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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.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
Manager for Congregational Outreach 

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Manager for Congregational Outreach (MCO) who will manage LIRS external relationships with Lutheran congregations and individuals.   The MCO leads and guides the process of inspiring and growing the base of Lutheran allies and congregations by cultivating strategic partnerships that further the LIRS mission. S/he develops resources for and will promote Refugee Sunday and other key organizational initiatives with Lutheran congregations. In addition, s/he will conduct needs assessment; develop and promote faith-based educational resources to engage congregations around priority LIRS issues and organizational initiatives; and provide support through ongoing communications. The MCO will coordinate and represent LIRS at selected events and connect congregations and individuals to deeper engagement as volunteers, advocates, donors, and communicators. S/he will also contribute to the promotion of local and national events, and support project work of the Assistant Director for Outreach, as needed.

Application Instructions:
To be considered, please submit resume and cover letter via by close of business March 31, 2017. For more information about LIRS, please visit

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. 

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
Program Coordinator for Stabilization
If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you! Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is seeking a Program Coordinator for Stabilization who will review and analyze program policies and inquiries and monitor affiliate programs and progress in compliance with the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees (PRM), the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and LIRS standards to ensure provision of timely and quality services to refugees and migrants. S/he will provide and coordinate programmatic support that promote self-sufficiency and community integration with focuses on program leadership and management, affiliate relationships, social engagement practices, and knowledge management.

Application Instructions:
To be considered, please submit resume and cover letter to, by close of business Friday, March 31, 2017, via .  For more information about LIRS, please visit  

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Spark house, Minneapolis
Product Marketer, Full-time

We are sparkhouse, the ecumenical division of 1517 Media. The mission of sparkhouse is to spark new life in Christian communities. The sparkhouse team develops innovative faith formation resources for kids, youth, and adults through design thinking, innovation, collaboration, and creativity. We are seeking a Product Marketer who would be responsible for growing brand awareness and increasing sales of assigned product lines. The Product Marketer will execute marketing campaigns that build brand awareness and loyalty by helping drive the strategic planning, implementation, tracking, and reporting of marketing programs and activities, and developing and executing comprehensive marketing plans that result in increased adoption, product use and long-term customer engagement. The successful candidate will have a B.A. or advance degree in Marketing and 3-5 years’ experience in marketing communications. Please include your resume, cover letter, and references list with your application. Apply at:  

United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg
Associate Director of Admissions
The Associate Director of Admissions is a member of the Student Services and Enrollment staff, and, under the guidance of the Director of Admissions, supports the enrollment activities of ULS through representing the seminary to external audiences and providing timely and thorough follow-up to those interested in enrolling. A primary function of this position will be articulating the mission, programs, and culture of both campuses of ULS to ELCA constituents.
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Youth Leadership, St. Paul, MN
Executive Director

In 1967, a small group of Young Life ministry leaders got together with this crazy idea of training and equipping men and women for a career in youth ministry—and Youth Leadership was born. LOTS has changed since 1967—in our world, in youth culture AND in Youth Leadership. One thing remains constant — the need for caring, Christ-centered adults to intentionally pass on faith to the next generation. Multi-denominational to the core, we offer a unique, practical and relational approach in our training, speaking and coaching. After 50 years, we still want to be about transforming the lives of the next generation by equipping leaders, parents and churches.

The chief responsibility of the Executive Director is to be the spiritual and organizational leader of Youth Leadership. This person will be the visionary of Youth Leadership, the provost of the training programs, a key instructor of the seminars and training events and the symbol bearer in his/her functions. This person will work directly with the Governing Board to accomplish the organizational goals set up in the vision of the organization.

