Church Mission Society seeks new leader

By ACNS staff
Posted Nov 28, 2011

[ACNS] The historic Anglican mission agency CMS (Church Mission Society) has appealed to its community to pray for the recruitment process for a new executive director following the appointment of the organization’s community leader, the Rev. Canon Tim Dakin, as bishop of the Church of England’s Diocese of Winchester.

Writing to CMS members, Martyn Snow, vice-chair of the trustees and chair of the appointment panel, said, “We have done our best as trustees to listen to all the feedback we have been given (and there has been lots of it – thank you!) and have now agreed a job description and person specification for someone who will be both community leader and executive director of CMS as an organization.

“I am therefore writing to ask for your continued prayers for the process.”

The closing date for applications is the end of December with interviews held in January and early February.

Snow sent supporters the following prayer:

“God of grace,
we thank you for CMS
and for all your faithful servants
whom you have called as leaders of this community.
Send your Holy Spirit
to guide and direct all who have responsibility
for the choice of a new leader.
Grant them discernment, vision and unity
and keep us all faithful in prayer;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The agency, founded in 1799, is looking for “an extraordinary individual” who is “a spiritually mature, committed Christian, passionate about mission and prayer, who can be a compelling role model for the evangelical ideals, ethos and values of CMS.” They must also be an “exceptional communicator of vision, inspiring faith and hope in others” with a strong track record of leading change in an influential, complex organization.

Other required qualities include being a team player “with proven leadership skills, able to lead, motivate and manage staff, partners and members, confident in relating to people at all levels”; having extensive experience of cross-cultural working; and having “a highly developed understanding of missiology.”

The job profile can be downloaded here.