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Director of Contextual Education

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) welcomes applications and nominations for a full-time Director of Contextual Education for a 5- year renewable term. Primary responsibilities include focused attention to the contextual education and formation of Masters students in collaboration with congregations, synods, and other faith-based organizations. The Director of Contextual Education is considered an appointed member of the regular faculty and will work collaboratively with the faculty and sta to administer and adapt a framework for contextual education that is integrated with LSTC’s public church curriculum and responsive to the rapidly changing nature of ministerial leadership in the local church.

LSTC is committed to producing culturally competent leaders for the public church. We a rm that diversity is necessary in all components of the school, including its theological curriculum and faculty. Successful candidates will therefore demonstrate cultural competency and creativity in their teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to lively engagement between the church and the broader society.

In a theological seminary whose mission includes vocational formation, responsibilities include:

  • Supervising the Contextual Education programs: Ministry in Context, Clinical Pastoral Education, the Public Church Fellows program, and Internship year and related contextual requirements for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministry programs.
  • Working with faculty and sta to cultivate, equip, and monitor contextual education sites and supervisors, with particular attention to developing new sites that will support defined areas of emphasis in the curriculum (environmental ministry, interfaith studies, religion & science, urban ministry, and the African Descent, Hispanic/Latino/a, Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Native Alaskan ministry emphases).
  • Teaching in collaboration with others the seminar “Ministerial Leadership II,” which incorporates and further develops skills students learn in the contextual education sites, and collaborating with the faculty on integrating contextual education across the curriculum.
  • Taking a leadership role in describing and assessing competencies for ministerial leadership that are responsive to the diverse contexts in which ministry is practiced.
  • Advocating for students in their various learning sites, acting as a primary liaison between the seminary and these sites.
  • Mentoring and advising masters students in a predominantly white institution committed to deepening student and faculty awareness regarding power dynamics related to race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender.
  • Actively participating in a learning community committed to anti-racism and the mutual support, accountability, encouragement, and empowerment of one another’s work in theological education.

Active involvement in the church is an essential criterion, with preferential consideration given to rostered leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (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 must hold an MDiv or Master’s degree, preference will be given to those holding a doctorate. Spanish-speaking ability will be considered an asset.

Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing how you are prepared to address the commitments and responsibilities described above. All materials should be submitted electronically to Erik Christensen, chair of the Contextual Education Advisory Search Committee, at Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by January 31, 2019.

About LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 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 in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty members 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 LSTC, visit

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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