Employment Opportunities

Job listings within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod

How to Post a Job

To post a job opportunity, please send the information to Jeff Drake at the synod office by:

E-mail: jdrake@mcselca.org

Fax: 773-248-8455

U.S. Mail:

Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA
1420 W. Dickens Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Job listings should be 150 words or fewer.  

When the position has been filled, please send an e-mail so that the page may be updated, or call Jeff Drake at 773-248-0021. 

Positions are listed for three months on the synod webpage. After three months, the listing will be removed unless requested otherwise.  A notice in MetroWord, the synod's monthly newsletter, will direct readers to the synod's webpage for the most up-to-date employment listings.

Posted: May 09, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect - Organist (part-time)

Grace Lutheran Church, 1624 E. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect, IL 60056, is seeking an organist. Grace is a very active congregation and values the importance of music as an integral part of its ministry. The ideal candidate will have excellent organ skills as well as proficiency in playing piano and possibly other instruments. Candidate should preferably have a strong background in traditional liturgical music, while also being able to incorporate newer styles into our services

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as organist for weekly worship services each Sunday, holiday services, weddings and church funerals
  • Work with the Worship and Music Committee and Choral Director of Music to provide overall leadership and direction to Grace’s music ministry
  • Accompany choirs for rehearsals and worship services as needed
  • Music administration includes meeting with the Choral Director of Music and the pastor for planning worship music and selecting hymns
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to manage annual music budget for purchase of new music and maintenance of musical equipment
  • Work with the Choral Director of Music to arrange for solo and special instrumentation as needed
  • Average of ten hours per week

Primary instruments: Allen Digital Computer Organ (MDS-55); Yamaha grand piano

Candidates are invited to send their resume to tsaurmann@access4less.net.

Information about Grace can be found at www.checkgrace.org.

Posted: May 04, 2017
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship

General Description
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will participate in the mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615) to form leaders and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the church and world through worship, community engagement, and our life together as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This person will direct worship life, ground the concept of public witness in Christian faith and practice, and collaborate with relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for pastoral care to the students, staff and faculty of LSTC.


  • Rostered for Word and Sacrament ministry and in good standing with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Demonstrated leadership and recognition of the special challenges of ministering to a seminary community, including demonstrated cultural competency and spirit of inclusivity to serve among LSTC’s diverse and global population and in particular, a commitment to LSTC’s identity as a Reconciling in Christ seminary.
  • Highly relational, with the ability to collaborate with a variety of constituencies and approach conflict as opportunity for transformation.
  • Experience in planning worship and music in a team setting. Extensive knowledge of ELCA worship resources, including The Use of the Means of Grace, and familiarity with a wide range of worship styles. Confidence in leading, preaching, and empowering others to participate in all aspects of worship life.
  • Understanding of the importance of community engagement as an essential component of discipleship and ministry, with demonstrated leadership in that area. Enthusiasm for integrating LSTC’s deep commitment to public witness and advocacy with solid liturgical practices.

Description of Duties

  • Live in the Chicagoland area to be readily available to the LSTC community, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Collaborate with LSTC students, staff and faculty to create regular weekly worship.
  • Embody a lively engagement between the chapel and the classroom and help redefine the role of worship in LSTC’s life together. Create and promote synergy between liturgics and social justice.
  • Report to the Dean of Student Services and collaborate with the Office of Student Services and relevant faculty and staff persons to provide resources for spiritual direction and mental health. 
  • Respond to and integrate current events and social issues into LSTC’s worship life.
  • Nurture and develop relationships outside of the seminary community to further opportunities for discipleship, partnership, and service.
  • Other duties appropriate to this role as determined.

Terms of Work
The Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship will serve as a regular full-time employee under a renewable five-year term call. The first full term of service will begin Summer 2017 and conclude Summer 2022 with a probationary period concluding at the end of the first year during which continuation of the remainder of this five-year term will be determined. The work of the Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship requires a regular presence on campus as appropriate to and sufficient for the described duties, for which office space will be provided. Work may also be done from home and other locations as needed.

The specifics of the compensation package will be detailed in a separate hiring letter from the President of the seminary, to which this position description will be appended.

Application Instructions
Please submit a letter of intent, totaling no more than 750 words, which includes: a) your interest and qualifications for applying and b) your commitment to serve in an inclusive and diverse environment.

Please send a current resume that includes all relevant work experience.

Application review will begin May 22, 2017, and preference will be given to applications received prior to that date. The Advisory Committee will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled.

Please submit all application materials to employment@lstc.edu.