Find out more at:
To apply please send your CV to

Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis
Music Development Manager, Full-time
Within the Publishing House of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1517 Media), Augsburg Fortress (AF) creates substantive and innovative materials to support the ministries of faith communities in communicating the good news of God's liberating grace, with a particular focus on Lutheran congregations. Augsburg Fortress publishes approximately 60 titles a year in the Augsburg Music portfolio, with a focus on traditional and liturgical choral and keyboard music as well as congregational song. The purpose of the Music Development Manager position is to carry out program development, editorial, and project management roles in order to ensure that the Augsburg Music publication program meets customer needs for usefulness, accessibility, appropriateness, and high quality of both content and presentation. The successful candidate will have 3-5 years of experience in music publishing or related media fields, and preferably 3-5 years of experience as a liturgical church musician, especially organ and/or choral. Please include your resume, cover letter, and references list with your application. Apply at:

1517 Media, Minneapolis
Sales and Service Specialist, Full-time
1517 Media designs and develops resources that enhance faith and enrich the life of the Christian church and the communities it serves. 1517 Media’s innovative resources serve churches, higher education, and families at home—all delivered in a wide range of media including print and digital formats, videos, apps, and online subscription offerings. Our Customer Experience team is seeking a Sales and Service Specialist to help our customers with any and all inquiries regarding sales and service. This position is the first point of contact for our valued customers. It is the responsibility of the specialist to provide the ultimate customer experience, ensuring sales and service levels are consistently exceeded. Ideal candidates will have outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal, that foster long-term relationship building, and skills in data entry and inquiry on a variety of computer systems and databases. Knowledge of Church markets and organizational structure a plus.  Please include your resume, cover letter, and references list with your application. Apply using the specified link.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins MN
Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry (FT)

We are looking for a mature, passionate, creative, organized individual with strong communication skills to join our ministry team. Primary focus for this position will be oversight of the confirmation program (7th-9th grade) with additional focus on senior high students and families. A strong commitment to Christian faith and Lutheran theology are essential. 

You will be joining a dynamic staff and walking alongside of a core group of dedicated and competent volunteers.  Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a mid-size congregation in Hopkins,MN with a strong commitment to faith development, community outreach and fellowship activities.  A full job description is available at Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to Pastor Sarah Moat at The position will be open until filled.

Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA
Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations

The Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations is responsible for the overall health of the congregations of the Metropolitan New York Synod, focusing on support in times of transition. This position accompanies congregations in all phases of the Call Process, works with other rostered ministers in the mobility process, provides oversight for Interim Pastors. The Assistant for Congregations works closely with the Gathered Committee, the Director for Evangelical Mission and is the bishop’s primary liaison to the Conference of Deans.

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Contact us at Phone: 212-665-0732

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, NY, NY
Director of Finance and Administration

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a pioneer coalition of faith-based and other socially responsible investors who work to hold corporations accountable for their social and environmental impacts around the world. Its 300 member organizations advocate with hundreds of corporations on key issues including climate change, human rights, food justice, water, health equity and more.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this position is responsible for the finance and accounting of an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an operating budget of approximately $2 million.

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Celebration Lutheran Church, North Sartell, MN
Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Celebration Lutheran Church is seeking a Director of Youth and Family Ministries — Senior High and Young Adults for a full-time position. We welcome a person who demonstrates a strong commitment to Christian Faith and Lutheran doctrine. Applicants must have a passion to energetically lead and motivate both youth and parents in their Christian walk. Proven communication and organizational skills, a college degree and experience working with youth in grades 9-12 are crucial.

We believe our Youth and Family Ministries significantly enrich Celebration's tradition of guiding young people and their families in Christ-centered lives of celebrating, growing and serving in God's name.

Celebration is a vibrant and growing fellowship of 2,000+ members surrounded by the flourishing Minnesota communities of Sartell and St. Cloud. Sartell is a suburb of 16,000 within a community of 150,000 located one hour northwest of the Twin Cities. This is an exciting time for our church, as God is blessing us with more and more people seeking to worship and be active in our faith community.

If you feel this position is a good fit for you, submit your resume and cover letter by May 5, 2017 to:

Terry Hagen
Director of Operations
Celebration Lutheran Church
1500 Pine Cone Rd
North Sartell, MN 56377
320-255-0488 ext. 109

Bethany Lutheran Church & School, Naperville, IL
Assistant Cantor (Music Education)
Exciting full-time music education position at a vibrant church and school in the Chicago suburbs.  Please visit for more information.
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Director of Financial Aid
The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for the policy procedure and day-to-day operations of the Financial Aid Office.  The daily operations include management, planning, organization, and administration of financial aid awards, federal student loans, and services.  

This position requires an individual who has excellent technological and financial management skills who can effectively use student information systems, as well as someone who feels called to work closely with students. The Director will engage a broad range of students, it is essential that they bring a high degree of intercultural competency.   Interested applicants should have a minimum of 3 years experience working with financial aid in a higher education setting, and a bachelor’s degree.  Applicants will need demonstrated ability to develop financial aid policy; capacity to respond in a caring and understanding manner; knowledge of federal student loan processes and requirements; experience with and familiarity with federal, state and institutional financial aid rules and regulations as well as current needs analysis and awarding techniques. Full time position with ELCA benefits, salary starting at $50,000. To read a full job description, learn more about, and apply, please visit: (

Messiah Lutheran Church Yorba Linda, California
Director of Children's Ministry
We are seeking a passionate, relational, responsible individual that will organize and execute ministry objectives and strategies designed to engage and build a strong Christian faith and love for Jesus in children. This person will ensure a smooth and safe operation of Children's Ministries; lead ministry coordinators and volunteers; and, provide a relevant yet fun environment the children of Messiah.

Messiah Lutheran Church is located in north Orange County in Southern California. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge with children's ministry based programming that engages children and provides tools to parents to help nurture spiritual growth in their children. Knowledge of local ministry conditions is critical as is strong verbal and written skills, technology proficient, recruitment and support of volunteers. Please email resumes to Jim Harter, Executive Director

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Gift Processing Manager
The Gift Processing Manager will be responsible for managing gift and constituent data to support the daily operational needs as well as the fundraising initiatives and strategies of the institution. The Gift Processing Manager will work closely with the Development Programs Team and with the Finance Team to ensure accurate processing and reconciliation of gifts. 

• Minimum of 3 years of experience in gift processing and fundraising support required
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of experience and education required
• Advanced in Raiser’s Edge required and experience with Financial Edge preferred
• Experience in a seminary, higher education, nonprofit, or faith based environment preferred
• Familiarity with current nonprofit industry best practices relevant to data management and gift administration
• Strong organizational, communication, and administrative skills
• Additional hours, some evenings and some weekends are required

Seminary Profile: The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offering degrees at both master and doctoral levels. LSTC is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. LSTC values diversity and encourages applications from all racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identities, and cultural backgrounds. If interested, please submit a resume to with “Gift Processing Manager” in the subject line.

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Everett, WA
Half-time Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Coordinator

Trinity Lutheran Church, Everett, WA is seeking a half-time Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Coordinator to encourage, inspire and nurture the formation of faith for youth and families with children. We seek an energetic and confident coordinator to build upon established programs while using their own creativity, interests and expertise to provide fresh ideas for intergenerational ministry.
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Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Dean of Student Life

Luther Seminary located at 2481 Como Avenue, St. 55108 is currently seeking a Dean of Student Life.  As the Dean of Student Life you will carry forward the seminary’s mission to educate leaders for Christian communities by supporting the work of both domestic and international students; those who are residential, commuter, and distributed learners; those who come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and represent a range of ecumenical perspectives. The person in this position will develop relationships, strategies, and practices that foster a healthy student community, promote student well-being, and enhance academic success. To read the full job description, learn more about, and to apply the Dean of Student Life position, please visit

Augsburg Fortress Intern Summer 2017
1517 Media, Minneapolis, Full-time

1517 Media, the multimedia publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is seeking an intern to join the Worship and Music team for a unique, hands-on, professional experience this summer, 2017. This paid position will offer comprehensive experience in the areas of Worship, Music, and Congregational Life, and will allow for an understanding of the Worship and Music team’s significance in the life of the wider church. The Augsburg Fortress Intern will work closely with and report to the Senior Editor of the Worship and Music Team, and is responsible for assisting with content editing and manuscript assembly, as well as file preparation of annual print, electronic, and online worship planning resources. This individual needs to possess demonstrable interest in and knowledge of the church year and Revised Common Lectionary, and should have completed a minimum of one year of college education by the start of the internship program. As the Augsburg Fortress Intern, you will be a key contributor to assessing the accuracy and completeness of existing metadata associated with various content sets, and will be tasked with revising metadata as necessary within the site’s Content Management System. This will mean assisting with content and metadata uploading to as part of regular site enhancement and maintenance. A successful applicant will have proven skills with attention to detail, and strong writing and proofreading skills for content and grammar, as well as basic familiarity with Lutheran liturgy and theology, and prior knowledge of the ELCA and Lutheran heritage, organizational structures, and mission. For more information, a complete job description, and to apply, visit Please submit a cover letter and references list along with your resume and application.

