Ministry Advancement Officer
Every Generation Ministries
Founded in 1993, Every Generation Ministries’ mission is transforming children in Christ through His Church. Jesus makes it clear in His Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 that helping children experience His life-transforming gospel is the solution to their spiritual poverty. Further, in that same Great Commission, He makes it clear that transformation in Christ Jesus is the job of the Church. The mission and vision statement of Every Generation Ministries reflects this dual message.
Its vision is to establish National Ministry Teams that are governed, staffed and fully funded by the local Christian community in the 38 countries where over 75% of the world’s children live. These NMTs will provide innovative leadership development training programs and culturally relevant Bible teaching resources to thousands of Model Children’s Workers (MCW) serving in local churches, so that these children will truly experience transformation in Christ through His Church. This vision will be accomplished when every church in the world is equipped to make disciples of the boys and girls in their communities.
After serving for ten years as a children’s worker in two large Southern California churches, EGM founder Daniel Watts moved with his family to Poland and established their first national ministry team there. Over the course of the next four years, a strong, national Board of Directors was developed to oversee and govern the ministry and, in 1997, a Polish Director was appointed to replace Daniel. Two short years later, ministries were established in Belarus and Hungary as well.
With a great track record in Eastern Europe, churches in Latin America and the Middle East began asking EGM to come help them in their work with children. EGM further expanded its work into six more countries and continued to expand across Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2009, the Titus Project was launched to develop truly indigenous ministries and a period of ministry fruitfulness ensued. Then, in response to God’s call to Africa, EGM launched work in Uganda and DRC in 2014.
EGM is governed and led by a diverse Board of Directors comprised of gifted and highly committed individuals. The US offices are located in Temecula, CA with thirteen full-time staff and another five full-time regional staff located in Romania, Ukraine, Uganda, Egypt and Latin America. There is currently a five-person management team and their revenues in FY2015 were approximately $1.5 million, being pretty consistent over the past three years, and up from $1.1 million in FY2011.
OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES
Every Generation Ministries is known among its supporters for loving children, life-changing children’s ministry, working through national leadership, and being excellent stewards of God’s resources. The present condition of the organization is “healthy and excited about the future” and the staff culture can best be described as highly relational and professional, where “people are more important than work.” There is a tremendous passion for children and children’s workers. There are also high expectations, but it is very much a supportive and team-oriented environment.
The current donor base is both passionate and loyal. Major donors feel like “friends of the ministry” and never feel as though they are “being sold.” This is a great foundation on which to build. But…the size of the donor base has been fairly stagnant over the past 5-10 years, and is probably already giving up to its potential. The fact is that EGM needs more material and human resources to pursue the vision God has given them. Believing that resource recruitment is a function of leadership, they need more innovative leaders to communicate the vision and the effectiveness of the work in order to be used of God to release new resources to the ministry. The use of online marketing and giving is not being maximized and needs to be developed, and both the “story” and “stories” of EGM need to be told in new places and in new ways.
The new Ministry Advancement Officer will also be responsible for overseeing the Titus Project, a recent 5-year initiative to move more national teams to become operationally funded from their own Christian communities. This involves a twenty-module course that is taught and implemented over three years based around the principles of leadership, spiritual growth and self-funding models.
Currently, EGM has just over 500 donors who have given at least one gift in the past 12 months, and the average gift is approximately $87. Major donors – defined as those who have given over $5000 annually in either of the past two years – number just over 40, and there are just under 40 churches who regularly give to the ministry (totaling about $250,000 a year). Foundation giving in the past two years is just under $1 million.
The ideal candidate is a committed Christian who has the right combination of team leadership, fundraising, and pastoral or missions experience. They must have a heart for ministry and, more specifically, understand the value of ministry to children and to those who work with children around the world. Terms like entrepreneurial, self-starter, storyteller, communicator, high integrity, living with a Godly conviction, coachable, relational, tech savvy, creative marketer and professional could be used to describe this person, and he/she must show a balance between being visionary and having management skills. He/she must also be able to reach one generation down and relate to one generation up.
