Job Description

Make a Difference at Grand Canyon University

Shape the bright futures of Grand Canyon University students as a full time Faculty member for the traditional ground campus in the College of Theology.  For those with a passion for ministry and helping others through Christ, the College of Theology offers bachelor and master’s degrees in Christian Studies. Specializations include Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Biblical Studies and Christian Leadership.   

As a full-time Faculty member, you’ll provide program instruction incorporating innovative teaching methodologies, cutting-edge technologies and other industry trends reflecting advancements in your discipline.  If you are highly motivated and passionate about teaching exceptional quality instruction in modern facilities with smaller class sizes, we’d like to hear from you. 

Grand Canyon University’s College of Theology is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Internships and Ministry with faculty responsibilities. The Director position centers on the development of strategic relationships with local churches in order to support internships and deployment of graduates as they transition into ministry. The position provides vital support for career preparation and employment for students within the college’s new Barnabas Pastoral Program. The Director reports to the Dean and works closely with the program’s Coordinator and the larger faculty to integrate the academic, spiritual, and practical aspects of the program. This 12-month position is administrative but entails a teaching load at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to pastoral ministry and career preparation.

About the Barnabas Pastoral Program (BPP):

The BPP is a comprehensive, accelerated training program designed for young people preparing for vocational, pastoral ministry within the local church. The program seamlessly combines classroom work, co-curricular experiences, activities, and on-the-job training to produce a healthy balance of knowledge, skill, and character which are essential for future ministry leaders. In many ways, the program exists to prepare the church for tomorrow by investing in young pastors today.

Much like its New Testament namesake, the BPP aims to develop leaders whose lives are profoundly shaped by the gospel and who love the Lord as well as his church. Just as Barnabas mentored the Apostle Paul, John Mark, and others in the early church, our vision for pastoral education integrates academic preparation, mentoring, and hands-on apprenticeships under the guidance of seasoned gospel ministers capable of developing young leaders.

Required coursework includes specified courses within the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity programs, a series of formative pastoral labs, a recommended internship, and supervised ministry requirements. Nonetheless, classroom work only represents part of the overall student experience. The program also employs co-curricular and post-curricular elements that shape students holistically and professionally for missional, gospel-centered ministry.

PLEASE NOTE: This position will be based on our Main Campus in Phoenix, AZ and has an anticipated start date in the summer of 2020.


Responsibilities include equipping students with the required skill set, facilitating classroom discussions, assessing student performance and preparing students to be successful leaders in their chosen profession.  Other main responsibilities include the following:

  • Develops strategic relationships with local pastors and churches to support internships and deployment of graduates for pastoral roles. Connects prospective interns with internship and residency opportunities in partnership with local pastors and churches.
  • Works to expand internship and employment opportunities for students and graduates in local churches.
  • Supports the deployment of students for internships during the program and for vocational pastoral roles upon graduation.
  • Collaborates with Office of Field Experience and Career Connections teams to ensure smooth deployment of students for internships and pastoral role. Similarly, provides support and resources to graduates as they transition into vocational ministry.
  • Works in partnership with the other BPP team members to ensure the students are prepared for deployment as pastoral leaders.
  • Coordinates various activities and events related to career exploration and preparation.
  • Chairs a committee that ensures internships and other ministry experiences provide supervised, practical experience that complements the classroom learning offered in the programs of study.
  • Regularly reports data related to career preparation, internships, and employment for Barnabas Pastoral Program students and graduates.
  • Develops a network of pastoral leaders that provide mutual encouragement and support for current students preparing for ministry, program alumni, and current pastoral leaders.
  • Assists in the development of a digital platform and resources that support graduates as they transition into vocational ministry.
  • Coordinates with administrative support personnel as necessary.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining a rigorous and theologically sound BPP curriculum and co-curriculum that support longevity and faithfulness in local church ministry.
  • Teaches relevant subjects in the field of expertise to undergraduate students related to formation, leadership, and pastoral ministry. 
  • Assists students in achieving course objectives and learning outcomes.
  • Manages portions of the budget related to areas of responsibility.
  • Actively participates in department, college and university committees.
  • Engages in other administrative tasks as necessary, including preparation of reports related to duties, responsibilities, and objectives of the role.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The ideal candidate will have earned a PhD or DMin from an accredited institution in the area of practical theology, pastoral ministry, or leadership and will possess exceptional communication skills.
  • A successful candidate will have significant experience in pastoral ministry and a strong capacity to network and develop strategic relationships with local pastors and the churches they serve.
  • Teaching experience at the college level and significant involvement with a local church are highly valued.
  • All faculty in GCU’s College of Theology are required to sign and teach in accordance with the university’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Positions Statement, and the College of Theology Covenant. If necessary, additional materials such as a sample sermon, lesson, or performance may be requested.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University's Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.

We also have on-campus and remote, part-time, Adjunct positions available. To view a list of all Adjunct openings please click here.

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GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

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