As follow-up to a recommendation from the Commission on the Nazarene Future (SR - 757) and as a result of additional internal study, the Board of General Superintendents (BGS) voted to hire a chief operating officer (COO) for the Global Ministry Center in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
This decision is an executive action taken by the BGS and does not require legislative approval.
“The new COO position is designed to free the general superintendents from non-ecclesiastical, administrative responsibilities that can better be carried out by someone with corporate experience,” according to BGS Chair, David W. Graves.
“With the expansion of the Church of the Nazarene, including membership and districts, the BGS needs to be focused on the roles and responsibilities assigned it by the Manual,” Graves added.
As part of the due diligence process, the BGS looked carefully at other denominations to see how they have approached this executive concept. Faith groups larger and smaller than the Church of the Nazarene are moving in the direction of freeing up time in order for the elected spiritual leaders to be in the field as much as possible.
Tommy Thomas and Laura Coverstone, executive recruiters of JobfitMatters, are working with the BGS on this search. Candidates may be found in one of the following environments:
An executive pastor or senior staff member from a large church with multiple sites and services
An executive who has spent his/her life in the private sector, providing leadership to complex organizations
An executive director or senior staff member of a dynamic not-for-profit organization
A senior administrator from higher education
Should you know anyone who would wish to pursue this position, further access to the Opportunity Profile and to a video that more fully explains the BGS decision can be found at the JobfitMatters website.
Graves added, “We are eager to see how God works to provide the woman or man of His calling to work with us at the Global Ministry Center.”