Seminary Professor of Church History and Practical Theology

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-793008
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Doctoral Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: October 13, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: July 18, 2022
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Job Description:


  • Hong Kong SAR, China
  • Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS), Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong

Assignment Includes:

  • The Professor of Church History, Practical Theology (homiletics, stewardship, servant leadership, worship, Diakonia) will serve regionally in China and Southeast Asia and fill the needs in other countries that also do not require full-time teaching positions.
  • This position will strengthen all parties: the companions in their various needs, LTS' visibility and connections, and the ELCA as provider of key theological education.
  • This position will help the ongoing build of Southeast Asian churches.
  • Serving central in the region, this position will also be a "roaming professor" in the ELCA’s reach among other companions in the region, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and India.

Specific assignments may include the following:

  • Teach students mostly on Master and Doctoral levels
  • Mentor students
  • Serve as an advisor to advanced studies students pursuing such as M. Th. and D. Th.
  • Travel to companion churches and teach and build theological education in the region

All ELCA Global Personnel participate in mission interpretation.

Site Information:

This position will be based in Hong Kong with the Lutheran Theological Seminary (LTS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong (ELCHK). LTS is jointly operated by the ELCHK, The Tsung Tsing Mission (Basel), The Chinese Rhenish Church Hong Kong Synod (UEM, Wuppertal), The Hong Kong & Macau Lutheran Church (NLM, Norway), and the Taiwan Lutheran Church.

Experience and Skills:

  • PhD in specified field(s) required
  • MDiv or equivalent, with ordination and parish experience preferred
  • Experience in teaching theologies in seminaries or universities
  • Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin) helpful

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 Jordan.

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


Competitive Benefits