Hiring: Director of Church Engagement

Remote · Anywhere in U.S. · Full-Time · Senior Level (Reports to President)

*** Applications are now closed ***

About the Role

Founded by Richard J. Foster in 1988, Renovaré (Latin: to renew) advocates, resources, and models fullness of life with God. Its mission is simple: help people become more like Jesus. 

As a new and adaptive way of fulfilling this mission, Renovaré is launching the Formational Church Network to support and connect churches that wish to prioritize spiritual formation as the organizing principle of their congregational life. The Network aims to ground, engage, and unite congregations in spiritual renewal—understanding it and experiencing it—so that they can be a radiant embodiment of Jesus Christ in their communities. The Network will make existing Renovaré resources and experiences more accessible to groups and will create additional supports, like the Regional Cohort experience — a one-year program that brings representatives from local churches together for study, prayer, and conversation so they are empowered to spark renewal in their congregations.

Renovaré is seeking someone with vision and enthusiasm to orchestrate the launch and growth of the Formational Church Network and oversee the development of its offerings, including the Regional Cohort experience. The Director will shepherd the growing relationship between participating churches and Renovaré, and help to develop regional “hub cities” where Renovaré can concentrate resources and energy. This person will have a passion for connecting individuals to church homes where they can be formed in community, for connecting churches in supportive partnerships across denominational, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and for reconnecting today’s Church with practical means for abiding in and becoming like Jesus.


The Director of Church Engagement provides leadership to Renovaré’s emerging local/regional Churches in Renewal effort. Their primary responsibility is to foster a vibrant network of churches who are becoming formational communities. 

Essential Personal Qualities

  • A lover of Jesus
  • An apprentice of Jesus in Kingdom living
  • A person with a passion for his/her own inward transformation
  • A person of balance and wholeness, reflecting the Six Streams of the Christian faith
  • A person who practices the spiritual disciplines as habits of life
  • A person who is able to wait on the Lord and practice discernment
  • A person who highly values developing and maintaining ongoing relationships
  • A person with a tender heart
  • A person who notices and genuinely likes people
  • A person who listens well and is open to influence
  • A person who maintains confidentiality about people, problems, and projects
  • A person of humility who does not need adoration
  • A person willing and eager to receive both feedback and suggestions
  • A person who strives to build an open and vulnerable team
  • A person who relishes the development and empowerment of others
  • A person who can translate vision into reality
  • A person with a passion for engaging and uniting local churches across boundaries


  • Create and lead the implementation of initial and ongoing Churches in Renewal operating plans 
    • Identify desired outcomes, learning objectives, and milestones for Churches in Renewal cohorts and Formational Church Network launch
    • Manage and track progress to plan 
    • Adjust plan based on pilot results
    • Oversee documentation and reporting of Lilly Endowment grant requirements
  • Oversee the launch of “hub cities” where Renovaré will focus its in-person work
    • Plan and conduct exploratory networking and events in potential hub cities
    • Oversee selection of cities for Churches in Renewal cohorts
    • Recruit and select qualified churches for cohorts 
    • Foster ongoing partnership with affiliated churches in hub cities 
  • Collaborate with other Renovaré leaders and staff to develop the systems and offering to launch and support the Formational Church Network 
    • Provide field input on the needs and response of church leaders to Renovaré’s efforts
    • Guide development of an offering that helps communities become more formation-centric
    • Guide development of systems to encourage participation in the Formational Church Network
  • Build a team of staff, contractors, and volunteers
    • Design and evolve the organizational structure to support the Churches in Renewal efforts
    • Attract, develop, and retain the optimal mix of staff, contractors, and volunteers
  • Ongoing learning
    • Participate in regular professional development on best practices in leadership
    • Share insights with staff as appropriate
  • Participate fully in the spiritual and community life of the staff team
    • Actively participate in regular staff calls
    • Actively participate in annual staff retreat
    • Actively participate in annual Ministry Team retreat
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Professional Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in church-related ministry leadership, including direct staff and volunteer management 
  • Significant experience with ideas and practices of Christian spiritual formation
  • Strong servant leadership, management, and relational skills
  • Demonstrated intercultural competence
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others to achieve a common goal
  • Exemplary written and interpersonal communication skills with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Organized, systematic, and able to prioritize, schedule, and perform complex tasks with minimum supervision
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills
  • Familiarity with Renovaré strongly preferred
  • The capacity to travel up to 25% including some evening and weekend work
  • The ability to work diligently in a remote environment 

This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. The salary range is $80,000-$85,000. The deadline to submit applications is March 1.

Applications are now closed.