Tenure-Eligible Faculty Position in Congregational and Community Care Leadership

Luther Seminary
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Religion
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 essential. 


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 Leadership Division. 


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 traditions.  


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 information.


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.


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