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: September 15, 2017
Our Savior Lurheran Church, Aurora - Organist/Choir Director
Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506 (oursavioraurora.org), traditional Lutheran congregation dedicated to serving our community and beyond seeks an energetic Organist/Choir Director capable of directing our music programs, leading our congregation by spiritual and joyous accompaniment of worship music and being a part of our leadership team and church family. Experience with both Lutheran liturgical music and contemporary hymnody is preferred.
The candidate shall be proficient in keyboard, music direction and organization. Our church’s resources include a Wicks 27-rank pipe organ, Baldwin grand piano, Wicks chapel organ, Schulmerich and Malmark handbells, electronic keyboard and a selection of percussion instruments. Our music ministry welcomes our neighbors and extends into our community.

The vision of the worship ministry at Our Savior Aurora is to help worshipers experience the truth and love of Jesus Christ in ways that are both welcoming and life changing. The music program is an integral part of this vision.
Our Savior is centrally located near downtown Aurora, which is a redeveloping urban city located forty miles west of Chicago and is home to vibrant arts, music, drama and diverse culture programs.
For consideration, please submit resume, cover letter and current salary to:
oursavioraurora@sbcglobal.net, attention: Jane.

Posted: September 14, 2017
Holy Family Lutheran Church, Chicago - Parish Secretary (part-time)
Holy Family Lutheran Church, 542 W. Hobbie St., Chicago, IL 60610, is seeking a part-time parish secretary.

Mission Statement: We 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.

Position close date: October 1, 2017

Posted: September 05, 2017
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Associate Director / Director of Development

Position Summary: Reporting to the Campaign Director, the Associate Director / Director of Development is responsible for building the annual giving program, driving a cohesive communication strategy for all areas of giving, and cultivating a portfolio of leadership donors. This position plays a central role in developing and implementing gift strategies for the organization and implementing individualized prospect plans for this position’s portfolio of prospects. This position will work directly with the Advancement leadership team, volunteers, and board members in identifying and soliciting leadership giving prospects. This is a full-time salaried position with medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Applicant Qualifications: The Associate Director / Director will have at least five years in fundraising, communications, and/or other relevant work. A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is preferred. The Associate Director / Director will have excellent written, analytical, and verbal communication skills in order to tailor messages to various audiences and be an effective presenter on behalf of the organization. Relational, organizational, and administrative skills are a must; and the ability to exercise sound judgment, handle confidential matters, and develop a broad knowledge of the seminary’s programs is critical. Knowledge of and familiarity with the ELCA or willingness to learn is required.

For a full position description, go to www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Posted: August 25, 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 the weekly worship service 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: August 10, 2017
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 part-time Christian Education Coordinator.


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.


  • 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)


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.

Reports to

Pastoral Staff


To be determined based upon experience, please send inquiries, resumes and any questions to: office@holycrosschurch.org

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
29700 N. Saint Mary's Road
Libertyville, IL. 60048-1575

Main Office Phone: 847-367-4060
Standard Office Hours: M-F: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit website at www.holycrosschurch.org

Posted: July 06, 2017
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove - Family Ministry Coordinator (part-time)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4501 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, is seeking an individual to help oversee ministry with children and their families within the wider Downers Grove community. This position is not focused on the implementation of curriculum, but rather on the growth of families and the empowerment of capable adult mentors through the creation of new ministries and the expansion of current ones.

Our mission at Gloria Dei is that everyone may live out Real. Balanced. Life. In ministry with youth and families, we work to achieve this by helping to create faithful autonomous young adults through a focus on two proven components in discipleship: 1. Families (in all their many shapes and sizes) that worship together and 2. Meaningful service and mission experiences.

The Family Ministry Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Youth & Family Ministries, and under the direct supervision of the senior pastor, and will be part of a larger staff at Gloria Dei. This is a flexible part-time position (with the potential for growth into a larger position), and will require some weeknight and weekend commitments, particularly on Sunday mornings.

The immediate primary responsibilities for this position will be the creation of a ministry for families with toddlers and babies, as well as the expansion of regular family ministry events where parents and children may come together to learn more about one another and their faith journey. Second to those duties, the Coordinator will assist in ministries with children and help to bridge the gap between age groups and the various milestones of childhood. Our primary focus is to “get the rites right” and see these special moments as steps along the journey and not as a “backdoor” or “graduation” out of the church.

