The modern Kingdom of Spain is a mixture of diverse historical, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds: Castilian-speaking Spaniards, Basques, Catalonians, Valencians, Galicians, and Andalusians. As the Madre Patria (mother country) of the former Spanish empire, Spain is the cultural fountainhead for some 300 million people in well over 20 countries worldwide. Her participation in the European community has created an economic boom that is attracting unprecedented immigration from Latin America and the Eastern bloc countries. Her social entitlement programs and labor opportunities are the envy of many developing countries in the Latin world.
Since the days of the Inquisition, Spain has been considered the special territory of the Roman Catholic Church, though only about 15 percent of the population would consider themselves active. Religious freedom was granted in the Constitution of 1978, but it has taken many years for this new religious freedom to find acceptance and practical enforcement. The cults are very active in Spain, the Jehovah's Witnesses being the largest single cult. Secular humanism, materialism, and moral relativism, however, are the greatest obstacles to gospel ministry. Evangelical Christians account for only about 0.7 percent of the people.
Spain became a new field for Baptist Mid-Missions as a result of the initiative of veteran Africa missionaries, JT & Janet Lyons. Through their ministry, the now-nationalized church in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) was founded, along with the current Bible Baptist Seminary of Spain, now located in Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara).
Through the efforts of other missionaries arriving in subsequent years, new churches were started in Madrid and other provinces. Currently, church plants are in progress in Azuqueca (adjacent to the seminary) and Santa Marta de Tormes (Salamanca), with new works projected for Segovia and Avila. The present ministry team is working on a five-year strategic plan to train new leaders and to establish a network of new and existing church plants.
Unlike much of the rest of Europe, Spain has had little to celebrate following the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation that rocked most of the continent in the 16th century. Spain’s people are still the least-evangelized Spanish-speakers in the world and, along with Italy, the least-evangelized in all of Europe. Professing evangelical Christians don't reach one-half of one percent of Spain’s population.
The BMM Team Spain presses forward with their common goals of recruiting new career missionaries to open new churches and help graduate at least two more church plants during their next five-year cycle (ending in 2023). New teams are launching plants in two strategic cities of León and La Rioja, but many other teams are needed. Numerous provinces do not even have one independent Baptist church.
In Villaescusa, Zamora, the first-ever residential campus for our fellowship of churches needs professors, funding, and infrastructure. Campus Bible Fellowship shares one worker with the field, but at least two more are needed to vitalize the Spain Team’s student outreach programs. Every summer, the ¡Especially SPAIN! FirstLook program continues to be a fruitful ministry to introduce Spain to missions-minded college-age students.
Our missionaries offer a college internship that gives hands-on experience in the day-to-day workings of church planting in Spain. ¡Especially Spain! is a summer group trip. Participants receive instructional classes on the field of Spain, which help them understand the culture and missionary work ethic and to see Spain as a mission field. To learn more about Especially Spain, click here.
What if you could do an internship that gives you concentrated spiritual training and hands-on cross-cultural ministry experience at the same time? Consider BMM Spain. A group of missionaries offers a 1-year internship that will equip you to be transformed both internally and externally, resulting in sharing the word of God effectively in the Spanish culture. The internship will be demanding as it requires regular reading, writing, and intentional engagement with the missionary team.
The weekly format will include regular meetings with the mission team entertaining questions you have, discussing books you are reading, and praying together for God’s work in and around you. The mission team will also train you to engage with their community in hospitality and other activities allowing you to develop relationships that may have an eternal impact.
The goal is that at the end of the internship you will be able to move into the community to which God leads you with a purpose to engage, evangelize, edify, and equip. Maybe God will even lead you back to Spain to do these things as a missionary there.
BMM Spain is looking for a couple who would be willing to join a current church plant to target young people. Reaching this vastly unreached group of Spaniards is necessary to the vitality and longevity of the churches throughout Spain.
A predominantly Catholic society, Spain suffers from a growing secularism and trend toward atheism. Many towns have very little evangelical witness, if any at all.
Join BMM Spain and participate in a dynamic team reaching several cities. They need your help. If you enjoy reaching youth and leading the next generation to follow Christ, contact us today about joining our Spain team.
Especially Spain! is a four-week internship program that will give you hands-on experience in day-to-day workings of church planting in Spain. Students will travel to ministry stations in Spain where BMM missionaries are working. Station sites include: Azuqueca de Henares, Salamanca, Plasencia, and Ponferrada.
This trip gives you an opportunity to observe missions up close, participate in outreach, and gain a sense of cross-cultural ministry. You should have basic beginner Spanish to participate. You do not need to be fluent, but having had at least on year of Spanish in high school or college will be very beneficial.
Applications for Summer Trips due March 1.
Join a church planting team in providing theological instruction for Spain's next generation of church leaders. The Baptist Bible Seminary of Spain exists to glorify God through the serious and rigorous biblical, spiritual, theological and ministerial formation of workers. The seminary is supported by the independent Baptist churches of Spain in order to supply them with trained and prepared servants in their ministries. The seminary also provides a stream of trained church planters for the establishment of new churches in Spain.
The BMM Spain team and Spanish pastors are using a combination of onsite and remote learning modules. They need more help to advance this program and to contribute to the advance of the gospel in this largely unevangelized field. If God has burdened and gifted you for training on the mission field, take your next steps today!