Church developer | Andes Mountains, Chile

  • Service term length or program: Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service: South America
  • Location: Andes Mountains, Chile
  • Ministry category: Leadership training, Pioneer witness

Disciple local believers in house church or simple church communities in the Andes Mountains. Agricultural work and English teaching are also possible.

Regional vision
We focus on making disciples who make disciples, trusting and praying that vibrant communities of worship and mission will begin and grow as the number of disciples increases.

Responsibilities
In Chile, this person will serve local Christians in practical ways, including discipling, building up, and teaching by example. Be a bridge builder and person of reconciliation. Share Jesus in house/simple church fellowships. Explore other possibilities for building relationships and serving the community; these include agricultural work, teaching English to rural schoolchildren, and more.

All long-term and short-term missionaries engage in Launch, EMM’s discipleship training course, before and during their assignments. Phase one of Launch includes personal discipleship activities through online modules. For phase two of Launch, participants spend one to two weeks learning alongside their Launch cohort (a group of others preparing for service) before heading to their outreach locations. In phase three of Launch, workers continue to connect online with their Launch cohort for up to a year as they navigate ministry in their country of service.

Environment
Chile is a relatively stable country with a large spectrum of climates and cultures. The physical, cultural, and social environment for this service opportunity is unique to the mountains. The landscape is exceptionally beautiful, but also isolating and challenging. People are open to foreigners and welcome a missionary presence, but it takes time to establish trust. Generational family feuds pose a particular challenge. This region suffers from spiritual oppression and a lack of biblical knowledge, but there is an openness to the gospel.

Supervisors and colleagues
The church developer will work with local believers and community members, occasionally interacting with the broader EMM team when possible. This person will connect with house church leaders in Puerto Montt for support. The church developer will be supervised by Regional Representatives Mike and Nancy Hostetter.

Skills and experience
Simple/house church experience and skills in working with youth are desired. ESL teaching skills are helpful, as is a working knowledge of subsistence farming. Applicants must have intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

Applicants must be able to thrive in a rugged and rural environment, with a love for the outdoors and the ability to perform physical labor. A pioneering, self-starting, and perseverant personality is ideal.