This position represents the Domestic Mission (DM) unit in the
territory of the West Virginia-Western Maryland 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, mindful of the central Appalachian context:
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 position will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and
supervised jointly by both the Bishop of the West Virginia-Western
Maryland 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 West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod and
will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of
the ELCA. This position is half-time (.50 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 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. Emergent communities on the territory include those
associated with the natural gas industry, prison industry (including
the incarcerated), those affected by the opioid epidemic, collapsing
families (including the rise of grandparenting), and communities
experiencing depopulation and the flight of young adults (especially
those with potential for upward socio-economic mobility).
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
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.
Must be willing to travel frequently via automobile and air (for ELCA
Staff meetings, consultation, and training, estimated to be less than
10% of total travel). Travel within the synod can usually be
accomplished within the same day, but scheduling of meetings may
indicate that it is more frugal to make an overnight stay or even
prudent as matter of safety. Overnight stay may be required. Road
travel can be extensive and challenging. There are no major airports
on the territory of the synod.
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.