Director for Evangelical Mission- Eastern North Dakota Synod

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-619937
    • Job Location: Eastern North Dakota Synod, ND
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: June 26, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the territory of the Eastern North Dakota Synod, and is responsible for engaging synodical leaders, structures and strategies in the formation and development of Congregational Vitality: "Communities of Jesus that nurture life-changing relationships with God, one another and the world," 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. congregational vitality; and

3. alignment with Future Directions 2025 (

The person in this position is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry as the synod staff, 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 person participates in resourcing the synod mission strategy with an emphasis on congregational vitality and leadership.

This position will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and supervised jointly by both the Eastern North Dakota 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 North Dakota Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA.This position is full time.


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 vitality 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 of partnership support for the synod’s Congregational Vitality 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, share learnings 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 participation in bi-monthly Relator conference calls which are scheduled for intentional conversation.


Must be willing to travel frequently via automobile and air (approximately 30%). Travel within the synod can usually be accomplished within the same day. 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, the Missional Church Movement, and in the biblical and Lutheran understanding of stewardship that responds to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.

2. Effective communicator in preaching, sharing learnings, 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 congregational vitality for new and existing congregations.

6. Experience with missional strategies for the vitality of new and existing congregations.

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.

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.


The Eastern North Dakota Synod is comprised of 200+ congregations and 102,000+ baptized members in the Eastern third of North Dakota. Our mission statement is "Jesus Christ calls us to live in love as we challenge, equip and serve God’s people."

A bit more about our synod:

  • Our congregations vary in size - from one of the largest congregations in the ELCA (10,000+ members) to a 7-point parish spread across three counties.
  • Our communities vary including urban, small town, rural and frontier.
  • We have formal partnerships across the synod with each of our full communion partners.
  • Our ethnic diversity is continuing to grow - we have vibrant ministries within our Native American communities, a fast-growing South Sudanese worshiping community and are working on a new Hispanic/Latino initiative. Multi-ethnic mission development is one of the key initiatives of our strategic plan and we are blessed to have the resources to have a Multi-Ethnic Mission Developer on staff to spearhead this work (we are currently in the middle of a 3-year term call).
  • We have several congregations that are involved in redevelopment and congregational vitality. Our changing demographics require us to think differently as some of our communities are growing while others are in decline. There is a huge opportunity for new start churches planting churches congregations in our urban areas; both for large congregations adding secondary campuses as well as supporting new start congregations.
  • We have an incredible opportunity to embrace, enhance and cultivate healthy stewardship practices.
  • Learn more by taking a look at

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Strategic Plan:


  • The DEM will have the opportunity to collaborate with an incredibly talented, faithful and team-driven synod staff.

To say that the potential for this position is endless is an understatement. We look forward to walking together into the next chapter of God’s promised future.