Granada is a vibrant, centuries-old city with a thriving university, and sits at the feet of multiple mountain ranges, retaining a relaxed pueblo feel as a casual small-city. It is the perfect place to get to know people from many cultures and walks of life sharing the Gospel through testimony and love. Relationship is everything in Spanish culture, yet, it takes hours chatting over tapas, strolling through historic plazas, or hiking the surrounding trails before one might be considered a true friend. Spain is less than 1% Evangelical, and despite strong Roman Catholic tradition, many people are skeptical of God and are left as spiritual wanderers in post-Christian Europe. Because of the scarcity of Evangelical believers, few Spaniards have the opportunity to develop a friendship with someone who knows true hope and purpose found only in Christ. Might you be one of those friends?
The small Evangelical church is awakening to engage communities in service and relationship to share the holistic transformation found in Christ. Pastors and ministry leaders are asking for young adults to come help build the long-lasting relationships in and around their communities to demonstrate the hope of the Gospel in a society that is desperately searching for it.
One key area of need is with creative populations - artists, photographers, musicians, social entrepreneurs, etc. The Creative Innovator will be involved in serving the congregation and community at large looking to connect with the arts population and/or the artisanal and social entrepreneurs in Spain. Serving where needed in the church, the Creative Innovator will also look to connect to various creative communities through contextually relevant ways. This is a relatively unexplored area in the local church, so requires a strong self-starter who is also willing to take direction from an experienced local and contextual leader. Goers serve alongside and under leaders of the Spanish Evangelical Church holding to our values of Immersion, Incarnation, and Innovation. Your time will consist of language classes, hands-on ministry, and reflection through mentoring and group meetings.
**Bonus: Eligible Goers can opt to study a Master of Arts of Biblical Studies and Theology with a focus on community-based mission through our in-field competency-based partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary. Tuition is a fraction of the cost of other similar U.S.-accredited degrees.
- Language proficiency: No language proficiency requirements, intermediate level of Spanish (B2) preferred. An ability and willingness to engage frequently with the language and pursue greater language acquisition is critical to the success of this position.
- Cross-cultural Experience: Such successful Goers will have a heart for learning via immersion and interaction. Previous cross-cultural experience is beneficial, especially for the Creativity Innovator, who must learn how to best contextualize art, entrepreneurship, and ministry.
- Church Experience: A successful candidate should be passionate about working in a post-Christian environment alongside local congregational leadership.
- Leadership Experience: Leadership experience will be helpful to mentor and bring others along in your ministry engagement in congregational life and community mission.