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Associate General Minister, Officer of the Church, Close Date: November 30, 2018 

Ministry Team Global Engagement  
Reports To General Synod and the UCCB through the General Minister and President  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 12  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  


The Associate General Minister will articulate a prophetic voice for a Just World, and as directed by the General Minister and President, guide and lead the activities of a Covenanted Ministry which shall be carried out in accordance with the Purpose, Mission, and Vision of the United Church of Christ. The Associate General Minister will contribute to the functions of the National Ministries, including visioning and planning, communications, development and management of budgets, development and leadership of staff, and implementation of policies adopted by the General Synod and the United Church of Christ Board, as directed by the GMP. The Associate General Minister is accountable to the General Synod and the United Church of Christ Board through the General Minister and President. The specific duties of the Associate General Minister are delegated and directed by the General Minister and President in consultation with the United Church of Christ Board.


  • Is responsible for overseeing the Global Engagement Team.
  • Testifies to the history, theological identity, and witness of the United Church of Christ as an Officer of the United Church of Christ.
  • Bears responsibility for honoring the history and legacy of the predecessor bodies of the ministries, enabling the ministries to build upon the strengths of those traditions.
  • Provides general leadership and coordination for the development and implementation of the mission program as Co-executive of the Common Global Ministries Board comprised of Wider Church Ministries (a Covenanted Ministry of the United Church of Christ) and the Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • In collaboration with the Co-Executive colleague of the Division of Overseas Ministries of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), carries out the work of the Common Global Ministries Board with international partners through five area offices (Africa, East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East & Europe, and Southern Asia), and through the work of the Mission Personnel, People to People Pilgrimage, Mission Engagement, Global Advocacy and Education, Child Sponsorship, Resource Development and Finance offices.
  • Represents the United Church of Christ in ecumenical, interdenominational, and interfaith relations.
  • Oversees the development of resources that engage Local Churches in the shared mission of the United Church of Christ and reminds them of the value of our overseas partnerships.
  • Collaborates with the OPTIC team to develop a robust social media strategy for promoting the mission and vision of Global Engagement.
  • Works to build trust with the Conferences and their leadership, fostering unity while maintaining sound covenant partnerships.
  • Advocates for a global perspective in the mission of the United Church of Christ and with political and governmental organizations..
  • Facilitates a spirit of collaborative work with all staff, with leaders of our Local Churches, and with partner denominations around the world.
  • Through programmatic ministry teams, collaborates with domestic and international partners in the areas of sustainable development, disaster recovery, justice advocacy, human migration and capacity building.
  • Participates as a principal member of the Senior Leadership Team along with other members of the Sr. Staff.
  • Serves as an appointed member of the United Church of Christ Board and accordingly as a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Is responsible directly for leadership to and supervision of the following personnel:
    • Minister for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
    • Area Executive, Southern Asia Office
    • Area Executive, East Asia and the Pacific
    • Team Leader and Area Executive, Middle East and Europe
    • Team Leader, Humanitarian and Development Ministries
    • Executive Assistant


  • Is grounded in a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Has a working knowledge of the history, polity, practice, and biblical/theological traditions of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • Can articulate clearly the purpose, mission, and vision of the United Church of Christ and can articulate their own vision for how the work of the Global Engagement Team fosters those.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of and openness to the new faith traditions and experiences which are part of the church life of the United Church of Christ.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of and commitment to the United Church of Christ’s vision of being a multiracial, multicultural, open and affirming, accessible to all, just peace church in a multifaith world, inclusive of all peoples.
  • Demonstrates an ecumenical and global faith perspective.
  • Exhibits theological integrity, critical thinking, respect for persons, and love of the church in all of its diversity and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Embraces and is committed to the ethos embodied in the present structure.


