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As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

Birk Elected Transitional General Secretary of NCCCUSA PDF Print E-mail


A nationally known change management consultant and active Congregational laywoman has been elected Transitional General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

Peg Birk, President and CEO of Interim Solutions, Minneapolis and a member of Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, was unanimously elected to the position today by the National Council of Churches Governing Board, meeting here May 21 and 22.

A service of installation in her new position followed in the national offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Birk was recommended to the board by a 15-person search committee chaired by the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Bishop Hanson, chair of the search committee, said: "Peg Birk brings to the National Council of Churches exceptional experience leading organizations through a process of building upon their strengths while making significant changes in order to more effectively carry out their mission in a rapidly changing context. Her clear witness to her Christian faith, her love for the church, her attentive listening and her confidence in a vibrant future for the National Council of Churches make her an outstanding choice for Transitional General Secretary."

The position of Transitional General Secretary is described by the search committee as “a transitional leader in the role of General Secretary” who will be in place for 18 months to work with the NCC board and staff “to seek a new vision and clarity of mission for the NCC.”


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