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Area Executive for Southern Asia, Application Deadline: July 5, 2013 

Ministry Team Partner Church Relations, Common Global Ministries Board  
Reports To Executive Minister  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 9  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category Partner Relations  
Starting Salary  

GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION:  Administer the Southern Asia Office of the Common Global Ministries Board (CGMB); facilitate relationships with churches, ecumenical and interfaith organizations, communities, and other partners in the region; provide pastoral care to and supervision of missionaries assigned to the region; provide leadership within the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on education and advocacy issues related to the region.

*Direct, on-site supervision. As member of CGMB, reports programmatically as well to President, Division of Overseas Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


  • Understand the needs and priorities of the region, especially as they relate to partners, and explore/develop opportunities for mutual ministries, including the assignment of missionaries, grant allocations, interpretation resources, and other programs and projects.


  • Provide specialized knowledge for the benefit of the CGMB on the nature of the Southern Asia Office’s work, and the religious, social, economic, political and cultural life of the region; interpret partner programs and public issues related to the regions to UCC and Christian Church (DOC) constituencies, and other interested persons through speaking engagements, correspondence and preparation of printed resources.


  • Participate in budget development and recommend financial support and staffing for global ministry in coordination with global partners and other CGMB offices as appropriate.


  • Participate in the missionary interview selection and orientation process; administer the appointment of missionary personnel in the region and supervise performance; provide counsel on their professional development and pastoral care.


  • Administer the budget for the Southern Asia Office.


  • Represent Wider Church Ministries and the Division of Overseas Ministries at relevant ecumenical and interfaith organizations, and on boards and foundations in relation to work in the region.


  • Hire, train, supervise and assess performance of office administrative assistant.


  • Work with the Executive Minister, legal counsel and treasure to oversee property interests in the region.


  • Work with partners, staff and constituencies in order to advance regional advocacy priorities. 


  • Maintain effective contacts with other ministries within the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on concerns related to the region.


  • Engage in financial development initiatives, especially as they relate to the region. 


  • Attend and participate in staff and other church-related meetings.
Position Requirements

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


  • A bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent experience.


  • A commitment to and understanding of global Christian mission in its broad range of concerns.


  • Commitment to and experience within the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as well as an understanding of the churches' polities and structures.


  • Experience of living and working in Southern Asia, especially in the life and work of the church; an understanding of area religions and fluency in a major language of the region, as well as English.


  • A commitment to the ecumenical movement and to working within specific ecumenical programs and structures such as the National Council of Churches of Christ and the World Council of Churches.


  • An understanding of and commitment to interfaith relations, and to working with institutions and organizations of a variety of faith traditions. 


  • Evidence of disciplined Biblical and theological study and ability to articulate and witness to one's faith perspective;


  • Competence to deal with complex intercultural, international and theological issues as they bear upon the implementation of Christian mission.


  • Ability to function effectively and creatively on a staff team and to communicate well with a wide range of constituencies and partners in this country and overseas.


  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills; experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation, budget development and administration, and supervision of staff.


  • Ability and flexibility to travel within the U.S. and region as needed.



  • Membership in the UCC or Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is preferred.


  • A theological degree and/or advanced degree in international studies or in a related field are preferred.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and are 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 CMUCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the CMUCC 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 Setting, is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life, pension.  
Application Deadline July 5, 2013  
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