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While Wycliffe is well known in some circles, there are others where it is not yet known and the task of Bible translation has been assumed to have been completed many years ago. We love to introduce churches and individuals to the unfinished task and see fruit grow from these relationships.
The Director for Church Engagement is responsible for enabling an increasing number of people and churches in UK and Ireland to participate in making God’s word available to all people. This is achieved through leading a team of employees, members and volunteers (currently 17 people, about 9 full time equivalents, based across the UK), and through collaboration with other staff teams.
The primary areas of focus are:
To identify people, including students, willing to train for long-term service overseas in a wide range of translation and support roles.
To identify people with professional skills willing to leave existing careers in order to serve the Bible translation movement overseas, especially in management and leadership roles, either on a short-term or long-term basis.
To identify people willing to volunteer on our staff team in a variety of support roles.
To identify churches willing to pray for, and to financially enable, Bible translation programmes around the world.
To identify large numbers of people willing to act as advocates for Wycliffe, training them and building a team able to significantly expand the work of the Church Engagement team.
This is a challenging task, but one which is crucial for Wycliffe’s future effectiveness. It involves large amounts of one-to-one contact with individuals; speaking at student Christian Unions, at workplace Christian fellowships, and churches; raising the profile of Bible translation need, and opportunities to serve, at large Christian events and conferences; running overseas vision trips (and more) for church leaders and potential applicants; and building a large team of volunteers who can do these things thereby enlarging our capacity to do these things.
The Supporter Engagement team offer tailored support to the Church Engagement team to enable the above, including a printed resources, videos and a growing social media profile. The Church Engagement team are likewise ready to support the Supporter Engagements team’s awareness-raising and fundraising campaigns. Similarly the People team are available to support enquiries from people investigating serving with us, the running of overseas visits and programmes, and volunteer management. The role therefore requires working collaboratively across the wider staff team, so that together we can make significant progress in this area.
Alongside this, the Director for Church Engagement contributes significantly to the corporate leadership of Wycliffe as a member of the senior Leadership Team.
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Based at the High Wycombe office a minimum of two days per week with extensive UK travel and occasional international travel.
1. Raise the public profile of Wycliffe and increase awareness of and engagement with Bible translation work among churches and Christians.
Strategically manage the Church Engagement Team, prioritising resources in line with Wycliffe’s plans and wider vision.
Develop and implement strategies, events, training, and, in partnership with the Supporter Engagement team, materials through which engagement with churches and individuals can be generated, sustained or grown.
Effectively lead and significantly grow the volunteer programme in the Church Engagement Team to strategically develop Wycliffe’s presence in churches.
Supervise the department’s team leaders and ensure the Team’s activities are carried out in line with the charity’s vision and principles;
Prioritise prayer and undertake research on how best to reach the team’s objectives.
Liaise closely with other directors to ensure that the department’s activities are aligned with objectives across the organisation. Play a full part in regular Leadership Team meetings.
2. Develop strategies and partnerships through which to make inroads for the future.
Develop relationships with key individuals, churches and denominations.
Develop relationships with existing churches and partners.
Network with other mission agencies and work together in areas of mutual interest.
3. Oversight of Wycliffe Discover, Explore, Experience and Reboot events, and the development of future awareness-raising strategies.
Provide leadership and direction on the team’s events
Look for opportunities to hold events in partnership with churches or like-minded mission agencies.
Facilitate the planning and organisation of events, making use of other team members and the wider Wycliffe staff.
Lead tracks and sessions at events.
4. General Church Engagement activities
Represent Wycliffe at strategic Christian conferences and engage with their planning and leadership groups.
Support awareness raising efforts of Wycliffe members and staff, promoting best practice.
Ensure all enquiries and personal contacts responded to, and that enquirers are supported and helped to see what their next step with Wycliffe could be.
5. Personal development and spiritual growth
With the demands of this role, be intentional on maintaining spiritual health – remaining rooted in your home church and small group.
Take opportunities for continuing professional development.
This role requires someone motivated by their Christian faith with a deep personal concern for world mission to serve in this unique role with Wycliffe, bringing clarity, influence, passion and a collaborative style to leadership.
Humble and inspirational approach to leadership
Proven experience in building collaborative relationships and leading teams
Excellent interpersonal and relational skills with evidence of building trust and confidence
Advanced strategic planning and project management skills
Ability to engage, influence and lead the development of a wide range of stakeholder relationships positively at all levels internally and externally
Deep, personal concern for world mission, the Bible and prayer, and a strong commitment to Wycliffe’s vision and purpose
Willingness to undertake preaching engagements across a broad range of evangelical churches and denominations.
Proven ability to achieve results
Strategic thinking leading to innovative solutions for complex contexts
Ability to coach and mentor in ways that are both supportive and challenging
Vision and passion for continuous improvement
Resilience when working under pressure
Emotional intelligence; excellent self-awareness and the ability to read others
Cross-cultural awareness with the ability to see things from a different perspective and manage own attitudes and reactions
Flexible to meet demands of the role, including work outside normal working hours and international travel as required
Highly motivated self-starter, able to handle a range of priorities professionally
A committed Christian with a Christ-centred approach, a deep personal relationship with God, a commitment to God’s church