basic English. All are close to the ministry location. An international school that offers an IB diploma is also close. Boarding at a Christian school may also be available (BFA in Kandern, Germany).
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.
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.
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].