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.

Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Director of Public Theological Education

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for the founding director of a program that will expand theological education beyond the scope of the schools traditional graduate and professional degrees. The successful candidate will be appointed to a non-tenure track faculty position with a renewable eleven-month contract, will report to Candlers Dean, and will serve on the Deans Council. Both rank and field are open. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by October 1, 2018.

For full description and contact information, please visit: https://faculty-emory.icims.com/jobs/25383/job

Holy Family Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL
Parish Secretary

Mission StatementWe are empowered by God’s love; energized to welcome and serve all creation!

Personal and Professional Qualities

The Parish Secretary will be a person who demonstrates:

  • Support of the mission of Holy Family Lutheran Church
  • Friendliness and hospitality
  • Organizational ability
  • Confidentiality
  • An orientation toward detail
  • Sound judgement
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Record keeping
  • Works well with others
  • Computer competency
  • Trustworthiness
  • Physically able to perform duties assigned
  • Some college preferred or equivalent professional experience


  • Front door reception
  • Answer phones and take messages
  • Worship bulletins (Sundays and special bulletins)
  • Take in and distribute mail
  • Keep up a current directory of active members
  • Keep hourly workchart for self and janitor
  • Assist the pastor with monthly newsletter (future item)
  • Send visitor letters
  • Correspondence
  • Provide office support for pastor and other staff
  • Office inventory and purchasing
  • Website management (future item)
  • Oversee office equipment
  • Archiving, filing, record-keeping
  • Co-ordinate office volunteers
  • Other duties assigned by the pastor

Hours and compensation

Currently, 20 hours per week (10:00am – 2:00pm Monday through Friday)
Compensation – commensurate with experience.
Paid holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day and Labor Day.


The Parish Secretary reports to the pastor and is accountable to the pastor and the Church Council.

If interested, kindly send resume to:  office@holyfamilylutheran.com


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

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Manager for Congregational Outreach (MCO) who will manage LIRS external relationships with Lutheran individuals and congregations. The MCO will inspire and grow the base of Lutheran allies and congregations by cultivating strategic partnerships that further the LIRS mission. S/he will promote Refugee Sunday and other key organizational initiatives with Lutheran congregations and will ensure maximum organizational participation in synod assemblies, district conventions and other major church-wide events. The MCO will 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.

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter by COB Thursday, September 6th via http://lirs.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-771081.html. For more information about LIRS, please visit www.lirs.org.

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



Pacific Lutheran University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of President.

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their lifes vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, PLU continues its distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. The university offers 44 majors and 54 minors, as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, creative writing, education, finance, marketing research, marriage and family therapy, and nursing. PLU graduated its first class from the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2017.

An honoree on President Obamas Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, PLU hosts an Emmy Award-winning MediaLab; a MacArthur Award-winning detachment of Army ROTC; and more than 100 clubs and activities, including 19 varsity athletic teams in the Northwest Conference of NCAA Division III. The university consistently ranks among the top 20 in U.S. News & World Reports Best Universities in the West, and recently was named fourth in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. It also ranks in the top 4 percent of Masters universities nationwide by Washington Monthly College Guide. The university has produced 100 Fulbright Scholars since 1975.

The University seeks a visionary, dynamic and entrepreneurial President with a strong commitment to excellence in higher education, demonstrated administrative skills in managing a complex organization, and the ability to work with the Board of Regents to guide the institution to the next level of distinction. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of and commitment to Lutheran Higher Education and an ability to articulate the way in which PLU is unique in how it puts those values into practice through excellent teaching, research/scholarship/creative activities, community service and engagement.

The President of PLU must have a record demonstrating commitment to maintaining a robust system of shared governance, and to advancing diversity in all its forms and attitudes within institutions. An appreciation for the role of the University in the community, willingness to continue developing connections in the region, and the capacity to attract financial support from the public and private sectors will be essential. As the chief representative of the University to a wide variety of external constituencies, the President must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to connect with a variety of groups. The President must be a decisive leader who embodies integrity, is responsive, collaborative, creative, and has a passion for excellence.

