[USPG] The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) is looking for Anglicans with a passion for mission and the world church to become trustees.
As a number of USPG’s existing trustees complete their tenure, this is a rare opportunity to engage in global mission through an organisation that has been working in mission for over 300 years since its foundation in 1701.
USPG is inviting applications from residents of Britain and Ireland only and is particularly keen to have a wide range of diverse opinions represented on the trustee board by recruiting more women and those who can represent minority groups, especially those with experience of global mission, development issues, and strategic management.
Trustee Rosemary Kempsell CBE, formerly worldwide president of the Mothers’ Union and a director of South London Industrial Mission, said: ‘Being a trustee gives me an opportunity to shape and contribute to the strategy and decision-making of USPG, and it has broadened my understanding and experience of global Christian mission.
‘Because it’s a voluntary role, I would say the most important qualification for the role is to be deeply passionate about the mission in which USPG is engaged. It’s useful to bring skills from previous work, but new trustees will also be learning new skills.’
Rosemary added: ‘As a trustee, I’ve been challenged and pushed a little outside of my comfort zone. But I’ve found that the board of trustees as a whole tends to pull together, which is a great feeling.’
All trustees are required to be communicant Anglicans.
Rosemary commented: ‘The spiritual dimension is very important. The role of USPG is not to be in charge or issue instructions. Rather our aim is to let God light the way. In this respect, I can say that any differences in churchmanship have not been an issue. It’s a different way of making decisions – we each might have our own areas of expertise, but essentially we are waiting on God and participating in God’s mission.’
Among her many experiences of seeing God at work in her role, Rosemary cited USPG’s partnership with the Episcopal Church in the Philippines (ECP) as an inspiring example. Through carefully strategising – and sheer bravery – ECP was able to extract itself from a position of financial dependence on churches in America.
‘To see that happen was incredible,’ said Rosemary. ‘Independence was achieved through a lot of determination. In a sense, this was a perfect example of what global mission is about: a church dependent on a rich church in the west found its own independence and took charge of its own affairs. USPG’s role was to work alongside them, listening and partnering.’
- For more details about the trustee vacancies, please email Kathy McLeish at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application form. The closing date for completed applications is Friday 24 March 2017 at 12noon.