Tyndale Seminary, an accredited, Canadian school of theology in the evangelical Protestant tradition, invites applications for a faculty person to head a signature program – the Master of Divinity: Church in the City program. This is a cohort-based, “in-ministry” program in which students attend classes one full day per week while concurrently engaged in ministry. A distinctive focus of the program is exploring new and fresh ways of forming and shaping communities of faith in local neighbourhood contexts. Church planting, church revitalization and alternative models of church in the rapidly changing urban landscape are central topics of critical theological reflection and practical implementation.
The program director is a full-time faculty member with demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and ministry. The specific discipline or area of expertise is open, but the ability to contribute to the theological curriculum is essential. Given the nature of the position, demonstrated competence and experience in both the academic world and frontline ministry practice is essential. The appointee will align with the Seminary’s commitment to a multicultural, multidenominational learning environment, a global and missional understanding of the church, and the formation of students for effective ministry and service.
The appointee will carry the three-fold faculty responsibilities of teaching, scholarship and service, with a greater proportion of time allocated to the service of program leadership and administration. Teaching courses in one’s area of discipline and scholarly engagement are also required. As a faith-based institution, the appointee will align with Tyndale’s Statement of Faith.
- Provide overall leadership to the MDiv Church in the City program, shaping its vision and ethos, working with core and adjunct faculty teaching in the program, and mentoring and advising students. Administrative roles as program director include: identify/recruit appropriate students, facilitate weekly group mentoring sessions, help students identify, launch and develop incubator projects, organize and lead retreats and evaluation days, manage the program budget and assessment of learning outcomes.
- Teach courses in one’s field, both within the program and in the broader seminary.
- Establish and nurture networks with the constituency, particularly those engaged in church planting and revitalization.
- Academic credentials at the doctoral level and significant ministry experience.
- Demonstrated conceptual and practical expertise in exegeting the context of church and faith in post-Christian Canada and its expressions in neighborhoods and communities.
- Proven track record of mentoring and developing students and emerging leaders.
- Experience in teaching the spiritual formation of ministry leaders an asset.
- A creative, imaginative, entrepreneurial spirit committed to shaping a curriculum and program for a new generation of ministry practitioners for the church in the city.
Open Rank with preference for an experienced teacher/practitioner
Commensurate with rank and experience
Review of applications will commence January 21, 2019 and continue until the position is filled
Please send a cover letter highlighting your fit with the role of program leader for the MDiv Church in the City, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three references.
Applications should be submitted electronically to the Seminary Search Committee, Church in the City at: employment [at] tyndale [dot] ca
While all applications will be considered, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. All applications will be reviewed but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
For general employment information send your resumé to:
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