June 18, 2020

EMM seeks collaborative, mission-hearted change leader to be next president

Written by  EMM Communications

SALUNGA, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) is searching for a collaborative, mission-hearted change leader to be its next president. This person will be spiritually passionate about living a life that is being transformed by Christ.

The president will serve as a collaborative leader who can work with teams and a broad constituency. The EMM presidential search team will be receiving applications through July 31, with a goal of recommending a candidate to the EMM Board by November.

“Global realities are everchanging and present new challenges for mission. However, the gospel and missional mandate of Christ both remain, and reveal a world ripe for harvest,” said Board Chair Brian Martin. “In these exciting times, we are seeking a mission-hearted president, deeply committed to Christ, who loves the church, EMM, and the Anabaptist perspective.”

This position offers an exciting opportunity to an executive who can collaboratively develop new mission models in light of changing constituent trends and donor patterns. Serving as EMM’s ninth president, this person will help to lead the centenarian organization into a new chapter. Gerald “Gerry” H. Keener will be concluding his service as EMM’s current president in early 2021.

The president serves as the chief executive officer for the Board and the administrative officer for the staff and its program. He or she directs the administrative functions and leads in the collaboration of EMM and partnering churches in advancing God’s mission around the world.

EMM is an Anabaptist mission agency supported primarily by the congregations of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches. Other churches, conferences, and agencies in North America also participate in the mission, including Good News Fellowship and two Mennonite Church USA conferences: Atlantic Coast Conference and New York Mennonite Conference.

The presidential search team includes the following EMM Board members:
— Lyn Carlson, Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA
— Joe Garber, LMC
— Brian Martin, LMC (chair)
— Akeia Haddox-Rossiter, LMC
— Lisa Zimmerman, independent Mennonite church

The search team also includes the following members from outside the Board:
— Jon Byler, LMC
— Tom Eshleman, LMC global delegate
— Glenn Kauffman, LMC bishop
— Amos Stoltzfus, Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations

“The work of the search committee is characterized by a deep appreciation for what God has done through EMM historically and by a desire to make way for His future mission,” said Lisa Zimmerman. “A survey for EMM workers and board members to articulate the challenges and priorities of EMM resulted in helpful feedback for the search committee. We trust God's leading to identify the next person to fill this role.”

Among a number of qualifications, the president should have 5 or more years of experience in cross-cultural missions, competency in intercultural communication, and an advanced degree, preferably in a missiological field.

This person should be a member in good standing or committed to becoming a member of an LMC congregation. He or she must hold or be approved to hold LMC ministerial credentials.

Comments, questions, nominations, or interested applicants may contact Brian Martin, chair of the EMM Board of Directors, or send correspondence to:

Presidential Search Team
Eastern Mennonite Missions
53 W Brandt Blvd, PO Box 458
Salunga, PA 17538-0458

Learn more about this exciting opportunity at emm.org/presidentialsearch.

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