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Campus Pastor

August 09, 2013

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Carthage College welcomes applications from ordained clergy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the position of Campus Pastor. Reporting directly to the President of the College, the Campus Pastor will work in partnership with the Executive Director of Church and Professional Relations. The Campus Pastor is responsible for providing directly or overseeing all ministry programs and efforts directed toward students in order to help them grow in their adult faith and create a spiritually vibrant campus community. The ideal candidate will have experience in campus ministry, student life, or other work with college students, and will:

Encourage and nurture the Lutheran character of the institution.

  • Provide religious programming that engages the campus community
  • Serve the College at major events such as Baccalaureate, Commencement, New Student Convocation, etc.
  • Assist in representing Carthage to interfaith religious partners of the College and of the ELCA
  • In conjunction with the Religion Department, develop a resource center for students interested in pursuing religious vocations
  • Assist in representing Carthage to associated religious communities (e.g., local congregations, synods)
  • Inspire spiritual growth by upholding the Lutheran emphasis on Word and Sacrament, both through worship opportunities and through participation in college and community opportunities for preaching and prayer

Provide direction and leadership for Campus Ministry at Carthage.

  • Provide opportunities for spiritual formation and growth for students at times when they are most available (e.g., evening hours, weekends)
  • Establish a counseling presence welcoming all students regardless of religious affiliation
  • Design worship experiences grounded in the Lutheran tradition of Word and Sacrament and open to students from diverse religious backgrounds
  • Establish opportunities for interfaith dialogue reflective of the religious interests of the campus population and of those of the surrounding community (e.g., create a campus center for interreligious dialogue)
  • Coordinate the programs of diverse student religious groups

Work collaboratively with Student Life Staff.

  • Meet regularly with Student Life Staff
  • Coordinate religious programming to enhance the Student Life mission
  • Work with campus groups to develop and nurture opportunities for students to engage in service activities
  • Develop programs connecting faculty, students, and members of the wider college community (e.g., panel discussions on pressing religious and social issues; community events; public worship services; etc.)

Maintain a supervisory relationship with representatives of other faith traditions doing ministry at Carthage College.

  • Meet regularly with affiliated clergy from all faith traditions serving the Carthage campus
  • Be available as a consultant to Student Life professionals regarding sponsored student programs with a religious focus

Be available for crisis intervention and grief support through collaboration with other professionals within the College community.

Carthage was founded in 1847 and is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with approximately 2,500 full-time and 720 part-time students. The College awards degrees in more than 40 subject areas and has a longstanding commitment to educating the whole person by nourishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical dimensions of students’ lives. The Carthage curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking while challenging students to express themselves effectively. The College is located on the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee and is a focal point in the Kenosha community.

Please submit the application and supporting documents electronically to Dr. Christian D. von Dehsen, Chair, Campus Pastor Search Committee, as attachments to the following e-mail address: Please include current curriculum vitae, a statement describing your understanding of the role of campus ministry at a church related liberal arts college in the Lutheran tradition, and a list of three references from people familiar with your experience in ministry. In addition, all candidates are expected to have on file a current Rostered Leader Profile to facilitate the call process.

For best consideration please submit all materials by October 15, 2013.

Carthage College values the diversity of its campus community and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.