Website First Love International Ministries

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself with love.

First Love International is searching for a President to lead its next chapter of missionary support and ministry impact.

Are you looking for a new adventure?

Are you ready to lead a worldwide ministry focused on reaching impoverished communities around the globe with God’s love and concern?

Are you prepared to lead a new chapter of growth and organizational development for a young mission’s agency?

After 42 years of ministry, and 21 years as the President of First Love International, Tom and Linda Clinton believe it’s time to pass the torch to a new leader. First Love is looking for an experienced man or woman to serve as its next President and lead a team of 55 missionaries serving in some of the world’s most impoverished communities.

A successful candidate will come equipped with strong motivational, administrative, and communication skills and have the following:

•     A track-record of effective leadership

•     A heart for “the least of these”

•     A desire to lead a chapter of significant growth and meaningful change

This profile will provide an overview of the organization and details about where we believe God is leading the ministry. Interested in learning more?

Then read on. 😊😊

First Love International | Opportunity Profile for President


First Love’s mission is to bring the love and hope of Jesus Christ to unreached people residing in impoverished regions of the world.

First Love was founded in 2001 by Tom and Linda Clinton as a mom and pop organization in 2001.  Now, 21 years later, and under the guidance of Galatians 5:6 “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love”,  God has allowed First Love to grow to a ministry with approximately 55 full-time missionaries and 200 national staff members bringing the love and hope of Jesus Christ to unreached people in 12 different countries. New missionaries and new ministries are being added each year. Most importantly, the lives of thousands of men, women, and children across the globe are being impacted each day with the love of Jesus.

First Love utilizes 3 primary ministry methods to pursue its mission:

–       Evangelization – Our passion is to see men, women, boys, and girls come to know Jesus as Savior and follow Him as the Lord of their lives. Therefore, the bottom-line purpose of First Love is to be actively engaged in sharing the Good News of forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Our strategies are patterned after those used by the Apostle Paul: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” (I Corinthians 9:22)

–       Exhortation – Realizing that Satan is at work seeking to occupy our minds, lives, and hearts with items of secondary importance, our desire is to be used of the Holy Spirit to call believers back to their first love for God and to His priority of loving people. (Revelation 2:1-5; Matthew 22:36-40)

–       Education – Through the power of the Holy Spirit seeking to motivate, mentor, and mobilize followers of Jesus for the purpose of making them fruitful participants in the Great Commission as active members of the harvest force. (Matthew 28:19-20)

The majority of First Love International’s work is focused in: Kenya, the  Philippines, India,  Nepal, and Ukraine.  In addition, First Love has gathered under    its banner a wide variety of missionaries and ministries focused on:

–       Schools/education

–       Residential homes and hostels for orphans and children at risk

–       Feeding programs and humanitarian aid

–       Evangelistic outreaches

–       Livelihood projects/micro-enterprise loans

–       Retreat and Conference ministries

–       Church planting

–       Bible translation

 –       Holy Spirit empowerment… We recognize that prayer for power, wisdom, provision, and guidance from the Holy Spirit are the foundation stones upon which all aspects of our ministry will be constructed. “The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).

–       Loving involvement… We seek to activate our love for God and people through a disciple-making ministry which is fleshed out by compassionate outreach and doing good. “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well” (I Thessalonians 2:8).

–       Strategic investment…We invest our greatest resources among the most impoverished. Our motivation comes from the words of Jesus: “Whenever you do it for the least of these,  you did it for Me” (Matthew25:40).


First Love International Ministries is a sending and support organization for international missionaries.  All missionaries serving with First Love are responsible to raise the funds needed for the ministry projects with which they are involved, fare wages for national workers that are hired, and for their own personal needs.

In each of the past three years, First Love has received over $3,500,000 in donations from over 2,000 individual donors. The ministry has maintained a healthy balance sheet while keeping its administrative costs to a very modest 7% of contributions received.


First Love International is based in Rockford, Illinois, a community of just over 150,000 people located 80 miles northwest of Chicago. Rockford is a lovely mid-western town with a manufacturing heart and four clearly defined seasons. The area is often regarded as an outdoor destination, with the 3,092 acre Rock Cut State Park to the northeast of the city providing a great place for camping, hiking, fishing, boating and hunting. The Rockford Park District operates Aldeen Golf Course, rated the best municipal golf course in Illinois by Golf Digest and one of the top fifty golf courses in the nation that cost under $50 to play by Golf Magazine. Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum, featuring a planetarium and over 250 hands-on exhibits, is on Forbes list of the 12 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.

