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.

UNITY Lutheran Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin
Director of Christian Education

In partnership with the Education Team chairperson, the Director of Christian Education (DCE) develops the vision and overall structure of the Christian education program across two campuses for birth to grade 8 to include online and in-person offerings. Brings a spirit of love, energy, and enthusiastic leadership to the children of our congregation. Guides and nurtures the Christian Education Program, including Sunday School and Vacation Bible School (VBS). Expands participation in youth programs via engaging and creative programs. Contributes to cross-generational events and the confirmation program. Longer term, we may consider consolidating our young child, youth, and adult education ministries under a single Director. This is not a current requirement of candidates and may never be, but we are interested in the benefits of coordinated programs across ages. We will welcome candidate thoughts and experiences on intentional collaborations between child and adult educational ministries.

Download the job description.

Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pasadena, TX
Graduate Resident Youth Minister

Fulfill your call to youth ministry through the Graduate Residency in Youth Ministry at the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT). The Graduate Resident Youth Minister is a unique professional ministry opportunity that provides you with a job at a local ministry setting while both training and coaching you as you earn your Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry through a CYMT partner seminary. CYMT offers regional campuses in Tennessee and Texas through partnerships with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and our new Nashville Extension Campus of APTS. Acceptance to the program is competitive, as the cohort spots are limited in each region. The cost to the resident is only $2,000 for the 3-year program.

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Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Camarillo, California
Preschool Director

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Demonstrate Christian commitment and familiarity with the Lutheran tradition
  • Bachelors degree in one of the professional fields relating to early childhood education
  • Certified to teach in California
  • Proficient in basic business software (i.e. Microsoft Office, Google Docs, etc.)
  • Capable of running CDC social media accounts (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
  • Prior experience as a Preschool Director or Assistant Preschool Director (preferred)
  • First Aid & CPR Certification (preferred)
  • Belong to and participate in related professional organizations (preferred)
  • Strong leadership and administrative skills for overseeing staff

Full-time Position  Pay from $54,080 (depending on experience); Start Date August 2021

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to mountcrossapplication@gmail.com

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cherokee, Iowa
Youth/Families with Youth, Minister

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa is looking for a youth/families with youth, minister. We are an ELCA congregation of about 500 members (with an average weekly attendance around 150) in a community of about 5,000. The position may be part time, up to full time with some benefits. The position involves working mainly with high school and middle school youth with some added ministry to younger ages through a Wednesday night program as well as other opportunities. To apply, please submit a resume to blcelca@gmail.com.

New Life Community Church, Coralville, IA
Senior Pastor

New Life Community Church is a welcoming, humble, sincere, genuine group of people seeking to love Jesus Christ, each other, and our community through our mission of worship, discipleship and outreach. We understand that God is active in the world through each of us in our daily lives and take seriously that we are called to be witnesses of the gospel in everything we do. Our church is located in the heart of Coralville, only minutes away from the University of Iowa. God has provided us with a visible and accessible facility located on the main Coralville strip, where more than 20,000 cars drive by each day. We are uniquely positioned in a diverse, urban setting surrounded by people from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. We have a healthy awareness of the cultural and societal landscape of the Coralville area, and are passionate about engaging our community with the love of Christ.

We are looking for a Senior Pastor who is gifted in preaching and leadership to lead us into our new era of ministry. To learn more about New Life Community Church, the Senior Pastor position, and to view our church profile, please visit our website at https://www.newliferca.org/pastoralsearch.

St. Peters Lutheran Church, Marble Falls, TX
Director of Youth and Family ministries

St. Peters' Lutheran is in Marble Falls, TX and we are hiring for a Director of Youth and Family ministries. This person will be responsible for overseeing the ministries and activities for all ages of children and their families. This individual will curate cross-generational relationships in the congregation and community, invite youth and families into service with congregation, in community, and is mission and camping trips.


California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA
Director of Development-Seminary Relations

Reporting to the Vice President for Mission and Identity, the Director of Development-Seminary Relations is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of congregational and donor relationships for the development of the seminary and the university. The Director advances the university’s mission by building relationships and effectively communiating its mission to donors and to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) synods and congregations of Regions I and II. The Director is responsible as the lead seminary gift officer for planning and implementing a program of identification, cultivation, visitation, and solicitation of congregational gifts, individual major gifts, planned gifts, and endowment fund development in support of university strategic priorities and seminary fundraising. The Director also works as a part of the University Advancement team to cultivate and solicit major gifts (10,000 K+ for the seminary; 25,000 K+ for the university.)

