Systematic Theology Seminary Professor - Brazil

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-695580
    • Job Location: São Leopoldo, BRA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: August 01, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: February 4, 2020
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Job Description:


  • São Leopoldo, Brazil

Assignment Includes:

  • Teach in the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programs
  • Research and publish in books and qualified periodicals in conformity with the institutional policies and those of CAPES
  • Collaboration in the institutional management including, but not limited to: committees, councils, leadership positions, projects, and internationalization
  • Participate in extension activities including, but not limited to: lectures and courses, consultancies in the Igreja Evangélica de Confissão Luterana no Brasil (IECLB)
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.

Site Information:

Faculdades Escola Superior de Teologia (EST) is an important reference center for formation and research in Brazil and is one of the best reputed centers in Latin America. Its general goal is to promote academic formation and foment scientific research in the field of applied human and social sciences, linguistics, languages, arts and health. It aims at capacitating qualified professionals for work in various socio-cultural areas which demand specialized knowledge in those areas.

The history of the Faculdades EST, especially of the bachelor’s Program in Theology, is intimately related to the German immigration in southern Brazil. Since 1824 an expressive number of Confessional Lutheran Germans have arrived in the southern part of the country, beginning a work of edification of congregations. Initially, this work was done by lay people, or pastors coming from abroad. Soon, a need was felt to have theological formation on Brazilian soil, something which became reality in the year of 1946, with the foundation of the Escola de Teologia (School of Theology). Today, with a 73-year-old history, the Faculdades EST works with different levels: undergraduate, post-graduate, extension and technical programs.

The mission of Faculdades EST is to promote Teaching, Research and Extension, seeking academic excellence and contributing to the capacitation of ethical professionals who work in a way which promotes, through their professional effort, human dignity and solidarity. For this reason, it is constituted as a formation center in higher education, which, through ethics and quality teaching, promotes the transversality of the sciences and human dignity with a broad and constructive social perspective.

Since it is an institution tied to the IECLB, the Faculdades EST bases its action on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on the commitment with the tradition of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century and its important contribution to education, always in an ecumenical perspective. For this reason, itself, it is an institution which prioritizes the cultivation of a spirituality in which people are invited to, freely, live out the love of God in their personal, professional and social relations. These are the philosophical and educational presuppositions which tie it to the solid humanist traditions, which capacitate it to contribute to a democratic, pluralist and solidary society with all people, especially with the most vulnerable of the Brazilian society.

Today they recognize a plurality of theological approaches, which require that Theology positions itself in face of these new, sometimes difficult challenges, evaluating how they contribute to a new culture of liberation and hope. In the wake of critical theological approaches in Latin America, Theology at Faculdades EST affords an opportunity to unveil and investigate the different mechanisms that control the economy, authority, natural resources , gender and sexuality, and subjectivity and knowledge.

Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in the area of Systematic Theology or ThD/DTh
  • Basic knowledge of the Portuguese and/or Spanish languages and willingness to improve knowledge of the language
  • Knowledge, formation and research in Systematic Theology, Dogmatics, Lutheran Confessions, and Ecumenism
  • Minimum of 2 years of teaching, research, and full-time service in a teaching institution preferred
  • Experience advising and supervising students' research preferred
  • Transversal knowledge interfacing with Theology and Sciences of Religion, such as issues of gender ecumenism, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue, and contextual hermeneutics
  • Qualified publications in books and periodical of the work area
  • Knowledge and experience in ecclesiastical ministry are desireable
  • Experience with Distance Learning (Teaching Online classes) is preferred

Terms and Conditions

This position is supported under the terms of ELCA Global Mission Expectations and Support for Long Term Global Personnel. Those provisions include: international transportation, transportation related to work assignment, pensions and major medical coverage, assistance with schooling for children through high school, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for Brazil.

If Candidate is Married

Both must complete an application for this position, even if the spouse will not be fulfilling a specific role in the ministry. In the context of global mission service, a spouse is seen as a representative of the ELCA and of the receiving church regardless of their actual role. It is important for the ELCA that both members of a couple understand the role of missionary and are comfortable with that reality. In addition, an accompanying spouse receives an appointment to service by the ELCA and the support package for mission personnel includes compensation for an accompanying spouse.

General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA