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Changes on the horizon

At the end of July NZCMS Council approved a part-time position to come alongside the full-time role of Personnel Director. This is to enable NZCMS to continue offering our Mission Partners good support on the Personnel side of things. Over the last few years both the breadth of the Personnel Director role has increased as the number of Mission Partners (long-term and short-term) has increased. At the same time, the depth of the PD role has also increased due to extra responsibilities stemming from changes and improvements.

As Maureen has been assisting me in Personnel for almost a year, we asked her if she would like to consider applying for the part-time role. She felt that this was not the right timing for her and Gerald for such a commitment. She will however continue to remain connected in a volunteer capacity, the details of which have still to be worked through.

At the same time, over the last few months, I've been thinking about my future and have decided I would like to move into the area of Counselling. I am planning to do a Bachelors of Counselling at Laidlaw or Vision College starting in February 2017. After discussing things with Steve it was agreed that I will move into the part-time Personnel role and we will search for someone to fill the full-time position. I'm excited about this as it allows me to pursue further training while remaining connected with our Mission Partners. I see it as also being advantageous to NZCMS as I will be able to support the person who moves into the full-time role. The plan is to divide the current job by spreading the Mission Partners between us, with each of us being responsible for a certain number of Partners. How this will be done will depend largely on the experience of the person moving into the full-time position.

We began advertising this position on September 30 and applications will close on October 30. Our plan is to interview in mid-November and for the person to be in place by mid-January to allow for a full handover. I find it hard to believe that I will have been in this role for five years by then!

While change is always unsettling we will endeavour to make this transition as smooth as possible and I'm sure the person who God has ready to move into this role will bring a wealth of experience that will enhance our current care and support of our Mission Partners. And of course Steve and I will still be around!

I’ve enjoyed journeying with our Mission Partners over these past few years. As I've supported them in different ways I've also been inspired by them and how God is using them in so many varied contexts around the world. I look forward to continuing to work alongside them through the part-time role.

Details about the Personnel Director job can be found by clicking here.