Director for Evangelical Mission Synod Name Eastern Washington Idaho

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-598591
    • Job Location: The Eastern Washington-Idaho S, Other
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 12, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Closing date: 12/15/2017


This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the territory of the Eastern Washington Idaho 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 coordination of three synodical initiatives:

1. mission support and/or stewardship;

2. new and renewing congregation; and

3. synod mission strategy

The person in this position is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry as 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 Eastern Washington Idaho 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 Eastern Washington Idaho Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA. This position is 1.0 FTE.


1. Responsible for the development and formation of a mission support/stewardship table. This table will create 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 formation and coordination of a synod 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.

7. Responsible for promoting and educating leaders on the Called Forward Together In Christ goals to help congregations journey faithfully in who we are in Christ and what God is calling us to do in our communities and in the world.


Must be willing to travel frequently (30% 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.


The Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod is a synod on the frontiers of developing new ways of being church in the world. We are energized by the challenges ahead of us, and seek a Director of Evangelical Mission who can partner with us to engage our churches and our culture with imagination, innovation, and curiosity. A strong candidate would be someone who enjoys a challenge, is a collaborative partner in ministry, willing to try new things for the good of the church, and can speak the truth honestly and compassionately. The Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod is a fun-loving community of people, eager to move into the future God has for us!

Our territory covers everything from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains to Montana, and from the Canadian border in the north to the Columbia River in southern Washington and the Utah border in Idaho. We also have two congregations in Wyoming that call the EWAID synod home. The synod is made up of 91 congregations (89 organized, 2 in development). 36 are small, 46 are pastoral, 7 are program, and 2 are corporate. We have 3 campus ministry sites (Eastern WA University, Washington State University, and University of Idaho). We are home to three outdoor ministry sites—Lutherhaven Ministries in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Luther Heights near Sun Valley, Idaho, and Holden Village on Lake Chelan.

We are geographically diverse, covering 800 miles from our furthest point west to our furthest point east. We have congregations nestled in the Grand Tetons, high desert wine country, fertile valleys filled with orchards, rolling hills of wheat and barley in the Palouse, and piney forests of northeastern WA and north ID. We have three primary metro areas in our synod: Spokane, WA; TriCities, WA; and Boise, ID. We are a synod of outdoor enthusiasts, who love hiking, climbing, camping, water sports, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and more.

Because of this distance and diversity, someone with a love of travel and sense of adventure is a must! It is estimated that a successful candidate will spend about 30% of their time traveling. Winter can make travel challenging, so a high level of comfort in driving in all types of weather is needed—because we get it all! Snow, ice, rain, dust, etc.

If you are up for a challenge, interested in serving in an area where Christianity (much less Lutheranism) is not the cultural norm, in a synod that is actively engaging new ways to do the work of the Church: the call to serve as the Director of Evangelical Mission in the Eastern Washington-Idaho synod could be a call for you!

Here are the links to the synod map and website:,%20ELCA&Language=

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, planning 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.

9. Demonstrated competency among communities of color; and well as with people and communities experiencing poverty. Ability to relate and communicate well in diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic situations.

10. Active participation in a Christian congregation and God’s mission.

11. Ability to seek out additional resources and persons who can expand the capacity of the unit in doing God’s mission.