Congregational and Community Care Leadership, Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary is seeking a theologically reflective and imaginative person for a tenure-eligible position in Congregational and Community Care Leadership. Candidates should have ministry experience and be committed to communal-contextual and intercultural paradigms of pastoral care. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to relate theology with psychology and other social sciences in caring for persons, congregations, and communities. The ability and willingness to give theological leadership in a Lutheran seminary committed to the missional character of the Christian faith is essential.

Responsibilities include teaching foundational and elective courses in Congregational and Community Care leadership in a variety of academic programs: M.A., M.Div., and advanced theological degree programs. Capacity to collaborate in the portfolio-based vocational formation of students in an innovative educational culture is expected. The ability to engage in effective web-based and web-enhanced teaching and learning is required. A Ph.D. in pastoral care, congregational ministry, practical theology or the equivalent is required. The person selected may be eligible for appointment to the George Weinman Chair in Pastoral Theology and Ministry and will serve in the faculty’s Leadership Division.

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Women, persons of color, and those fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures are encouraged to apply. The position will begin July 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin after November 14th 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

Direct applications or nominations to:
Office of Human Resources
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Please include cover letter, CV, and references in application.

Founded in 1869, Luther Seminary is faithful to its mission of educating leaders for Christian communities. As one of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary prepares about a third of the ELCA’s pastors and a growing number of lay leaders for ministry. In addition, the seminary educates numerous ecumenical students to serve around the world. The seminary has nearly 30 faculty members and more than 600 full-time and part-time students who are being equipped to share the love of Christ. Of these students, 28 percent are from non-Lutheran faith traditions and 9 percent are from countries other than the U.S.

Luther Seminary is known for its transformative education and innovative curriculum. The seminary offers a wide variety of theological degrees ranging from the Master of Divinity to the Master of Arts in a host of concentrations including children, youth and family ministry. Advanced degrees include the Ph.D. program, the Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry with concentrations in congregational mission and leadership or biblical preaching. Both in-residence and distributed learning options are available for a number of degrees.

Luther Seminary is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of 3 million people. Nestled in the heart of the cities, it is in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries and numerous private colleges and universities. This provides access to diverse thought, cultures and faiths. For more information, see

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Library Director, Memphis Theological

Memphis Theological Seminary seeks qualified applicants for the position of Library Director. Qualifications include an M.L.S. with professional experience. A theological degree such as the M.Div (or equivalent) with experience in theological bibliography is preferred. Ph.D. or other terminal degree is desirable. The rank of administrative faculty will be considered for candidates who have the appropriate degree and/or experience. Applicants should show a willingness to work in the setting of an ecumenical Christian seminary with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Applications from traditionally under-represented populations are encouraged. The position is set to begin in the summer of 2015.

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Oversight of the existing collection
  • Strategic planning for acquisitions of texts and periodicals in both print and digital formats
  • Managing staff (both full-time and part-time)
  • Managing an annual budget
  • Visioning for the library’s continuing transition into a multiplatform learning commons in the digital era
  • Ability to teach writing and research skills with reference to the theological disciplines
  • Primary leadership in coordinating/providing research assistance for faculty and students in the library’s collection and digital resources

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Stan Wood, Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 E Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014.

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Homiletics and Worship, Lenoir Rhyne LTSS

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Columbia SC, announces a search for a full-time faculty position to teach courses in the areas of homiletics and worship. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in homiletics, liturgics, or a related field (Ph.D. or THD); be an ordained Lutheran pastor and a skilled preacher; and have demonstrated academic excellence in homiletical, liturgical, biblical, or theological disciplines. This person will teach five required and elective courses per year in preaching and in worship within the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry curricula, and also participate in the Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Sacred Theology programs. This position entails normal expectations of faculty regarding teaching, academic advising, life in the church and community, committee responsibility, and research and publication. The position will be tenure eligible, and rank will depend on prior teaching experience. The successful candidate can expect to begin teaching in the fall 2015 semester.

LTSS is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving an ecumenically diverse student body, and the successful candidate is expected to function effectively in an ecumenical context shaped by a Lutheran ethos. The person hired for this position will also place a high priority on the spiritual and pastoral formation of the students, and be committed to the primary mission of LTSS in preparing women and men for public ministry as pastors and leaders in the church.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is committed to diversity among its faculty, and all qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest; curriculum vitae;  a 500-700 word statement outlining their approach to the teaching of homiletics and worship within the context where about half of the students are Lutheran and others are UMC, Baptist, PCUSA, and various other traditions;  graduate school transcripts (official copies will be required at time of hire); and contact data for 3 references. These documents are to be uploaded as PDF or Word documents as part of the online application found here:

Review of applications will begin November 10.

