The Northern Plains District (NPD) of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) is seeking its next district superintendent (DS). This is a rare opportunity for an energized, inspirational leader to build on a healthy foundation, and to work with a region of pastors and leaders to make a transformational Kingdom impact.
After 11 years of faithful service, NPD Superintendent Daryl Thompson is retiring in the spring of 2020. He will depart with the appreciation of a grateful district. It is important for the incoming DS to understand and appreciate the dichotomy that exists within the district between the needs of smaller, rural churches and churches located in larger communities with access to more resources. Creating a sense of community, connection and value for all congregations within the district will be an important priority for the incoming DS.
Understanding the stories of the pastors and their congregations will be vital. NPD pastors will appreciate a DS who knows them, cares about them and steps up to do the hard work of getting involved in difficult church situations when needed. They desire a DS who will proactively reach out with help, resources and prayer. The NPD is looking for a clear, shared vision for its purpose—one that all churches can understand and support. The NPD has been relatively stable over the years, but many pastors and church leaders express a desire to see existing churches multiply and new churches planted. There are many communities within the NPD that do not have an evangelical church presence, so the potential is real.
The NPD consists of 35 churches in North Dakota, eastern Montana, northwestern Minnesota and northern South Dakota. Two-thirds of the NPD churches are located in the eastern one-third of the district near to the larger population centers, and one-third of the churches are located in the western two-thirds of the district. The NPD is governed by a seven-member district board, and the DS will report to, and work effectively alongside, this group.
The ideal candidate will be a relational servant-leader who steps to the forefront to cast a refreshed vision for disciple-making, ministry multiplication, and the untapped Kingdom potential that exists in the NPD. As someone who leads by example, the incoming DS will trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit as he prayerfully guides, challenges and supports others. The right person will be an outgoing leader who expresses a wise, mature leadership presence that inspires confidence from others. The NPD pastors and lay leaders are looking for their next DS to be someone who will build relational connections, clearly articulate the vision and value proposition, and create an environment that promotes kingdom advancing initiatives. The NPD is ripe with opportunity to innovate and expand on many good things that are already happening. With the right person in place, the future is bright with possibilities.
The candidate should possess a clear understanding and support for the theology, doctrines and ethos of the EFCA; be ordained, or willing to be ordained, in the EFCA; hold a Master of Divinity, or related degree (this preferred but is not required); strong demonstration of relational and influencing skills; be organizationally adept; highly relational and gain energy from time with people; proven ability to mobilize both pastoral and lay leadership; adaptable and able to relate easily in a variety of contexts; open to frequent travel and a high degree of time on the road; enjoy the outdoors and winter.
Please see the full Opportunity Profile for more details on the specifics of the role.
How to apply
To request the Opportunity Profile or to discuss your interest in the role, or to submit your resume for consideration, please contact Kara Bubar, Search Associate at NL Moore & Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-200-7983.