Baptist World Alliance Begins Global Search for Aid Director

The Next Phase of Growth in the 100-Year History of Baptist World Aid
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(FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – July 24, 2020)

As Baptist World Aid (BWAid) celebrates its 100th year of ministry, the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) announces a global search for the next Director of Baptist World Aid. This Director will provide leadership to the core BWA ministry area of aid, relief, and community development in order to fulfill the mission of the BWA: “Networking the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ.”

“In 2020, BWAid celebrates the centennial anniversary of the first Baptist World Aid gift. Having touched millions of lives over the preceding 100 years, BWAid is still making an impact around the world through 132 emergency grants to Baptists in 82 countries this year alone,” said Rev. Dr. Elijah Brown, BWA General Secretary. “The Director of BWAid will continue to build upon this storied legacy for a strategic future that continues to empower compassionate and collaborative response to needs around the world.”

Key priorities for this position:

  1. Clear commitment to personal spiritual growth, local Baptist church participation, and love for mobilizing others to engage in ministry
  2. Personal and passionate calling and commitment to aid, relief, and community development
  3. Demonstrate strong networking, facilitation, and administrative skillset that can lead the development and implementation of programs that network BWA member bodies, churches, and individuals
  4. Capacity to help the BWA grow strategically, creatively, and collaboratively
  5. Implement leadership, programs, administration, and facilitation of (1) BWAid and BWAid grants; (2) BWA Forum on Aid and Development (BFAD); and (3) other assigned program areas

While the Director of BWAid must demonstrate a broad understanding of development sector programs and practices, a clear passion and skillset in the area of network facilitation and growth is critical in this role.

“The Baptist World Alliance engages with a huge global network of leadership, churches, and communities of faith. There is a massive opportunity and need to mobilize this enormous constituency to practically engage with the world’s most vulnerable people and address humanitarian needs, but also help them build the movement’s capacity and passion in service of Christ to participate in the sustainable shift beyond the injustices of long-term poverty,” said John Hickey, BWA Vice President and CEO of Transform Aid International. “The new Director of Baptist World Aid will play a vital role representing the BWA, collaborating closely with a significant network of talented leadership across national, regional, and global bodies and agencies in the Baptist movement and beyond in this vital cause.”

The BWA is conducting a global search and actively welcomes applicants from every region of the world. The application deadline is September 30, 2020.

Those wishing to apply or to share details about this job opportunity are encouraged to visit the BWA Director of Baptist World Aid Informational Page.


The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 241 conventions and unions in 126 countries and territories comprising 47 million baptized believers in 169,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.

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