Outside Opportunities

To advertise your position openings on our web site, please e-mail the information to Careers. Be sure to include the position's title, contact information and a brief paragraph that describes qualification requirements and position responsibilities in the same format found below.

For all outside positions, you must contact the agency listed and not the ELCA Churchwide office. The ELCA Application for Employment form should only be used when applying for Churchwide office positions.

Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio
Senior Associate Director, Leadership Giving

The Advancement department at Wittenberg University is recruiting for a Senior Associate Director of Leadership Giving.  This position is responsible for planning and implementing strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of leadership gifts to Wittenberg University.  The person selected for this position will engage key volunteers, board members, senior administration and faculty members as appropriate, will work closely with all members of the comprehensive campaign team to craft and implement action plans which will inspire the support of donors, and will promote Wittenberg University by sharing the University's mission.  A bachelor's degree is required, master's degree and/or professional designation is preferred, and a minimum of 3 years in developing major gifts.  Frequent travel is required as is evening and weekend work.  Interested applicants should apply online via this link:  http://wittenberg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=58932.  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.   For additional information about Wittenberg, please visit our website at www.wittenberg.edu.
Closing Date: June 1, 2015.

Cormorant Lutheran Church, near Lake Park, MN
Coordinator of Youth, Family and Educational Ministries

Cormorant Lutheran Church is looking for a full-time Coordinator of Youth, Family and Educational Ministries in a lively, growing congregation in Lakes Country. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Please send resume and references including a personal faith and ministry statement to Pastor Wade Dutton at Cormorant Lutheran Church, 14314 Co. Hwy 4, Lake Park, MN 56554 or clchurchpastor@loretel.net. For a position description or other information, e-mail or call 218-532-2600. 
Applications received until position filled. Posting Date:  May 1, 2015

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Recruit the next visionary leaders to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We need a Recruiter that is committed to the Church’s work of ministry and to the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC at the Master’s and Doctoral level. The Recruiter will travel and recruit on both the national and local level up to 40% of working hours. S/he will serve with the Director as a representative of LSTC through contacts with colleges, churches, synods and other connections to the greater community.  With the Director, S/he will provide counsel on ministry vocations, and provide information about LSTC’s programs. We look for a person that is a self-starter with exceptional interpersonal communication, networking, and presentation experience. Our Recruiter must have very good organizational skills, and detailed record keeping ability. A Master’s degree in a theological area of study (e.g. M.A., M.Div., M.A.T.S) or a rostered leader in the ELCA is desired. Experience in Admissions, recruitment, sales and marketing is also helpful.  The candidate must be able to utilize and maintain social media sites and have proficiency in Microsoft Office and the Internet.  LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The position is full time with full ELCA benefits and a salary of $37,000.  Send cover letter, resume, and a communication of your thoughts on recruiting and serving the next visionary leaders to proclaim the gospel to: bberridge@lstc.edu  A full description is available on our website:  www.lstc.edu.
Posting date: May 1, 2015

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bayport, MN

Part-time (13 hrs per week) custodial work ($13 per hr).   Duties include: custodial services, security of building at night and light duty maintenance; and, additional custodial services and compensation for weddings and funerals. Position requires experience in methods of cleaning and light maintenance and ability to lift 20-50 lbs.  Send resume to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 490 4th St N., Bayport, MN 55003 or email resume to MSBELL911@msn.com by May 15, 2015 in order to apply. http://www.bethlehemstar.org/jobdescriptions.html

Office Administrator
Part-time (20 hrs per week) Office Administrative work ($15 per hour).  Responsibilities include: office receptionist; preparation of congregational life materials; data maintenance; purchase and contracting duties related to supplies, maintenance and usage of Church building; coordination of volunteers; funeral and wedding coordination (additional compensation for this task); and, other duties as assigned.  Qualifications include: being self-directed, reliable, good communicator and having strong MS Office, Excel and Microsoft publishing skills.   A minimum of 2 years or more of related experience and a minimum of a high school degree is required.  Send resume to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 490 4th St. N., Bayport, MN 55003 or email resume to rich.larson@bethlehemstar.org by May 15, 2015 in order to apply. http://www.bethlehemstar.org/jobdescriptions.html

Wicker Park Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL
Part-time Church Musician

Wicker Park Lutheran Church is a vibrant, diverse, and growing congregation with approximately 100 members that has experienced significant recent growth. Worship is described as traditional with expansive Lutheran theology. We seek an approximately 10 hour per week church musician to foster spiritual and religious experiences through a communal ministry of music by providing music during worship services and accompanying the choir. Our Moller organ is a historical landmark instrument from 1906 with 2-manuals, 25-ranks and has been described as a prototype for pneumatic organs. Proficiency in organ and piano and willingness to work in a team-based music ministry with both clergy and laity are essential. The full job description may be obtained at www.wickerparklutheran.org. Resumes with cover letters, may be sent to music@wickerparklutheran.org.
Closing Date for applications is May 31, 2015.

