Denver Seminary — Executive Director, The Gospel Initiative

Our Mission

Denver Seminary prepares men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life‐changing truth of Scripture.

Through our educational programs and mentoring process the seminary challenges students to grow spiritually, intellectually, and professionally in order to lead God’s people in the accomplishment of His mission in the world.

The Opportunity

Denver Seminary is seeking a remarkable leader to step into the position of Executive Director of The Gospel Initiative.

Join in and learn about President Mark Young’s vision of The Gospel Intiative:
https://vimeo.com/user30700671/review/360898453/1432a2360b

The Gospel Initiative

The purpose of “The Gospel Initiative” (TGI) at Denver Seminary is to support the Church’s mission of creating a compelling and credible gospel presence in contemporary society. Recognizing the Church must address difficult and controversial issues (e.g., sexuality, racism, partisan politics, immigration, science and faith, environment, poverty, gun violence, social alienation and loneliness, etc.) in a way that expresses our commitment to the gospel, TGI aims to be a resource, research institute, and training center that helps the Church live into its mission. TGI will be academically grounded and focused on the needs of ministry practitioners. It will fulfill its purpose through the following activities.

  • Researching how the Church’s engagement in society affects the way people hear, understand, and respond to the gospel.
  • Developing training to help students, churches, and ministries engage cultural trends and social issues in ways that help create a more compelling gospel presence and credible gospel witness in their communities.
  • Executing a broad and creative communications strategy to disseminate research, training, and resources to the local, regional, and national audiences.
  • Working closely with faculty to develop resources and training for Denver Seminary faculty to incorporate the goals of TGI into courses and academic programs.
  • Convening and supporting “innovation hubs” of practitioners engaged in evangelism and church‐planting.

Position Summary

General Statement of Duties:
Reporting to the President, the Executive Director has the unique role of setting the direction, establishing strategies, and overseeing the activities of The Gospel Initiative. The successful candidate will be a thought‐leader in the area of cultural exegesis and evangelism. He or she must have a passion to help the Church create a credible gospel presence and witness as it engages the difficult issues of our day.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. In consultation with the President, set the direction and create strategies to accomplish the purpose of TGI.
  2. Oversee all TGI staff, operations, programs, activities, and research.
  3. Develop and oversee a robust research program to assess how the gospel is heard and understood in the broader society and generationally in the Church.
  4. Develop learning experiences (conferences, workshops, webinars) to help participants learn how to address these issues with a focus on the gospel.
  5. Develop and publish learning resources in conjunction with and in addition to the learning experiences described above.
  6. Work closely with the faculty to develop resources and training for Denver Seminary faculty to incorporate the goals of TGI into courses and academic programs.
  7. Create and oversee “innovation hubs” for practitioners in evangelism and church‐ planting ministries to share and create new approaches to developing a compelling and credible gospel presence.
  8. Work closely with faculty and the Student Life and Enrollment Management department to recruit and retain cohorts of students in Denver Seminary programs who are pursuing ministries in evangelism and church‐planting.
  9. Develop and execute a sustainable business model for TGI including the development of revenue streams through activities, events, and resources of TGI.

OUTCOMES

  • Denver Seminary’s brand as a school focused on the gospel and willing to engage the difficult issues and concerns of our day for the sake of the gospel will be strengthened.
  • Churches and ministries will seek out Denver Seminary as resource and partner to help them create a more compelling and credible gospel presence in their communities.
  • Working with faculty, new programs, classes, and cohorts of students with a focus on evangelism and church‐planting will be established.

Education/Training/Skills

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent experience in relevant field
  • Ministry experience in outreach, evangelism, and church‐planting
  • Recognized influencer and thought‐leader

Contact Information
Please send a cover letter and CV to wendi.gowing@denverseminary.edu to apply for this position.

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