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: June 22, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Student Services Assistant

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E.55th St., Chicago, IL 60615, is seeking a student services assistant.The position provides vital support to the entire Student Services team, in particular, the Dean of Student Services, Director of Admissions, and Director of Financial Aid. This person will conduct data entry within admission, recruitment, housing, and financial aid databases; as well as support orientation preparations The Student Services Assistant will work closely with the Director of Admissions in organizing prospective student visits and preparing for seminary discernment events.
Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree, and familiarity with higher education processes.

This position requires excellent computer skills in database management and in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel. Exceptional communication, record keeping, and time management skills are essential. 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.

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 how you connect to LSTC’s mission. Email your resume and letter of application to: employment@lstc.edu. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Posted: June 22, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Interim Director of Contextual Education

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615, invites applications and nominations for a part-time, one-year term, administrative position as Interim Director of Contextual Education while the seminary conducts a yearlong evaluation of the contextual education program. Primary responsibilities include focused attention to the contextual education and formation of MDiv and MAM students in collaboration with congregations, agencies, and synods. The Interim Director of Contextual Education will consult with the Contextual Education Advisory Committee and will work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to recruit, develop, support and monitor sites, supervisors and mentors to provide contextual education that aligns with LSTC’s values/goals and addresses the changing nature of the “public church.”

LSTC is committed to producing culturally competent leaders for the public church. We affirm that diversity is necessary in all components of the school, including its theological curriculum and faculty. Successful candidates will therefore be rostered in the ELCA, demonstrate cultural competency and creativity in their teaching, and careful administration of the lively engagement between the church and society.

Please send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of up to 1,000 words describing how you are prepared to address the commitments and responsibilities described in paragraphs two and three above. All materials should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Contextual Education Advisory Committee at ContextEd.search@lstc.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting June 13, 2018 and continuing until the position is filled. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Posted: May 23, 2018
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lombard - Youth Ministries Coordinator (part-time)

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 350 E. Madison St., Lombard, IL 60148, is seeking a part-time Youth Ministries Coordinator for Middle school age, Confirmation, and Youth, beginning in July 2018. This person will be responsible for coordinating, administering, recruiting and training for confirmation and youth ministries.

Purpose of Position: To cultivate a desire for a genuine relationship with Christ and facilitate ongoing faith formation for middle school aged children and youth. Encourage and equip youth and families for faithful living as Christian disciples by promoting service, devotion, imagination and fellowship among youth and their families.

Responsible To: Responsible to the Pastor as direct supervisor and the congregation council. Position will be evaluated yearly by Pastor in conjunction with personnel committee.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Have a vital, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Be affiliated with an ELCA congregation
  • Possess a desire to teach and mentor middle school children and youth with patience and an accepting heart.
  • Preferably have an educational background in family, children’s and/or youth ministries (or related field), or experience working with children and/or youth.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs, and Facebook.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Recruit, train, pray for and support volunteers for middle school and youth ministries.
  • Coordinate and lead weekly youth group meetings and all youth programs and events, including retreats and the youth Mission Trip (or ELCA Youth Gathering)
  • Coordinate with Pastor and co-lead weekly confirmation meetings and all other confirmation/middle school events, including Confirmation camp and retreats
  • Coordinate with ministry leaders in fundraising, service, and fellowship activities for all programs related to middle school/confirmation and youth.
  • Create and effectively manage the ministry’s budget.
  • Communicate consistently with parents as well as provide the tools they need for spiritual leadership.


  • Attend staff meetings
  • Meet regularly with Pastor, Christian Education Staff Team and Children and Families Ministry Team

To find out more about Holy Trinity Lutheran Church visit http://www.htlclombard.org.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to htlcemployment@gmail.com.

Posted: May 16, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wheaton - Organist/Music Director (part-time)

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187,seeks organist/music director for part-time (20 hours/week) position. Familiarity with Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) liturgy preferred. Understanding of contemporary music appreciated, but not required. Will also direct talented, dedicated adult choir and work with Children’s Ministry Coordinator to establish music program for youth.

Send resume and two references to julie@stpaulwheaton.org.