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSS-SC)
President and CEO

Lutheran Social Services is seeking a President and CEO. Requirements include an advanced related degree; over 5 years of experience in leadership/management; and membership in a Lutheran congregation. A detailed profile of the organization and position can be accessed at www.lsscommunitycare.org/pdf/president-CEO-profile.pdf  or www.rdueaconsulting.com.  Contact: Robert Duea at rduea@cox.net or 623-570-8868.
Applications are due by July 30, 2015.

First Lutheran Church in Algona, Iowa
Full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry Full-time

First Lutheran Church is seeking a Full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry. This position is responsible to develop, guide, oversee and implement a vibrant ministry for the children, youth, and families at First Lutheran.  Some travel required. College graduate with certificate in Youth Ministry preferred. Previous ministry experience is desired. Background check and clearances required, Equal Opportunity Employer. A complete job description is available by contacting the church office at 515/295-3758 or emailing April at jabraun@ncn.net.

Interested applicants should submit a resume via email to jabraun@ncn.net or by mail to First Lutheran Church, PO Box 516, Algona, IA 50511.
Closing Date: May 20, 2015

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, WA
WA Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries (full-time)

The Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries serves as the key leader in developing and implementing a comprehensive approach towards nurturing the children, youth, and families at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in life-long faith and the love of Jesus Christ through the support and leadership of all generations.  We are seeking a disciple of Jesus Christ with a solid understanding of the teachings of the ELCA, and a vision to integrate children, youth, and families into the life of the whole congregation with a focus on intergenerational cooperation.  Strong communication and organizational skills, a college degree, and experience in working with children, youth, and families in an intergenerational setting is required. For a complete job description or to submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements, please contact Pastor Gail Rautmann at pastorgail@gloria-dei-lutheran.org or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, attn. Pastor Gail Rautmann, 3215 Larch Way, Lynnwood, WA 98036.
Closing date: May 15, 2015

Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA
Director of Youth Ministry

Westminster Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry who will lead a comprehensive spiritual growth, fellowship, and service program for middle and high school students.  Primary responsibilities will include planning, organizing and leading weekly youth group gatherings, Sunday School classes (middle & high school only), confirmation ministry, retreats, mission trips and other spiritual and social events.  Partnering with parents, leaders of other youth-oriented church programs (youth choir, K-5th grade Sunday School, etc.) and other volunteers will be paramount.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years experience in leading a coordinated youth program.  This candidate will love Jesus and youth; be able to connect spiritually and socially with youth and parents; demonstrate solid leadership, communication and organizational skills;  and be an energetic, enthusiastic, faithful and self-motivated team player.
Closing date: May 15, 2015

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, IL
Administrative Associate

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois is accepting resumes for an Administrative Associate. Primary responsibilities include the following: production of a variety of church related publications maintaining the church calendar supervising office volunteers serving as the coordinator with outside groups 32 hrs per week. Flexible days and hours are possible. The position requires excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word and Publisher, Constant Contact, and other web-based software. Previous office experience is desired. Resumes will be received until May 15 or until the position has been filled. Please forward resume to Pastor Jim Honig at the mailing address below or electronically to pastorjkh@faithonline.org.  A full job description can be requested through the same email address.41 N. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137, 630-469-2361.
Closing date: May 15, 2015

Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSS-SC) is seeking a President and CEO. Requirements include an advanced related degree; over 5 years of experience in leadership/management; and membership in a Lutheran congregation. A detailed profile of the organization and position can be accessed at www.lsscommunitycare.org/pdf/president-CEO-profile.pdf  or www.rdueaconsulting.com.  Contact: Robert Duea at rduea@cox.net or 623-570-8868.
Applications are due by 7/30/15.

