Faculty in Pastoral Ministry
Full-time, with faculty rank; continuing status track; 9 month faculty appointment in the FPU Biblical Seminary.
The candidate appointed will be empowered to help develop Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary’s pastoral ministry programs in order to meet the challenges of our modern, diverse and technological world. The selected candidate will teach in such areas as missional church leadership, evangelism and church planting, developing healthy and holistic churches, the church and technology, and cross-cultural ministry. The aim of this new position is to help reshape the seminary’s pastoral ministry programs in order to equip an increasingly diverse group of students from the San Joaquin Valley, multiple denominations, and a wide range of ethnicities during this rapidly-changing period in history.
Begun in 1955, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary (formerly Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary) has grown to be a solid, innovative and globally known theological institution, offering an M.Div. degree as well as M.A. degrees in marriage family therapy (MFT), Christian ministries (MACM), OT, NT, theology, and urban mission. The seminary takes local, regional and global context seriously, preparing ethnically and denominationally diverse leaders from Anabaptist, Evangelical, and many other traditions for transformational ministry in their current or future situations. Located in Fresno, CA, the seminary benefits from a living laboratory in which dramatic social challenges have led to the creation of innovative and collaborative ministry relationships and vision. These have caught the attention of leadership across the United States. Three centers within the seminary provide unique training. Our students experience a ministry of shalom as they master the skill sets of shalom through the seminary’s Center for Community Transformation. Others gain appreciation for the historic strengths of Anabaptist tradition through the seminary’s Center for Anabaptist Studies. Finally, our On-Site Counseling Center provides profoundly effective therapy in partnership with local school districts and faith-based and secular agencies, as well as in our outpatient centers.
- Teach courses related to pastoral ministry and contemporary culture;
- Bring a fresh and imaginative perspective to the M.Div. and MACM programs;
- Assist in developing non-traditional, pastoral training programs (on-line, on site at churches, hybrids, etc.);
- Work collegially with current faculty;
- Supervise ministry students;
- Give leadership to the seminary’s weekly chapel service;
- Serve as a role model for seminary students;
- Represent Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary well to our various constituencies.
- A terminal degree (D.Min., Ed.D., or Ph.D.) in a related field; M.Div with exceptional experience or qualifications may be considered;
- A minimum of five years of pastoral experience;
- Record or promise of scholarly achievement;
- Experience in working with diverse populations;
- Evidence of strong communication skills;
- Evidence of a deep sense of pastoral vocation;
- Appreciation for the Anabaptist, Pietist and Evangelical theological traditions;
- Keen interest in understanding, evaluating and critiquing when necessary the influences of contemporary culture on the life and ministry of the church;
- Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church.
- Involvement in a Mennonite Brethren or other Anabaptist congregation;
- Experience in church planting;
- Experience in an urban congregation or para-church organization;
- Skills related to technology and social media;
- Facility with Spanish.
Send a letter of application, a completed faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vitae, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts or placement file to:
- Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.
- Vice President and Dean, Biblical Seminary
- Fresno Pacific University
- 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue, Box 14
- Fresno, CA 93702
- OR: email FPUProv@fresno.edu
Fresno Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or physical handicap in its hiring practices. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.