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Assistant Director, Church Relations

Location: Boone, NC, United States
Job ID: 13355
Date Posted: May 31, 2022

Job Description

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Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, is seeking an Assistant Director, Church Relations to join our ministry! 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 Assistant 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.

Please include resume and cover letter.

Operation Christmas Child is a dynamic, fast-paced ministry of Samaritan's Purse that transforms the lives of children and families around the world through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We praise God for his provision of growth in the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child and the goal is to continue to take the ministry to the next level by retaining current partners and growing the scope and reach across the country.

**This position requires frequent travel, approximately 70-80 days annually

A day in the life of a Assistant Director, Church Relations:

At Samaritan’s 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 Assistant Director, Church Relations you will have the opportunity to:

  • Maintain your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be an effective witness for Him
  • Lead and hold accountable the Operation Christmas Child Church Relations team to maintain, grow, and develop current national partners as well as foster new strategic national church and denominational relations partnerships that increase project awareness and participation, generating shoebox gifts and financial contributions through such relationships
  • Lead team to support field staff and volunteers with effective church relations training and equipping for thousands of year-round Church Relations Volunteers
  • Lead and hold accountable the Operation Christmas Child megachurch engagement team to maintain, grow, and develop current megachurches partnerships as well as foster new strategic megachurch partnerships that increase project awareness and participation, generating shoebox gifts and financial contributions through such relationships
  • Lead the retention and growth in shoeboxes and financial contributions of churches that participate in OCC annually
  • Lead the development of greater number of and deepening of Operation Christmas Child national church or church-related promotional partnerships that generate shoebox gifts and Gospel opportunities as well as local opportunities for volunteers to support such relationships
  • Lead staff to further develop and deepen volunteer teams related to church relations. Lead team to support field staff and volunteers with effective church relations training and equipping year-round Church Relations Volunteers to engage past-participating and prospective church partners
  • Lead staff to further develop and deepen volunteer teams to engage, equip, and support Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child Project Leaders
  • Lead the annual hiring, training, and management of associates and/or staff who engage churches via phone calls and email where there is no local coverage of Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child year-round Church Relations Volunteers
  • Lead the collaboration of church engagement with other Samaritan’s Purse departments
  • Lead the Church Relations and megachurch engagement teams to represent and promote Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child at appropriate national conferences and events focused on audiences of pastors and church leaders
  • Travel to church-related conferences and events to represent and promote Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child and for quality assurance of optimizing paid sponsorships, affirming and holding accountable vendors to advertising opportunity
  • All other duties as assigned

Check out more about serving with Samaritan’s Purse.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and/or 7-10 years’ related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Twelve hours of Biblical studies from an accredited institution required, Master of Divinity strongly preferred
  • Highly relational with experience managing high-level/national relationships
  • Strategic thinker with a marketing and network development mindset
  • Proven ability to lead and develop others
  • Able to lead projects and initiatives involving others both on the Operation Christmas Child team and across Samaritan’s Purse
  • Established national church network and/or able to develop them
  • Prior experience working with megachurches

Job Location: Boone, NC (No remote option)

Type:  Full-time

Language Requirement: Fluency in English (required)

Travel Expectations: 70-80 days annually


  • 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 2:8-9; 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 is 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 God’s 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, and 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)

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Location: Boone, NC, United States
Date Posted: May 31, 2022

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