Posted: May 16, 2018
Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Northfield - Sunday School Coordinator (part-time)

Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield, IL 60093, is seeking a part-time Sunday School coordinator.

Position Title: Sunday School Coordinator 

Effective Date: 2018-19 Sunday School Program Year

Reports to: Senior Pastor

Classification: Exempt/5-10 hours a week

Position Summary

The Sunday School Coordinator will oversee the Sunday School program from the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2019 by coordinating the Godly Play curriculum, acting as lead teacher, training teachers and scheduling volunteers.


Education and experience in a relevant field

Proven skill in identifying, recruiting and equipping volunteers

Demonstrated ability to learn and coordinate a curriculum

Interest and skill in teaching children


Training in Godly Play curriculum (training cost will be compensated)

Understanding and respect for the teachings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and this congregation*

A living and active faith in Jesus Christ

Passion for working with children and volunteers

Willingness to pursue excellence, tempered by patience

Cooperative spirit and temperament

Initiative and Creativity

Successful background check

Position Detail

Recruit parent/adult volunteers to teach and assist with Sunday School

Provide or arrange for volunteer teachers

Coordinate communication with Sunday School families, teachers and staff

Meet with Sunday School Planning Team

Assure classroom is organized per Godly Play, and ready for teaching each Sunday

Other responsibilities as requested by Supervisor

Compensation and Other Benefits

Hourly compensation to be determined by Congregation Council

Refer to “Employee Handbook” for a complete statement of employee benefits
(copy available on request)

 To apply, send a cover letter, resume and three references to info@ascension-church.org, or you may send hardcopies to: Sunday School Coordinator, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield, IL 60093.

Posted: May 01, 2018
Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge - Office Manager

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068, is seeking a new office manager who will report to the pastor.

The office manager manages effective church office operations in collaboration with church staff, members, and child care center staff and families according to Church policies and procedures. The manager works with the Worship Planning Team to prepare and distribute all worship materials. In addition, they collect, organize and maintain records pertaining to the church. The office manager performs effective written and verbal communication functions to inform and notify appropriate parties.

Essential job functions will include but are not limited to: managing effective church office operations, preparing and distributing worship materials, including effective collaboration with the Worship Planning Team, develop and maintain accurate record keeping systems, prepare and distribute effective written and verbal communication to inform and update appropriate parties.

A background check will be completed prior to hiring. For more information or questions interested parties should contact Tryg Jensen at office@messiahparkridge.org.

Posted: May 01, 2018
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville - Christian Education Coordinator (part-time)

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 29700 N. Saint Mary's Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048, is seeking a Christian Education Coordinator.

Summary: The Christian Education Coordinator will serve as a member of the church staff team. This position is primarily responsible for planning and implementing opportunities for spiritual growth and faith formation for children (preschool – 8th grade). This position would play a critical role in the Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Confirmation and Milestone ministries of Holy Cross. This person would collaborate with the pastoral staff in articulating the vision and direction of these ministries. The Christian Education Coordinator will assist with developing a communication strategy to effectively promote these ministries to the members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Recruit and support volunteer ministry teams for the operation of the following ministries

Sunday School

  • Recruit and support teachers & shepherds through curriculum materials and prep meetings as scheduled
  • Provide oversight of special projects related to Sunday School
  • Lead/teach a Sunday School “faith enrichment” rotation for each cycle of the curriculum
  • Generate communication as needed with different participants
  • Work with the music component of Sunday School (Christmas & Easter programs)


  • Assist with confirmation programming and teach sessions rotated with pastoral staff
  • Organize and implement service projects and special events related to the confirmation ministry
  • Assist with preparation for retreats/ field trips and attend as mutually agreed upon
  • Oversight of registration/fees/paperwork (trips/retreats/special events)

Milestone Ministries

  • Assist in developing the schedule and content of each Milestone Ministry event
  • Provide instructional assistance as mutually agreed upon with pastoral staff

Vacation Bible School

  • Assist with planning and implementing a VBS summer experience
  • Dates and staffing model to be mutually agreed upon with pastoral staff input


  • Passion for Christian faith formation and spiritual growth for children
  • Willingness to share their personal faith experiences and an understanding of the Lutheran traditions and expressions of the Christian faith
  • The ability to think strategically and cope effectively with fluid contexts/change
    Maintain a spirit of confidentiality
  • Organized and an ability to collaborate with volunteers and other colleagues of the church staff
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Training in best practices, boundary and safety related issues with children/youth
  • Provide references and a background check
  • College degree (or working towards)

Hours: 15-20 average per week (renewable annually) Flexible hours and the ability to work remote. Negotiated physical presence on Sunday mornings and evenings per Sunday School & Confirmation schedules.


