Date Posted: August 24, 2021

Overview

Since 1979, Insight for Living Ministries (IFLM) has been committed to excellence in teaching the study and application of God’s Word. Pastor Chuck Swindoll and his wife, Cynthia, began the ministry by broadcasting Pastor Chuck’s Bible-teaching program, Insight for Living, on 18 stations. Today, the program airs on more than 2,000 stations, can be streamed through various online channels, and can be heard in 70 countries and eight languages.

We also produce quality Bible-study resources, have a dynamic online presence, provide pastoral counseling, and actively walk alongside listeners through life’s challenges. As a ministry, we’re committed to Vision 195, our strategic mission to pursue Jesus’ Great Commission by extending God’s grace and making disciples in all 195 countries and their 6,875 heart languages.

In addition to our international headquarters in Frisco, Texas, we currently have ministry offices in 10 countries, where our pastors translate resources, train church leaders to use Pastor Chuck’s Searching the Scriptures Bible-study methods, serve their communities, and pursue Vision 195 in their languages. When you join the IFLM family, you’ll become a part of a talented group of men and women uniquely gifted and called to help people around the world live with the life-changing power of God’s Word.

Position Summary

The Searching the Scriptures Ministries (STSM) writing coordinator (WC) supports all the STSM department functions by writing, editing, and proofreading ministry content along with coordinating, researching, and organizing content for special projects. The WC will ensure the content remains faithful to Pastor Chuck Swindoll’s teaching and representative of his voice.

This vital role will contribute to the mission of IFLM by effectively communicating the truths of Scripture, equipping Christians to grow spiritually, and informing IFLM constituents of God’s work through IFLM via published content in print and digital mediums. The WC will be highly proficient in the skills of writing, editing, and proofreading.

In addition to being an excellent communicator, the WC will know the basics of project coordination to assist the senior vice president of STSM in concepting, researching, organizing, drafting, editing, proofreading, and arranging written content for a variety of ministry initiatives. As a creative thinker and self-starter, the WC engages IFLM’s constituency with content that helps them grow in their relationship with the Lord and advances the mission of IFLM.

Core Job Functions and Skills

Editing and Proofreading (40%)

  • Edits and proofreads copy for clarity, cogency, and accuracy
  • Collaborates with editors, writers, and designers in the creative process
  • Eliminates copy, grammatical, stylistic, structural, and substantive errors
  • Reviews changes at various stages of product development, including the final printer proof stage
  • Checks products and publications to confirm consistency with previous IFLM projects
  • Transcribes audio interviews as needed
  • Stays abreast of changes to the Insight for Living broadcast schedule and IFLM’s in-house style manual
  • Researches to provide accurate feedback on projects and confirm details as necessary
  • Contributes ideas to improve copyediting and proofreading functions

Ministry Content Production (20%)

  • Concepts, researches, drafts, edits, or proofreads written content for additional ministry projects such as newsletters, appeals, and projects for other departments
  • Brainstorms new IFLM resources and product lines
  • Conducts theological peer reviews of written content ensuring all content aligns with the ministry’s doctrinal statement, culture, and communication style

Project Coordination (20%)

  • Communicates with writers and editors regarding their schedules and assignments to keep projects on schedule
  • Anticipates and plans for future to assist with each team member’s workload
  • Maintains basic understanding of all staff roles and responsibilities as well as a general awareness of outside production status
  • Ensures each team member remains informed on the status of ongoing projects
  • Follows through as needed to implement new procedures or ideas within prescribed deadlines
  • Regularly reviews and evaluates editing methods and systems
  • Welcomes opportunities to implement new ideas with openness to change

Team Member Contribution (15%)

  • Models IFLM’s core values through daily conduct
  • Exerts initiative and drive to improve departmental and organizational operations
  • Owns problems, creates solutions, and maintains personal accountability for results
  • Models IFLM’s core values through daily conduct
  • Exerts initiative and drive to improve departmental and organizational operations
  • Owns problems, creates solutions, and maintains personal accountability for results
  • Participates in a creative team environment
  • Recognizes the essential positions of all team members
  • Maintains an affirming, neutral tone in all interactions
  • Communicates value and respect for team members and projects by thoroughly preparing before team meetings
  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of assigned projects, roles, and responsibilities
  • Actively pursues and accepts input from team members, maintaining a positive attitude in response to all forms of feedback
  • Documents department processes along with any workflow changes

Professional Development (5%)

  • Commits to the challenges of growth and development per the professional development plan
  • Pursues the designated knowledge and/or experience with a positive attitude
  • Completes assigned tasks with excellence and in a timely manner

Position Specifications

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in journalism, English, or Christian ministry preferred
  • Published devotional works and Bible study curriculum, written under contract, or proven demonstration of exceptional writing at a popular level
  • Five or more years of administrative and/or writing experience (work in Christian ministry preferred)
  • A keen eye for detail, superior organization skills, and an ability to adhere to stylistic rules
  • A deep conviction to uphold quality and accuracy
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • A working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style and The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style preferred
  • Ability to lead initiatives and juggle several complex projects at a time
  • High attention to detail
  • Extremely professional interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Humility, a high level of flexibility, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with others
  • Ability to anticipate and prioritize work with minimal direction
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Word and Outlook