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Homiletics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago welcomes applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of preaching, with an appointment beginning in the fall semester of 2015. The person appointed to this position will be installed in the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics and will join a faculty committed to a lively engagement between the church and the life of the world.

The successful candidate will have a solid record in the teaching and practice of preaching, and possess a compelling research agenda in the area of preaching or a related field (e.g. bible, practical theology, etc.). Active involvement in the church is an essential criterion, with preferential consideration given to ordained and rostered leaders of the ELCA and its ecumenical partners. LSTC seeks to foster gender, racial-ethnic and international diversity within its faculty. Women and representatives of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should hold a PhD or its equivalent. Rank is open.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in preaching and other areas of expertise; preparing and advising students in candidacy for rostered ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in other church bodies; and working with students in all degree programs, including the ecumenical DMin and ACTS DMin in Preaching Program. This seminary values a collegial and collaborative approach to teaching, governance, and community life.

Please send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart, chair of the search committee, at by 14 November 2014. All materials should be submitted electronically.

About LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provide resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.  To learn more about the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, visit

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Religion and Social Justice, Iliff School of Theology

Position: Religion and Social Justice

Rank: Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Area of Expertise: Discipline or area of specialization is open, i.e., ethics, theology, history, practical theology, liberationist thought, critical theory, and/or postcolonial studies. Preference will be given to those with expertise in African American studies, womanist thought, and/or black feminism. Facility with the languages, sources, and context appropriate to the area of expertise is expected.

Desired Strengths: The ideal candidate will possess in-depth expertise in some aspect and/or area of African American studies but also be able to relate their scholarship to broader issues in the study of religion, as well as areas of concern that are central to the school, such as bringing the study of social justice theories and methodologies to bear on contemporary issues, interreligious dialogue, and the diversity of global Christianity. We seek a candidate who will enable our students to think critically about social issues and encourage M.Div. students to incorporate praxis into their ministries. Although the position is open to those from any (or no) faith tradition, candidates from historical Methodist traditions are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have responsibility for introductory courses and upper division master’s elective courses covering religion and social justice and is expected to enrich the range and depth of course offerings in the Ph.D. program, which is jointly administered with the University of Denver. We envision the holder of this position to be an active contributor to the doctoral program and to be publicly engaged with their respective community. Specifically, the successful candidate will:

• Teach on a full-time basis over three quarters per academic year (normally five courses on the quarter system) in Iliff’s various master’s programs as well as in the University of Denver/Iliff Joint Ph.D. program

• Read and direct M.A. theses and Ph.D. program dissertations

• Teach in Iliff’s online programs

• Advise Ph.D. students concerning the academic and professional aspects of their work

• Conduct a research and publication projects appropriate to the field

• Participate in appropriate professional societies and meetings

• Participate in school governance and administration through various committees and councils

• Provide service to appropriate professional organizations and publishing houses

• Work with churches (local or judicatory) and/or community boards and agencies

• Teach laity or clergy outside the Iliff curriculum

The Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist-related graduate theological school with an ecumenical and interfaith spirit offering the following degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Change; Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. In addition we offer a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion with the University of Denver. Iliff is an equal opportunity employer and strives to include diversity in its faculty and teaching, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural diversity, and is committed to becoming a more globally conscious and globally connected community. For more information, visit us at

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the time of appointment to the position. Applications should include an application letter, curriculum vitae, and a sample syllabus of a course you either taught or plan to teach dealing with religion and social justice. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit all materials no later than October 29, 2014. Please send materials electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, at In addition, please have three reference letters submitted electronically to the same email address (please have persons writing reference letters write the candidate’s name in the subject line).

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Pastoral Theology and Care, Yale Divinity School

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenured appointment in the field of Pastoral Theology and Care, to begin July 1, 2015. In an ecumenical and increasingly interfaith environment, Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.

The Divinity School hopes to make an appointment of an established scholar with a record of significant publication, evidence of success as a teacher, and a commitment to theological education. The successful candidate should have expertise in one or more areas of Pastoral Theology and Care, such as communal-contextual models of care, post-colonial pastoral care, embodiment and human sexuality, narrative approaches to care, and/or pastoral research methods.

A letter of application with curriculum vitae and a list of three references should be submitted online at . Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2014.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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Director of Contextual Learning, Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary, the largest of the eight ELCA seminaries located in Saint Paul, MN is currently seeking a Director of Contextual Learning to fulfill its commitment to preparing leaders for the apostolic mission of the Church in the 21st century. Candidates should be committed to the missionary character of the Christian faith and to educating evangelical public leaders to minister within a variety of contexts, congregations, and theological traditions.

The director will provide theological leadership in assisting students, faculty, and support staff in effective development and integration of contextual learning throughout the curriculum. Full job description and application instructions.

