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NCC announces search for
'transitional general secretary'

New York, February 29, 2012 -- The National Council of Churches is searching for a leader skilled in "change management, organizational transformation, and funds development" to serve as its "transitional general secretary" for 18 months during the council's planned restructuring.


The Search Committee is chaired by the Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Review of applicants will begin immediately with the aim of presenting a candidate to the NCC's Governing Board in May, according to the job posting. (See )


Clare J. Chapman has been serving as the council's interim general secretary since the departure on Dec. 31 of General Secretary Michael Kinnamon for health reasons.


The announcement of the search for a transitional general secretary coincides with the formation during the NCC Executive Committee meeting February 23-24 of a task force “to re-envision and restructure” the Council. This Task Force will facilitate a coordinated effort among NCC leaders, Governing Board members, and staff to provide clarity of mission, and to develop and implement an organizational structure that is better suited to the unique challenges of today's ecumenical landscape.


"This re-envisioning process is already marked by significant ownership of the Governing Board and staff,” said NCC President Kathryn M. Lohre. “Together we are committed to streamlining the Council while retaining our historic commitment to responding to Christ's call to visible unity with peace and justice.”


The transitional general secretary will be expected to work with board and staff to transform the NCC mission and oversee funds development. "Special skills in addressing institutional racism and working with diverse constituencies are required," Lohre said.


Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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