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Shalom Lutheran Church, Alexandria, MN
Director of Music

20 hour per week part time position open for Director of Music at Shalom Lutheran Church, Alexandria, MN.

Qualified person would be responsible to assist in planning worship services including choosing hymns, developing themes for worship service, maintaining licensing programs and the music library. This would be collaborative with the pastor and other relevant groups.

The director would provide musical content for Sunday services, both traditional (piano, organ a plus) and for the contemporary services - provide keyboard accompaniment as needed for the Spirit of Shalom contemporary band. The director would also conduct our three choirs (children, adult and chime).

If interested in this position, please submit your resume to shalomlutheran@gctel.net or Shalom Lutheran Church, 681 Voyager Dr. Alexandria, MN (snail mail). If you have questions about the position, please call 320-762-8641.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny, IA
Minister for Learning

Holy Trinity is seeking a full-time Minister for Learning to lead, administer, and carry-out ministry that leads to the spiritual transformation of the members of the congregation under age 18 and their families, and nurtures them in a faith that expresses love of God, neighbor, and creation. The Minister for Learning will lead confirmation and youth ministries, which the congregation believes are yoked in a progressive process of spiritual formation. In addition, the Minister for Learning will supervise and provide direction to staff and volunteers engaged in ministry with younger children.

The position is supervised by the Lead Pastor. Benefits are available through Portico Benefit Services. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume expressing interest and fill out an employment application at: https://www.holytrinityankeny.org/employment.html

Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO
Part Time Choral Conductor

The Choral Conductor will rehearse and conduct Augustana's 40-member Chancel Choir for the primary purpose of providing excellence in choral music to undergird Augustana’s rich liturgical worship. The priority of this ministry is to invite musicians, the congregation, and the community to experience the healing power and inspiration of music. The Choral Conductor collaborates with the full time Music Director and the congregation’s outstanding music ministry, including Augustana Arts and its Stratus Chamber Orchestra. Download the full position description on the website, below. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 21.
Questions? Email Kent Mueller at muellerkent@gmail.com

St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Westfield, New Jersey
Full-Time Assistant Rector for Young Families

St Paul’s Episcopal Church is a growing, program-sized parish, in the suburbs of NYC.  It is renowned for its strong ministries of music and preaching, and its engaging, central liturgical tradition.  It has a lively and successful Kindergarten and Preschool.

In the last year it has become clear that God is leading us to build two under-developed but vital ministries.  One of these is our digital ministry, in the light of Covid-related changes to our regional life and culture.  The other area that demands enthusiastic and imaginative focus is our ministry to children and their families.

The Rector is now seeking to appoint a full-time clergy colleague to spearhead our family ministry.  As well as serving existing parish households, the Assistant Rector will be focused on evangelism with families who are not members of St Paul’s, and will serve as chaplain to the Day School.  The Assistant Rector will have a role in the full-range of clergy duties.

The position is open to newly ordained or seasoned clergy in either the Episcopal Church or the ELCA.

Ministerial Gifts Required

  1. A gifted discipler and evangelist of children, teenagers, and young adults.
  2. A visionary leader of ministry to families.
  3. A creative liturgist and preacher, especially in intergenerational worship.
  4. A gifted leader of lay ministers, with the ability to motivate and to build teams.

Personal Qualities Required

  1. Vibrant and attractive spirituality.
  2. Commitment to growth in prayerful self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  3. Commitment to collegiality and collaborative ministry.
  4. Enthusiasm, vision, and imagination.
  5. Strong skills in personal interaction, especially with children and young adults.
  6. Familiarity with children’s and youth culture.
  7. Confidence in personal convictions, but sensitivity to those of others.
  8. Respect for all integrities within Anglicanism.
  9. Competent in digital platforms, including social media.

Remuneration and conditions of work

  • This is a full-time position, to start as soon as is feasible.
  • The compensation package fully meets the Diocesan standards, including salary, benefits, and vacation.
  • The Assistant Rector for Families will enjoy a personal office, administrative support, and a professional allowance.

Please contact the Rector, The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston (908-232-8506 or djohnston@stpaulswestfield.org) for more details or to apply.