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sussex, WI
Full Time Director of Adult Discipleship and Outreach

The Director of Adult Discipleship and Outreach will work as part of Christ Our Savior’s ministry team to facilitate and provide opportunities for adults to grow in connection and community and to oversee the many expressions of mission, outreach and partnerships. The director will be responsible for helping members and others to participate in the various expressions of ministry within and outside the congregation. The director will also seek to accompany new and newer members, connect them with existing members with the intention of creating opportunity for interpersonal relationships and building up a sense of community. 

Areas of Responsibility:
Small Groups and Adult Learning
Recreational and Social Activities
Outreach, Mission and Service
Help Members Serve Internally

Suitable candidates will
•  Possess a strong Christian faith base, consistent with ELCA understanding and expression of the Christian faith.
•  Thrive on making relationships with the community and others
•  Possess a high level of concern about the well being of others
•  Ideally possess a bachelor’s degree
•  Have demonstrated successful leadership experience in group organization in a church or volunteer organization.
•  Possess strong organizational and communication skills
•  Be technologically literate including use of social media
•  Possess the ability to work collaboratively as part of a ministry team that includes paid staff and church members
•  High levels of creativity and the ability to adapt to changing needs.

For inquiries or a complete job description please contact

Resurrection Lutheran Church
Youth Leader Position

We are looking for someone who has the talent and the vision to be a great youth leader. (part-time)

1. Oversee Middle School (6-8) and High School events currently on Wednesday evening jointly with other Lutheran Youth Groups.
2. Provide leadership for Winter Camp and Summer camp. Recruit, lead, and develop adult volunteers to lead and assist with students and programming.
3. Serve as main teacher for 3 religion classes( 6th, 7th and 8th) one hour each on Tuesday. The teaching format is overseen by senior pastor and in accordance with vision and teaching of Lutheran Church.
4. Be an example of a disciple who is able and willing to communicate the Gospel to the lives of youth.
5. Be committed to and involved in the worship life at Resurrection Lutheran Church, including regular attendance at main worship services, special services, and all-church events. Attend staff meetings and training events as requested.
6. Be able to communicate and demonstrate a clear understanding of the Bible.
7. Be able and willing to connect with students and their families as a representative of Resurrection Lutheran Church with the purpose of leading them and connecting them to the body of Christ.
8. See yourself as part of the team that enables others to: Worship, Evangelize, Fellowship, Make Disciples and Equip for Ministry.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please send a resume to

Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Lexington, KY
Faith Formation Ministry Director

Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Lexington, KY is seeking a Faith Formation Ministry Director.  The Director will lead a team of lay leaders that focuses on encouraging, inspiring and nurturing on-going faith formation across and between the church’s generations.  This position will engage the congregation in developing and implementing a vision for Christian education that contributes to the formation of their spiritual lives and seeks to embrace the newest forms of communication while respecting the traditional ways the church has used for communication.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred.  The position prefers at least 3 years of related experience directing a church affiliated faith formation ministry.  Prefer knowledge of Lutheran theology and liturgical practice.  Please submit resume, references and salary requirement to:

Holden Village, Chelan, WA
Long-term Volunteers or Employees

Greetings from Holden Village! As we gear up for our first official guest season in four years, we're looking for people to come work and help us extend hospitality to our guests. Our openings are listed of hiring needs can be found here:

Salem Lutheran Church, Lenexa, Kansas
Part-Time Communications Coordinator
Salem Lutheran Church in Lenexa, Kansas is seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Communications Coordinator to serve our congregation.  Responsible for the coordination and production of all internal and external communications for Salem Lutheran Church. Works with staff and ministry leadership to create communications strategies, plans, and timelines. Communication strategies include print, digital, and social media.   


