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Position Summary

The short-term mission team (STMT) is one of our most significant ministry strategies at East-West, as annually we send hundreds of evangelism team participants to the spiritually darkest areas of the world. We are searching for a gifted leader to provide oversight to this important department. The Director of STMT will provide operational leadership by leading a dedicated team, interacting and coordinating weeklong teams with our field ministries team, develop new STMT opportunities, lead the recruitment, training, and execution of STMTs, and introduce team members to additional opportunities to continue the work to reach the lost.

Reports To

Vice President of Mobilization


East-West Offices in Plano, TX

Areas of Responsibility

  • Team Leadership: Lead and oversee the day-to-day operations of the STMT department and STMT logistical team

  • Collaboration: Partner with field missionaries, national partners, and teams to implement STMTs, open new locations, and facilitate training for teammates and new leaders. 

  • Statistics and Administrations: Spearhead metrics and reporting for annual STMTs, establish the department’s budget, and ensure adherence to East-West policies and best practices. 

  • STMT Leadership and Coordination: Lead or coordinate and recruit at least two STMTs each year.


  • Experienced in cross-cultural ministry preferred.
  • Experienced in sharing their faith with a clear, concise gospel message.
  • Ability to travel overseas 4-6 weeks a year.
  • Demonstrates teaching, leadership, and shepherding skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and lead others with vision and diplomacy.
  • Bachelors degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong initiative, self-motivation, and ability to complete tasks on time.
  • Detail-oriented and precise.
  • Ability to raise and maintain personal support.

About East-West

Our Vision and Mission

The vision of East-West is to glorify God by multiplying followers of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world. The mission of East-West is to mobilize the Body of Christ to evangelize the lost and equip local believers to multiply disciples and churches among the unreached.

Our Story

East-West began because two men saw a need for the gospel in unreached and restricted access areas of the world.

In an act of bold obedience to Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations, John Maisel and Bud Toole launched East-West in 1993. What informally started behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s became a missions organization with a zeal for empowering national pastors and local believers to transform their communities by making disciples and multiplying churches.

Our passion for Jesus, grace, spiritually dark places, and bold action is the heartbeat that continues to sustain our ministry as we rely on God to use us to reach the unreached. Today, our organization is made up of thousands of believers from around the world who are committed to starting church planting movements in spiritually dark nations.

East-West Staff Culture

Our team members are passionate about Jesus, grace, bold action, and taking the gospel to the spiritually darkest places. We have one consuming passion: to make God known among every nation, every tribe, every tongue, and every people. We strive to uphold the highest standards of behavior, which include integrity, trustworthiness, theological alignment, a healthy work-life balance, care for others, a servant spirit, competency in difficult conversations, a desire to see results, diligence, respect, and humility.

All East-West employees will maintain a firm commitment to East-West’s vision, mission, values, Statement of Faith, and beliefs as well as display a growing and mature faith in Jesus Christ.

East-West staff gathers regularly to pray for the ministry and staff. In addition, personal and professional development and training are a priority for all staff. Every four years, East-West staffers and their families from around the world gather for an all-inclusive, organization-wide conference.

East-West is a certified Best Christian Workplace. 

The Benefits

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We are committed to providing excellent service to our missionaries with a Crisis Response Team, in-house marketing agency, field deployed Member Care, donor management software, and an all-inclusive, organization-wide conference every four years. We are accredited for excellence by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, GuideStar, and Best Christian Workplace Institute. 

This is a full-time position with benefits, including medical, 401(k) match, paid holidays, and paid vacation time.

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Full-time positions are eligible for employer-paid benefits, which include medical, dental, health savings account, and life insurance packages. East-West also offers a 401(k) match as wells as paid vacation, paid sick time, paid time off for a mission trip, and an all-inclusive, organization-wide conference every four years.

The East-West Office Space

The East-West office space is located in Plano, Texas, at The Hope Center. 

The Hope Center is a 501(c)(3) collaborative hub that is home to 60-plus Christian ministries making a global impact for God’s Kingdom. 

The Hope Center offers an onsite cafe and coffee bar (that serves breakfast and lunch) as well as other features and amenities, including a covered parking garage, prayer garden, fitness center, meeting rooms and facilities, and 24-hour security.

The East-West suite, located on the third floor of The Hope Center, consists of office and cubicle space for our staff.

With staff serving around the world, the home office is home to departments, such as Human Resources, Financial Services, IT, Member Care, Security and Crisis Management, Short-Term Mission Teams, Development, and various field leadership and missionary staff. 

The suite also includes meeting spaces, a kitchen with free coffee, and a prayer room for staff use.

Application Process

The application process includes the following steps:

1. Application and resume submission
2. Interview with the East-West Talent Acquisition Team
3. Personality assessment of the top candidates 
4. Interviews with the hiring team
5. Reference checks
6. Offer letter
7. Background and credit check
8. East-West New employee onboarding

Next Steps

To apply, begin your application online here.

For more information or if you have questions about this position or any other position with East-West, please email [email protected] or click the button below and someone will reach out to you.

Sea Island

October 13-16

You are cordially invited to join East-West at a special intimate gathering at the home of Mike and Melinda Lafitte in Sea Island, Georgia on October 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday).

East-West exists to glorify God by multiplying followers of Jesus in the spiritually darkest areas of the world. This task requires the whole church going to the whole world – reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus. Our time will be filled with encouraging testimonies and stories from East-West front line missionaries and key leadership. We will be led in worship by Shane & Shane throughout the weekend as well.

Our prayer for our time together is that God would be glorified and stir the affections of your heart into deeper relationship with Him, motivating you to fulfill your role in the Great Commission. 

Dates: October 13-16, 2022
Location: Sea Island, Georgia 



6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Guest arrival

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner, outdoor program, and worship


9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Guest arrival and breakfast 

10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Worship and program

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Free time

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Guest arrival

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dinner, outdoor program, and worship


Free time until 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Guest arrival

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Terry and Nancy McGuirk

Dinner, outdoor program, and worship


9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Guest arrival and breakfast 

10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Worship and program

Guest Speakers

Kurt Nelson • President & CEO

Kurt provides leadership and oversight to all worldwide ministry endeavors in the 50+ countries in which East-West currently operates and personally leads short-term mission teams to East-West fields each year. 

Kristen Shuler • Executive Vice President of Development

Kristen provides oversight and strategic direction to East-West’s development, marketing, and communications departments. Previously, she served on the mission field across South America.  

Ken Cochrum • Executive Vice President of Field Ministries

Ken provides leadership and oversight for all of East-West’s field staff. He spent 35 years working with Cru, and he and his wife were overseas missionaries in Asia for 13 years.

Shane & Shane • Worship Leaders

Shane & Shane are Dove Award-winning worship leaders and recording artists. Weekly they lead worship at Watermark Community Church and The Porch, a young adults ministry serving the Dallas area and beyond.

Travel and Lodging

Please plan on booking travel on your own. Sea Island is about an hour’s drive from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), or about 75 minutes from Savannah International Airport (SAV). 

There are elegant resorts, numerous inns, and private homes/condos for rent nearby. We will be happy to assist you in finding lodging if you’d like.

Free Time Activities

There are a variety of free-time activities that can be arranged in Sea Island, Georgia, including golf, fishing, and other waterfront activities.

For any questions or additional information, please contact us using the form below: