The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



Faculty position in homiletics

The 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 homiletics.search@lstc.edu by Nov. 14, 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 www.lstc.edu.

Associate Pastor Opportunity

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, a 29-year-old growing, relational and vital ELCA congregation in Palm Beach County, Florida, is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Pastor. This person will partner with the Lead Pastor in serving the church with fresh energy into its desired future by assuming significant leadership roles and responsibilities.

Essential qualifications:

• 0-10 years of demonstrated leadership and ministry as an ordained pastor.

• Excellent communicator in preaching, teaching, speaking and writing.

• Masters of divinity degree from an accredited seminary or theological school accepted by the ELCA.

Please contact Connie Schmucker, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership, Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA, at 407-620-8564 or Connies@fbsynod.org.


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