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Director of Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry

CENTRE FOR ASIAN-CANADIAN THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY SEEKS HALF-TIME DIRECTOR

The Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry is searching for a passionate, energetic, engaging, and visionary part time director who will lead the Centre with a focus on 2nd generation ministry in Asian Canadian churches. If you envision yourself in this leadership capacity, please submit your application (please note that this is a 3-year contract position).

 

Qualifications

  • 1.5 or 2nd generation Asian Canadian
  • holds a degree in theology such as an MDiv, MRE, DMin, or PhD
  • minimum 3 yrs. experience in 2nd generation Asian Canadian ministry
  • excellent skills in administration, fundraising and public relations
  • ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and staff in a theological education setting

 

Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility is to administer all facets of the work of the Centre, to fundraise for the Centre in cooperation with the Development office of Knox College, and to work with faculty of Knox College in setting out a research plan focused on the second generation.  Other related professional opportunities may arise as the Centre consolidates its research plans and future vision.

 

Duties:  

Administration:

  • in consultation with the Principal of the College, plan, co-ordinate and oversee the Centre’s activities, events and programs with help from appropriate committees such as the Asian Canadian Youth program
  • plan various Council and committee meetings
  • work with the chair of the Council and committee heads.
  • liaison with Knox College in welcoming exchange students and visiting scholars from Asia.
  • with the Principal of the College, work to develop networking relationships with Asian-Canadian Churches and other Asian theological schools
  • Other duties as required

 Research:

  • propose research topics for Asian Canadian Churches with a focus on current and future ministry for and with 2nd generation and to consult with Knox College, as needed
  • recruit researchers from Knox College, the Asian Canadian Churches and Universities.
  • apply for grants and other funding for research projects.

  Fundraising:

  • plan and administrate fundraising events for the Centre with DPSP committee in consultation with the Development office of the College write letters for donations to the Asian Canadian churches regularly
  • visit the Han-Ca Presbyteries and other Asian Church Presbyteries in order to
  • introduce and promote the Centre’s activities, build relationships and to seek financial support.

 

Application Process

Please submit:

  • letter of interest including your vision for Asian Canadian 2nd generation ministry
  • current resume
  • two professional letters of reference with one from a ministry organization to:

 

          Rev. Soojin Chung, Chair of  the Council,  

         by email:  soo_jin_chung@yahoo.com

         by mail:    Knox College,

                          59 St. George St.

                          Toronto, ON M5S 2E6

                          Attn: Rev. Soojin Chung

                                   Chair, Asian Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knox College thanks Peterborough K.M. Hunter Foundation for contribution to re:forming Tomorrow campaign

 

Elizabeth Giesbrecht

“I hope that having people with spiritual care skills can become widespread in the social services and health sectors as well as within congregations,” said Elizabeth Giesbrecht, President of the Peterborough K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation. The Foundation recently donated to Knox College’s re:forming Tomorrow campaign in support of the new Master of Pastoral Studies (MPS) program.

The Foundation’s donation will provide scholarship opportunities for internships within the MPS, giving students hands-on, experience-based learning and leadership development opportunities. “I strongly support experiential learning,” said Giesbrecht. “I also recognize that the kinds of places where an MPS student could do an internship would often not have funds to be able to pay them. Knox’s plan to help with scholarships will encourage both students and organizations to take part in the experiential learning.”

The MPS program resonates with Giesbrecht, particularly as she says that her home congregation (St. Andrew’s, Brampton) has focused on extending spiritual care in their community in recent years. Knox’s MPS equips students for leadership in specialized areas of pastoral ministries and spiritual care/therapy. Graduates of the MPS program are prepared to serve as ordained and lay ministry leaders, institutional chaplains, spiritual care practitioners, psycho-spiritual therapists, and community workers. The first cohort began in September 2016.

Giesbrecht’s grandfather, Kenneth Martin Hunter, established the K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation in 1967, which has donated to the work of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) every year since then. Giesbrecht began to serve on the board in the 1990s after his death. In 2004, the foundation divided into two and she went with the newly-formed Peterborough organization. As well as donating to Presbyterians Sharing and other projects within the PCC, the foundation also supports medical research, aboriginal causes within Canada, and international relief and development.  

Knox College’s Director of Development, Seta Ghougassian, says, “For the MPS program to be effective, experiential learning is essential. With the first cohort of MPS students finishing their first full year of studies, Knox College welcomes the Foundation’s timely and generous support for internship scholarships. Our donors have a very important role in students’ success.”

Re:forming Tomorrow is a comprehensive capital campaign, seeking to raise $15 million to keep Knox at the forefront of theological education. Learn more at www.knox.utoronto.ca/campaign.

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