Director of Contextual Formation

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Please send a resume, cover letter, and the contact information of three references to President Theresa Latini, c/o HR@ULS.edu


United Lutheran Seminary seeks applicants for the position of Director of Contextual Formation. The candidate should preferably be a minister of Word and Sacrament of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with broad ecumenical experience. Contextual and field formation components are integral elements of the new Integrative, Experiential, and Empowering curriculum of the United Lutheran Seminary and the Director will work closely with the Dean and the faculty in an intentional process involving contextualized experiences, reflection, integration, feedback, and assessment.

The Director will oversee the elements of ministerial leadership, most often in congregational settings; critical reflection on praxes of ministry, which in many cases involves placement and monitoring of students in Clinical Pastoral Education programs, and ministerial immersion, which involves liaising with pastors and leaders of faith-based programs and monitoring the progress of students placed in such contexts over the course of a year.

The Director will also interact with Bishops, church leaders, those overseeing candidacy and formation in various denominational settings, social, advocacy, and faith-based ministry program leaders, and local congregations.

Since the United Lutheran Seminary operates out of two campuses – Gettysburg and Philadelphia – travel between the two campuses is part of the job, and, in addition, travel to meet with partners and students in field placements is expected.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to President Theresa Latini, c/o hr@uls.edu.

The start date for the position is July 1, 2018. Application review will begin immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. Click here to view the complete job description.

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