The next President will be (or will become) a member of a Lutheran congregation, or of a denomination in full communion with the ELCA: Presbyterian Church [USA], Reformed Church in America, United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church, The Moravian Church, and The United Methodist Church.

The President must have a record of leadership accomplishments, such as progressive higher education administration or executive leadership experience, and proven management capability.

Candidates from non-academic sectors, who have non-traditional but comparable skill sets, will be fully considered.

Candidates who have an earned doctorate, or terminal degree, with uniquely transferrable experience and a record of scholarly publications are preferred.

Nominations and expressions of interest will continue to be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Priority consideration will be given to application materials received before November 2, 2018. The Search Committee will initiate confidential screening of candidates upon receipt of information.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: PLU-President@kornferry.com

Paul Chou, Co-Managing Director, and Vickie Antolini, Senior Associate Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

PLU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family health history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. PLU also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Christ Lutheran Church, Wyoming, MI
Director of Music Ministry

Christ Lutheran Church is seeking to hire a part time Director of Music Ministry who desires to enhance our worship and spiritual growth through music. The ideal candidate is familiar with Lutheran theology and liturgy, experienced in planning and leading traditional and contemporary style of worship, and able to effectively recruit and lead vocalists and musicians in the choir and praise teams. The Director of Music Ministry must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, the ability to collaborate and work effectively with staff and church members, and a passion to strengthen our music ministry through attending continuing educational workshops. A complete job description can be located in the tab bar, Minister of Music, on our church website, clcwyoming.org.

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Please send resumes and letters of recommendation to Treasurer@clcwyoming.org

Closing date: September 30, 2018.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, VA
Church Administrator

Emmanuel Lutheran Church seeks a part-time Church Administrator to manage the business affairs of the church and oversee the staff. The Church Administrator partners with and supports the Pastor(s), church leadership, and Emmanuels members to fulfill Emmanuels mission and achieve its vision.

Who is Emmanuel Lutheran Church? Emmanuel is located in Vienna, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Emmanuel is a warm and loving congregation of several hundred members who are passionate about sharing the love of God and helping others in local, national, and international communities. Emmanuels mission is to nurture, grow, and share our Christian faith as Lutherans in a multi-cultural world. Emmanuel s vision is to be a welcoming, vibrant, growing, and faith-filled Christian community whose participants generously share their time, talents and resources in a changing world.

What does Emmanuel seek in a Church Administrator? Emmanuel seeks a Church Administrator with the skills and confidence to partner with church leadership and members and help us help us direct our resources more efficiently and effectively in carrying out the initiatives of the church. The Church Administrator leads and supervises church office functions. The required skills include the ability to communicate effectively to multiple audiences; oversee financial and business functions; manage personnel; organize and direct volunteers; provide a calm and organized presence in a busy work environment; and prioritize tasks.

What are the work hours? The position of Church Administrator is part-time and exempt. Emmanuel anticipates the job to require 20 hours per week at an annual salary of $26,000. The Church Administrator must maintain a consistent presence in the church office, and will need to attend monthly Church Council meetings and significant church events such as the annual congregational meeting.

What are the Qualifications?

  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in the required skills. A degree in business administration or a related field is helpful.
  • Prior experience in church leadership roles is helpful.
  • Applicant must be bondable and also will be subject to a background check.

Please submit cover letter, resume and any inquiries to ELCVienna.applications@gmail.com no later than September 10, 2018.

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.

Closing date : 10/16/2018

St. Marys Lutheran Church, Kenosha WI
Youth Director 

Full time youth director (St. Marys Lutheran Church 2001 80th St Kenosha WI 53143) The Youth Director will partner with our youth committee and adult leaders to lead our vibrant Middle School (FISH) and High School (Fusion) youth ministries so that all youth they encounter will learn about, grow in a relationship with, and share their love of Jesus Christ our Savior. To apply and receive a full job description please contact Pastor Sheila Rawn (srawn@stmaryslutheran.org)

Closing date:10/16/18

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls, MI
Camp Director

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp is seeking a full-time Camp Director with a passion for Christ who will inspire youth, model servant leadership, and show God’s love to all. FLLC’s ministries transform lives through God’s grace amidst God’s creation. Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp is an outdoor ministry of the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the ELCA, located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Visit fortunelake.org/seeking-camp-director/ for a complete job description, candidate qualifications, and site profile, as well as additional information on the camp and location. The Call Committee will be accepting applications through September 30, 2018, with interviews to begin in early October. All correspondence should be directed to the Call Committee at fllccallcommittee@gmail.com.

