Lecturer/Senior Lecturer I Practical Theology Lead

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer I Practical Theology Lead to join our team in 2021. This is a new position. As an expert in one of the standard areas of practical theology (e.g. pastoral, formation, spirituality, education), you will oversee the practical, pastoral, and applied aspects of our Theology degree programme. 

On a day to day basis, you will be responsible for teaching in your discipline alongside carrying out research in the Practical Theology field. You will also be actively involved in the college and community.

The location of this role could be at either our Auckland or Christchurch campuses and will be negotiated with the successful applicant. This role is full-time and reports to the Head of School (Theology).


Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking research-led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (face to face and online)
  • Contributing to the development, planning, revision and implementation of a high- quality, visionary curriculum.
  • Publishing papers or other scholarly works in peer-reviewed academic sources or similar
  • Engaging with the broader scholarly and professional communities, contributing to the wider research and professional environments.
  • Supervising and supporting the research activities of postgraduate students.
  • Participating in community service activities that advance the profile and reputation of College and engaging in the communal life and activities of the College.



Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstratable commitment to our Statement of Faith and to its evangelical heritage.
  • A research-based doctorate in Theology or a related discipline, ideally with the use of qualitative methodology. 
  • An understanding of recent developments in the theological and general tertiary education sectors nationally and internationally.
  • An active involvement in a local Christian church and in Christian initiatives in the wider community.
  • A commitment to mentoring students and providing an appropriate level of pastoral care
  • Strong verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex concepts and information effectively to varied audiences. 
  • Leadership skills that model dedication, enthusiasm, excellence, integrity and authenticity.
  • Respect for and ability to engage confidently with women and men, people of all ethnicities and cultures, believers of differing theological and ecclesiastical affiliations, those of other faiths, and people who do not profess faith. 


About Us

Laidlaw College is the largest tertiary-level evangelical, interdenominational college in New Zealand. As a private training establishment, we offer quality education in theology, mission and ministry, counselling and education, with campuses in Henderson, Manukau and Christchurch. Study at Laidlaw is not only for those preparing for professional Christian ministry but is also for those who are seeking to deepen and integrate their faith into every area of life. We teach programmes from Certificate to Doctoral level.

Our Vision: A world shaped by love, compelled and informed by the Gospel.

Our Mission: To equip students and scholars to renew their communities with a faith as intelligent as it is courageous.



Why Laidlaw?

We offer a work environment that supports wellbeing, encourages professional and personal development and celebrates successes. These initiatives include:

  • Regular community gatherings and celebrations with staff and students
  • Childcare facilities, library and a café onsite (Auckland campus)
  • Free parking and access to a staff discount card
  • Regular events and training opportunities to support your professional and personal development


For a position description, please click here.

Please apply via SEEK with a covering letter and CV to register your interest. Applications for this role close 5pm, 6 November 2020.

If you would like to make a time for a phone call to discuss any queries, please e-mail Tracey McDowall, HR Consultant, Laidlaw College, [email protected]