About LSTC
The mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is to form visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. We seek to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation. LSTC is Christ-centered, responsive to its context, attentive to diversity and committed to excellence.

As a Reconciling in Christ seminary, LSTC seeks to offer hospitality and welcome to all who enter LSTC's academic programs. Following Jesus Christ, whose reconciling love bridged barriers and made strangers friends, we seek to welcome and learn from one another's particularity-including but not limited to one another's race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, social status and theological diversity.

LSTC values diversity and is actively engaged in anti-racist work. LSTC seeks to hire candidates for all openings who demonstrate intercultural and diversity commitments, skills, and experience equipping them to further these commitments within the seminary. LSTC encourages applications from people of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; all gender and sexual identities; and all ability and social statuses. People of marginalized and/or historically underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Posted: April 03, 2017
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale - Director of Youth and Family

Redeemer Lutheran Church (www.redeemerhinsdale.org) 139 E 1st St., Hinsdale, IL 60521, is seeking a director of youth and family.

Job Description
Director of Youth and Family
We are looking for a community-minded, friendly, creative, engaged, faithful Lutheran leader to help us form community as God’s people and reach out to the world following Jesus’ example and command. Could it be you? This position has two components – education and community-building.
Christian communities (including our own) have been experimenting with different ways of doing these essential tasks. We are looking for a leader who will take the time to learn our context, partner with us in finding new methods, and leading us into new endeavors.

A bit more about us - Redeemer is a healthy, midsized congregation 95 years strong with a dynamic pastor, engaged volunteer leadership, and a generous budget with annual surpluses. With a vibrant music program, a deep commitment to service, and a thriving confirmation program, we hope to grow in depth of faith and reach our neighbors more effectively.

Redeemer is located just off the quaint downtown village of Hinsdale. Hinsdale has some of the top rated schools in the state as well as easy access to Chicago via Metra and freeways. Community services are ample with a thriving library, recreation center, and summer music festival series. Hinsdale residents tend to be professionals with advanced degrees. Redeemer, however, draws from the wider Western Suburbs and has a diverse membership economically.

Our Senior Pastor, Katie Hines-Shah, has been called to Redeemer for five years. Our staff includes a full time Music Director and Office Manager as well as other part time staff. A Christian Education Team is already in place.

Redeemer is a lively and creative congregation with energy, expertise, and hope. We are looking for a leader to partner with us in seeking the Spirit’s vision for our future and living more fully into it.

Job Summary: The Director of Youth and Family will lead our congregation through all stages of the faith journey and provide opportunities to deepen spiritual experience through education and community.

Essential Responsibilities

Christian Education: Develop and coordinate education opportunities for all ages. This may include traditional models like Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, etc. Flexibility and creativity will be required to imagine new ways of reaching busy families.

  • Lead and/or administer education programs for children (Sunday School)
  • Lead and/or administer summer enrichment programs (VBS)
  • Lead and/or administer adult learning opportunities (Adult Forum)
  • Lead, administer, and teach Confirmation.
  • Teach and administer milestone programs including Early Communion and Baptism Preparation Classes

Community Building: Develop and coordinate programs, and special events that gather the congregation together and help us more effectively reach out to our neighbors. These are opportunities for long-time members and newcomers to grow together and create a new vision of our church.

  • Lead and/or administer quarterly fellowship gatherings
  • Re-imagine and lead high school youth program
  • Re-engage and administer small group program
  • Identify opportunities for outreach and evangelism and equip the congregation to take advantage of them
  • Administer nursery program

Administration Expectations:

  • Recruit, equip and support volunteer leaders, teachers and guides for above programs endeavors
  • Maintain files and records for above programs
  • Develop and administer budgets for all program
  • Coordinate activities among all congregational groups
  • Work as a member of a staff
  • Use a variety of media to communicate and publicize programs
  • Take on new projects and tasks as assigned by the Senior Pastor

Ideal Candidate will demonstrate innovation and creativity in the following:

  • Ability to recruit, equip and support volunteers
  • Ability to minister to youth and family needs
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to build a sense of community
  • Coordinating Christian Education for Pre-K through Adult
  • Skill in planning and leading programs in conjunction with volunteers


  • Strong commitment to and understanding of Lutheran theology
  • Relevant work experience
  • Strong computer technology skills and proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web based skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution

Accountability and Supervision:
The Director of Youth and Family will be accountable to the congregation and its mission under the supervision and direction of the Senior Pastor.

Support Provisions:
Salary and benefits will be offered commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance may be available.

