Transition of BICWM executive director
Mechanicsburg, Pa. (February 26, 2014)—Alan Robinson, national director of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S., recently announced that Chris Sharp’s term as executive director of Brethren in Christ World Missions will conclude at the end of her current contract on July 31, 2014. Robinson states that this decision followed a period of prayerful reflection in recent months and explains that, following the General Conference 2012 call for organizational and structural change, one of his tasks as the newly appointed national director is to help facilitate and lead an ongoing conversation across the Church concerning changes to enhance and advance our shared ministry.
Regarding Sharp’s service as BICWM executive director, Robinson shares that “Chris has provided leadership to BICWM for the last six years and many significant achievements and advancements have occurred during her leadership. The Church is grateful for these important accomplishments and thanks Chris for the leadership she has provided for the global team.”
Along with Jonathan Lloyd, director of finance and human resources for the BIC U.S., Robinson and Sharp will work together to anticipate and plan for the many transition questions that will arise, with a commitment to as smooth a transition as possible.
Robinson states that there is no plan to discontinue the role of executive director, and that in the coming months he will work with Lloyd to bring together a group of qualified individuals who can help to work through questions of structure and staffing and make decisions for the future. This conversation will involve global workers, regional administrators, Leadership Council members, and others who can be helpful. “I do not want to rush this critically important conversation and we will not fill the position until we feel we have a good sense of future direction,” says Robinson.
In affirming the ministry of Brethren in Christ World Missions, he says “We continue to be excited about the opportunities for BICWM that are before us, and our collective goal is for this global ministry of the Church to continue to move forward.” Robinson elaborates, “As a church family we remain committed to representing and re-presenting Jesus both in local congregations within the United States, and in congregations and missions around the world. God has done great things in and through the Brethren in Christ family and we continue to pray and work for his honor and glory. Together we are part of a world-wide community of people who know, love, and follow Jesus and are committed to furthering the kingdom of God in this world.”