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: October 17, 2019
Edgebrook Lutheran Church, Chicago - Traditional Worship Leader (part-time)

Edgebrook Lutheran Church (ELC),5252 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646, seeks part-time Traditional Worship Music Leader to lead and continue the dynamic growth of its traditional music program. Responsibilities include working with pastors and lay Traditional Worship Team teams; selecting and providing music at traditional Sunday worship services and Advent, Christmas, Lenten, Holy Week and Easter services; rehearsing and directing the traditional choir and women’s ensemble; and leading worship on the organ. Qualified candidates will have formal vocal and instrumental musical training at the college level; proficiency with the organ, piano and other instruments; knowledge of Lutheran worship traditions and liturgy; and previous church music leadership and choral direction experience. Bachelor’s degree in music preferred. ELC offers competitive salary package. Please submit resumes via email to office@edgebrooklutheran.org. No calls.

Posted: October 07, 2019
Various Positions at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) has a variety of employment opportunities within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, particularly for child welfare and mental health professions. Working at LSSI provides opportunities for professional growth and the ability to make a difference in the lives of children, adults, and seniors served by its programs. Visit LSSI’s Career page, where you can search positions by location: https://www.jobs.net/jobs/lssi/en-us/all-jobs/United-States.

Posted: September 05, 2019
Rejoice Lutheran Church, Geneva - Youth and Family Minister (full-time)

Rejoice Lutheran Church, 0N377 N. Mill Creek Dr., Geneva, IL 60134, is looking for a committed Christian leader with a passion for discipling young people. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience working with and equipping youth, parents, and volunteers.

Salary $35,000-$45,000


  • Lead efforts to disciple youth grades 6 thru 12.
  • Reach out to unchurched youth.
  • Recruit/disciple leaders for Oasis.
  • Work collaboratively to develop/execute curriculum.
  • General pastoral duties.
  • Available to teach a multi-generational audience.
  • Oversee Mission trip(s) and other youth activities.
  • Work collaboratively with DOMO and other staff.
  • Participate in all staff/ministry related meetings.
  • Effective communication.


  • Bachelor’s degree in youth ministry, or related field.
  • Willingness to serve within the doctrinal commitments of the ELCA.
  • Experience leading youth and people of multiple generations.
  • Background check.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A commitment to the church’s mission of Loving God, Loving people, and Living changed.


Please send resume to info@rejoicegeneva.org.

Posted: August 30, 2019
St. John's Lutheran Church, Wilmette - Director of Youth and Families

St. John's Lutheran Church, 1235 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, is seeking a director of youth and families.


  • 15-20 hours per week (negotiable)
  • $15-25 per hour, determined on experience
  • Reports directly to the pastor
  • Benefits eligible? NO


  • Oversee the Sunday School and pre-Confirmation programs on Sunday mornings
    • Train and schedule Sunday School teachers
    • Teach Sunday school and/or pre-Confirmation as needed
  • Lead Confirmation
    • Select and develop a curriculum with the pastor
    • Teach curriculum
  • Continue monthly family activities and other family programming
  • Develop high school programming
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and/or weekly meetings with the pastor
  • Exhibit leadership when working as a representative of the congregation
  • Get to know congregants and newcomers to build community and support families
  • Expand lay leadership in the youth programs
  • Communicate frequently and effectively with families
  • Contribute regularly to church newsletters and complete all needed reports
  • Ensure that all children’s programs adhere to the Safe Child policy


  • Clear sense of call to Christian service and an inner spiritual life
  • Comfortable, adept, and experienced in identifying and developing spiritual gifts and needs as well as developing spirituality in children
  • Familiarity with Lutheran theology and Biblical interpretation
  • Experience with Godly Play preferred
  • Interest in community organizing and justice work preferred
  • Previous work as Youth Director or Sunday School Leader with experience in instruction and equipping volunteers or equivalent training in Children, Youth, & Family Ministries preferred

Please send cover letter and resume to churchoffice@stjohnswilmette.com.

Posted: August 06, 2019
Bethany Lutheran Church, Batavia - Director of Music (part-time)

Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 South Lincoln Street, Batavia, IL 60510, is seeking a part-time director of music.

The Director of Music will organize and lead vocal music groups and plan music for all worship services. This is accomplished through a passion for the worship experience, a strong Christian faith, and a high standard (demonstrated proficiency) in music. The Director of Music will report to the Senior Pastor and will support the mission of the congregation.

Primary Responsibilities include: Attend and lead all rehearsals of musical groups, identify appropriate hymns and choir music for worship services, and utilize the talents of the congregation to arrange special music year-round to enhance worship

Qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree in music (or comparable); familiarity with ELCA worship and music; experience leading musical groups (including instrumental); ability to relate to children, youth, and adults; and keyboard and piano proficiency

To request a full position description and/or apply by sending a resume, please contact office@bethanybatavia.org.

Page URL: http://www.mcselca.org/congregation/admin/employment/