Preferred Start Date:
July 1, 2017

To Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and two references to Redeemer60521@gmail.com or 139 E. 1st St., Hinsdale, IL 60521, attention Faithful Living Committee. You are encouraged to highlight your unique gifts that will contribute to this role and the growth of our church. Please email any questions to Redeemer60521@gmail.com. Full job description may be found at www.redeemerhinsdale.org.

Posted: March 29, 2017
Epiphany Lutheran Church, Elmhurst - Youth Director (part-time)

Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 314 W. Vallette St., Elmhurst, IL 60126, is located in a suburb of Chicago. We are seeking a Youth Director who gives primary vision and leadership to our high school aged youth as we help them grow more fully into disciples of Christ.

The Youth Director must have a visible passion for connecting with middle school and high school aged youth with the ability to creatively generate excitement and interest into the youth program.

The Youth Director will:

  • Lead the high school youth gatherings primarily on Sunday mornings at 9:30, plan social events, promote service project activities including the annual summer group work camp trip.
  • Be a baptized disciple of Christ with a level of biblical knowledge sufficient to meaningfully connect scripture with modern day experiences of youth.
  • Have a familiarity and basic proficiency with social media and other electronic communication tools that will be used to connect youth to the mission of the church.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills used to proactively connect with youth, parents, staff and the congregation.

The position is a part-time salaried position, and while the salary is based upon a projected 20 hours per week, the actual number of hours required during any given week may vary in accordance with the work load at different times of the year. The position requires flexibility in hours, including evenings and weekends. The anticipated start date is mid-summer 2017. Individuals and couples may apply.

For the full Job description, visit http://EpiphanyElmhurst.org/Employment.
Interested applicants, please contact Pastor Ron Feltman at ron.feltman@epiphanyelmhurst.org.

Posted: March 28, 2017
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) - Advanced Studies Program Coordinator and International Student Administrator

LSTC, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, seeks a person to provide assistance to the Director of Advanced Studies in the oversight and administration of the Th.M., D.Min., and Ph.D. programs at LSTC; and oversee and administer the preparation and submission of all necessary documentation for international students at LSTC in coordination with the Office of Student Services.

Duties include preparation and management of program budgets, scheduling and proctoring examinations, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress. The Coordinator assists in the admissions processes and works with the student services team. They serve as the Designated Signing Official (DSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) for F and J visa programs. The person maintains SEVIS records and keeps current with relevant immigration legislation.

Applicant Qualifications
The Coordinator interacts with a broad range of students and must have a high degree of intercultural competency. This position requires excellent computer skills in database management and in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel. Exceptional communication, organizational, and time management skills are essential.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and familiarity with higher education processes. Comprehensive experience with government programs, especially with F and J visa programs and SEVIS reporting is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with international students and coordinating international travel, familiarity with ELCA structures, and the capacity to respond in a caring and understanding manner. LSTC is committed to diversity. Women and/or persons from historically underrepresented cultural groups are especially encouraged to apply. The position is full time salaried with exceptional medical, dental, and pension benefits. Review of applicant materials will begin April 10, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Profile of the Seminary
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in one of six graduate degree programs. LSTC is located in the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. More information at www.lstc.edu.

Application Process
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience in higher education, and c) a description of your experience with governmental programs especially if it is with F and J visa programs, and SEVIS reporting. Please send a current resume that includes 2 work and 2 personal references. Mail or e-mail your resume and letter of application to:

Office of Operations
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

Posted: March 14, 2017
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Church Communications Coordinator (part-time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park, IL 60302 (http://www.goodshepherdlc.org), is seeking a part-time communications coordinator.

Send CV and cover letter to Personnel Committee at bethhoule@gmail.com.

The Good Shepherd Church Communications Coordinator is a key communications role in the life and ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The role represents the ministry of the church, its members and the Pastoral leadership team led by our Pastor and supported by the member Personnel Committee. While the office may be quiet 50% of the time, the other 50% is filled with people using the building and correspondence and communication with members and the larger community. We welcome a team member in this role who will relish being part of a ministry team, and who sees the value of the communications work necessary to connect people and foster our ministry to serve in God’s name.

24 hours/ week (ideally 3, 8-hours days but this is negotiable); 6 paid vacation and 4 paid sick days.

Reports to the Pastor and supports the work of the Pastoral Team including the Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Music Minister and Administrative Assistant.

