Job Description: Merge Area Director to Alaska

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CHICAGO, IL (July 30, 2008) – Following is the job description for the new director position for the Merge Ministeries partnership with the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska.

Position: Merge Ministries Area Director to Alaska

Summary: Must work with Merge Ministries in leading groups of various kinds for ministry purposes to Alaska with an emphasis on Western Bush Alaska. Must apply as a short-term missionary with ECC.

Responsible to: Dale Lusk, Merge Ministries

•    Good communication skills (written and oral) and good interpersonal skills
•    At least 21 years of age
•    A bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required
•    Familiarity with the latest technology, especially in areas of Internet access, email and cell telephone communications
•    Good administrative and organizational skills
•    Some travel is required
•    Must have a good understanding of Alaskan and Native culture

Responsibilities: Organize mission trips for Covenant Mission Connection to various ministry sites within the Alaskan geographical area, including:

Before a mission trip:
•    Communication with the mission team leader concerning transportation and ministry options
•    Make transportation reservations for team upon arrival to ministry area
•    Organizing housing for team
•    Send photos of ministry site to team
•    Send training manuals to team
•    Answer all questions – secure needed information to answer questions
•    Train the team at their home church
•    Create mission trip schedule with team
•    Organize special cultural events for teams

During a mission trip:
•    Accompany team or send trained/qualified staff
•    Facilitate opening and closing meetings for team
•    Instruct teams about cultural sensitivity
•    Evaluate team ministries and provide input on how to improve

Working with host churches:
•    Facilitate ideas exchange with host pastors
•    Create mission trip schedule with host
•    Brainstorm with pastors what ministry ideas would be helpful for church and community
•    Work with host to organize food for teams
•    Help create relationship-building events for locals and teams
•    Maintain relationships with pastors and church leaders in area including visits, phone calls, emails
•    Develop and maintain relationships with community leaders in villages


•    Keep in communication with executive director concerning mission trip planning
•    Create and maintain training manuals for mission teams and hosts
•    Recruit staff as needed for mission trip; supervision and training for all staff
•    Supervise finances for mission trips; work with executive director to develop budget and fees for teams; report all expenses
•    Attend three annual staff meetings with all Merge staff
•    Assist other Merge area directors if needed during the year when not involved in own mission trips
•    Promote Merge at various events (for example Midwinter, conference annual meetings, CHIC)
•    Maintain assigned area on Merge website
•    Work on an assigned area improving Merge Ministries in general using gifts and experience
•    Communicate, coordinate, and involve Alaska Field Director in all decision-making and scheduling
•    Meet three times annually with executive director to discuss ministry and for relationship building

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