posted on September 1, 2021

aXcess-Clergy Track: OPENING DOORS TO A CLOSED PEOPLE

The Alliance is looking for a church planter in Mexico.

Position Type

International worker—clergy track
Church planter/discipleship
Partially funded (requested to raise partial support)
Single or couple

Be part of a church-planting team in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico, by engaging in relationships with a focus on making disciple-makers. This position involves evangelism and helping form communities of faith among those with the least access to the gospel.

We are looking for people who will courageously live out their faith to form Christlike servant leaders in a culture of corruption and violence. This role involves planning and implementing evangelistic and church-development strategies to form a strong, multiplying church in the Guadalajara Metro area.

 Required Qualifications:

 Biblical Characteristics Desired:

Preferred Qualifications:

 Responsibilities:

Timeline for deployment: 

Late summer 2022. 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—Mexico.

Guadalajara is in the state of Jalisco, where mariachi music, rodeos, and tequila originate. This city is the home of the “Virgin of Zapopan” and as many as 3 million people participate in a processional in her honor through the streets on October 12. Typical foods include tacos, pozole, and mole. Guadalajara is at an altitude of 5,000 feet and has a moderate climate with dry, mild winters and warm, wet summers. Although subject to electrical storms and occasional flooding, Guadalajara does not experience earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes.

Work and Living Environment:

Guadalajara is a modern city, one of the largest in Mexico, but has a small city feel. It is called the Silicon Valley of Mexico because of its many universities and service industries. The people are friendly and helpful. Although violence is prevalent, work and life continue normally with alertness and common sense. The worker will live in a rented house or apartment. Most appliances and electronic items are available. High-speed Internet and cable TV are helpful for work effectiveness and connectedness.

Status of Christian Witness:

The Joshua Project—Mexico.

Mexico is approximately 4.5 percent evangelical according to more complete studies. Most Mexicans will say they are Roman Catholic but do not necessarily practice the religion. Though there are evangelical churches in many parts of Guadalajara, the vast majority of the population has not had relevant, personal exposure to the gospel. Those who make decisions for Christ usually receive pressure from their family to renounce their faith because of long-held family beliefs and religious traditions. Discipleship is often challenging for new believers because they struggle against prejudice.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. International workers will receive one year of intensive Spanish language study in Costa Rica, followed by on-the-field language and cultural acquisition studies. It is expected that while in Costa Rica, several hours per day will be dedicated to language acquisition. The goal of mastering the Spanish language is a life-long process, greatly enhancing ministry and the ability to reach people in Guadalajara for Christ.

Health Considerations:

Guadalajara has excellent health and dental care. International workers can often receive care from physicians 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. 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:

Lincoln School, which blends English and Spanish teaching, is not far from targeted areas for church planting. The school offers grades K–12 and has an excellent student-teacher ratio. Other neighborhood preschools are also an option.

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.

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 [email protected]

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.

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