Non-rostered applicants should complete a cover letter and resume detailing work experiences, qualifications, a brief faith story, and reason for interest in this position. Include contact information for 4 professional references. Submit documents via email by 9/30/18 to the FLLC Call Committee.

Rostered applicants should complete a Rostered Ministry Profile and submit a cover letter via email by 9/30/18 to the FLLC Call Committee.

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

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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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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

Executive Director
ALDE seeks an Executive Director to lead this professional association in its mission to inspire, connect and equip Christians for excellence in philanthropy. ALDE is an international Christian community of fundraising and communication professionals rooted in the Lutheran tradition and dedicated to serving God's people in the church and the world. Leading an organization with 700-plus members from the United States and Canada, the Executive Director is responsible for planning and executing educational programs including the annual conference (IGNITE), recruiting and coordinating volunteer teams up to 125 people, developing resources, managing a budget of over $500,000, and leading collaboratively in a highly volunteer led, ecumenical, membership organization.
A bachelors degree is required, but a masters degree is preferred along with related professional certification(s) (e.g. CFRE, CMP, CAE) and active participation in a Christian faith community. This position is mostly executed through a virtual office with deployed staff.  
To apply, please submit your cover letter addressing why you are interested in the position and specifically addressing the individual qualifications within the position description, a resume with three professional references, and one personal reference by emailing alde.execdir.2018@gmail.com. References will not be contacted until candidates are considered finalists. To learn more, visit www.alde.org/ed.
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.
Finlandia University, Hancock, MI
Director of Innovative and Online Learning

The Director of Innovative and Online Learning provides leadership, vision, and management for innovative and online learning at Finlandia University. The Director is responsible for completing a comprehensive evaluation of Finlandia Universitys current goals, objectives, and practices in online learning, digital learning, and use of educational technologies that will support the implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan for enhancing the Universitys educational technologies and online learning. The Director is responsible for assuring that all accreditation and regulatory requirements for online learning are met with absolute compliance.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Vienna, Virginia
Part-time Church Administrator

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia, is seeking a part-time church administrator.  
The Church Administrator provides leadership, manages and supervises  (i) the business and administrative functions of Emmanuel
(ii) all full-time and part-time paid administrative staff of Emmanuel (iii) the Ministry Empowerment Teams which includes Communication, Finance, Information Technology, Nursery, Property, Staff Support and Stewardship.

The Church Administrator also oversees and provides leadership with respect to the business and operations of the church, including areas of finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources. The Church Administrator works cooperatively with the Pastors and coordinates the administrative support needed by the Pastors to support the Ministry Performance Teams and their activities.

A complete job description and salary information is available at www.ELCVienna.org

All inquiries and resumes must be submitted to ELCVienna.applications@gmail.com 

Decorah Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA
Youth Ministry Director

The purpose of the Youth Ministry Director is to partner with the congregation to establish a cross-generational, caring community in order to support youth in their faith development.

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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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Pacific Lutheran University
The New Director for Congregational Engagement

The New Director for Congregational Engagement Position is now open at Pacific Lutheran University!  
The listing, list of additional documents and application link are on the PLU website here https://employment.plu.edu/postings/5053
Closing date is "when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified"
Required Qualifications:
1. 5 years of service as an ELCA rostered minister (pastor or deacon) and a deep and proven experience with and commitment to Lutheran congregations and other faith communities and PLU.
2. Master's degree.
3. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Leadership experience in a higher education setting
2. Experience in facilitation, event planning and creative and effective uses of technology for communication and program delivery.
3. Knowledge of congregations in Region 1 of the ELCA and other faith communities in the Tacoma/Seattle region that support PLU's mission. 



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