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 Program Coordinator with faculty responsibilities This position provides vital leadership and oversight of the college’s new Barnabas Pastoral Program in support of the Dean and Assistant Deans, and in collaboration with faculty. The Coordinator position centers on programmatic oversight and development, student support, faculty coordination, and management of the curriculum and co-curriculum for the sake of forming young pastoral leaders. The Coordinator also works closely with the program’s Director of Internships and Ministry to ensure that students are properly prepared for a lifetime of faithful ministry in the local church. This 12-month position is administrative but entails a teaching load related to formation and ministry 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:

Functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinates all aspects the BPP by managing the curriculum, the co-curriculum, and career preparation activities in order to ensure alignment to the targets, objectives, and overarching goals of the program.
  • Directs activities, experiences, and events related to pastoral formation include, but not limited to, chapel services, guest lectures, roundtable dialogues, networking forums, and ministerial training sessions.
  • Serves as Department Chair for the college’s BA in Christian Ministry program.
  • Oversees instruction within Ministry Labs and coaching within Pastorem Groups to ensure that student formation aligns with programmatic targets and objectives.
  • Regularly reports on key performance indicators related to programmatic efficacy and required reporting for supporting grants.
  • Chairs a programmatic admissions committee that reviews application materials and awards Barnabas scholarships to eligible students.
  • Oversees student evaluation in light of programmatic requirements, learning objectives, and progression requirements related to scholarship eligibility.
  • Collaborates with the program’s Director of Internships and Ministry to ensure that internships, supervised ministry experiences, and career preparation activities align with and complement classroom learning.
  • Supervises administrative support personnel.
  • Works with University Counselors, Student Services Counselors, faculty, and administrative staff within the college to resolve support student success within the program.
  • Provides support for instructors within the BPP who teach under the auspices of the College of Theology.
  • Develops relationships with external stakeholders for the sake of expanding internship opportunities for students in local churches and other Christian organizations.
  • Cultivates a vibrant BPP community on campus.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The ideal candidate will have earned a PhD or DMin from an accredited institution in the area of biblical studies, systematic theology, practical theology, leadership, or ministry and will possess exceptional communication skills.
  • A successful candidate will have significant experience in ministry and a strong capacity to form young, pastoral leaders for ministry.
  • 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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