Ministry opportunities in Spain

Spain is a country with a rich religious history. From the Catholic monarchs to the Opus Dei, from the Spanish Inquisition to the Jesuits, Spain has had it all.

OM arrived in Spain in 1960 during General Franco’s dictatorship. A lot has happened since then. Now, 45 years after the dictatorship ended, most people still claim to believe in God, yet a lot of them know nothing about Him. In fact, the number of people who regularly attend Mass has dropped from 60% to around 14% since then. Evangelical Christians still make up less than 1 per cent of Spain’s population, with two-thirds of them being immigrants.

We have a vision to reach all of Spain and we are convinced that there is a harvest awaiting us. Our goals include supporting local churches and reaching out to the communities we are part of. We are also determined to mobilise more Spaniards for local and world missions. As a bridge between the Spanish Church and the world of OM, we look for ways to present and promote the opportunities available in other parts of the world to believers in Spain.

Throughout the year we are open to receiving people from all parts of the world to come to serve God with us. There are opportunities for anyone who knows God, loves God and wants to be used by God. In Spain we are working in the following locations:

A Coru√Īa, Galicia

Main activities include:

  • Supporting and attending established churches as well as church plants
  • Friendship evangelism through English conversation groups
  • Running activities for children and young people including a bible study for children and a prayer meeting for the teenagers of the church
  • Working with short term missions teams to run different activities for children and young people in the summer
  • Every July, participating in "El Camino de Santiago", a week long, 140 kilometre hike through Galicia to the city of Santiago de Compostela in order to share the gospel with other walkers on the route
  • Participating in team life including a study programme and praying together regularly

To join this team it is beneficial to already speak and understand at least basic Spanish. You will be able to enrol in a language school in A Coru√Īa to improve your Spanish if you do not already speak it fluently.

La Vera, Extremadura

Main activities include:

  • Friendship evangelism through English conversation groups and involvement in local activities (e.g. a local choir)
  • Running an 'English in the park' activity for children and parents
  • Other children's activities including hikes and crafts
  • Involvement in church planting
  • Reaching out to the children and families in a town in La Vera where there is an established Moroccan community
  • Participating in team life including a study programme and praying together regularly

To join this team it is beneficial to already speak and understand at least basic Spanish.

Algeciras, Andalusia

This is a new team with a focus on reaching North Africans, largely from a Muslim background.

To join this team you already need to have at least a basic level of Spanish (equivalent to A1 level).

In addition, we are always willing to work with other churches and Christian organisations.  

If you would like to come to Spain for 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years or longer term, we are interested in hearing from you!

How you can get involved:

  • PRAY
    • Pray for the Spirit of God to work in the hearts of the Spanish people, that they would truly know and follow God.
    • Pray for unity among Spanish churches, that they would work together to bring the gospel to all parts of the country.
    • Pray that God would restore hope in Spain, especially among the youth.
    • You can also watch this video: A Prayer for Spain (¬© 2019 A Prayer For Spain)
  • GIVE ‚ÄĒ Give here (http://www.om.org/en/give) to help support the work of OM in Spain.
  • GO ‚ÄĒ See the job opportunities listed at http://www.om.org/en/opportunities. Contact us at: info.es@om.org or visit our website (in Spanish): www.om.org/es or our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OmEspana. Please prayerfully consider giving a season of your life to help fulfil the Great Commission in Spain.

More information about Spain

  • Population: 47 million
  • Official languages: Spanish, Catalan (co-official in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands), Basque (co-official in the Basque Country and Navarre) and Galician (co-official in Galicia)
  • State of economy: A member of the European Union since 1986, its economy is the fifth-largest in the EU but was hit hard during the global economic crisis in 2008. The country has been trying to recover since then, but the unemployment rate still sits at around 15% and the youth unemployment rate at around 35%, one of the highest within the EU.
  • Religious make-up (in 2018): 67.7% Catholic, 26.9% atheist/non-believer, 2.8% other religions (including Evangelicals)
  • State of the church: In a culture where the Catholic Church has historically had a dominant presence and huge influence, the Evangelical church in Spain used to endure persecution and has always been seen as a sect. Soon after General Franco‚Äôs dictatorship ended in the 1970s, Catholicism lost its status as the country‚Äôs official religion. Spaniards were tired of religion and many left the Catholic Church, but the prejudice towards the Evangelical church remains. Evangelical churches are still very much family-based and small in scale. It is estimated that 10 million people in Spain live in communities without any Evangelical presence.

 

Espa√Īa,¬†La cosecha est√° lista

Oportunidades de ministerio en Espa√Īa

Espa√Īa es un pa√≠s con una intensa historia religiosa. Desde los reyes cat√≥licos hasta el Opus Dei, desde la Inquisici√≥n espa√Īola hasta los Jesuitas, Espa√Īa ha tenido de todo.

OM lleg√≥ a Espa√Īa en el a√Īo 1960, durante la dictadura de Franco. Mucho ha ocurrido desde entonces. Hoy en d√≠a, 45 a√Īos despu√©s del fin de la dictadura, la mayor√≠a de la gente dice que cree en Dios pero en realidad muchas personas no saben nada acerca de √Čl. El n√ļmero de personas que asiste regularmente a la misa cay√≥ del 60 % a m√°s o menos un 14 % desde entonces. Los evang√©licos representan menos del 1 % de la poblaci√≥n de Espa√Īa, de quienes dos tercios son inmigrantes.

Tenemos la visi√≥n de alcanzar a toda Espa√Īa y estamos convencidos de que hay una cosecha esper√°ndonos. Nuestros objetivos incluyen apoyar a las iglesias locales y alcanzar a las comunidades donde vivimos. Queremos tambi√©n animar a m√°s espa√Īoles para las misiones locales y mundiales. C√≥mo un enlace entre la iglesia espa√Īola y el mundo de OM, buscamos maneras en que podamos presentar y promover las oportunidades alrededor del mundo a los creyentes en Espa√Īa.

