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World Council of Churches – General Secretary Role and Responsibilities
"The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord
Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures and therefore seek to
fulfill together their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy
Spirit." (WCC Constitution Article I)
WCC Purposes and Functions
"The World Council of Churches is constituted by the churches to serve the one
ecumenical movement. It incorporates the work of the world movements for Faith
and Order and Life and Work, the International Missionary Council, and the World
Council of Christian Education. The primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in
the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and
in one eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ,
through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order
that the world may believe." (WCC Constitution Article III)
Program Priorities (2013–2021)
In the WCC's 10th assembly (Busan 2013) formulated the Council´s program
priorities of the current period. The WCC is working within the framework of
programs, each of which builds on past work in these areas, under the over-arching
theme Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (Each program area includes on-going and
time-bound projects and activities):
1. Unity, Mission and Ecumenical Relations
2. Public Witness and Diakonia
3. Ecumenical Formation
In 2014, the central committee identified overall objectives of the Council’s
engagement in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, focusing on
· a life-affirming economy
· climate change
· just peace
· human rights
In 2018, the central committee adopted the WCC strategic plan for 2018-2021,
maintaining the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace as the strategic direction; and reaffirming
the five strategic objectives:
- Strengthening the fellowship
- Witnessing together
- Encouraging spirituality, reflection and ecumenical formation
- Building trust and understanding
- Inspiring and innovative communication
“The general secretary shall lead the work of the World Council of Churches and
shall speak on its behalf. The general secretary shall serve as the chief executive
officer of the Council, including final responsibility for the work of the Council and its
“The general secretary shall have the responsibility to interpret and promote the
strategic vision of the WCC consistent with its Basis and Purposes, the mandates of
the assemblies during which he/she serves, and in consultation with its governance
leadership and governing bodies. The general secretary will represent the WCC in its
strategic leadership role for the one ecumenical movement, interpreting the
programs of the WCC to the member churches, ecumenical partners, secular bodies
and governmental authorities, and the world at large.
Consistent with the Constitution and Rules of the World Council of Churches and
with Swiss law, the general secretary shall identify staff and consultants qualified and
mandated to develop and implement the WCC´s programs and objectives as
approved by the governing bodies, and oversee their work. Together with WCC staff
and consultants, the general secretary shall listen to, gather, analyze, interpret and
respond to the changing religious and cultural context, the changing ecclesial and
ecumenical context, the changing international and political context, and the
changing economic and social context as these affect the member churches, the
fellowship of churches and the ecumenical movement.”2
Currently, the WCC is engaged in a long-term development of its real property in
Geneva (the “Green Village” site development). The general secretary shall oversee
the development of this project and assure its feasibility – in cooperation with the
appropriate leadership of the central committee.
“The general secretary shall be accountable to the central committee for the
programs, policies and strategic direction of the Council, and will delegate to
competent qualified staff appropriate responsibilities and assure the effective,
efficient and transparent management of the human and financial resources of the
The general secretary shall be expected to be a gifted, skilled and experienced
Christian theologian; a leader with deep spiritual discernment alert to the `signs of
the times´, grounded in the Scriptures and prayer. He/she needs to be able to
articulate and communicate theological reflections to a wider audience. He/she shall
thereby strengthen the voice of the Council in international affairs, interreligious
dialogue, as well as in mission and evangelism.
“He/she will be an active lay or ordained member of a Christian community that is
one of the member churches of the WCC .
The general secretary will be expected to demonstrate
(a) deep knowledge and experience with the World Council of Churches,
(b) understanding of, respect and sensitivity for its various member churches and
(c) commitment to hold in balance the different historical streams of work of the
Council (Faith and Order, Mission and Evangelism, Education and Ecumenical
Formation, and Life and Work), and
(d) a clear commitment to the world-wide mission of the Church today.
He/she must have a breadth and depth of vision for the future of the WCC and the
ecumenical movement and must be able to articulate, orally and in writing, the
possibilities and promise of the ecumenical movement, and be deeply committed to
ecumenism and the purposes of the WCC. He/she will lead the development of the
WCC in ways consistent with the stated program priorities.
He/she must have knowledge of, and relationships with, other faith communities and
be committed to inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.
Among the most crucial administrative roles of the general secretary will be his/her
intentional cultivation of teamwork and respect within the staff of the WCC and
between and among the staff and the members of governing bodies, and of the
ethos of consensus. He/she shall listen to the staff and build consensus within the
team, seeking to encourage connections to be made between the various areas of
work. The general secretary shall encourage and nurture staff expertise,
commitment and dialogue, made manifest in a dedicated and spiritual community of
1. A nomination and recommendation must be received from the leadership of the
WCC member church of which the applicant is a member.
2. A post-graduate degree in theology, preferably a doctorate.
3. Normally fluent in English and at least one other WCC working language.
4. Knowledge of the WCC and demonstrated commitment to its aims as stated in
the WCC Constitution.
Term of Appointment and Appraisals
The normal term of appointment for the general secretary shall be five years, unless
some other period is stated in the resolution making the appointment.
Periodic appraisals, including self-appraisals of the general secretary shall be
conducted for the benefit of both the general secretary and the governing bodies, in
order to provide constructive feedback on his or her performance relative to stated
expectations and provide an opportunity to improve.
Retirement shall normally be at sixty-five for both men and women and in no event
shall it be later than the end of the year in which a staff member reaches the age of