The ideal candidate will be a faithful individual who can teach and lead from a Biblical and protestant perspective and be supportive of and value our Evangelical Lutheran roots. This person must be friendly and flexible, love working with children and their families, be passionate about their faith, value regular worship, be a servant leader, and possess good communication and organization skills while being a self-starter in this ministry. Also, this person must possess basic computer skills and social-media proficiency. Proven success in implementing programs with children is a must. Bachelors degree or 3-5 years experience in a similar field preferred.

For a detailed job description, questions, or inquiries, please contact: aaron.shoppa@gloriadeichurch.org / 630-968-6231 (x105)

Posted: July 06, 2017
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Charles - Director of Youth Ministries

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174, is seeking a director of youth ministries. The Director of Youth Ministries is charged with developing and overseeing those ministries specifically aimed at nurturing the discipleship of young people as they make the transition from children to mature Christian disciples.

Those who are employed by Bethlehem Lutheran Church serve a congregation that has been gathered by Christ. It is essential that pastors and staff of Bethlehem Lutheran Church carry out their work in a manner that exemplifies who we are as God’s people. The following core values spell out our expectation of the spirit with which we go about our work together. It is expected that the Director of Youth Ministries understands and agrees to the core values of discipleship, commitment, collegiality, excellence, and accountability as spelled out below.

It is essential that pastors and staff understand that their work is done under the grace of Jesus Christ and that their primary vocation is to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. With this understanding, pastors and lay staff will:

  • Strive to be an example of active faith in love;
  • Strive to be diligent in the study of scripture, the use of the means of grace, prayer, faithful service, and holy living;
  • Carry out their work in a way that honors and glorifies God;
  • Conduct themselves in a way that befits a disciple of Jesus, such as communicating in a courteous manner, treatment of coworkers and disciples with respect, courtesy, honesty, and maintains appropriate confidentiality.

All that we do at Bethlehem Lutheran Church serves the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the specific mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in our location. Understanding this, pastors and staff will:

  • Be committed to the mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, “empowered by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to invite all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, nurture each other’s faith, and go into the world to live for God;”
  • Understand that everything they do as an employee of Bethlehem Lutheran Church serves that mission.

Every staff person of Bethlehem Lutheran Church is part of a mission team. Carrying out the mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church requires a spirit of collegiality and cooperation between all staff and its disciples. Understanding this, pastors and staff will:

  • Recognize the value of coworkers and disciples and work collaboratively with others to achieve the mission of the congregation;
  • Demonstrate open, effective communication with coworkers and disciples in a professional and understanding manner;
  • Exhibit positive response and support to change;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality in staff matters;
  • Participate meaningfully in staff meetings and retreats;
  • Encourage and contribute to a culture of openness and trust.

Achieving the mission of Bethlehem Lutheran Church requires that tasks be carried out with creativity, competence, and openness to change. Understanding that, pastors and staff will:

  • Constantly find ways to improve position-specific job skills and take advantage of opportunities to improve through education and personal growth;
  • Be open minded about new and innovative ways to perform particular job functions;
  • Serve as a role model for others.

Faithful discipleship and effective church leadership requires a high level of accountability to one’s supervisors and coworkers. Understanding this, pastors and staff will:

  • Be on time to meetings and appointments with coworkers and disciples;
  • Participate meaningfully in periodic performance evaluations of work;
  • Actively listen to feedback and be open to constructive criticism;
  • Promptly provide reports required by church leadership and work supervisor.


