posted on January 1, 2023
aXcess: English as a Catalyst in Mexico
Establish ESL community centers in coordination with a multi-site church-planting strategy to make an impact with the gospel in the least-reached sector of the Western Hemisphere. The Alliance is looking for someone to establish evangelistic ESL community centers as a part of a multi-site church planting-strategy in Guadalajara (GDL) and surrounding states. This opportunity involves serving on a team that is starting a network of multiplying campus sites in a population that tends to be resistant and suspicious of anything other than the traditional religion. Consequently, this requires being a positive presence in the community by meeting societal needs and building relational bridges that can bear the weight of the gospel. The applicant(s) will be expected to contribute by teaching two semesters a year of English classes, developing and implementing ESL centers in each of our three campus sites in GDL and in one site in a neighboring state where relationship building with a resistant indigenous group is gaining traction.
- Implement ESL programs—teach and lesson plan for a minimum of two classes/levels three times per week per semester in SouthPointe campus sites
- Help run monthly community English activities such as English movie nights
- Host interns and/or short-term teams directly related to English ministries
- Facilitate English-based Bible studies/conversation club
- Explore university ministry opportunities
- Participate in weekly gatherings with a local SouthPointe campus of Breath of Life church
- Completion of Alliance Polity course
- Completion of the World Perspectives Mission Course (minimum of certificate level) or equivalent
- A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 20
- Training and experience in ESL (TESOL/TEFL)–a degree or certificate (on a case-by-case basis)
- Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in a local church
- Ability to articulate personal conversion and call to ministry
- Ability to articulate the gospel of Jesus Christ in a meaningful and effective manner
- Demonstrated heart for the poor and marginalized (Micah 6:8)
- Commitment to work in harmony and respect with the SouthPointe team and the GDL team
- Flexibility and grace in all aspects of life
- Two or more years of teaching experience
- Cross-cultural training and/or experience
- Bilingual English – Spanish
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 is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not know the language, one year of formal language study in Spanish is required and an additional year as necessary. Our desire is for the school or academy to be in the country of service to reinforce local usage of spoken and written Spanish and to avoid an additional move for the IW.
Private hospitals and clinics in Guadalajara provide quality care in nearly all specialties.
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:
Children’s education is widely available in Guadalajara, Mexico. 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.
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].