•  Manages all internal and external communications & facilitate communication across all ministries
•  Creates and sends weekly congregational emails
•  Creates logos and graphic arts for weekly sermons, seasonal themes, ministries, etc.
•  Creates and distributes all weekly worship materials & all special worship materials (i.e. funerals, holidays, etc.)
•  Creates and prints weekly worship bulletins
•  Distributes electronically monthly lector readings
•  Develops and manages a digital media strategy, including social media and website and coordinate content across platforms
•  Coordinates all promotions and marketing (overseas development, creation and producing of materials)
•  Oversee and ensure that communications are true to brand across all media.
•  Coordinates publicity of events, including Sunday morning slides and work with Audio/Visual/Worship team for such slides; all use of event sign-up sheets (printed & electronic), etc.
•  Works with vendors for all internal and external communications, i.e. Kansas City Star, printing companies.
•  Edit website content and post time-sensitive material.
•  Schedule and coordinate communications calendar
•  Provide assistance with Church events and presentations
•  Track and update communications budget
•  Telephone answering, and other office tasks as assigned
•  Performs other duties as required

Positive, Christian attitude; flexibility; strong service orientation; outgoing and inclusive personal style.  Ideal candidate is eager to take on new challenges; possesses a passion for the mission and vision of the Church and a strong desire to communicate the organization’s brand effectively across all venues and media.  Ability to work diplomatically with different groups of people, and as part of a team.


Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Strong project management skills; ability to multitask, organize and prioritize to stay within budget and on deadline; strong attention to detail. Ability to work effectively with little supervision and to manage time and projects independently. Ability to keep confidential information with discretion and handle sensitive issues tactfully. Familiarity with not-for-profit organizations from a budget and business management perspective. Proficiency in common word processing, database management, email and internet applications. Able to work a flexible schedule with occasional evenings and weekends. Skilled in web development and social media integration. Aptitude for graphic design and familiarity with graphic design software; experience with Mac-based equipment and knowledge of Adobe a plus. 

EDUCATION:   Prefer a bachelor’s degree in marketing or communications or a related field.

EXPERIENCE:    Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a communication plan using a variety of media for a faith-based or not for profit organization strongly preferred. 

See our website for more information about our faith community and this opportunity:
Send resume and letter of interest to Pastor Dave Whetter at

Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Concord, NC
Part-Time Office Assistant
Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Concord, NC is seeking a part-time Office Assistant to provide clerical and operational support for the church office.  Interested applicants can view a full job description and apply online at:

Trinity Lutheran Church - Kent, Ohio
Faith Formation Coordinator

Position Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required.  Degree in education or religious studies preferred or equivalent experience. Embrace ELCA doctrine and theology and fully participate in the life of the               congregation. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule as required.

Job Responsibilities: Develop and maintain a multi spectrum approach to Christian Education for all ages.  Examples include but are not limited to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Bible studies and small groups. Identify, recruit, mentor and train lay leaders of the congregation to serve as teachers, mentors, overseers, and peer leaders in their various groups. Collaborate with the pastoral staff to lead confirmation ministry. Plan, organize and attend/lead Junior and Senior Youth Groups, LOMO camps, retreats, Synod and National Youth Gatherings. Train and direct youth for participating in worship.  Examples include but are not limited to acolytes, readers, and drama presentations. Prepare and present Children’s Message during worship as requested by the pastoral staff. Maintain connections with youth and families through a variety of means/venues. Represent Trinity in the Campus Religious Life Association at Kent State University and assist with Lutheran Campus Ministry Programs.

Time Requirements: Full time salaried position, but will consider part time for the right candidate.

For more information about our church, go to Interested Applicants – Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to:
   Mr. Ted Linden
   Search Committee Member


The International Church of Vilnius, Lithuania

The International Church of Vilnius (ICV) is an autonomous Christian congregation that seeks to serve the English-speaking community in Vilnius as well as visitors. We are an ecumenical congregation and our statement of faith is based on the Nicene Creed. Meeting for worship (in English) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lithuania, the church is uniquely placed in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, and benefits from a diverse membership (Lithuanians and internationals) and links with the business and diplomatic communities as well as local churches and the Lithuanian Christian student movement.
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