Southern Spain

long term

Southern Spain

Though the Catholic church long played a dominant role in Spanish culture, for decades its membership has been in steep decline. Today the society is highly secular. Evangelicals comprise a mere 1% of the population, and most people in Spain have never heard the full gospel message. Meanwhile, the Muslim population is projected to increase more than 80% over the next quarter century, presenting unique opportunities to encourage and equip the small but faithful local church to engage its Muslim neighbors in love.

Ministry Expressions

Since 1998, the Serge team has worked to bring about a movement of gospel-driven, grace-oriented churches in southern Spain, beginning with a church plant in the city of Granada. Through Bible studies, one-on-one discipling, Sunday worship services, parties and social events, seminars and retreats, leadership development, and activities for kids and teens, a Christ-focused community is taking root in the city. The team is also serving the local community in tangible ways through clothing exchanges, food distributions, and opportunities to learn English.

Impact

Although following Jesus is considered counter-cultural in southern Spain, the church plant has seen slow but steady growth in numbers, maturity, and depth of community. People are putting their faith in Christ and are beginning to walk with God, and members of the Serge team are investing deeply in these new Christians. Meanwhile, seeds continue to be sown in the community at large. The team is casting the net broadly, seeking out those in whom the Lord may be working, through personal friendships, social networks, English classes, and neighborhood interactions.

Building the Team

The Serge team in southern Spain has an immediate need for Apprenticeship Staff.

Additionally the team seeks church planters, disciplers, musicians, administrators, apprentices, a mercy coordinator, and a youth worker. We have a need for men and women gifted at teaching English, who can facilitate classes for adults and children, as well as language exchanges and English camps. We are also seeking entrepreneurs to start new businesses and other business-minded people to support these endeavors once started.

Pray

  • For local leaders to be raised up and sent out;
  • For new teams and churches to be planted in Spain;
  • For perseverance for all believers in Spain;
  • For a work of the Holy Spirit that would open people’s eyes and hearts to see and trust in the living Christ.

Invest

We lead Grace Renewal Weekends for ministry workers, and the Spain Renewal Conference Fund enables us to offer scholarships to those who cannot otherwise afford to participate. Meanwhile, through the Spanish National Internship fund, we seek to identify and train a new generation of bold, sold-out evangelists, disciplers, pastors, and church planters.