Director for Evangelical Mission- Caribbean Synod

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-639541
    • Job Location: Caribbean Synod, PR
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Part-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: July 11, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the territory of the Caribbean 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 (www.elca.org/future)

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 is a half-time (.50 FTE) position and will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and supervised jointly by both the Bishop of the Caribbean Synod 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 Caribbean Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA.This position is full time.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABLITIES:

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 quarterly Relator conference calls which are scheduled for intentional conversation.

Travel

Must be willing to travel frequently via automobile and air(approximately 20%). Travel within the synod, between Puerto Rico and the Virgen Islands as well as travel to the mainland. 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.

Synod Information

The Caribbean Synod office is located in the municipality of Dorado on the norther coast of the island. The Caribbean Synod has 33 congregations; 26 congregations and 1 mission located in Puerto Rico and 7 congregations in the Virgin Islands (2 in St. Thomas, 4 in St. Croix and 1 in St. John; therefore, we are a bilingual and bi-cultural synod. Most of the congregations are in small towns. There are 49 rostered leaders, with about 15 of them retired. We also have 3 seminarians studying. The new Bishop-elect Rev. Idalia Negrón-Caamaño is the outgoing Director for Evangelical Mission for the synod.

Our Vision is: Guided by the Holy Spirit to Evangelical Lutheran people in the Caribbean, to serve with love and solidarity and share the faith of the good news of Christ and the abundant grace with transforming.

Our mission is: As people of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Caribbean, we will bring the message of hope and transformation that Jesus Christ gave us and give testimony through diverse ministries.

For additional information about our synod please visit our website: www.elcalcs.org.