Outside Opportunities

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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 School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago, IL

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance, this full-time, salaried position controls the seminarys general ledger, including overseeing the daily receivables and payables; reconciling monthly account closing; preparing financial reports and analyses; and managing the annual financial statements audit. This position also oversees and supervises the Staff Accountant and works in conjunction with the Accounting Coordinator within the Finance Office. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Applicant Qualifications
Interested applicants should have a Bachelors degree in accounting or finance with at least 8 years of professional experience in related fields, including at least 2 years of supervisory experience. Higher education or not-for-profit accounting experience is preferred. This position requires advanced skills in automated accounting systems, electronic spreadsheets and word processing software. Candidates with Blackbaud Financial Edge experience and CPA certification are preferred. Exceptional communication, work ethic, and attention to detail are essential. Applicants should have the capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously and must exhibit a high degree of intercultural competency. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience in higher education and/or the not-for-profit sector, and c) a description of how you connect to LSTCs mission. Email your resume and letter of application to: employment@lstc.edu.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Chicago, IL
Admissions Recruiter

In collaboration with the Director of Admissions, the Recruiter will travel and recruit on both the national and local levels and will coordinate contacts through the ELCA and other communities to promote admissions, provide counsel on ministry vocations, and provide information about LSTCs programs. The Recruiter will work directly with colleges, churches, synods, and other ELCA seminaries. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Applicant Qualifications
Interested applicants should be committed to the Churchs work of ministry and to the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC. Preference will be given to candidates with a good working knowledge of the ELCA and LSTC, including a knowledge and/or willingness to learn of rostered ministry and other forms of full-time Christian services. Best suited applicants will be willing and able to travel up to 50% of working hours, have good organizational skills, and able to show warmth and welcome to a diverse group of constituents. Applicants should have experience leveraging social media for marketing purposes and must exhibit a high degree of intercultural competency. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Process
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience relevant to a seminary recruiter position, and c) a description of how you connect to LSTCs mission. Email your resume and letter of interest to: employment@lstc.edu.


Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
Assistant to the Bishop

The Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, seeks an Assistant to the Bishop who will be responsible for working with congregations in pastoral transition, candidacy for pastoral and diaconal ministry, Synodically Authorized Ministers and other responsibilities in synodical leadership. The position description can be found HERE. The successful candidate will have gifts of faith, wisdom, and discernment, a broad understanding of the church, outstanding people skills and organizational abilities. Apply by sending a resume or Rostered Minister Profile to Bishop Michael Rinehart at bishop@gulfcoastsynod.org.

Resumes will be received November 8 to December 8, and reviewed thereafter. Interviews will be held after the first of the year, with a decision to be made by March 1, and a start date to be set around May 1, 2019.

A full job description can be found at https://gulfcoastsynod.org/congregations/jobopenings/

Worship Leader and Coordinator
Bethal Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN

Gate of Life Worship Director (Worship Leader and Coordinator) Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN Purpose of Position: The Worship Leader and Coordinator is responsible for recruiting skilled musicians, both vocal and instrumental, leading weekly rehearsals, and coordinating musicians. Full job description.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
President and Chief Executive Officer

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First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Huron, SD

First Presbyterian seeks a warm, creative, and organized individual to serve as our new Ministry Associate.

This individual will have the opportunity to co-ordinate youth and young adult ministries, teach, and equip. He or she will also assist the pastor and leadership in worship and congregational care.

Please see http://www.fpchuron.com/news_and_event_11.html for more information and complete job description.

Mountain View, Phoenix, AZ
Children’s Music Director

Job Purpose:
Lead our Joyful Noiz Children’s Choir and contribute to the spiritual development of children through high quality and energetic music.


  • Plan and lead rehearsals with the Joyful Noiz Children’s Choir on Wednesday evenings in preparation for special music (typically once a month).
  • Actively recruit new members, providing an atmosphere of musical learning, faith growth, and mutual care.
  • Plan and execute a children’s musical, or collaborate with other music ensembles in a cantata, or create a new type of worship experience that the children can lead.
  • Offer ideas and help to implement creative and quality worship services keeping the theme of the day or season of the year in the forefront.
  • Provide music for special services i.e., Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Ecumenical Services, as requested by the Director of Music.
  • Promote the music ministries of the church.


  • Music Education or Education degree preferred.
  • Knowledge for and ability to work with a wide variety of musical styles and worship forms.
  • Dependable and responsible.
  • Team player and strong communicator.
  • Have the ability to vary work schedule, when needed.
  • All church business must be kept confidential from all but authorized individuals at all times.

Machines and Equipment Used:
Piano, various music equipment, copier and telephone.A Christian background and faith life, and a willingness to engage in the life of the church.

Physical Demands:
Walking, sitting, bending and driving.