  • Actively work with the Pastors, Childhood Education Director, and Children and Youth Ministry Teams to craft an overall vision and strategic direction for BLC’s children, youth, and family ministry
  • Create and lead planning and programming that nurtures the faith of and cultivates leadership in youth grades 6-12.
  • Develop middle school and high school ministry team(s) and empower them to be engaged in the planning and leading of youth ministry at BLC.
  • Plan, schedule, and execute excellent and meaningful activities for youth grades 6-12. These should include small and large group experiences, fellowship and service opportunities, special retreats, and local and “wider world” encounters.
  • Lead Wednesday night youth group; this includes program development, as well as recruiting, developing, and supporting adult leaders and mentors.
  • Work with Pastors in teaching and leadership of Confirmation program.
  • Facilitate the process of welcoming 6th and 9th graders—and their parents—to new programs and groups as they transition into middle school and high school, respectively.
  • Empower, support, and encourage Bethlehem families in their faith practices at home, in our congregation, and in our community. Equip parents/guardians through regular communication, invitation for involvement, and provision of resources that aid them in fulfilling their responsibility to pass on the Christian faith to their children.
  • Strive to know all Bethlehem youth and families and be known to them; be an available and personable presence in our community. Empower other adults in our congregation to invest in supportive, mentoring relationships with our youth.
  • Invite the participation and service of our youth in all areas of the ministry of the congregation, especially in worship.
  • Organize and oversee summer programming for youth – mission trips, National ELCA Youth Gathering, Middle School service and fellowship opportunities, 4th/5th VBS mission week, and Leadership Lab.
  • Participate in weekly Church Staff meetings.
  • Organize and oversee annual youth fundraisers.
  • Administrate and manage the Youth Ministry Program in a timely and effective manner, including developing and maintaining the program budget, scheduling events in cooperation with other staff, effectively communicating activities and mission to the wider congregation both through print and electronic means, maintaining an accurate calendar of youth ministry activities, working with the administration staff to track registrations and payments for various activities, organizing periodic fund-raising activities, and ensuring Bethlehem’s safety policies are followed.
  • Actively participate in the ministry life of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  • Participate in local, regional and national networks for youth ministry for support, growth, and accountability.
  • Welcome and include our congregation’s college students in appropriate activities, projects and events.


This is a full time position with paid benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.


To apply, contact:

Heather L Feltman, Deacon
Director of Church Operations
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1145 N. 5th Avenue
PO Box 3850
St. Charles, IL 60174
Office Phone: 630-584-2199, ext. 222
Cell Phone: 339-203-7164
Fax: 630-584-2674

Posted: June 14, 2017
Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge - Music Coordinator (part-time)

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, is seeking a part-time music coordinator.

Job Objectives

At Messiah, music is intended to be a shared ministry that consists of various musical groups/programs as identified by the congregation. The coordinator or Music Ministry will coordinate with leaders of groups and musicians to develop music programs and schedules and serve as music liaison for worship planning.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Pastor and Office Manager to plan and coordinate the entire music program for worship.
  • Play the piano/organ for worship services (one per week, more during holiday seasons).
  • Coordinate music programs & schedules throughout the congregation.
  • Direct and schedule the congregation’s choir, including weekly rehearsals.
  • Coordinate with special/guest musicians and singers for services/events. Educate and train all musicians participating in the program; recruit and facilitate participation from all age groups within the congregation.

Other duties consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Participate with church staff, Pastor and other leaders in facilitating congregational goals, assuming responsibility for tasks as mutually agreed with the Pastor. Secure replacements for vacation/absences.
  • Make available new resources and ideas to program participants.
  • Determine and submit the annual budget requirements for the music program and administrate the expenditures of the approved budget.
  • Play piano/organ for weddings and funerals upon request. (Additional compensation from family) 
  • Providing the congregation with music notes and education in the messenger or bulletin. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Messiah’s Child Care Center to promote music education.
  • Properly and effectively maximize our resources to provide music complementing the liturgy and bring the congregation together in song at worship.
  • Show care and respect to the shared space with other congregations who use Messiah’s space to worship.

Hours and Compensation

The music coordinator position is a part-time salaried employee who will work 15 hours/week. This will include 5-6 hours per week for administrative tasks. It is understood that hours will vary according to the season of the church. Hours and days are flexible.

Compensation will vary depending on education and qualification.

To Apply

To apply, contact Tryg Jensen at office@messiahparkridge.org.

Posted: June 13, 2017
United By Faith Lutheran Church, Evergreen Park - Church Musician

United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W 98th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805, is seeking a church musician.