Housing in Rockford is affordable, with many lovely family homes priced between $150,000-$300,000. The Rockford Public School District serves approximately 27,000 students in 4 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 29 elementary schools as well as early-childhood and alternative education centers. Rockford also has 27 private schools for elementary and secondary education. Graduates of the Rockford Public Schools and residents within the city of Rockford with a cumulative 3.0 GPA can attend Northern Illinois University tuition free.

First Love anticipates its new President will reside in Rockford.


First Love is looking for a creative leader with a successful history of facilitating growth and advancing an organization’s mission and goals.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will have overall strategic  responsibility for First Love’s missionaries, programs, expansion, and the overall execution of its mission.

After developing a deep knowledge of field work, core ministry programs, and internal operations, she/he will be expected to create a bold growth-focused plan for the agency that increases the number of missionaries serving with First Love and the scope of the impact occurring under its  umbrella. The President will be expected to effectively communicate the plan with missionaries and staff members and to motivate them to collaboratively execute the vision.

Fundraising will be a key responsibility. The President will maintain relationships with current donors and establish new relationships with donors, churches and other funding sources to support the expansion of First Love International.

Vision, Strategy, Direction
 1.     Growth-Minded… The President will investigate and work to create opportunities for First Love’s growth and development.

2.     Strategic Clarity… With Board and staff input, the President will develop the vision and strategic direction of the organization and ensure that First Love operates within and focuses on the strategic plans approved by the Board. The President will consistently review and maintain the organization’s vision in a dynamic, aggressive, responsive, current, foresighted, and futuristic manner so that First Love can responsibly navigate existing and anticipated world conditions.

3.     Organizational Focus… The President will communicate with staff to align activities and objectives with visionand strategy.

Management and Governance

1.     Staff Leadership… The President will directly supervise First Love’s Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Personnel & Member Care, and the Director of Communications.

2.     Organizational Culture… The President will encourage an organizational climate that attracts, retainsand motivates a diverse and top-quality staff.

3.     Board Relations… The President will report to the board on a regular basis, keep the board informed of significant developments in the organization, and ensure that First Love operates within the by-laws and policies established by the Board.

4.     The President will perform additional duties as required by the Board and the needs of the organization.

Support and Education
1.     Missionary Training and Education… The President will ensure that missionaries are well trained, properly equipped, and clearly understand the processes and procedures of First Love International before they begin their ministry work.

2.     Missionary Care and Support… The President will ensure that missionaries receive the necessary spiritual, medical, and financial support to continue their ministry work, and the necessary encouragement and training to thrive in their international setting.

Development and Communications

 1.     Expand the Organization’s Reach… The President will use a broad range of communications (preaching, speaking, writing, small group meetings and one-to-one relationships) to present the ministry of First Love to churches, organizations, and individuals to raise resources and partners for First Love’s work among unreached people in impoverished regions of the world.

2.     Deepen Network Connections… The President will maintain robust communications with external stakeholders – major and general donors, church leaders, mission leaders, personal supporters, and people with interest in First Love International.

3.     Connect the First Love Team…The President will also maintain robust communications with   internal stakeholders – Board members, staff, missionaries, and other people directly engaged with First Love International.

4.     Raise the Funds Needed to Act…Since First Love is a faith mission, it will be necessary for the President to raise up partners who would contribute financially to his/her own personal and ministry support. In addition, the President will prioritize his/her energy and attention to assist in raising financial resources to support First Love’s global work.


As a Christian Missionary Agency, a vibrant personal Christian faith is a requirement for this leadership position. That said, First Love is open to qualified candidates of any race, ethnicity, gender, or background. Those desired for this position will have the following qualifications:

–       Alignment with First Love’s mission and values

–       Strong people skills

–       Strong strategic-thinking skills

–       Strong problem-solving skills

–       Strong work ethic

–       Strong written and verbal English communication skills

–       A proven ability to prepare budgets and to manage those budgets

–       Comfortable working in a variety of cultures and countries

–       Sound theological background and education

–       A current knowledge of missiology trends and developments

–       A track-record of integrity and transparency

–       A sensed calling to ministry leadership in an international mission setting

–       A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of overseas mission experience

First Love’s next President does not have to be a superman or superwoman, but a track-record of impacting leadership, and the skill set that supports that impact is essential.


The next President will have the opportunity to encourage a global team of missionaries and to lead a youthful and healthy mission ministry into the next chapter of its growth, reach, and impact. It is a role full of Kingdom opportunity and the chance to see lives changed for eternity.

If you believe God is calling you to this challenge, we look forward to receiving your application.


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Please also send a current resume 

If you have any questions please call the First Love office at: 1-815-229-3065

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