Basic Functions

  • Provides communications and marketing leadership for the church based on the vision of the Pastor and Church Council
  • Coordinates communications activities
  • Produces key communications pieces and channels
  • Serves as back up to the Administrative Assistant role

Essential Responsibilities


  • Website management, updating, and design
  • Gather/organize/monitor all incoming communication requests and photos
  • Solicit additional information from members, web, Pastor regarding events, programs, etc.
  • Solicit members to take photos at events, etc. for church photo library uses
  • Keep up with reports by pastor/council/committee reports, synod emails and local area news to be informed, but also spark new outreach ideas
  • Design/write/produce church ads, brochures, posters, inserts, postcards, pew cards for overall church marketing and specific promotions for events, ministries, marketing of church space rental, special requests
  • Create and send weekly email blasts

Shepherd's Staff monthly 12-page newsletter, editor/designer

  • Project manage and produce 12-page monthly newsletter
  • Review and share outline of article/photo ideas with pastor and email to members
    a week before deadline.
  • Edit/rewrite articles, search for appropriate art/photos
  • Search for appropriate art/photos and resize, revise, etc. 
  • Design/layout and prepare for print and web versions.
  • Print, schedule and oversee newsletter buddies
  • Post newsletters and deliver to post office. Note: Calendar, mailing labels, anniversary/birthday excel lists and printing the wrap is handled by Office Administrator.

Jazz Prayer

  • Design/write/produce postcards, posters, inserts, ads, reminder e-mail blasts 
  • Send out mailing 1-2x a year to churches/local organizations/jazz organizations
  • Maintain a binder of all bulletins/promos/notes

Internal and external branding and promotions

  • Design/write/produce church ads, brochures, posters, inserts, postcards, pew cardsfor overall church marketing and specific promotions for events, ministries, requests


  • Gather/coordinate information and art; layout/print/collate for bulletin (12pg), epistle (8 pg) and minimum of two inserts, includes Yes! Sheet. Create inserts if needed.
  • Prepare four leadership binders which include readings, hymns, oversized bulletins. Email reading/prayers document and bulletin to AM/lector.
  • Upload bulletin and epistle to website, download calendar week and post

Additional worship needs

  • Jazz Prayer program and leaders' guides monthly Sept. - May
  • Funeral bulletins and special email announcements
  • Additional bulletins for Christmas and Easter weeks
  • Send out reminders/monitor worship leaders lists as needed

Answer phones, monitor church email & two phone extensions, sort/distribute mail,
provide assistance for people who stop by office/misc requests, stamp envelopes and

Education: Associate’s degree or higher

Experience: At least three years work experience in communications


  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of Ecumenical partnerships and typical local/global church ministries
  • Views the work itself as a ministry
  • Excellent people skills, including an ability to relate to people in a warm and welcoming manner, communicating the love of God and the congregation’s mission
  • Strong organizational skills; detail-oriented
  • Multitasking ability
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and database management
  • Web design experience (directing and/or developing)
  • Able to work without direct supervision; problem solver who is able to prioritize work

Posted: March 06, 2017
Immanuel, Evanston - Choir Director/Assistant Organist (part-time)

Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Evanston, IL, seeks a pastoral musician to direct adult volunteer SATB choir accustomed to singing both a cappella and accompanied music, primarily in Lutheran traditions. Minimum three years experience in professional choral leadership, master's degree preferred.

The Choir Director/Assistant Organist (hereafter CD/AO) is responsible for the planning and directing of choral, instrumental, and vocal music for worship, including mid-week Advent and Lenten services; contracting instrumental performers for special events; and serving as organist for Sunday worship approximately once a month (scheduling negotiable). Our organ is a 1981 August Laukhuff mechanical action pipe organ in-stalled and voiced by Kurt Roderer. Zimbelstern added 2013.

Organ specs available at immanuelevanston.org.

Adult choir rehearses Wednesday evenings and sings for the Sunday service, as well as at special services during the course of the church year. The CD/AO’s musical selec-tions should reflect a sound knowledge of Lutheran musical traditions as well as a range of musical styles. He/She should value and seek out opportunities for the entire con-gregation to sing unaccompanied.

CD/AO reports to the pastor; meets approx. 6-8 times per year with Worship and Music Committee; assists in preparing yearly budgets and annual reports; and oversees maintenance in good condition of all equipment used for music.

This is a salaried, part-time position; starting salary $15,000 - $17,000 depending on experience. Start date negotiable but not later than August 15, 2017.

Immanuel Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation. Please visit our website, immanuelevanston.org,  for more about us.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to CDAOsearch@immanuelevanston.org  or send materials by U.S. mail to CHOIR DIREC-TOR / ASSISTANT ORGANIST SEARCH, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 616 Lake St., Evanston, IL 60201.  The search committee will continue to review applications until the position is filled.  Candidates may be invited to audition at a time mutually convenient.


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