  • Demonstrated experience in oversight and management; strategic planning; ability to work with others to establish and implement short- and long-term goals to meet future directions of the United Church of Christ.
  • Ability to both collaborate and foster collaboration between the Global Engagement staff and others in the National Setting; ability to design goals, and to lead the staff in annual goal setting that is consistent with the Purpose, Mission, and Vision of the denomination.
  • Ability to make decisions, render judgments, take action and/or commit oneself, with proper thought, consultation, deliberation, and prayer.
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and plan in areas of budget development and administration for the financial oversight of the institution, including good stewardship of existing funds and funding development.
  • Skills in performance management; ability to provide fair and honest feedback and to coordinate activities of staff and allocate proper resources; is willing to initiate action to improve skills and performance of staff; demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity employment.
  • Ability to ensure that team leaders on the Global Engagement Team can and do hold their teams accountable to individual, team, and corporate goals.
  • Exhibits a commitment to increasing the effectiveness of staff and self, including the ability to identify development needs and sources of learning.


  • Ability to apply appropriate interpersonal and collegial approaches to guide individuals and diverse groups toward faithful task and goal achievement; to foster a variety of models of decision-making.
  • Skill in understanding the verbal communication of others. This includes the ability to remember, to be sensitive and discerning, and to apply information received verbally.
  • Ability to express oneself effectively in individual and/or group situations, including the effective expression of ideas and tasks in verbal or written form.
  • Ability to conceptualize future situations; to see the whole, as well as the particular, picture, including people’s roles within it; and to assess its impacts on other individuals or groups. Has a vision for the United Church of Christ and is able to hear and integrate the vision of others.
  • Ability to perceive the impact of one’s decisions and actions on the various parts of the structure and to be aware and sensitive to the needs and goals of other settings, seeking collaborative solutions wherever possible.
  • Ability to recognize and support unique and creative ideas, and to support changes with personal action and resources, while maintaining tolerance for the risks involved.
  • Ability to apply appropriate problem-solving and negotiation methods in situations involving differences between individuals and/or groups.


  • Lives out of a disciplined rhythm of worship, prayer, and spiritual growth.
  • Maintains religious, social, and ethical standards in all work-related, social, and personal situations; acts, and is perceived by others, as behaving morally and ethically.
  • Demonstrates strong self-esteem and self-image; takes time for self-reflection and personal growth; makes decisions and takes actions where one’s own convictions, and not simply the opinions of others, are a strong influence.
  • Respects and is sensitive to others who are different in experience or opinion; perceived by others as being humble.
  • Controls premature decisions and judgments; is receptive to new information and different ideas or viewpoints; exhibits courage and the willingness to accept risks in moving toward something new.
  • Believes that group initiatives and plans are enhanced by dialogue.
  • Values and is committed to the many forms and experiences of diversity which are present in the life of the United Church of Christ.
  • Is proactive in maintaining a healthy, energetic lifestyle; is effective in balancing personal and work dimensions of life; and possesses a sense of humor.


  • Has the ability to chart a strategic, visionary direction for the future work of the Global Engagement team in alignment with the Purpose, Mission, and Vision, of the United Church of Christ.
  • Has the ability to translate that strategic vision to the staff and invite them into collaborative thinking about how to set goals consistent with deployment of the strategy and the vision.
  • Has the ability to exercise critical management around the strategic use of resources allocated in support of the vision.

Position Requirements

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

  • Master’s degree in a related field required and experience in leadership settings of the United Church of Christ, including significant experience in the Local Church.
  • May be a lay person, an authorized minister, or a person with ordained ministerial partner standing.
  • Is a member of a Local Church of the United Church of Christ.
  • Exhibits the ability to see and act out of a whole-church perspective.
  • Has experience and the capacity to work in diverse settings and among diverse people in collegial, constructive, caring, and covenantal ways.
  • Has experience and proven ability in a multiple-agenda setting.
  • Has demonstrated experiences with the global dimensions of the Church.
  • Has experience working in cross-cultural and international settings, including, but not limited to living, studying, or extensive traveling outside the United States.
  • Preferably has written and verbal knowledge of a language other than English.
  • Demonstrated experience in acting upon and advocating for justice issues in society.
  • Is able to articulate a vision of the United Church of Christ’s engagement with and responsibility to society.
  • Experienced and comfortable with prophetic witness.


  • This position requires domestic and international travel.
  • Relocation is necessary as this position is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All employees are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.

The United Church of Christ National Ministries is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, pension, and life insurance benefits; paid relocation  
Application Deadline November 30, 2018  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

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