posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: Church Planting Joint Ministry with National Church in Mexico
Ministry will be in church planting near Tepic, the capital city of the state of Nayarit, with a population of 350,000 people, and guided by an agreement we have with the Mexican national church. Ministry will also involve working alongside a Mexican leadership team, giving stability to an emerging church plant begun by a Mexican national pastor. In addition, ministry will involve developing strong local church leadership by mentoring and discipling—along with the stated goal of evangelism and outreach ministry to a least-reached people group (Wixarika or Cora) in the Tepic area.
- Form part of and work with the national leadership team of the local church
- Mentor members of the leadership team
- Be part of discipling church members
- In conjunction with the team, develop a strategy to reach the indigenous least-reached people groups (Wixarika and/or Cora)
- Be a part of visitation and evangelistic ministry among the indigenous population
- 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 20
- Ability to express a clear call to work with an indigenous people group
- Ability to work alongside of and in support of Mexican national leadership (not having to be in charge)
- A clear understanding that Mexican traditional ways of doing things is not inferior, but different, not better or worse
- Ability to speak fluently in Spanish
- Ability to work in varying conditions of economic development (some areas with scarce resources)
- Basic understanding of and ability to adapt to cultural differences
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.
Joshua Project – Mexico
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.
Language learning in Mexico involves a one-year, full-time language study program in an approved language school in Costa Rica or Mexico. A second year of language study is generally required in-country. The expectation is that the worker will become fluent in Spanish.
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.
It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, serving in the local church, team, and community.
Children’s Educational Plan and Options:
There are education options available in Mexican cities; quality can vary from city to city. In conjunction with our regional educational consultant and conversations with current workers in the area, 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.