People Faith Lutheran Church, Winter Garden, FL
Minister of Music and Worship

Do you want to help lead God’s people in vibrant worship? Then People of Faith Lutheran Church is for you!  We are currently seeking a part-time (15 – 20 hrs./week) Minister of Music and Worship to help lead and guide this family of God at our 9:45 Sunday worship and other special services throughout the liturgical year (Holy Week, Advent, etc.).  We are looking for that special someone who can play the keyboard, sing lead vocal and help lead a band.  We are looking for that special someone who is versed in liturgy, as well as traditional and contemporary music.  We are looking for that special someone who can work with the pastor in organizing worship, lay leaders, musicians and the congregation to use their gifts to the fullest.  We are looking for that special someone who can put together a worship folder/bulletin in written as well as in digital form. Compensation is based on education and experience. For more information, please call Pastor Rick Kristoff @ #559-300-2179.
You can send your resume to:  People of Faith Lutheran Church, 228 Windermere Rd., Winter Garden, Fl., 34787.  Is God calling you to this church?
Closing date: May 30, 2015

Kinsmen Lutheran Church, NW Houston, Texas
Director of Music Ministry, Part-time

Kinsmen Lutheran Church is seeking a servant leader and team player to serve as a part time Director of Music Ministry. The director will work with an adult choir of approximately 25 members and support volunteer musicians in leading the congregation in worship and singing. We are seeking a candidate who embraces Lutheran liturgy and hymnody and is enthusiastic about a creative blend of other contemporary/ multi-cultural music in worship. Other areas of focus will be the supervision of other music ministries and the Director of the Abendmusik Concert Series. If interested, there can also be conversation about expanding music ministry into the community. Must be able to direct a choir and provide leadership for congregational singing.  References are requested. A Bachelor’s Degree in Music or Music Education, and/or equivalent knowledge and experience in a leadership role in a similar church setting is preferred. A complete application will include a cover letter, which includes a paragraph about the candidate’s philosophy regarding church music ministry and a resume. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 20. The position is open until filled. Send application to:
Beth Warpmaeker, Senior Pastor, Kinsmen Lutheran Church, 12100 Champion Forest Dr., Houston, TX 77066, bwarpmaeker@kinsmenlutheran.org,  kinsmenlutheran.org.
Closing date: May 30, 2015

Internship in the LWF Communion Office (lutheranworld.org)
Position: Advocacy Intern in the Office for International Affairs and Human Rights, Department for Theology and Public Witness
Place of Assignment:
Geneva, Switzerland
Starting Date:
1 September 2015
Duration of Contract:
Maximum one year
Required Qualifications:
University graduate in areas relating to international affairs and human rights. Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy. Aptitude for working in an international, ecumenical, multicultural environment. Computer literacy, especially with Word, email and Internet search engines. Familiarity with website, blog and social media tools would be an advantage. Fluency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French, German and/or Spanish would be an advantage. Candidates for this position require a church endorsement by an LWF member church and must be younger than 30 years. Download the job description.

Applications (including motivation letter, detailed curriculum vitae in English, church endorsement and copies of diplomas and work certificates), with the names and e-mail addresses of three references (two professional and one character) should be sent by 30 April 2015 to: 
Ms Aline Ritchie,
Head of Human ResourcesThe Lutheran World Federation
P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland,E-Mail: anw@lutheranworld.org.
Closing date: April 30, 2015

Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange, IL
Director of Student Ministries

Grace Lutheran Church of La Grange is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation.  With a mission of being the heart, hands, feet and voice of Christ in the world, the church has a strong tradition of reaching out both in the local community and the world.  The vibrant, growing congregation has an average worship attendance of 350 people, young families and seniors alike.  Guests and new members often comment on the welcoming and positive spirit at Grace.   The Director of Student Ministries is responsible for partnering with parents to lead students (infant through high school) on a life-giving journey with Christ.  They will inspire students and families to welcome all, build relationships that lead to growth in faith, and reach out and love like Jesus.  They will cast the vision of Student Ministries and reproduce leaders who love to impact the lives of students. 

The ideal candidate will have a four year degree and at least five years of experience leading teams in children/student ministries.  They will be equipped to begin making an impact immediately.  They will possess exceptional communication skills and have a determination to explore new ways of doing ministry. The candidate will have a proven track record of reproducing leaders and engaging students in worship and small groups.  An understanding of the Orange strategy would be very advantageous. Contact Sara Harris, Grace Lutheran Church, Executive Director, 200 N. Catherine Ave, La Grange, IL  60525, (708) 352-0730.
Closing date: April 30, 2015

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL
Director of Children’s Ministries

