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Global Ministries: The United Methodist Church – Deputy General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism

The Organization

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. Through its offices at the Inter Church Center in Upper Manhattan, Global Ministries supports mission, evangelism, social justice and humanitarian relief efforts around the world.

The portfolio for the Deputy General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism incorporates the general programmatic functions of the Board. The Deputy General Secretary supervises three Associate General Secretaries, supervises the Mission Theology function, and, jointly with the General Treasurer, provides oversight to the United Methodist Development Fund.

The Position

In 2009 Global Ministries used an outside consulting firm to conduct an operational audit and make recommendations for restructuring the organization. One of the key recommendations was combining the programmatic functions of Global Ministries (outside of those programs operated by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Women’s Division (WD)) into a single program area called Mission and Evangelism. The Mission and Evangelism portfolio includes the functions of Missionary Services, Mission Relationships and Justice & Discipleship, as well as responsibility for Mission Volunteers, Mission Theology and administration of the United Methodist Development Fund. Previously this portfolio was managed by three Deputy General Secretaries.

The United Methodist Church has adopted four areas of focus to support its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The four foci are:

  • Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations
  • Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world
  • Engaging in ministry with the poor
  • Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally

These four foci have been at the center of Global Ministries work and will continue to be central in the future. The denomination has assigned Global Ministries with special responsibility to provide leadership in the area of Ministry with the Poor. The Deputy General Secretary will be expected to resource the Board in this area of responsibility.
The Deputy General Secretary reports to the General Secretary of the agency, but their hiring is contingent upon an affirmative vote of the Board of Directors. The Deputy General Secretary supports the work of the unit and advocates for its programs at the General Secretary’s Cabinet table.
This position represents Global Ministries in a truly Global context and as such relates to the Worldwide Methodist Church, ecumenical partners, other General Agencies of the United Methodist Church.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has been called to use their professional skills and talents to care for “the least, the last and the lost” in mission around the world. It is a requirement that this position be filled by someone who is a member of the United Methodist Church, and expresses their faith and witness to it with fair and consistent actions.
The ideal candidate neither creates nor shies away from conflict, but rather understands it as a natural part of the work experience, and uses conflict to develop creative solutions and has the ability to manage and resolve conflict when called upon. The Deputy General Secretary for Mission and Evangelism is a decisive and articulate leader who relies upon – yet holds accountable – competent colleagues and subordinate staff to carry out the routine programs and special projects that have been assigned. This person has a flexible leadership style that engenders trust and confidence and thrives working with a diverse workforce. In addition the ideal candidate must be a systems thinker who has the ability to organize tasks, monitor implementation and create efficient and effective systems for carrying out the programs and projects of the unit.
Proper educational training could come through a variety of disciplines (Sociology, Theology, Cultural Anthropology, Business Administration, etc.) and the individual must have a Masters Degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate is an experienced executive who has had eight to ten years supervisory, fiscal management and administrative experience.

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