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.

Executive director

Full-time with benefits.

Global Health Ministries (GHM) is now accepting applications for Executive Director. We are a highly volunteer 501(c)(3) organization supporting Lutheran-based health care in over 30 countries. Twenty five years ago GHM started shipping medical equipment and supplies to international partners as well as granting funds to projects for Lutheran health programs. Increasingly, we are expanding our focus to help our partners build their capacity to sustain their health programs and deliver lasting, measurable improvements to community health. We have an annual income of over 3 million dollars from our donor base. Employee salaries and benefits, administration, and fundraising costs are a small percent of our income. With a paid staff of 6, we rely heavily on volunteers to accomplish our mission with 2,981 volunteers contributing nearly 13,000 volunteer hours in 2013. There is a board of 24 elected members. GHM has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Primary functions: The Executive Director’s primary functions are to lead GHM, its volunteers, and board into effective relationships with our Lutheran partners around the world to bring about measureable improvements in the health of the populations they minister to in Christ’s name. This role includes overall administrative and financial oversight, outreach and communication with partners and donors, fundraising, and advocacy and development of collaborative efforts with national and international partners to advance Lutheran health care ministries around the world. International travel is required.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s or doctorate preferred, in Public Health, Health Care Administration, or related fields; experience in management and international health and/or the mission field.

Ideal candidate: Will be a person of faith supportive of Lutheran values and able to work well internationally across cultures and religions. The successful candidate will be an outgoing and inspirational leader with ability to be creative and respond effectively to change; able to manage people (including making and nurturing relationships) and manage finances effectively. Strong verbal and written communication and familiarity with nonprofit organization management, fund development, and technology will be critical to success in this position.

Salary commensurate with experience; full benefits. Start date second quarter of 2015.

Application deadline is November 14, 2014. For further information, contact Gary Gronert at garyg@usfamily.net or 1-952-831-1287. For more information about GHM go to www.ghm.org.

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