Presbyter of Mission and Vision

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Presbytery of Westminster
  • Management / Executive
  • Consulting
  • Education: Teaching / Training
Full Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Executive (Dept. head, director)N/A2019-05-132019-06-01

The Presbyter for Mission and Vision (PMV) is responsible for faithful, innovative and transformational leadership within POW.  The PMV is not an "administrator" or a "Presbytery CEO."  Instead, the focus, efforts and results of the PMV will be tied to the mandate of the Strategic Planning Committee for the purpose of healthy, flourishing and vibrant congregations, specialized ministries and leaders.  The PMV will provide strategic executive & entrepreneurial leadership, oversight and communication to implement significant changes in POW’s activities & goals generally in accordance with the strategic plan of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and specifically with the six strategic priorities of POW:

  1. Engage in Biblical theological reflection and education that deepens understanding of and commitment to God, the church and its place in Christ’s ministry & mission
  2. Engage in evangelism, outreach and discipleship
  3. Embrace a missional culture that nurtures initiative and risk-taking
  4. Discern, prepare and support leaders – lay, youth, young adults and clergy – for faithful and fruitful ministry
  5. Create, encourage and support communities of faith
  6. Engage in healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples

The PMV’s duties will vary over the term of the appointment based on the present and future health of POW and its congregations & specialized ministries.  While the PMV’s duties cannot be fully articulated at present, the PMV will be responsible for reviewing and analyzing the present strength of POW and its congregations & specialized ministries, and will be responsible for recommending changes to each of those entities for better alignment with their priorities, goals and health of the bodies.  PMV will be expected, as part of the iterative review and analysis process for which the PMV is responsible, to be the main contact for all congregational visitations on behalf of POW.  PMV will provide leadership, assistance and guidance to congregations and specialized ministries wherever they find themselves on the “incline-recline-decline” spectrum of organizational life.  PMV will be expected to provide assistance (to the level related to giftedness and time constraints) with planting, implementing, renewing and legacy honouring the vision of congregations.  More specifically, the PMV will be primarily accountable for the implementation of POW’s adopted goals of the next three to five years, being:

  1. Starting at least 3 new worshipping communities within its bounds arising out of possible new configurations of existing ministries, which may include amalgamations or the re-purposing of existing ministries & their resources, and through the establishment of completely new initiatives
  2. Examining the health and vitality of every ministry within its bounds, with the express purpose of seeking to assist each ministry in identifying ways by which the Presbytery can offer support in achieving healthier, more vital outcomes.  This process will include a review of the vision, structure and resources of each ministry and will also encourage & equip leadership within the ministries to best serve the vision & desired outcomes
  3. Providing up to $200,000 each to Hummingbird Ministries and Camp Douglas to assist these ministries in achieving healthier and more vital outcomes
  4. Providing a number of immersive learning opportunities annually for all presbyters, congregational leadership and members

In each circumstance, the PMV is expected to bring together spiritual gifts, wisdom and knowledge gained from past experiences to creatively address these challenges and to perform all duties in the spirit of the shared missional purpose of POW.  The PMV will combine responsibility and authority with accountability.


Qualifications and Competencies 

The successful candidate will be able to clearly demonstrate having the following qualifications and competencies:


  • Fosters Christ-centred faith and spiritual wisdom, and approaches ministry joyfully and personably.
  • Has an aptitude for, as well as experience in, transition and change management.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with, and willingness to learn more about, the mission, purposes and challenges of congregational ministry in the Lower Mainland of BC and POW’s specialized ministries, Hummingbird Ministries (Indigenous Ministries) and Camp Douglas (Christian Camping).
  • Is willing to challenge POW, take risks and face failure to learn & change directions.
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and is able to work collaboratively and respectfully with others in exploring options to lead POW through a period of adaptive change.
  • Maintains compassion and trustworthiness in leadership; models open communication.
  • Possesses a personal and professional attitude of openness, pastoral sensitivity and respect for persons.
  • Is able to bring vision and imagination for faithful innovation.
  • Demonstrates skill for complex organizational leadership, with an eagerness to tackle hard issues and to engage challenging conversations (e.g. theological differences and relational conflict).
  • Enjoys and cultivates diversity; is able to encourage discussion of issues with openness, grace and respect for diverse opinions.
  • Seeks God's justice in all levels of human affairs and encourages the involvement of the church in mission & ministry.

We note, all else being equal, that POW will favour a candidate who is an ordained teaching or ruling elder within the PCC or one of another Reformed denomination.


  • Change Agent and Change Manager
  • Collaboration
  • Communicator
  • Flexibility / Nimbleness
  • Interpersonal Engagement
  • Organizational Agility
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Strategy and Vision
  • Willingness to Engage in Conflict
  • Bridge Builder


Accountability and Evaluation

The PMV will be accountable to POW through the Strategic Planning Committee.  That committee will initially conduct a review of performance at the six-month mark.  That performance conversation will be repeated in another six months and annually thereafter or as needed.



The PMV’s employment period will be for a period of up to five years.



The position will pay compensation commensurate with Category A of the Stipend Grid of the PCC.  The candidate will be enrolled in the pension and benefits programs of the PCC.  Study leave of two weeks a year will be provided and a travel allowance of $10,000 a year will be allocated for the candidate’s work.

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