Director for Evangelical Mission- Northwestern Ohio

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-697042
    • Job Location: Northwestern Ohio, OH
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 07, 2019
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Called to serve the Northwestern Ohio Synod (NWOS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Director for Community Engagement (Director for Evangelical Mission) seeks to inspire and teach ELCA followers of Jesus to engage their neighborhoods and surrounding community in ways that live out Jesus’ message of love that builds and deepens relationships, serves the vulnerable, witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus, and creates an environment of care, compassion and community.

As such, this individual engages 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 NWOS, DM, and the ELCA as a whole.

This individual will oversee and coordinate three synodical initiatives:

1. Community Engagement / Congregational Vitality

2. Generosity / Stewardship / Mission Support

3. Alignment with Future Directions 2025 (

This individual is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry of the NWOS as a member of the synod staff (including all staff meetings and retreats), synod initiatives, and is responsible for implementing and building upon NWOS and ELCA commitments to ethnic-specific communities, communities of color, the young adult population, as well as people and communities experiencing poverty. This person is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and equipping the NWOS, congregations, and leaders in the areas of justice ministries and intentional, inclusive communities. This person participates in resourcing the synod mission strategy with an emphasis on congregational vitality and community engagement

This position is co-terminus with the Synod Bishop’s term, is called by the Synod Council of the NWOS, and supervised by the Bishop. Other assignments may be made by the Director, DEM Relationships in consultation with the NWOS Bishop. This individual will participate in quarterly relator conference calls for intentional conversation. This full-time position will be based in the NWOS and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA.


Community Engagement & Congregational Vitality:

1. Guide congregations to dream of new ways to reach out to their communities, empowering them to better serve their neighbors

2. Teach congregations and individuals to connect with and engage their communities in meaningful ways that further develop and deepen relationships while sharing the Gospel of Jesus

3. Partner with our communications staff to share inspiring stories of vitality and engagement as a response to God’s active presence in communities and people’s lives

4. Encourage congregations to engage diverse communities in ways that live out Jesus’ message of love and inclusivity

5. Arrange educational opportunities on diversity and inclusion for synod leaders to empower them to understand, embrace and foster diversity and inclusion in their own communities; to build the beloved community

6. Identify and empower leaders (including leaders from non-traditional backgrounds and contexts), who may serve as mission developers

7. Identify potential fields and resources for the vitality of existing and new congregations, including area ministry strategies and congregational mission plans.

Generosity / Stewardship / Mission Support:

1. Work closely with the leadership team and administrative staff to develop and implement a diversified fundraising strategy.

2. Work closely with the leadership team and administrative staff to identify and cultivate relationships with potential donors, matching donors with giving opportunities they are passionate about

3. Lead the development and formation of a Generosity / Stewardship team to promote a holistic understanding of Biblical generosity among our congregations, pastors, and lay leaders. This team will also support the ELCA Comprehensive Mission Support Strategy in the NWOS.

4. Work with our communications staff to share inspiring stories of generosity as a response to God’s active presence in communities and people’s lives.

Alignment with Future Directions 2025

1. Assist the Bishop and synod leadership team in the integration of Future Directions 2025 and the synod’s four-fold mission: make disciples, equip leaders, strengthen parishes, and launch new communities

2. Lead the implementation of NWOS and ELCA commitments to be in ministry among ethnic, multicultural, and emergent communities; as well as ministry among people living in poverty.


Read Scripture and pray daily

Active participation in a Christian congregation and God’s mission

Take time to be still and know God

Balance work, relaxation, and family

Network with other synodical and Churchwide staff

Be attentive and committed to personal, professional, and spiritual development, through continuing education opportunities, and spiritual direction and formation.


Participate in all NWOS staff meetings and retreats

Participate in events for Rostered Ministers and lay leaders

Attend Churchwide DM meetings and leverage the expertise and resources of the Churchwide office.

Report to and meet with the NWOS Bishop on a regular basis, as mutually determined


1. Travel: 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 stays may be required. Valid driver’s license required.

2. Physical Effort: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, use 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 functions.

Experience and Skills:

1. Proven track record and experience in being a disciple and making disciples.

2. Proven track record and experience in community engagement and outreach

3. Effective grounding in Lutheran community life and theology, missional theology, the theories and practice of mission development, the Missional Church Movement, and in the biblical understanding of discipleship that responds to God’s grace in Jesus Christ

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

5. An entrepreneurial spirit

6. A demonstrated ability of working with leaders in adaptive ways and facilitating group processes

7. Ability to utilize the art of community organizing in growing leaders and building teams.

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

9. Proven effective leadership, time-management, and administrative experience. An ability to set and meet deadlines.

10. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, analytical, communication, and listening skills

11. Ability to work in partnership with peers, other DM unit staff, synod, and regional staff

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

13. Ability to seek out additional resources and leaders who can expand the capacity of the NWOS and DM unit in doing God’s mission

Synod Information

Northwestern Ohio Synod

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin

When people see us, do they see Jesus? This primary question guides the Northwestern Ohio Synod’s 160 congregations, 4 social service agencies, and various ministry contexts (urban, small town, and rural settings). We are Sent by the Crucified and Risen Jesus to Make Disciples and Equip Leaders through prayer, worship, Bible study, service, witness, and intentional spiritual / leadership development.

Our call to Strengthen Parishes and Launch New Communities is a call for us step outside the 4 walls of our congregations and engage the neighborhood, community, and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to guide God’s people to dream of new ways to form new communities for discipleship, service, witness, and transformation.

With the help of the Holy Spirit we will join God work’s in the Renewal of Northwestern Ohio and the World, to build a beloved community that embraces and fosters diversity and inclusion for all of God’s people. We also learn and grow in our love for God’s world through our synod’s companion relationships with the Dodoma Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the Slovak Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia.

The Northwestern Ohio Synod is a synod committed to: discipleship, leadership development, humble service, and evangelical witness, so that when people see us, they see Jesus.