To the Spaniard, relationship is everything, 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. The Spanish people hunger for hope and purpose. 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?
Granada is a vibrant, centuries-old city with a thriving university, and sits at the feet of multiple mountain ranges. Yet despite being a historic urban center, it retains its pueblo feel. It is the perfect place to get to know people from many cultures and walks of life sharing the Gospel through testimony and love.
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 that demonstrate the hope of the Gospel in a society that is desperately searching for it. Avance Espana’s seeks to serve alongside and under the Spanish Evangelical Church through our values of Immersion, Incarnation, and Innovation. Consider it service-learning, made up of: language and culture learning, hands-on experience, and reflection through mentoring. Our ministry partners are involved in campus ministry, youth ministry, social outreach, and sports. To engage effectively here, participants must come with a commitment to growth in Christ, a learning spirit, an ability to be flexible, and an intermediate speaking level of Spanish.
Bonus: Eligible participants can opt to study a Masters of Theology in applied mission. This degree is obtained through the participation of Avance Espana, independent study, and completing a thesis that would answer a question relevant to the Spanish church. Our partnership with globally renown South African Theological Seminary (SATS) allows the degree to be obtained completely in-field and at a fraction of the cost of most North American seminaries.
In order to participate, one must have an intermediate level of Spanish (B1 minimum, B2 preferred).
A successful candidate would be interested and passionate about working in a post-Christian environment and under local leadership.
Avance España presses for life-long learning and considers it crucial for the long-term growth and life of the local church. A successful participant will come in expecting that every situation is an opportunity to learn about the context and culture so as to participate in what God is doing. The Avance España program requires accompanying reading, reflection assignments, and workshops, as well as language and culture classes to continually be building up participants for successful ministry in the Spanish context.