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Director of Extended Learning and Practical Theology at CDSP

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is seeking a Director of Extended Learning who will also have a half-time faculty appointment in practical theology. The Director of Extended Learning will build upon the strengths of the established Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL) and expand its offerings in exciting ways, such as creating new programs of rigorous theological education for those serving in lay or ordained ministry and working with dioceses that are developing alternative paths for preparing congregational leaders. In the accredited academic programs, this person will share in teaching some area of practical theology—public ministry, evangelism, missiology, youth and young adult ministry, pastoral care, homiletics, or congregational studies. Additionally, this position will include offering electives in the person’s area of academic interest, which will involve teaching in the ecumenical and interreligious setting of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at the M.Div., D.Min., and Ph.D. levels.

The successful candidate will have a broad grasp of the changing landscape of theological education and be able to articulate an innovative and compelling vision for the future that bridges the worlds of seminary and extended learning. He or she will have knowledge of the Episcopal Church; the ability to develop networks and participate in existing networks, including through the strategic use of social media; and be comfortable working with bishops and other senior diocesan leaders. Analyzing and communicating a marketable vision of the program will be a distinctive strength. He or she should hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min.) and bring knowledge of online education and curriculum design, an understanding of adult learning, the ability to develop and implement educational programs, and the ability to recruit and supervise adjunct faculty.

This position is rank-open and will begin on July 1, 2015. The initial appointment will be for a three- to five-year period.

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons who would increase the racial/ethnic diversity of our faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of up to 500 words describing how in your teaching and scholarship you would respond to the vision set out in this position description. Electronic applications are preferred.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2014. Send completed application materials to CDSP: For questions about application process or the position, please contact Elsbeth Wetherill,


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Mary Hinton, President of the College of Saint Benedict

Congratulations to our long time REA colleague and board member, Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, who was inaugurated this weekend as the 15th President of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. You can find photos of the celebration, the beautiful inaugural poem written in celebration, and Mary’s very powerful call to transformative liberal arts education for young women, all online.

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CFP for Holy Spirit and Christian Formation conference

The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation

March 20-21, 2015
2015 Annual Conference in Renewal Theology
Regent Center for Renewal Studies (Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA)

A renewal of interest in Christian formation has blossomed within the church and the Christian academy. What is readily apparent is that the Christian life is integrated and holistic in nature, fostered by the Holy Spirit, yet requiring human cooperation. The Regent Center for Renewal Studies, with the co-sponsorship of Regent University’s School of Divinity, School of Psychology and Counseling, and the College of Arts and Sciences, invites scholars, ministry and marketplace professionals, students, and the general public to dialogue on how the Spirit influences Christian formation in various life dimensions.  Keynote speakers include Stanley Hauerwas, M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, Stephen G. Post, and James Bryan Smith.

We invite papers on the following areas related to the conference theme:

1.     Spiritual formation: how the Holy Spirit fashions believers into the image of Jesus, the process of spiritual formation, the role of Scripture and spiritual practices in spiritual formation, and how godly love influences spiritual formation.
2.     Christian ethical formation: how the Holy Spirit affects ethical development, the role of Christian virtues in framing godly character, and how to maintain Christian ethical integrity within a morally compromising world.
3.     Emotional formation: the role of the emotions and psychological well-being in overall Christian formation and how to gain emotional freedom from emotional wounds that stymie overall development.
4.     Relational formation: the role of the Holy Spirit in family, friendship, the body of Christ, and other relationships, as well as the shaping influence of conflict and culture on Christian formation.
5.     Intellectual formation: the processes of cognitive development, the Holy Spirit and the mind, how the mind learns, and the interactive relationship between faith and learning.
6.     Vocational formation: the discovery and identification of life calling, the purpose of spiritual gifting, how vocation connects with discipleship, and the impact of vocation on one’s identity.
7.     Physical health and wellness formation: the importance of embodiment for personal stewardship, care of the body to honor God, and maximizing health to fulfill one’s calling in the areas of nutrition, physical exercise, sleep, rest/renewal, and sexual purity.
8.     Any other theme broadly related to the Holy Spirit and Christian formation that addresses, among other topics, fresh perspectives on the imago Dei (Lat. image of God, as well as integration of any of the above formational dimensions.

Proposals should be 250 words in length in Word or RTF formats and must be accompanied by a short CV no later than Nov. 30, 2014.

Proposals and CV can be submitted directly online or by email:

Information on the conference is available online. Or visit the website of the Regent Center for Renewal Studies.

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 30, 2014.

We hope that you will consider submitting a paper proposal and/or attending next year’s conference,

With kind regards,
Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D. (Director, Regent Center for Renewal Studies)

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