Wartburg Theological Seminary
Dean of the Chapel and Director of Learning for Life

This position combines two central components of Wartburg Theological Seminarys (WTS) life together by acknowledging the inherent link between Wartburgs worship life and continuing education program.

The Dean of the Chapel at WTS serves as the chief steward of the worship life of the seminary. It is the work of the Dean of the Chapel to infuse the centrality of worship into the life of the WTS community both residentially and for those at a distance. This stewardship includes oversight of daily chapel, Opening Worship, Advent Lessons and Carols, Baccalaureate, occasional services held at the seminary, and crafting rites for observances marking the academic life of the seminary.

The Director of Learning for Life at WTS is responsible for planning a menu of continuing education events designed for both lay people and rostered leaders being delivered in person and virtually.

View the job description. Contact hr@wartburgseminary.edu to apply.

Pequannock Reformed Church, Wayne, New Jersey

The Pastor will discern and cast God’s vision for ministry at PRC and in our communities. Primary responsibilities are preaching, teaching, worship planning, leading worship, counseling, membership growth, administration, leading staff, oversight of children’s and youth ministries, recruiting and equipping leaders and pastoral care. The Pastor will have direct oversight of all Consistory Committees and lay leadership to ensure that the general spiritual condition and direction of PRC is sound.

View the job description. Contact PJMKM@aol.com to apply.

The American Church in Paris
Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministries

The American Church in Paris is seeking a dynamic, innovative, Christ-centered person with missional vision and motivation to join our staff full-time and lead our youth and young adult ministries. You will work with young people from diverse, multicultural backgrounds to present the gospel and nurture faith in youth (aged 11-18 years) and young adults (aged 18-30 years).

Our congregation is an interdenominational, international Christian community whose mission is to bear witness by word and deed to the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, to provide a place of English-language worship in the American Protestant tradition, and to engage in ministries that enrich the lives of residents and visitors in Paris.

For full details and how to apply please go to https://acparis.org/images/stories/acp_docs/JOB%20DESCRIPTION-YAYA%20PASTOR-2021%20-%20FINAL2.pdf

The closing date for applications is May 1, 2021. The position begins: Autumn 2021.

St James, Gettysburg, PA
Minister of Music

This FT position plans, coordinates, and directs the music program in order to facilitate the full and active participation of the congregation in the liturgical life of the church. She/he also plans the program to fit the liturgical needs of the church and complement the pastors message and service themes.

Organ, piano, and choral conducting proficiency required.

For overview of the congregation, a full job description, and application requirements go to https://www.stjamesgettysburg.com

Applications preferred on or before April 30, 2021.

Gloria Dei, Rochester, MN
Childrens Program Coordinator

Collaborate with enthusiasm and energy on strategic goals for the Children, Youth and Family (CYF) ministry team. In an organized fashion, plan and execute the leadership of all Elementary youth activities and build relationships with the children and their families. Must be a self starter and be highly motivated, have a warm disposition, and enjoy working with young children.

Gloria Dei is in Rochester, MN. We are proud of our creative and collaborative spirit to create a supportive, positive environment for families, youth, and individuals to engage in their faith journey.

Learn more at https://www.gloria-dei.com/jobs.

Gloria Dei, Rochester, MN
Youth Program Coordinator

Collaborate with enthusiasm and energy on strategic goals for the Children, Youth, and Family ministry team. Creatively plan and strategize programming for all youth activities for 6th-12th grade. Educate, train, and support volunteers in a dynamic way. Be motivated to execute the leadership of all youth activities and build relationships with the youth and their families.

Gloria Dei is in Rochester, MN. We are proud of our creative and collaborative spirit to create a supportive, positive environment for families, youth, and individuals to engage in their faith journey.

Learn more at https://www.gloria-dei.com/jobs.

Wartburg Theological Seminary
Director for Journey Together

Director for Journey Together: Competency-Based TEEM Program offered in both English and Spanish.

Position Summary:
The Director for Journey Together is responsible for leading Wartburg Theological Seminary (WTS) in the development and implementation of Journey Together, a new Competency Based Education (CBE) program for Theological Education in Emerging Ministries (TEEM), an alternative pathway to ordination in the ELCA. This position oversees the development and launch of this program with initial cohorts offered in both English and Spanish, with the possibility of other cohorts being developed as needed.

See full position description at www.wartburgseminary.edu/employment.

Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and list of references to Andy Willenborg at hr@wartburgseminary.edu. The search committee will begin reviewing materials on April 15, 2021 and continue until the search process is completed.

Shalom Hill Farm, Windom, Mn
Executive Director

Shalom Hill Farm of Windom, Mn is a shared ministry of the SW Mn Synod and the ELCA.

PURPOSE: To serve as the leader in guiding Shalom Hill Farm (SHF) Ministries in administering a top quality site and program that serves the people of the region. To provide vision, long term planning, financial development, program and marketing direction. To lead the financial development program of the ministry. To develop, support and expand a growing mission based programmatic outreach.

DATES: Begin summer 2021. 4-year min. intention. HOURS: Based on a minimum of 44 hours per week annually.

SALARY: Range 60 to 70K, commensurate with qualifications

BENEFITS: Housing provided plus health care, vacation time & pension.

LOCATION: 42194 Co. Rd. 3, Windom, MN 56101

Please send resume and 3 recommendations by April 15, 2021 to email below. Position Description and packet available upon request to: mlpderickson@comcast.net.

Bethany Lutheran Church, Batavia, IL
Financial Secretary

The Financial Secretary/Accountant works with the Senior Pastor, Treasurer, Finance Chair, and staff to assure responsible management of all financial assets of the congregation. Duties are listed in the attached job description, and may include, but not be limited to, budgeting, payroll transactions, accounts, financial records, financial reporting, and record keeping. Ideally, the candidate would have a working knowledge of Not for Profit, 501(C)3 corporations and prior experience working in a similar capacity in a church. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are followed. This is a salaried part time position.

View the job description.

If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jeff Mikyska at (847) 293-5176 or by E-mail at pastor@bethanybatavia.org For more information about Bethany, please see our website at https://www.bethanybatavia.org

First Lutheran Church, Decorah, IA
Ministry Support Coordinator

First Lutheran Church seeks a Ministry Support Coordinator who will manage the church office and collaborate with program staff to support and grow the ministries of our vibrant congregation in beautiful Decorah, Iowa. Key duties involve information management, communication support, office management and ministry support.

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Saint Paul Area Synod
Assistant to the Bishop for Lay Leadership and Equity Initiatives

This position requires presence in the Synod Office and significant travel to congregations within the synod including two to three Sundays per month. A 50 hour work week is expected.

The Assistant to the Bishop for Lay Leadership and Equity Initiatives reports to the Bishop and works in partnership with other staff to assist congregations and members to be equipped as lay leaders in the world and to serve well in congregational governance roles. Assistants to the Bishop share responsibility for overseeing and supporting congregations during call processes and in times of conflict or transition; each Assistant to the Bishop relates to one or more conferences on a rotating basis.

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Baltimore Outreach Services, Baltimore, Maryland
Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible to fulfill the mission of Baltimore Outreach Services: to provide comprehensive services and programs to homeless women and their children. These services include emergency shelter, transitional housing, educational programming, health and mental health services, job training and employment counseling.

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Emanuel Lutheran Church, West Warwick, RI
Minister of Music

Overview: Create an atmosphere of celebration and reverence to God through music for all worship services. Lead and direct the Church music program at Emanuel including choir(s), band(s), anthems, Christmas Pageant, Drama Camp, etc. Foster an innovative, blended style of music to enhance and support the worship message. Encourage people to get involved and tap into their God given musical talents.

On average this position will require a commitment of between 10 and 15 hours per week. Some weeks, like Holy week, will be more, while others will be less.

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Zion Lutheran, Loveland, CO

Zion Lutheran in Loveland is seeking musicians to fill the following responsibilities: Chancel Choir Director, Praise Band Leader, Organist/Collaborative Artist, and Director of Music and Worship. All positions must be filled, but we hope to fill them with as few staff as possible. Compensation may range from $10,000-42,000, depending on the responsibilities included upon hiring and the candidates experience. Go to https://zionloveland.com/2021-music-staff-application/ to fill out an application and download a resume. For full job descriptions or questions, contact Noelle at jobs@zionloveland.com. Zions worship is grounded in Lutheran liturgical tradition, while encouraging creativity and engaging worship with all the senses.

Christ Memorial Tender Learning Center, Plymouth, MN
Lead Preschool Teacher

Calling all FUN, creative and dedicated Early Childhood Educators!! Christ Memorial Tender Learning Center in Plymouth MN has an opportunity for you!! We are seeking a fulltime Lead Preschool Teacher with experience teaching in a NAEYC Accredited program. Responsibilities include educating, caring for, and nurturing children ages 3-5.

