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Director, National Church Relations

Location: , United States
Job ID: 15278
Date Posted: Jun 19, 2024

Job Description

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Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritans Purse, is seeking a National Director, Church Relations to join our ministry in Charlotte or Boone North Carolina. This person is a strategist on a national level that will lead and manage a team of four, high-level regional staff to grow our national church relationships.  The Director will focus on national church and denominational partnerships, megachurch partnerships as well as the retention of our current church partners.  Are you someone who has experience in building partnerships with national organizations or church denominations?  Are you relational with experience leading strong, influential teams?  Are you a networker who understands how to build a national strategy and cast a vision that sparks others to join in?  If this describes your passion and calling, we encourage you to respond.

A Day in the life of a National Director of Church Relations:

At Samaritans Purse, the Gospel really is the center of all we do!  We start each day with a time of devotions and spend time praying for each other, our staff and volunteers who serve around the globe. 

In the role of National Director of Church Relations, you will have the opportunity to:

  •        Maintain your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be an effective witness for Him
  •        Direct the national strategy for recruitment, retention, and growth in shoebox gifts and financial contributions from churches that participate each year as well as the strategy to engage like-minded prospective churches annually inviting their participation
  •         Manage and contribute to marketing the engagement of churches across the US including direct mail, email strategy, online engagement, event marketing, outbound call campaigns by staff and volunteers, and seasonal kickoff events
  •         Accountable  for the Operation Christmas Child Church Relations team to maintain, grow, and develop the current national partners of denominations and church networks as well as develop new strategic national church-related partnerships that increase project awareness and participation, generating shoebox gifts and financial contributions through such relationships
  •        Oversee the Operation Christmas Child Church Relations team to maintain, grow, and develop  megachurch partnerships as well as develop new like-minded megachurch participation from  prospects to increase project awareness and participation, generating shoebox gifts and financial contributions through such relationships
  •        Led the Church Relations team to represent and promote Samaritans Purse/Operation Christmas Child at select national conferences and events focused on audiences of pastors and church leaders. Travels to church-related conferences and events for quality assurance of optimizing paid sponsorships, affirming and holding accountable vendors to promotional strategies
  •        Partner with staff to further develop and deepen volunteer teams related to Church Relations. Led team to support field staff and volunteers with effective Church Relations training and equipping year-round Church Relations Volunteers to affirm, engage, and support  Operation Christmas Child Project Leaders
  •        Advise and provide guidance to church engagement and equipping strategy for Samaritans Purse Affiliate and Partner Ministry countries for the Operation Christmas Child project
  •        Serve as subject matter expert on the changing church culture in the US, advises senior leadership, and leads team in matters impacting OCC
  •        Direct the engagement of church-related Project Leaders and Project Leader workshops across the US and multiplied in other sending countries
  •         Lead the collaboration of church engagement with other Samaritans Purse departments Donor Ministries, Childrens Heart Project, Operation Heal Our Patriots, North American Ministries, etc.  Provides like-minded church partners proactively in times of disaster and crisis to other areas of Samaritans Purse.  Ensures church/donor satisfaction when multiple areas of Samaritans Purse engage participating local churches
  •        All other duties as assigned

Learn more about serving with Samaritans Purse. 

Qualifications & Experience:

  •        Masters degree (M.A.) with a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing or a related field with 10 years or more of related corporate relations and/or church engagement experience in a large public company and/or global nonprofit; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Twelve credit hours of college-level Biblical studies are strongly preferred
  •        Highly relational with strong communication and thorough presentation skills
  •        Strong ability to speak publicly and present in a professional way to the highest levels of an organization
  •        Significant national church and megachurch network with experience managing these relationships/partnerships at executive levels
  •        Experience developing and executing thorough marketing strategies through national partnerships, national conferences/events, and digital promotion (social media, podcasts, email, blogs, websites) to reach more than 1 million church contacts (pastors, church leaders) each year
  •        Proven ability to lead, develop, and hold a team, including remote staff, accountable for defined results
  •        Able to lead projects and initiatives involving others both on the Operation Christmas Child team and across Samaritans Purse
  •        General knowledge and experience in a volunteer-driven culture, ability to equip thousands of year-round volunteers for local church engagement
  •        Significant experience leading high-functioning teams to meet time-sensitive goals
  •        12 credit hours of college-level Biblical Studies (required); if not already completed, the opportunity to meet and complete the requirement is available upon hire

Job Location: Charlotte or Boone, North Carolina

Type:  Full-time

Language Requirement: Fluency in English (required)

Travel Expectations: 65-75 days/annually; required travel documents and vaccinations for entry into foreign countries will be necessary


  •        On-site Medical Clinic (staff and dependents)
  •        Medical, prescription, dental & vision insurance
  •        Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  •        Long-term and Short-term disability insurance
  •        Paid Family Medical Leave
  •        Term Life Insurance
  •        401(k) retirement savings plan
  •        10 paid holidays
  •        12 vacation/personal days
  •        10 sick days


Samaritan's Purse Mission Statement:

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Samaritan's Purse Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6.
  • We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15.
  • We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.  Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:89; Titus 3:4-7.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life.  John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment.  1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the church.  1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23.
  • We believe that the ministry of evangelism and discipleship a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ.  Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15.
  • We believe Gods plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.
  • We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism.  Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.
  • We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen. Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.
  • We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person biological male or female. These two distinct but complementary sexes together reflect the image and likeness of God. Rejection of ones biological sex is a rejection of Gods merciful design and creative order.  Genesis 1:26-27;1 Corinthians 6:9; Deuteronomy 22:5


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Location: , United States
Date Posted: Jun 19, 2024

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