Regional Representative - Asia

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-796102
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 02, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: February 1, 2022
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Job Description:


  • TBD (with possibilities in Cambodia or Thailand)
  • Work areas are China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other parts of Southeast Asia

Assignment Includes:

  • Work as an extension of and under the supervision of the Chicago-based Asia Pacific Desk director, and to collaborate as part of the Asia Pacific Team.
  • Steward ELCA’s relationships with companion churches and partners in Asia.
  • Extend theological education engagements of the ELCA in Asia, providing for relationships with ELCA theological education networks, networking within Asia, and consulting on theological education matters.
  • Serve as a consultant on theological education, as requested by companions.
  • Steward some of the ELCA’s strategic emphases for the region, such as gender justice and migration/trafficking.
  • Attend to Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) processes for ELCA-funded projects in the region.
  • Attend partner fora, roundtables, and other consultative gatherings that relate to the churches and institutions in the identified region.
  • Assist in planning and implementing consultations and fora that involve ELCA emphases and interests.

All ELCA Global Personnel participate in mission interpretation.

Site Information:

  • China -The ELCA has been working with the church in China for more than 15 years, at the national level with the Three Self Patriotic Church / China Christian Council (head office in Shanghai) and at the regional level with the church expressions in Sichuan and Yunnan. This includes leadership training, theological education, health care, social ministry, rural development and evangelism.
  • Taiwan - Taiwan Lutheran Church was birthed out of mission efforts from the United States in the late 1940s. The TLC has maintained strength in evangelism, youth and campus ministry, and health ministries. On the latter, Chiayi Christian Hospital is one of the premier hospitals in mid-Taiwan.
  • Hong Kong - The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong’s strengths lie in urban ministry among its more than 50 congregations, education (11 primary and secondary schools), social ministry and church publishing. Its seminary has become a regional center for theological education, including outreach to mainland China and the Mekong region.
  • Malaysia - The Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) dates back to 1953, with early missionary work from the United States. Constituted in 1963, the church’s growth was primarily among the ethnic Chinese population of West Malaysia. Soon after, the LCM began outreach among the Orang Asli, the indigenous peoples of West Malaysia. The LCM now also engages in global mission in Myanmar, China and Vietnam.
    The Basel Christian Church of Malaysia is located in Sabah (east Malaysia) and has roots in the Basel Mission’s work in southern China. While the church has long been a Hakka Chinese speaking church, ministry has grown to include ministry among the indigenous peoples of Sabah as the fastest growing group within the BCCM, and English-speaking ministries as well among the younger generation.
  • Singapore - What had initially been the Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore, the church divided in 1997 into a Malaysian church and that within Singapore. There are five congregations in the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS) and a Thai outreach center. The social services ministry of the LCS are strong, together with an active maritime ministry. The LCS has global outreach to Cambodia, China, and Mongolia.
  • Indonesia - With Close to 6 million Lutherans in Indonesia, spread among 13 church bodies, this is among the most populous Lutheran countries in the world. Lutherans also represent about two percent of the population of Indonesia, which is also the most populous Muslim country. The ELCA relates to three of these - HKBP (Huria Kristen Batak Protestan), HKI (Huria Kristen Indonesia) and GKPS (Gereja Kristen Protestan Simalungun) - together with the national umbrella for all Lutheran churches, the KNLWF Komite (Nasional Lutheran World Federation). Most Lutherans are in the western part, in North Sumatra and the Nias and Mentawai islands.
  • Cambodia - One of the youngest Lutheran churches, the Lutheran Church in Cambodia, was constituted in 2017. It has 4 congregations, from which there is outreach among students and young people, agricultural and community development, and evangelical outreach.
  • Other churches in the immediate region with which the ELCA works include Thailand, Philippines, and Myanmar.


Experience and Skills:

  • M.Div. and/or other theological degrees preferred.
  • Certification and experience in other fields, such as development helpful.
  • Chinese language (especially Mandarin) capability helpful.
  • Experience with Asian church, cultural and social contexts preferred.

Terms and Conditions:

This position is supported under the terms of ELCA Service and Justice 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 from kindergarten through high school, housing and cash salary which is adjusted according to the goods and services differential for country of service.

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:

  • 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