Church of the Brethren issues position posting for General Secretary




The Church of the Brethren has posted a position opening for General Secretary, as the next step in the search process for a candidate to fill the top executive staff position in the denomination. The application deadline is Dec. 15.

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General secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger is concluding his term of service by mid-year 2016, and the Mission and Ministry Board has appointed a General Secretary Search Committee to seek his successor. See the relevant Newsline reports “Church of the Brethren General Secretary to conclude service as contract ends July 1, 2016” at www.brethren.org/news/2015/general-secretary-concludes-service-at-end-of-contract.html and “Mission and Ministry Board approves timeline and Search Committee for General Secretary search” at www.brethren.org/news/2015/ac/board-announces-general-secretary-search-timeline.html .

The position posting follows in full:


Position Posting
General Secretary

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren is seeking a full-time executive to serve as General Secretary. This individual will help cast a vision of church vitality and will guide, develop, and oversee executive-level staff in key areas, including Congregational Life, Global Mission and Service, Ministry and Human Resources, Donor Relations, publishing and Communications. The Church of the Brethren General Offices is located in Elgin, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The General Secretary will lead from a strategic plan to support and advance local, national, and international ministries. These responsibilities include maintaining and nurturing partnerships with institutions and agencies of the Church of the Brethren and coordinating ecumenical relationships.

The ideal candidate will model spiritual depth, maturity, and servant leadership. The candidate will show the ability to communicate and implement a vision, structure and lead a complex organization, view challenges as opportunities for organizational growth, and integrate fiscal responsibility with fulfillment of the organizational mission. Ability to listen to and speak with diverse constituencies and to seek wholeness and restoration in all relationships are also key gifts needed for the position.

Minimum candidate requirements are: a Christian committed to the Church of the Brethren faith tradition, a bachelor’s degree with advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred, and significant experience in working with a board of directors. Ordination is not required for this position.

Individuals interested in exploring the call to this position should direct inquiries to: Connie Burk Davis, Search Committee Chair, at gensecsearch@gmail.com .

Application deadline is December 15, 2015.

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