Church Relations Coordinator in Mexico
An ideal opportunity for someone with a passion for equipping the Church and working relationally.
Make personal contact with pastors, to establish preliminary meetings before applicants enter orientation training.
You are happy to travel across Mexico, making face-to-face contact with those leaders who are making significant impact on their nation. This is the best form of communication with Mexican Christian leadership.
Qualities & Gifts Sought
Good organisation and communication skills. Spanish speaker preferred. Language training is available, if not fluent.
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Mexico is a federal republic in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico.
Covering almost two million square kilometers (over 760,000 sq mi), the nation is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area, and the 13th largest independent state in the world.
With a population of 130 million Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world, and the 2nd most populous nation in Latin America.
Mexico comprises of 31 states. The metropolitan area of the capital has a population of 21.2 million people, making Mexico City the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere. Other metropolises include Guadalajara, León, Monterrey, Puebla, Toluca, and Tijuana.
Mexico has the 15th largest nominal GDP. It is classified as an upper-middle income country by the World Bank. By 2050, Mexico could become the world's 5th largest economy.
Mexico’s civilisations include Olmec and Maya. Early Olmec ceramics suggest that well-developed writing existed in Olmec times (1200-400BC).
Mexico was later the heart the Aztec Empire (1300-1521AD). The Aztec were noted for practicing human sacrifice on a large scale.
The Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire began in 1519 when Hernán Cortés arrived at the port in Veracruz with 500 conquistadores. In his search for gold and other riches, Cortés decided to invade and conquer the Aztec empire.
Unintentionally introduced by Spanish conquerors smallpox ravaged the Aztecs in the 1520s and killed at least 3 million natives as they had no immunity. Severely weakened, the Aztec empire was easily defeated by Cortés and his forces on his second return in 1521. This was the beginning of a 300-year-long colonial era during which Mexico was known as Nueva España (New Spain).
The deaths caused by smallpox are believed to have triggered a rapid growth of Christianity in Mexico and the Americas. Many of the surviving Aztecs believed that smallpox could be credited to the superiority of the Christian god, which resulted in their acceptance of Catholicism and yielding to the Spanish rule throughout Mexico.
Mexico fought for independence between 1810-21. [Read more Mexican history here] .
Mexico ranks fourth in the world in biodiversity and is one of the 17 megadiverse countries. With over 200,000 different species, Mexico is home of 10–12% of the world's biodiversity. Approximately 2,500 species are protected by Mexican legislations and 67 national parks.
Mexico is among the most visited countries in the world according to the World Tourism Organization and it is the most visited country in the Americas after the United States. The most notable attractions are the Mesoamerican ruins, cultural festivals, colonial cities, nature reserves and the beach resorts. The nation's wide range of climates, from temperate to tropical, and unique culture – a fusion of the European and the Mesoamerican – make Mexico an attractive destination.
Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico ranks 1st in the Americas and 7th in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
[Source Wikipedia. Read more about the country here].
There are 330 people groups and three of these are unreached with the good news of Jesus.
Nearly 95% profess to be Christian and of these 8.4% are Evangelical.
With over 100 million Catholics, Mexico is the second largest Catholic community in the world after Brazil.
[Source: Joshua Project]
Pray with us for:
the indigenous peoples
the challenges of corruption and the massive drug trade
relations with the USA
Mexico City has hundreds of neighbourhoods, huge slums, and very few believing churches
[Operation World, print edition 2010]
You can also pray online for Mexico with Operation World
WEC Mexico collaborates with the Mexican Church, serving with love our Mexican brothers and sisters to form disciples and develop healthy churches. As well as sending workers to other parts of the world, the WEC Mexico team are also reaching unreached peoples within Mexico. Read more about WEC in the Americas
El Monte is a multi-ministry center in Morelos running youth and childrens’ camps, retreats for pastors, and training. El Monte welcomes those looking for a Short Term Mission experience. Visit the El Monte website for more.