JOB TITLE: Executive Secretary for Mission Programme
RESPONSIBLE TO: The General Secretary
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Project Officer and Programme Assistant
SUMMARY OF CWM (see General Secretary job description)
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
To encourage and assist CWM member churches in developing medium and long-term
mission plans, advising churches on project planning and management, and overseeing
the application process for funding mission programmes. Help churches evaluate the
progress and effectiveness of Mission Programme Support funding already undertaken.
1. Create and manage a plan for promoting and developing mission action
programmes among CWM member churches.
2. Encourage and assist CWM member churches to develop and implement
mission plans, offering advice on the preparation of project proposals and the
management of successful projects
3. Provide assistance in the funding application process for mission programme
resources, from initial advice, presentation to Council/ Executive Committee
through to implementation and evaluation of projects and programmes.
4. Facilitate opportunities for churches to learn, receive and share ideas,
information and experience related to mission regionally and globally.
5. Working with the General Secretary in sharing both within CWM and more
widely the contemporary challenges facing world mission and the concerns of
partnership in mission.
GENERAL EXECUTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Ensure that all plans, programmes and expenditure on them meet effectively
the requirements of CWM churches and Trustees and that their effectiveness
is evaluated. Prepare and present a report for Assembly and Trustee Body
2. Prepare, monitor and manage an annual budget for the programme within
3. Manage the time and work of the department, and cooperate with other staff
members, to support all the above activities.
4. Occasionally, deputise for the General Secretary in his/her absence from Ipalo
House, keeping him/her informed.
• A good global understanding of missionary practice essential, preferably gained
in a church, mission organisation or ecumenical setting.
• Practical experience of planning and implementing church mission projects and
programmes at local, denominational and/or synod/regional level
Qualifications and skills
• Education to postgraduate degree level essential, preferably in theology or
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate cross-culturally
• Excellent presentation and negotiation skills
• Excellent written skills and style (reports, academic papers, training materials)
• An ability to present theological ideas to different audiences
• Management of tasks and people
• Committee and group communication skills
• Management of budgets
• Collecting, organising and interpreting information
• Good IT skills (Mac OS/MS Office) desirable
• An ability to think and plan strategically
• Facilitation skills
• Openness and flexibility
• Team-working and ability to work independently
• Commitment to equal opportunities - gender, race, laity development
• Commitment to and understanding of CWM’s ethos of partnership in mission
• Ecumenical commitment
• Membership of a CWM or other related church desirable
• Willingness to work away from the UK occasionally and for sometimes extended
• Willingness to work unsocial hours and weekends