Transitional Executive Director

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. | Burlington, ON

Posted Date 1/13/2022

Transitional Executive Director – Christian Reformed Church of North America–Canada Corporation (CRCNA)

This executive search is conducted by Nelson/Kraft & Associates on behalf of Christian Reformed Church of North America–Canada Corporation (CRCNA).


The Christian Reformed Church of North America–Canada Corporation (CRCNA) is seeking a Transitional Executive Director who will communicate a clear and compelling vision that inspires ministry leaders and partners to advance the binational mission of the CRCNA in Canada.

The Transitional Executive Director should be pastoral, and demonstrate a strong, vibrant Christian faith marked by spiritual humility and moral integrity. They will be a skilled diplomat, with previous board governance experience, and a firm and confident leader with a passion to build meaningful relationships with Canadian and binational staff, pastors, classes and congregations. 

This is a two year appointment, with the possibility of extending it into a third year.


The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) is a diverse family of healthy congregations, assemblies and ministries expressing the good news of God's Kingdom that transforms lives and communities worldwide.

The mission of the CRCNA as people called by God is to:

  • Gather to praise God, listen to him and respond,
  • Nurture each other in faith and obedience to Christ.
  • Love and care for one another as God's people,
  • Commit ourselves to serve and to tell others about Jesus,
  • Pursue God's justice and peace in every area of our life.

The CRCNA includes just over one thousand congregations in both Canada and the USA. The CRCNA has 241 organized and emerging congregations across Canada with 79 Canadian staff.

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  • Serves as an effective partner with the CRCNA-Canada Board of Directors and the CRCNA in nurturing a culture that advances a shared mission for the Christian Reformed Church in Canada.
  • Ensures that each ministry agency and ministry partner is strategically and operationally aligned with the mission.
  • Prompts and mobilizes missional engagement in the Christian Reformed churches in Canada by imagining possibilities, promoting learning opportunities, sharing stories and best practices, and facilitating the use of resources for mutual learning.


  • Serves as an effective leader and partner in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a Canadian Ministry Plan, as approved by the CRCNA-Canada Board.
  • Ensures that the joint ministry planning system advances the priorities in the CRCNA Ministry Plan through the relevant ministry agencies and partners in Canada.
  • Ensures that the culture of ministry planning and integration is based on a cycle of strategic thinking, planning, innovation, and evaluation.
  • Ensures the fostering of relationships among Canadian staff, Canadian classes, and individual Christian Reformed churches.


  • Serves as an effective partner in the governance and oversight of the CRCNA-Canada.
  • Promotes a governance partnership between synod, the Council of Delegates, the CRCNA-Canada Board, and Canadian ministry boards.
  • Assists the CRCNA-Canada Board in fulfilling its fiduciary responsibilities and maintains compliance with governmental rules and regulations.
  • Expands board capacity, builds board leadership, and promotes best governance practices and continuous improvement.
  • Carries out board directives and communicates appropriate information to ministry leaders and partners.


  • Builds an organizational culture that promotes partnership, innovation, and accountability.
  • Brings administrative and ministry leaders, partners, and staff together to ensure consistent implementation of Joint Ministry Agreements approved by the CRCNA-Canada Board of Directors.
  • Operates an administrative and ministry leadership system that builds staff capacity, engagement, learning, satisfaction, and succession.
  • Oversees capital and operating budgets, ensuring that they achieve budget metrics and outcomes.

Communications & Community Affairs

  • Serves as the spokesperson for the CRCNA in Canada on matters of communication with the government and of public pronouncement.
  • Participates in local and national ecumenical activity and engages in national partnerships through bodies such as the Canadian Council of Churches, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and others.
  • Participates in classical and regional church meetings in Canada and consults with congregations, classes, and synodical deputies on matters dealing with church polity, Church Order interpretation, synodical decisions, and ecclesiastical procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CRCNA-Canada Board.


  • Exemplifies a strong, vibrant Christian faith marked by spiritual humility and moral integrity.
  • Is a member of the CRCNA or is willing to become a member.
  • Provides encouragement, support, and leadership to the staff and to the broader church across Canada.
  • Understands the life and polity of the CRCNA.
  • Possesses the ability to provide leadership within a multiagency and binational denomination.
  • Has the capacity to listen and learn.
  • Exhibits the ability to bridge diverse perspectives and to inspire trust.
  • Has executive presence.
  • Effectively stewards the authority of the position.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and wisdom in decision making.
  • Has compassion for people who are disenfranchised
  • Working with and/or service on a governing board.
  • Possessing administrative and organizational ability in working collaboratively with others.
  • Training and experience as a specialized transitional pastor an asset
  • Developing and implementing organizational strategy and ministry plans.
  • Leading significant organizational change in complex organizations.
  • Bringing people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together to achieve shared strategies, priorities, plans, and/or goals.
  • Developing people through coaching, mentoring, and learning programs.
  • Overseeing and integrating regulatory requirements into policies, processes, and joint agreements.


  • Master’s degree in divinity, theology, or a relevant discipline such as administration, education, leadership.
  • An MBA or master’s degree in a related discipline is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Christian Reformed denomination as a whole and its Canadian context with regard to its history, churches, ministry leaders, and partners.
  • Knowledge of the Church Order and competency in interpreting the same.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian regulatory framework for charitable organizations in Canada.
  • Ten years of ministry experience in church/parachurch organizations.

Location:  Burlington, ON

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022 or until a suitable applicant is determined

Start Date: March 15, 2022

 TO APPLY please send a PDF copy of your cover letter and resume to

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Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. is an executive search firm specializing in the recruitment of executive management and fundraising personnel in the charitable sector.  We work with a diverse group of not-for-profit organizations through the connection of colleagues in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

Nelson/Kraft & Associates Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  

Ministry Focus
Denominational Office
Employment Status
Full time

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