Candidate requires having successful experiences;

  • providing tools and resources for children to use explore during learning and play activities
  • establishing and maintaining classroom rules
  • adapt teaching methods and materials to meet the interests and learning styles of children
  • develop and maintain positive relationships with children, parents and team members
  • Dental insurance, Employee discount, Health insurance, Paid time off, Vision insurance
Job Type:
  • Full-time
Benefit Conditions:
  • Waiting period may apply

Send inquiry to https://www.cmlc-tlc.org/contact-tlc.

Wartburg Theological Seminary
Faculty colleague to teach in the area of homiletics

Wartburg Theological Seminary, a vibrant, innovative, and growing seminary is seeking a faculty colleague to teach in the area of homiletics. Wartburg invites application materials from candidates whose primary discipline has equipped them to take seriously biblical texts. This position requires commitment to and skill in teaching homiletics with particular regard for and engagement of Lutheran hermeneutics. Strong candidates will tend to the critical place of proclamation of the Gospel for the life of the Christian, the life of the Church, and the life of the world with commitment to forming students to be faithful preachers. Experience as a parish pastor and a secondary teaching competency, especially in Liturgics, New Testament, or Mission, that will complement the current composition of the WTS faculty, will strengthen the application. A Ph.D. or Th.D., or nearing completion of such, is preferred.

To learn more please visit: https://www.wartburgseminary.edu/employment/

Christ the King Lutheran Church(CTK), Cary, NC
Communications Specialist

Christ the King Lutheran Church(CTK), a 1,500-member Christian congregation in Cary, NC, is seeking a Communications Specialist (CS) to coordinate, edit, produce, and manage all church communications through several channels and in a variety of formats, both in print and electronically, including a weekly e-news publication and a seasonal magazine. The CS is responsible for the churchs website and social media accounts and ensures the consistency of the CTK brand. The position is full time, exempt, and provides benefits (health insurance, pension fund, vacation & sick leave). Degree in journalism, English, communications and/or marketing preferred; knowledge and appreciation of Lutheran theology helpful; aptitude in use of web technology and current social media applications necessary. Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements by January 31, 2021, topersonnel@ctkcary.com. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Data Services Analyst

Reporting to the Director of Advancement Operations, the Data Services Analyst is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-exempt position which holds responsibility for critical aspects of the Advancement services and data functions for LSTCs Advancement office. The Analysts portfolio includes reporting and analysis; maintaining data integrity and the overall health of the database; serving as Raisers Edge knowledge expert, database manager and training coordinator; and playing an instrumental role in supporting all fundraising initiatives including events, annual giving, and major gift prospect development.

For more information and to apply, go to https://www.lstc.edu/about/employment.

Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, NC
Communications Specialist

Christ the King Lutheran Church (CTK), a 1,500-member Christian congregation in Cary, NC, is seeking a Communications Specialist (CS) to coordinate, edit, produce, and manage all church communications through several channels and in a variety of formats, both in print and electronically, including a weekly e-news publication and a seasonal magazine. The CS is responsible for the church’s website and social media accounts and ensures the consistency of the CTK “brand.” The position is full time, exempt, and provides benefits (health insurance, pension fund, vacation & sick leave). Degree in journalism, English, communications and/or marketing preferred; knowledge and appreciation of Lutheran theology helpful; aptitude in use of web technology and current social media applications necessary. Submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements by January 31, 2021, to personnel@ctkcary.com. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, Maryland
Corporate Foundation and Relations Specialist

This role will be responsible for all aspects of the LIRS solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations, foundations and church bodies. This role reports to the VP of Development/Outreach and will be responsible for developing and implementing a solicitation strategy that includes prospect identification, research, cultivation, proposal writing and stewardship.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field; three years’ development experience with two years’ demonstrated success writing grants and proposals
  • Self-motivated and goal-driven
  • Excellent problem-solving, relationship management, organizational/prioritization skills
  • Strong personal computer (PC) skills, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, Internet searching; ability to learn new software as necessary
  • Basic knowledge of online prospect research tools, Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems such as Salesforce, and donor management software such as Raiser's Edge; proficiency in project management software desirable.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed, up to 20%.


View job description: http://lirs.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-776452.html 



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