The Holy Spirit calls Luther Seminary to lead faithful
innovation for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a rapidly
changing world through witness, education, accompaniment, and
discovery. Living into this vision, 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
Responsibilities include teaching foundational and elective
courses in Congregational and Community Care Leadership in a
variety of academic programs: MDiv, MA, ThM, DMin, and PhD. These
courses will be taught in various residential, online, and hybrid
modalities. The ability to engage in effective web-based and
web-enhanced teaching and learning is required. Capacity to
accompany students from diverse domestic and international contexts
in their vocational formation in an innovative educational culture
is expected. The person selected will serve in the faculty’s
Additional responsibilities include pursuing a lively research
and writing agenda, advising students representing a variety of
Christian denominations in vocational preparation for professional
ministry, contributing to the work of shared governance that
belongs to the faculty as a whole, and participating in the
collegial life of the community.
Opportunities exist for contributing to the seminary’s expanding
lifelong learning programs and the popular online resources such as
Working Preacher, Enter the Bible, and Faith+Lead. Luther Seminary
provides medical and pension benefits, skilled support for
course/learning design, funds for scholarly conferences, a
sabbatical policy, and the opportunity for collegial mentoring
and/or an external mentor.
The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in pastoral care,
congregational ministry, practical theology or the equivalent and a
clear commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship. The
faculty of Luther Seminary embraces a generous Lutheran
confessional witness with an ecumenical openness. All faculty place
a priority on understanding how their work intersects with Lutheran
Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience.
Women, members of under-represented communities, and/or those
fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures
are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application materials should be emailed to HR@luthersem.edu with “Congregational
and Community Care Leadership Faculty Search” in the subject line.
Those materials should include: a letter of application and CV from
the applicant and letters of recommendation from three references.
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021, and will
continue until a candidate has been selected. Please address any
questions or nominations to Human Resources at HR@luthersem.edu.
"Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities
called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through
Jesus Christ and to serve in God's world." That mission statement
governs all of the seminary's educational programs. The seminary
endeavors to be a diverse community, committed to engage deeply in
meaningful relationships across difference through honest,
courageous, and respectful dialogue. The seminary recognizes a
calling to welcome all people as Christ among us.
Luther Seminary is one of the seven seminaries of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with over twenty-five
faculty members and approximately 500 students. The seminary offers
five degree programs: MDiv, MA, MTh, DMin, and PhD. Current
students represent thirty-five different denominations, with nearly
30% of enrolled students from Christian communities other than the
ELCA. Students at the seminary currently come from approximately
twenty different countries.
Luther Seminary was founded in 1869 and is located in a
metropolitan area of 3.5 million people, in close proximity to the
University of Minnesota, three other seminaries, and numerous
private colleges and universities. See the seminary's website at
www.luthersem.edu for more
Disclaimer: To perform this job successfully,
an individual must be able to perform the primary job
responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The
above statements are intended to describe the general nature and
level of work being assigned to this job. They are not intended to
be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties,
and skills required of individuals in the job. This job description
is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied
employment contract. Luther Seminary has the exclusive right to
alter this description at any time without notice.