National Council of Churches begins search
for top executive leadership position


Washington, June 5, 2013 The National Council of Churches is seeking candidates for General Secretary/President, the top staff leadership position in the 63-year-old ecumenical organization.


The newly designated position, formerly general secretary, has emerged from a year-long transitional process conducted by the NCC Governing Board under the leadership of President Kathryn Lohre and Transitional General Secretary Peg Birk.


Under the new configuration, the president of the NCC will become chair of the Governing Board.


The deadline for applications for the position of General Secretary/President is August 31. Applications should be sent to Alisa Lewis, director of human resources, United Church of Christ, at, or at 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.


The General Secretary/President serves as the executive leader of the NCC, with overall responsibility for personnel, deploying resources to achieve the priorities of the NCC, organizational and board development, fund-raising, vision-setting, long-range planning, financial management, external relationships and thought leadership.


Additional information about the position can be found at and


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 40 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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