Professor of Pastoral Care and Missional Leadership

Time: 100%
Rank: Open - Continuing employment track
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Review of letters and curriculum vita will begin January 2, 2019.
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Hiring Policy

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary does not discriminate against employees or candidates for employment on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability or any legally protected status. Commitment to AMBS's mission and support of its Anabaptist and ecumenical vision are important.

Position Description

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is seeking an experienced pastoral and missional leader who can inspire, teach and mentor students who are preparing to serve in congregations and organizations. The person hired for this position will be a pastoral care scholar and practitioner with proven capacities for fruitful collaboration with both faculty colleagues and off-campus leaders across a wide range of ministry settings. The faculty member will have an understanding of pastoral care as a communal function that is part of the church's testimony to the presence and power of God's spirit in our midst.

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about vocational formation and the development of ministerial character. This person will be an innovator who is responsive to emerging ways of being the church and how pastors and church leaders are best prepared to serve the church of the future. The ability to develop and nurture relationships with congregational, community and global resources will be essential. The candidate will also be committed to collaborating with faith communities and other institutions from a variety of denominational, racial and ethnic, economic and other social locations. The faculty portfolio will include oversight of supervised ministry experience and other field placements.

Primary Responsibilities

This faculty member will be expected to:

  • Teach effectively in the areas of pastoral care, pastoral counseling and theology, the practice of ministry, and missional leadership in face-to-face, hybrid and online environments
  • Guide the practice of mentoring and leadership for ministry and other field placement supervisors
  • Collaborate with faculty in oversight of field experiences critical to the degrees offered by AMBS
  • Manage a network of partners in congregations, faith communities and nonprofit organizations
  • Track requirements in degree programs as they relate to licensure and certifications
  • Relate regularly to Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada conference/regional church ministers
  • Advocate appreciatively and critically for Anabaptist and Mennonite theological perspectives while being conversant with other contemporary theological movements
  • Advise and serve students as they progress toward completion of MA and MDiv degrees
  • Contribute to community life at AMBS through scholarly research, regular worship, faculty committee and governance participation, community activities and constituency assignments


  • PhD or equivalent required, MDiv preferred
  • Expertise in pastoral care and counseling
  • Experience in leadership development
  • Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to inspire students in face-to-face and online learning environments
  • Intercultural competency and demonstrated commitment to undoing racism
  • A theological vision that includes peacemaking, justice, healing and reconciliation as central to God’s mission
  • Personal commitment to Christian faith and discipleship, to Anabaptist-Mennonite values and to the church as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Evidence of entrepreneurial acumen preferred
  • Language skills in addition to English are preferred, particularly in Spanish
  • Post-secondary teaching experience preferred

To apply

Send a curriculum vitae; a letter indicating interest, availability, and ways in which you meet the qualifications listed above; and the names and locations of three references (no letters at this time) to:

Dr. Beverly Lapp, Vice President and Academic Dean
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN  46517        
[email protected]