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Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Rector and Dean of the Seminary

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete application consists of the following: (1) a cover letter addressing the position description, qualifications, and leadership; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) official copies of all transcripts; and, (4) a list of three professional references including name, current position, email, address, and phone number. Applications should be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to president@lr.edu . Mailing address is: Office of the President, Lenoir Rhyne University, BOX 7163, Hickory, NC 28603.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) of Lenoir-Rhyne University welcomes nominations and applications for a dynamic and innovative leader to serve in the position of Rector and Dean of the Seminary beginning as early as January 2, 2019 and no later than June 3, 2019. The Rector and Dean of the Seminary is a full-time appointment reporting directly to the President of Lenoir-Rhyne University. The primary duties of this position are to serve as the lead academic and church administrator for LTSS and to further develop LTSS as an exemplary seminary within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and among its ecumenical partners.

St. Marys Lutheran Church, Kenosha, WI
Contemporary Worship Leader Part-time

St. Marys Lutheran Church, 2001 80th Street, Kenosha, WI 53143 is seeking a Contemporary Worship Leader. (Part-time 10 hours per week) The Contemporary Worship leader will provide leadership for the planning, development, administration, and implementation of the contemporary worship services at St. Marys. The worship leader must be a skilled instrumentalist (guitar or piano preferred) who has the ability to work with and develop band members to reach their unique capabilities. Will work with the Contemporary Worship Planning team and the senior Pastor. Experience in sound, and visual technology is also required. To apply, contact Pastor John Holm at jholm@stmaryslutheran.org 

Christ Lutheran Church, Lakewood, Washington
Director of Children's & Family Ministry
We believe that the right applicant will help us formulate what this position will look like. We begin with the expectation that the ideal candidate will:
  • Attend worship at CLC on a regular basis
  • Provide leadership and direction for CLC's ministry with children
  • Lead CLC's Sunday education ministry for children and families
  • Plan for and organize CLC's existing special children's ministry events, including Vacation Bible School, Christmas Program, Resurrection Trail, Harvest Festival
  • Develop a program recognizing life markers for CLC children, such as baptism, first communion, first Bibles, etc...
  • Serve as liaisonbetween CLC members, staff, and the CLC Preschool Program
  • Work directly with the CLC Latchkey Program to provide spiritual teaching
  • Help formulate an annual children's ministry budget 
Please submit a resume and cover letter to lreed@clc-lakewood.org
Job description available at www.christlutheranlakewood.com

Lutheran Church of Christ the King, Moorhead MN
Full-time Office Manager
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, Moorhead MN, is seeking a full-time Office Manager who will provide leadership and oversight to all functions of the church office, ensuring quality and professional hospitality, communication, and administration. Responsibilities include oversight of office visitor welcome and hospitality, communications, maintenance of records and supplies, coordination of worship volunteers, supervision of office volunteers, and linking active components of the church life together.
Please email a resume and cover letter to pastortessa@goctk.org. Questions may be directed to the same email.
South Canyon Lutheran Church, Rapid City, South Dakota
Youth Ministry Coordinator

South Canyon Lutheran Church in Rapid City, South Dakota is seeking to hire a full time Youth Ministry Coordinator. This person will work with students grades 6 through 12 to build healthy, authentic relationships while directing and guiding the faith formation process with students both in a congregational setting and through outreach in the community.

The Youth Ministry Coordinator will work closely with pastoral staff and youth ministry team in visioning, planning, and executing regular Wednesday night programming, assisting in the confirmation process, and organizing and leading annual trips for both middle school and high school students.

Please send your resume to Tristan Rosson at tristan@sclc-rc.org 

Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Oakwood OH 
Director of Children & Youth Ministry (FT)

Join us as we collaborate to foster an intergenerational church culture!  Our full-time Director of Children and Youth Ministry will bring energetic, passionate and creative leadership to the congregations work with our pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school youth.  They will develop/implement ministries such as Sunday School, VBS and youth activities. They will also recruit, encourage, and empower members and parents to carry out ministry.  LCOS is located in a first-ring suburb of Dayton, and has a number of new families with children joining -- we need someone to oversee high quality programming for our current and future young people.

Email questions and/or resume to Pastor Stefan Rickman: srickman@oursaviordayton.org.

For the full job description, go to: https://bit.ly/2ucQ5fE 

Marble Collegiate Church, New York, NY
Associate Minister

The Associate Minister is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament and will share in the ministerial role of the congregation, such as worship, liturgy and pastoral care.  The Associate Minister supervises the program ministries of the church and directly leads specific program groups as assigned by the Executive Minister. Currently, the primary direct ministry assignments of the Associate Minister will be the Youth and Marble Connection, the 20s and 30s ministry of the church.

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Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center, Oregon, IL
Executive Director

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) is seeking a full-time Executive Director with a personal commitment to faith development who will faithfully lead and direct a busy year-round retreat and outdoor ministry program. The Executive Director will have experience in budget development, financial management, fundraising, marketing, and personnel management. The Executive Director will oversee and be accountable for the normal operations of the camp and manage the development, execution, and evaluation of year-round programming consistent with the mission of LOMC, connecting the word of God with the world of God. A full job description can be found at http://lomc.org/employment-ed/




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