Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Role  

To provide overall strategic and operational leadership, advising on and implementing policies and practices, giving missiological direction and engaging member churches, ecumenical partners and staff in achieving the aims and objectives of CWM. Most immediately these include the sharing of resources of finance, people, experience and insights within and beyond the CWM community as a source of mutual support in carrying out God’s mission. Ultimately, the object of CWM is “to spread the knowledge of Christ throughout the world” (Scheme of Charity). The General Secretary ensures that all activities of CWM conform to and support these aims. 


Main responsibilities

  • Ensure that all programmes, events and activities undertaken by CWM are in accordance with the organization’s vision and mission objectives
  • Inform and guide discussions and decisions within the Board meetings on policymaking, practical implementation, strategic planning and goal-setting
  • Oversee the servicing and support of the Board of Directors, the Annual Members meeting and other ad hoc Committees or Working Groups
  • Provide leadership and advice to member churches and regions in regard to the implementation of policies, practices and priorities of CWM
  • Take overall responsibility for engaging member churches in mutually challenging, encouraging and equipping one another in achieving CWM’s mission and ministry objectives
  • Manage and maintain mutually supportive global ecumenical and mission partner relationships
  • Seek opportunities for theological, prophetic and missional engagement of CWM within the wider work and movements of the World Church
  • Provide strategic leadership and coordination of CWM’s activities through the General Secretariat 
  • Manage directly the time and work of the General Secretariat and indirectly that of all other staff
  • Manage and oversee the work of all members of staff to ensure the delivery of mandates from the Board
  • Oversee the proper management of finance, communication, administration and human resources to support these activities


Person Specifications


  • Experience working at senior level in a Christian institution, Not for Profit organisation or ecumenical organisation involving the management of people, financial and other material resources and projects
  • Involvement in world church and global ecumenical organizations
  • Experience in setting priorities and directing church mission programmes
  • Advocacy and representing one’s organisation to other bodies
  • Experience of working effectively outside one’s country of residence and with cultures and gender other than one’s own
  • Experience of business management and administration (Desirable)


  • Be able to demonstrate a high level of theological understanding, ideally with a post graduate level qualification
  • Broad understanding of the history of the world and missionary movement and the contemporary socio-economic, social and political issues affecting churches and mission and development organisations.
  • Qualifications and skills related to management or business administration (Desirable)


Skills & Competencies

  • Directing and empowering teams, committees and staff. Monitoring and evaluating progress
  • Setting directions with clear objectives and plans for action. An ability to plan strategically
  • Informing, consulting and negotiating
  • Adapting one’s leadership style to different circumstances, cultures, tasks and people
  • Analysing and solving problems in a creative and challenging style
  • Exceptional interpersonal and presentational communication skills, specifically being sensitive to other cultural values, beliefs and styles of working; proficiency in the English language; writing reports and reflections, clearly and simply; making presentations to large committees and small groups; excellent listening skills and behaviour which encourages other’s ideas
  • Financial acumen and understanding to know what financial systems are appropriate to ensure full accountability, especially given the legislative and charitable legal context; analyses financial data; proposes and evaluates financial policy; preparation and management of budgets
  • Organisational skills particularly in the management of one’s own time and priorities and the management of others
  • Ability to understand project feasibility and management
  • An ability to manage diversity and promote equal opportunities across all aspects of CWM, involving gender, race, values, status and other differences. Cultural sensitivity is essential
  • An ability to motivate others and build productive working relationships with senior and other staff colleagues, Board members and representatives of CWM member churches
  • Familiarity with office IT applications such as word processing, Internet and spreadsheets


Personal aptitudes

  • A commitment to CWM’s aims and principles of partnership and equal participation in mission, resource sharing, the empowerment of regional forums, churches, congregations and individuals, ecumenical cooperation
  • Commitment to working ecumenically
  • Be committed to one’s own continuing professional development and the knowledge and skills development of all staff, in order to ensure high quality standards of service, creativity and competence.


Additional requirements

  • Membership of a CWM Member Church
  • Ability to undertake fairly extensive international travel. 
  • Willingness to work unsociable hours and weekends. (Style and organisation of work within the senior staff team may reduce the amount of time spent away from the Secretariat).



Refreshed on: 14 September 2020
Closed date: 04 October 2020
Tags: Management