Durante todo el a√Īo estamos abiertos para recibir a gente de cada rinc√≥n del mundo para servir a Dios con nosotros. Existen oportunidades para cada creyente, quien conoce, ama y quiere que Dios lo use. En Espa√Īa tenemos equipos en los siguientes lugares:

A Coru√Īa, Galicia

Las actividades principales incluyen:

  • Asistir y ayudar a iglesias ya establecidas, como a nuevas plantaciones de iglesias
  • El evangelismo a trav√©s de amistades y grupos de conversaci√≥n ingl√©s
  • Organizar actividades para ni√Īos y j√≥venes, incluyendo un estudio b√≠blico para ni√Īos y una reuni√≥n de oraci√≥n para los j√≥venes de la iglesia
  • En verano, trabajar con equipos de misi√≥n de corto plazo para llevar diferentes actividades entre j√≥venes y ni√Īos de las iglesias con las que nos encontremos trabajando en ese momento
  • Cada julio, participar en El Camino de Santiago, una caminata de 140 km que dura una semana desde un punto de Galicia hasta la ciudad de Santiago de Compostela, para compartir el evangelio con los peregrinos del camino
  • Participar en la vida del equipo, incluyendo un programa de estudio y oraci√≥n semanal juntos

La Vera, Extremadura

Las actividades principales incluyen:

  • El evangelismo a trav√©s de amistades, grupos de conversaci√≥n ingl√©s, participando en actividades locales (p.ej. un coro local)
  • Organizando una actividad que se llama ‚ÄėEnglish in the Park‚Äô para ni√Īos y sus padres
  • Otras actividades con ni√Īos incluyendo excursiones y arte
  • Participar en la plantaci√≥n de nuevas iglesias
  • Alcanzando a los ni√Īos y las familias en un pueblo de La Vera donde hay una comunidad marroqu√≠
  • Participar en la vida del equipo, incluyendo un programa de estudio y oraci√≥n semanal juntos

Algeciras, Andalucía

Es un equipo nuevo enfocado en alcanzar a los norteafricanos, mayormente de trasfondo musulm√°n.

Además, estamos siempre dispuestos a trabajar en asociación con otras iglesias y otras organizaciones cristianas.

Si quieres venir a Espa√Īa por 3 meses, 6 meses, un a√Īo, 2 a√Īos o m√°s, ¬°nos interesa saber de ti!

Cómo puedes involucrarte:

  • ORAR
    • Ora que el Esp√≠ritu de Dios obre en los corazones de los espa√Īoles, que puedan verdaderamente conocer y seguir a Dios.
    • Ora por unidad entre las iglesias espa√Īolas, que puedan colaborar para llevar el evangelio a cada parte del pa√≠s.
    • Ora que Dios restaure esperanza en Espa√Īa, sobre todo entre los j√≥venes.
    • Tambi√©n puedes mirar este video: Una oraci√≥n por Espa√Īa¬†(¬© 2019 Una Oraci√≥n por Espa√Īa)
  • DAR‚ÄĒ Se puede dar ofrendas en http://www.om.org/en/give para apoyar la obra de OM en Espa√Īa.
  • IR ‚ÄĒ Ver las oportunidades de trabajo en http://www.om.org/en/opportunities. Cont√°ctanos en: info.es@om.org o echar un vistazo a nuestro sitio web: www.om.org/es o nuestra p√°gina de Facebook: www.facebook.com/OmEspana. Por favor, considera dar un periodo de tu vida para ayudar a cumplir la Gran Comisi√≥n en Espa√Īa.

M√°s informaci√≥n sobre Espa√Īa:

  • Habitantes: 47 milliones
  • Lenguas oficiales: espa√Īol, catal√°n (el idioma co-oficial en Catalu√Īa, Valencia y las Islas Baleares), euskera (el idioma co-oficial en el Pa√≠s Vasco y Navarro) y gallego (el idioma co-oficial en Galicia)
  • Situaci√≥n econ√≥mica: Espa√Īa forma parte de la Uni√≥n Europea desde el a√Īo 1986. Su econom√≠a es la quinta m√°s grande de la Uni√≥n Europea pero sufri√≥ mucho durante la global crisis econ√≥mica en 2008. Desde entonces el pa√≠s se esfuerza para recuperar pero la tasa de paro es todav√≠a alrededor del 15 % y la tasa de paro entre los j√≥venes alrededor del 35 %, una de las tasas m√°s altas de la Uni√≥n Europea.
  • Distribuci√≥n religiosa (en 2018): 67.7 % cat√≥lico; 26.9 % ateo/no creyente; 2.8 % otras religiones (incluidos los evang√©licos)
  • Situaci√≥n actual de la iglesia: En una cultura donde la iglesia cat√≥lica ha tenido hist√≥ricamente una presencia poderosa y una influencia enorme, la iglesia evang√©lica en Espa√Īa ha sufrido persecuci√≥n y siempre ha sido visto como una secta. Poco despu√©s del fin de la dictadura de Franco en los a√Īos setenta, la religi√≥n cat√≥lica ces√≥ de ser la religi√≥n oficial del pa√≠s. Los espa√Īoles se sent√≠an cansados de la religi√≥n y muchas personas se marcharon de la iglesia cat√≥lica, pero el prejuicio contra la iglesia evang√©lica contin√ļa. Las iglesias evang√©licas suelen ser peque√Īas y basadas en las familias.¬† Se estima que 10 millones de personas en Espa√Īa viven en comunidades sin ninguna presencia evang√©lica. ¬†

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