  • Church related Voice Mail and Email addresses
  • Administrative office support
  • Computer & Church Network access
  • Desk space & Church phone system
  • All supplies as needed

Reports to: Pastoral Staff

Compensation: To be determined based upon experience

Please send inquiries, resumes and any questions to: office@holycrosschurch.org

Posted: April 23, 2018
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville - Organist/Accompanist (part-time)

Experienced organist/keyboardist/choral accompanist needed for St. Timothy Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1313 North Mill St., Naperville, IL 60563, in west suburban Chicago area, beginning September 9, 2018. Duties include playing for two services: Evening Prayer liturgy on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and traditional service, Sunday at 9:00 a.m. accompanying the Chancel Choir on piano and organ; rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, Sept–May. Depending on the applicant’s strengths, the position may be combined with a choral direction opportunity. Martin Ott 16-stop tracker organ and Baldwin grand piano. 8-10 hours per week, salary negotiable. Please send letter of interest and resume to Katie Andrade, Director of Worship Planning, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill at: krandrade3@gmail.com.

Posted: April 20, 2018
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Northbrook - Worship and Music Leader (part-time)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1133 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062, is seeking a Worship and Music Leader, 20 hours per week beginning August 1, 2018. The Worship and Music Leader will guide the overall planning, growth, and implementation of a diverse and dynamic worship and music ministry. In collaboration with the pastor and worship team, this leader will develop a cohesive vision for all aspects of worship. This position will recruit and cultivate the musical gifts of people of all ages within the congregation.


Minimum of three years of experience in leading musical ensemble and/or worship music. Proficiency in instruments suitable for congregational music, preferably piano and organ. Experience in planning and directing vocal/choral and instrumental music. Appreciation for making worship a meaningful experience for the congregation. Creativity in the use of worship and music opportunities to promote a broad experience for all who worship. The ability and experience in composition/arrangement preferred. Full position description available upon request. Contact: Jan Kirby 847-272-0400. Send resume with cover letter. E-mail: office@gloriadeinorthbrook.org

Posted: March 29, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Advanced Studies Program Coordinator

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615, is seeking a full-time professional to serve as the Advanced Studies Program Coordinator who will provide assistance to the Director of Advanced Studies in the oversight and administration of the Th.M. and Ph.D. programs at LSTC and provides administrative support for the Doctor of Ministry program. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree and familiarity with higher education processes, especially with F and J visas and SEVIS reporting. We are proud that over half of our Advanced Studies students come from outside of the United States, and therefore, our ideal candidate will have experience working with international students and coordinating international travel.

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 how you connect to LSTC’s mission. Please also send your current résumé that includes the contract information for three professional references. Applications should be emailed to employment@lstc.edu. A more detailed position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Posted: March 27, 2018
Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Elk Grove Village - Children’s Ministry Coordinator (part-time)

Christus Victor Lutheran Church,1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, is looking for a part-time Children’s Ministries Coordinator to oversee all of our children’s ministry programs, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other special events. The Children’s Ministry Coordinator will work to strengthen and grow the children’s ministry programs by creating new opportunities for Christian education for children and families; nurturing relationships with visitors, new members and congregational families with Sunday school age children; and inviting and encouraging their participation.

Candidates should have background and experience in education and children’s ministry, as well as strong interpersonal, written and oral communication, and organizational skills. For more information about Christus Victor and our ministries visit our website at CVLutheran.org.

Click here for full job description.

For more information about the position or to send a resume, please contact Stefany Currier at currierstefany@gmail.com or 224-213-0793.

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