Church History or Practical Theology Seminary Professor - Hong Kong

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-695777
    • Job Location: Hong Kong, SAR, CHN
    • 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:


  • Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, China

Assignment Includes:

  • Teaching students mostly on Master and Doctoral level
  • Mentoring of students
  • Advisor to advanced studies students pursuing such as M. Th. and D. Th.
  • As the "hub" of the region, teachers in LTS has the possibility of extending teaching students from Mainland China and the South East Asian region.
  • Interpret the mission and ministry of our companions back to the ELCA through newsletters, blogs, and visits to ELCA congregations and members.

Site Information:

Lutheran Theological Seminary is located on a hilltop in Shatin, Hong Kong. While founded in 1977 in Hong Kong and having moved to its current site in 1992, the history of the seminary goes back to 1913 in Hubei Province of China.

Its neighbor on this Mountain of the Way and the Spirit (To Fung Shan) is the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre and Institute for Sino-Christian Studies, with which the seminary cooperates in using the resources of this dynamic place to put contextualization of the Gospel into practice.

The student body pulls from not just the Lutheran churches in Hong Kong, but also includes some 20% of its students from various other countries, including China. About one third of the faculty are from other countries.

The school year for LTS consists of two semesters of about 15 weeks each held from September through May each year. An Opening Retreat is held at the end of August and graduation is in early June each year. English and Chinese are the languages of instruction at LTS. From time to time a faculty member may be asked to teach an intensive J-Term course (January or June), in which case the teaching load for a contiguous semester would be adjusted.

Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in an area of Practical Theology or Church History (homiletics, worship, congregational care, pastoral ministry, early church history, reformation history, etc.)
  • Clergy or theologically trained
  • Practical experience in the field and teaching experience 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 Hong Kong.

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