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.
The 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?
Youth in Spain want desperately to engage and feel a part of something and are not content with passive church attendance. Pastors and ministry leaders are asking for young adults to come to help their youth build long-lasting relationships in and around their communities to demonstrate the hope of the Gospel in a society that is desperately searching for it.
Goers in this placement will be involved primarily in the discipleship and spiritual growth of youth and young adults. This will be done through mentorship, programming, leadership development, and getting them involved in the life of their congregations and the mission to their communities.
Goers serve alongside and under leaders of the Spanish Evangelical Church holding to our values of Immersion, Incarnation, and Innovation. Your time consists 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 a 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: This position requires at least a basic conversational level of Spanish (B1) however an intermediate level of Spanish (B2) is preferre. A willingness to engage frequently and grow quickly in language acquisition is a must.
Cross-cultural Experience: Successful Goers will have a heart for learning via immersion and interaction. Previous cross-cultural experience is beneficial.
Church Experience: A successful candidate should be passionate about working in a post-Christian environment alongside local congregational leadership.
Leadership Experience: In any place where the Gospel has not reached 1% of the population, it can be considered a pioneering field. In this case, we seek out local innovative leaders to partner with. These partners also seek to form other, young adult innovative leaders. Leadership experience will be helpful to mentor and bring others along in your ministry engagement in congregational life and community mission.