The ideal candidate may currently be serving as an innovative children’s pastor at a growing and dynamic church, or maybe they’ve been a successful church planter, or they’re involved in relationship building or management at another ministry organization, or perhaps he/she is an entrepreneur from the business world with a relational sales background and a demonstrated heart for missions. Whatever their background or experience, this is an opportunity to use their talents, gifts and passion to help transform children in Christ through His church around the world.
Title: Ministry Advancement Officer
Location: Temecula, CA
Position Type: Full-time, exempt
Role Summary: The Ministry Advancement Officer (MAO) is responsible for the funding/resource needs of Every Generation Ministries. These responsibilities include developing a growing number of ministry partnerships between churches, foundations and individuals in the U.S. and EGM. He/she will  clearly communicate vision, goals and resource needs to churches, individuals and foundations;  establish and oversee the fund development ministry, including events, direct mail, planned giving, Internet communication, grant writing, major donor development, church partnerships and the Ministry Advancement Team; and  work with EGM’s international ministry staff to ensure that each National Ministry Team is operationally funded from their own Christian community. The MAO will participate as a member of the EGM-US management team, serving as the primary voice of EGM’s donor community in developing vision and strategic goals.
Direct Reports: Three  – Mobilization & Technology Director, Communications Coordinator, Ministry Advancement Administrator
Role & Responsibilities:
- Serve as a member of the EGM-US management team, providing overall direction and ministry management.
- Create, develop, lead, and manage a spiritually-minded ministry advancement team.
- Work with the team to create and implement a comprehensive fund development plan to ensure that financial resources are developed for the ministry.
- Work with the Mobilization & Technology Director to engage individuals and church teams in short-term ministry service with EGM.
- Assist national ministry teams in developing and implementing fund development plans within their own cultures. This will include traveling, training, coaching, and mentoring national fund development staff and boards of directors.
- Lead the development of an annual case statement.
- Oversee the implementation of an annual fund development plan, including quarterly and annual goals/objectives. Elements of this plan include major donors, direct mail, foundations, planned giving, Internet communications/giving, etc.
- Discover and develop venues, programs, and other means through which the EGM vision, accomplishments, and needs can be communicated to potential supporters.
- Cultivate partner relationships with churches that result in strategic outcome meetings with missions committees, speaking opportunities for the President/Integrator, and short-term ministry teams to serve with national ministry teams.
- Work with the Administration and Finance Steward to oversee financial and administrative processes related to the resource development ministry.
- Work with the President/Integrator and EGM Board of Directors to develop a U.S. team of workers that participates in the fund development ministry in the U.S. and around the world.
Education & Qualifications:
- Theological education, University education or equivalent experience.
- All of the general qualifications found in the EGM Policy Manual.
- Agreement with EGM’s mission, values, and philosophy of ministry.
- Agreement with and adherence to EGM’s Code of Conduct & Statement of Faith.
- Ability to communicate (verbal and written) the EGM vision and ministry passion to new people.
- Proven ability to be used by God to recruit financial resources to support His work.
- Willing and able to personally raise the initial financial resources to build a fund development ministry team.
- Familiarity with Fund Development best practices in a Christian, nonprofit context.
- Self-motivated, organized and able to develop and implement a written fundraising plan.
- Leadership skills commensurate with the development and management of a fund development team.
- Willingness to travel (~50 days per year total)
- Salary range: Competitive and negotiable based on experience.
- Benefits package: Group medical insurance for employee and family (EGM sponsors up to $1350 per month); Dental and Vision available on a group plan, but 100% paid by employee; Retirement Plan – EGM will match employee payroll deductions, up to 3% of income.
- Vacation: Two (2) weeks (years 1 and 2), 3 weeks (years 3 and 4), 4 weeks (year 5 and up).
- Relocation: Reasonable relocation expenses will be covered.
- Other: Twelve (12) paid holidays.
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