Practical Theology Seminary Professor - Indonesia

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-695663
    • Job Location: Pematangsiantar, IDN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 13, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: July 13, 2020
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Job Description:


  • Pematangsiantar, Indonesia

Assignment Includes:

  • Work closely and consult with Indonesian theologians (and beyond) in shaping practical theology curriculum
  • Assist with the administration and implementation of practical theology programs, projects and processes
  • Teach courses that relate to practical theology, particularly in the area of specialty of the missionary
  • Help lead courses and teachings in other areas in coordination with seminary deans
  • Assist in the development of literature and other learning tools, as well as teaching tools, in Lutheran theological distinctives.
  • Attend conferences and consultations on practical theology and other areas of theology
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.

Site Information:

T his position is to be located with a Lutheran Study Center, being established through the Indonesian National Committee of the Lutheran Federation (KNLWF). The location of this study center will be at the theological seminary of the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (HKBP) in Pematangsiantar.

Sekolah Tinggi Theologia (STT) HKBP - the seminary of the Christian Protestant Batak Church - is located on a large campus near the center of Pematangsiantar. There are more than 500 students enrolled, most of whom are from the HKBP church, but with solid number of those from other Lutheran church bodies in Indonesia. The primary focus is the training of pastors, but the seminary also is a tertiary educational institution and has a graduate program.

Pematangsiantar, often shortened to Siantar, is the second largest city on Sumatra after Medan. It is located some 130 km from Medan and has a population of more than 250,000. It is the home area for Batak Simalungun people, though many Chinese and Javanese, in addition to other Batak groups live there, too.

Also located in Siantar is one of two campuses of Nommensen University, an institution of the HKBP. The Siantar campus has the faculty of teacher training and the English department, with a total of more than 6,000 students.

While Indonesia is predominantly Muslim (the most populous Muslim country in the world), Christians make up about 10% of the population. Parts of Northern Sumatra, especially among the Batak people, have a high concentration of Christians and among these, Lutherans are a majority.

Experience and Skills:

  • PhD or DMin in an area of practical theology: homiletics, worship, congregational care, leadership and mission, pastoral ministry, Christian education
  • Clergy is preferred
  • Practical experience in the field and teaching experience is preferred
  • Due to work visa limitations, candidate must be under the age of 55

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 Indonesia.

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