Theology Lecturer (Biblical, Church History, Systematic)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-804329
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 19, 2022
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: July 18, 2022
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Job Description:


  • Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
  • Martin Luther Seminary

Site Information:

    • Martin Luther Seminary (MLS) was founded in 1966 by the two Lutheran Churches of PNG: ELC-PNG and GLC-PNG (Gutnuis Lutheran Church) to train pastors and lay people and it also acts as a resource center for the Lutheran Church. MLS is situated on a 99.5 hectares of land along the Busu Road 3 kilometers north of Lae City. The seminary has neighboring primary schools, high schools, senior (secondary) schools, colleges and a state university.

Assignment Includes:

  • Teaching any combination of these three areas desired:
    • Biblical Studies: Both Old and New Testament: Biblical Foundations: Hebrews 1-4; Greek 1-4; Pentateuch (OT 1); Historical Books (OT 2); Prophets (OT 3) The Prophets of Israel; Synoptic Gospels (NT 1); Pauline Letters (NT 2); Johannine Literature (NT 3); Hebrew Readings; The Psalms; The Intertestamental literature; Greek Readings; Pastoral Letters; The Acts of the Apostles; Text and Cannon in the NT.
    • Historical Theology/Studies: Historical Foundations 1-4; Mediaval Church History; The Church in Reformation; The Church in Mission; History of Church in PNG; History of Philosophy and Theology; World Religions; History and Doctrine of the Early Church and History Elective.
    • Systematic Theology: Doctrinal Foundations 1-4; Law and Gospel; Christian Ethics; Strategies in Preaching; Bible Study Methods; Women in Church and Society; Good, Evil and Suffering; Christian Stewardship.
  • Participate in faculty meetings
  • Advise and counsel students as needed.
  • Participate actively in communal worship and life in general on the seminary campus.
  • Relate to members of the seminary community, Lae and the wider PNG community
  • Assist the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG) as called upon at the seminary and outside.

All ELCA Global Personnel participate in mission interpretation.

Experience and Skills:

  • Master’s or Doctorate in theology (specific field or general) required. Doctorate degree preferred.
  • Uphold the confessional and doctrinal basis of the Lutheran Church, required.
  • Exercise patience and humility, with the ability to tolerate challenging situations (in the PNG context) and adjust to them while finding joy in learning new things.
  • Open to dialogue, eager to learn the PNG culture, and appreciate it as a Christian and how this impacts others.

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

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.