Do you have a passion for helping children grow in faith and sharing God’s love with the smallest among us? St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington Illinois is searching for a Director of Children’s Ministries. This full-time position is directly responsible for planning and implementing all programming ministries involving children two years through 5th grade, including but not limited to the Joy Zone Sunday Morning program and Vacation Bible School. Candidates must have strong organizational skills with a passion to lead and motivate children and their parents and caregivers in their Christian walk; be able to encourage, recruit, and lead a strong volunteer core; and maintain effective and regular communication with parents and program leaders. The successful candidate will be a key member of our staff team as we engage and equip people to embrace Jesus Christ in a Growing, Christ-centered, Spirit-led community. Pay is commensurate with experience and education. A college degree and proven program leadership experience required. The supervisor of this position is the Associate Pastor of Family Ministry and Missions. St. John’s is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and an established, energetic congregation of 2,500 members. Bloomington-Normal is located 125 miles south of Chicago in a metro area of approx. 170,000 and is home to Illinois State University and State Farm Insurance.  The complete job description and application can be found at www.stjohnsbloomington.org. To apply for this position, send the completed application and resume to shari@stjohnsbloomington.org no later than April 6.

Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA
Director of Discipleship Ministries

Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church invites applicants for the position of Director of Discipleship Ministries. This member of the Ministry Staff directs and supports the Discipleship Ministries of the congregation for members and participants of all ages, in cooperation with the Pastors and the Christian Education Committee, and within the policies and guidelines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The position is .6 FTE. Minimum Qualifications:  (1) Be able to teach according to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, 2) Three (3) years of experience in child development/education. For more information and a full position description, visit www.jobs.SALChome.org Send resume via email or post to: Mary Mills, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA  98007, mary@SALChome.org For more information, contact Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church: 425-746-2529 or info@SALChome.org
Closing date: April 30, 2015

Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, IL

Wheat Ridge seeks a talented and deeply committed President/Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization and serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the Wheat Ridge mission—“Lutherans seeding new ministries of health and hope in the name of the healing Christ.” Wheat Ridge Ministries has helped seed more than 1,900 new health and human service initiatives in 40 states and 40 countries around the world. The President, who is directly accountable to the Board of Directors of Wheat Ridge, provides inspired leadership for all aspects of operations, including strategic planning, administrative policies and procedures, program services, resource development, constituency relations, financial accountability, staff supervision, and marketing and communications. For more information about the position and the application process, please visit www.wheatridge.org/presidentsearch or contact Pam Tedesco, Administrative Assistant to the President, at 800.762.6748.
Closing date: May 1, 2015

Global Finance Coordinator
Department for World Service
Place of Assignment:
Geneva, Switzerland
Starting Date: 1 July 2015
Duration of Contract:
Initial contract of 5 years
The Global Finance Coordinator is responsible for all financial matters for LWF/DWS Country Programs. He/she is a member of the DWS management team.
See job description for further information.

Global-International positions

Executive Director

UNITED MISSION TO, NEPAL,  – is seeking a full-time Executive Director. Scenically beautiful, culturally diverse, geographically challenging – in spite of strong progress in recent years, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia. The United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is a Christian development agency which, over the last 60 years, has made significant contributions in education, health, industry, rural and community development and peace-building. Currently, UMN works with grassroots organizations in 10 of Nepal’s districts, building their capacity to address the root causes of poverty and bring about sustainable change in their own communities, leading people towards the fullness of life that Jesus spoke about. UMN also continues to operate two hospitals that provide high quality holistic care, particularly to those who cannot afford it elsewhere. We are looking for a new Executive Director to lead UMN into the next stage of its development within the exciting context of Nepal.  NOTE: This is not a salaried position, the postholder will be need to seek support through one of UMN’s partner organizations. Further information available on  www.umn.org.np/ed_docs/EDRP2015.pdf.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - Interested candidates, please submit resume and cover letter to Ann McConkey. Resumes must be received electronically by March 31, 2015. For more information about UMN, view http://www.umn.org.np/.

Bega Kwa Bega Program Coordinator (Longterm Volunteer)
Saint Paul Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in cooperation with the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Position Overview
The Bega Kwa Bega (BKB) Program Coordinator is a long-term (two year) volunteer position based in Iringa, Tanzania that includes a living allowance and in-kind support. The position is a shared placement between the Saint Paul Area Synod (SPAS) and ELCA Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

To Apply
To apply for this position please submit a one-page cover letter describing your interest in this work and a resume with contact information for three professional references. Materials can be mailed to The Rev. Peter Harrits, Saint Paul Area Synod, 105 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55103 or submitted electronically to peter.harrits@spas-elca.org. Priority deadline for applications is April 27.  For detailed information see job description.
Closing date: May 1, 2015.