The primary religion in Portugal is Catholicism, with less than one percent of the population trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Most Portuguese see God as a distant or irrelevant being rather than a loving, caring father. They try to reach God through religious rituals and good works, rather than through grace and personal relationship. Various forms of superstition, mysticism and new-age beliefs are also prevalent.
The Portuguese are helpful and sincere, placing a high value on family and community. They can be suspicious of outsiders, and have a history of viewing
non-catholic faith communities as similar to a cult. Because relationships are so significant, they are key to gaining trust and creating an open door to the Gospel.
A disciple-maker will form relationships that point people to Christ, guide others who are seeking to grow in their spiritual walk, and teach others from God’s Word. This could look like spending time with neighbors or hanging out with new friends in a cafe, or participating in/leading activities through church or para-church ministries in the community.
- Minimum two years ministry experience in a local church
- Flexible, teachable, and highly relational
- Bible and evangelism education/training
- Prior cross-cultural experience would be beneficial
- Need to learn/speak Portuguese