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Director of the Preach All Ways Initiative

Marian University (IN)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 5, 2024

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Position Title
Director of the Preach All Ways Initiative
Job Description

As a part of a diverse community of faculty and staff who represent many faith systems and worldviews, Marian University seeks a Director of the Preach All Ways Initiative to promote our Catholic Franciscan mission and identity by engaging and empowering leaders to develop compelling preaching forms to reach youth navigating major questions of meaning, identity, and relationships. Reporting to the Vice President of Mission and Ministry, and working closely with the Chair of the Theology Department, the director will be deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition, and, from that tradition, (a) organize a roundtable to develop new forms of preaching through interdisciplinary research, (b) adapt training and formation for preachers to utilize new methods, © empower leaders to take preaching beyond the walls of the Church, and (d) cultivate a new, more diverse generation of preachers to be called and equipped.

As indicated by the title, Preach All Ways seeks to support traditional homiletic preaching and preaching by lay Catholics in areas well traversed and those yet unexplored. Therefore, the ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of Catholic preaching traditions, including, but not limited to, homiletic preaching. Additionally, s/he will be gifted and experienced in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in a variety of forms which may include retreat presentations, personal witnesses, digital forms including social media, speaking engagements, or homiletic preaching.

Preach All Ways is a “start-up” ministry. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial and have a joy-filled missionary spirit. S/he will be creative, highly organized, opportunity focused, and collaborative. The ideal candidate will be a strong teacher with the ability to empower others in preaching.

Preach All Ways is created through the generous funding of Lilly Endowment. The position is fully funded through December 2028 with the goal of continuing the program after the grant period has ended. The selected candidate will be supported by a project specialist.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Actively engage the Catholic Franciscan mission and identity of Marian University by modeling the Franciscan Sponsorship Values and honoring the legacy of the founding congregation through transformative education, unity in diversity, leadership through service, integrating faith and life, and institutional policies.
  • Organize the Relational Preaching Roundtable to develop new forms of preaching (30%). This includes working with Springtide Research, Inc. to conduct original research, gather a cohort of experts in preaching, and hold roundtable gatherings (virtual and in-person).
  • Create an online Certificate in Relational Preaching to empower diverse preachers (40%). This includes working with roundtable participants to develop modules, coordinating with the Marian University Offices for Online Learning, as well as driving participation and enrollment in the certificate.
  • Coordinating the Preach All Ways Challenge (20%). This includes working with partner organizations to identify and prepare young preachers (high school and college students) to share crafted messages at the National Eucharistic Congress and other gatherings.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned. (10%)
University Expectations:
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to the mission of Marian University
  • Adheres to Marian University’s policies and procedures.
  • Shows courtesy and respect in interactions with fellow employees, students subordinates, and supervisors.
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor about Department issues.
  • Meets department productivity standards.
  • Participates in developing department goals, objective, and systems.
  • Assists to establish department measurements that align and support the accomplishment of the University’s strategic goals.
  • Adheres to the department budget.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to embody the Catholic and Franciscan identity of the University as a practicing Catholic, exhibiting public conduct and ministerial practices reflective of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • Master’s degree in theology, ministry, or related field. Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills and significant experience in preaching
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and lesson design
  • Experience in budget management.
  • Regular travel, frequent evenings, and occasional overnights
  • Experience supporting students from a variety of cultural, socio-economic, and faith backgrounds.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excels in a collaborative work environment.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible.
  • Strong, internally motivated work ethic.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft office suite.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications require a cover letter, a current resume, contact information for three professional references, and responses to the supplemental mission questions.

Marian University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Preferred Qualifications

Essential Functions:
Work hours necessary to perform job requirements satisfactorily on a regular basis. Manage absence from work in responsible manner to ensure service to clients, work teams, and coworkers. Comply with Marian University policies and practices and seeking clarification of them when necessary.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in theology, ministry, or related field.
  • Online course development and instruction
  • Competency in Spanish
  • Knowledge of the Franciscan charism and tradition
  • Grant writing experience
  • More than five years of experience in ministry

Physical Demands

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, equipment, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Posting Detail Information

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Close Date

Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please Review Marian University’s Mission & Identity Statement before responding to the supplementary questions on your application:
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How do you think Marian University’s mission, as well as the Catholic Franciscan identity, will support your work as a professor/administrator?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How will the work you do in your role at Marian University be different in light of the mission and identity of the University?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How will you promote the success of those from marginalized groups?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * In what ways will your work promote and support transformational leaders that are trustworthy, healthy, skilled and inquisitive?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


Marian University

At Marian University, our vision is to provide an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world. Our mission is to be a great Catholic university dedicated to achieving excellence in learning, which is achieved through teaching, research, and scholarly activities in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition. We welcome students of all faiths who seek an educational experience framed within the context of our Franciscan values of dignity of the individualpeace and justicereconciliation, and responsible stewardship. Our understanding of these values is informed by reflection on the life of Jesus Christ and prayer.

The institution grew out of the dedication and vision of Sister Theresa Hackelmeier and the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, who established a school in Oldenburg, Indiana, in 1851. The college was founded in Oldenburg in 1936 and moved to Indianapolis in 1937. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University.

Marian University is proud to be a higher education institution just ten minutes away from downtown Indianapolis. Here, you’ll not only get to benefit from the exceptional employment and internship opportunities the city has to offer but also its diverse culture and lively personality. From cool cultural districts with unique entertainment, shopping, and dining options to outdoor festivals, professional and amateur sports events, hiking and biking trails, and more, Marian University is conveniently located in the heart of it all. Whether it’s walking around Monument Circle, floating down the canal in a paddleboat, visiting the various historical sites and museums, or dining on Mass Ave, you’ll quickly find your favorite local hangouts and love this city just as much as we do.

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