Director for Evangelical Mission Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-582777
    • Job Location: Northeastern Ohio Synod, OH
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: 9mp contract
    • Date Updated: August 14, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Closing date: 9/9/17


This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the territory of theNortheastern Ohio Synod, and is responsible for engaging synodical leaders, structures and strategies in the formation and development of evangelical congregations grounded in faith formation, discipleship and faith practices, and reflects the purposes, principles and commitments of the synod, DM and the ELCA as a whole.This position will coordinate and staff the education of all evangelical mission, mission support and stewardship ministry in the synod through the formation and/or coordination of three synodical initiatives/tables:

1. Stewardship and Mission Support;

2. new and renewing congregation; and

3. synod mission strategy (i.e. Discipleship and Evangelical Mission)

The person in this position is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry of the synod staff and in synod initiatives, and is responsible for implementing and building upon ELCA commitments to ethnic-specific communities, communities of color, the young-adult population; as well as people and communities experiencing poverty.

This position will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and supervised jointly by both the Northeastern Ohio Synod Bishop and DM staff.Other assignments of responsibility will be made by the Synod Bishop and Director, DEM Relationships. The position will be based in the Northeastern Ohio Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA.This position is Fulltime


1. Responsible for maintaining and coordinating the Synod stewardship & mission support (SMS) table, with the help of the NEOS Resource Center Specialist and an established team. This table is a mechanism for synodical mission support that includes stewardship education, mission interpretation, convenes mission support conversations, strengthens synodical and congregational generosity and promotes asset thinking and planning. DEM supports the ELCA Comprehensive Mission Support Strategy in the synod.

2. Responsible for the coordination of a synod Discipleship and Evangelical Mission Table that identifies potential fields and resources for the renewal of existing congregations and new mission development of evangelizing congregations in the synod, including area ministry strategies, congregational mission plans, and congregational vitality

3. Responsible for the development and coordination of synod mission strategy including building and developing key relationships with missional leaders who will form the synod mission strategy table. This position and table pays particular attention to the implementation of ELCA commitments to be in ministry among ethnic, multicultural and emergent communities; as well as ministry among people living in poverty.

4. Responsible for the administration and documentation of partnership support for the synod’s new and renewing congregations portfolio.

5. Responsible for identifying and recruiting of leaders for synod tables as well participating in the behavioral interview process to raise leaders who can also serve as mission developers and redevelopers.

6. Responsible for being a public voice on behalf of the churchwide organization and synod including preaching, teaching and other leadership opportunities. Provides a visible witness to the interdependent nature of the church and communicates our shared mission and vision.


Must be willing to travel frequently (40% of the time) by air or car. Overnight stay may be required.

Physical Effort

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use of hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.




Experience and Skills:

1. Effective grounding in Word and Sacrament ministry, missional theology, the theories and practice of mission development and church growth, and in the biblical and Lutheran understanding of stewardship that responds to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

2. Effective communicator in preaching, teaching, writing and evangelical outreach.

3. Demonstrated ability working with leaders in adaptive ways and facilitating group processes as well as knowledge, experience and/or willingness to learn, listen and utilize the arts of community organizing in growing leaders and building tables.

4. Extensive knowledge of the organizational structure of the ELCA and its congregations

5. Ability to utilize congregational trend reports and demographic data in the process of the development of new mission and the renewal of congregations.

6. Experience with new mission or renewing congregations missional strategies desired.

7. Proven effective time-management and administrative experience and ability to meet deadlines.

8. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, analytical and communication skills and the ability to work in partnership with peers, other DM unit staff, synod and regional staff.

Description of Northeastern Ohio Synod

Synod Mission Statement

"Our mission as the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA, empowered by the word and sacraments, is to worship the Lord of the Church, nurture the faith among believers, witness to the Grace of God in Jesus Christ, serve the needs of all people, and provide the necessary support to facilitate this mission."

Synod Statistics

  • 169 congregations: 26 growing; 16 stable; 129 declining
  • 23 ministries to which the synod relates (camps, social ministry organizations, seminary, campus ministry, universities)
  • 8 mission congregations (5 among persons of color or whose primary language is other than English)
  • 50% Mission Support goes to the church-wide expression

Synod Strengths

  • Active Stewardship and Mission Support Table
  • Active Discipleship and Evangelism Table
  • Congregations actively engaged in shared ministry
  • Capable and dedicated synod council leadership
  • Revived Companion Synod Table and renewed relationship with Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa
  • A frequently used Resource Center
  • The ability to respond generously to appeals such as the ELCA Malaria Campaign
  • 171 congregations engaged in faithful ministry in urban, suburban, exurban, and rural areas


  • Decreasing mission support
  • Decreasing average worship attendance
  • Sustaining smaller congregations
  • Raising the visibility of synod ministries and presence
  • Bishop’s staff configuration; relatively fewer staff than previous bishops’ offices.