PERSONNEL POLICY STATEMENT: The employees of this church, in all of their services -- both within the congregation and in fulfilling the church's mission in the world -- shall carry out the duties to which they are assigned in harmony with the faith and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Title: Church Musician

Reports to: Pastor, in consultation with Soul Team


Leads the congregation in full and active musical participation in the liturgical life of our church in accordance with the principles of the Lutheran tradition. Facility with traditional and contemporary music is essential.


  1. Provide prelude music beginning five minutes before liturgies and postlude music following worship.
  2. Be present thirty minutes prior to services for consultation.
  3. Work cooperatively with the Soul Team Co-chairs and the Pastor to coordinate,
    plan, and prepare music for all regular and special liturgical celebrations.
  4. Any additional special worship events that you may be asked to assist with do
    not come under your regular hours, and entitle you to additional compensation
  5. Accompany those providing special music during worship and at practices, as needed.
  6. Be available (or assist in finding substitute) for weddings and wedding consultation meetings with engaged couples and/or soloists, if requested
  7. Be available (or assist in finding substitute) for funerals held at the church.
  8. Continuously update professional and liturgical education through reading, workshops, conferences, private study. etc.


  1. A bachelor's degree in music. Advanced degree preferred.
  2. High degree of proficiency in the use of the organ and/or piano, working knowledge
    of other instruments.
  3. Knowledge and appreciation of liturgical arts and practices.
  4. High degree of proficiency in chanting and supporting congregational singing.
  5. Willingness to improve knowledge and skills through course work and professional
  6. Ability to work as a team player with pastor, staff, and committees.
  7. Must pass a federal background check and be fingerprinted, per DCFS guidelines.


E-mail resume and cover letter to the church office at ubfelca@sbcglobal.net. No phone calls, please.

Posted: June 13, 2017
United By Faith, Evergreen Park - Parish Administrator

United By Faith Lutheran Church, 3240 W 98th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805, is seeking a parish administrator.

Summary of Responsibilities: The Parish Administrator serves as the primary office manager, ensuring administrative detail is completed. The Administrator coordinates workflow, tracks all projects to keep them on schedule, and facilitates parish communications.

Staff Relationship: Reports to the Pastor. In his absence, reports to the Chair of Personnel. Will frequently interact with the Directors of Haven for Tots.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate parish communication.
    a. Process mail, email and phone messages. Respond to routine requests. Ensure messages are routed to staff and volunteers.
    b. Arrange essential mail in priority action order for Pastor. Compose correspondence for Pastor’s review and signature. Provide back-up materials to Pastor for callbacks and replies. Track incoming messages to ensure response.
    c. Gather and assemble information for the Voices of Faith newsletter. Coordinate information for web page, Facebook, and other social media as needed.
    d. Coordinate paper and electronic filing system, and ensure ability to quickly retrieve information. Archive files according to established guidelines. Provide filing guide so that others can retrieve information in administrator’s absence.
    e. Oversee congregational publicity efforts, including press releases and advertising, in consultation with the Pastor.
    f. Oversee postings for bulletin board.
  2. Coordinate calendar, appointments and meetings.
    a. Maintain printed and electronic church calendars.
    b. Meet weekly with Pastor to coordinate calendar and projects. Provide congregation with weekly announcements via paper and email.
    c. Arrange meetings and team work sessions as requested. Determine availability of attendees and space, and communicate meeting details to attendees. Ensure facilities are arranged for meetings and work.
    d. Oversee equipment, easels, sign up sheets, etc., needed for meetings and conferences.
    e. Maintain supplies of coffee and paper goods.
    f. Set up appointments for the Pastor as requested and needed.
    g. Prepare agenda for meetings led by the Pastor.
  3. Coordinate workflow in the office and in the parish.
    a. Maintain an efficient, professional office environment.
    b. Track office, council, staff and team projects to ensure progress to timely completion.
    c. Ensure that tasks that are delegated are understood and engaged.
    d. Maintain office supplies. Order materials for staff as requested and needed.
    e. Maintain office equipment in working order (add toner, etc.), and operate as needed.
    f. Work with Pastor to prepare bulletins and Powerpoint presentations for both Sunday worship and special services.
    g. Post Sunday attendance and homebound communions weekly, and log all copyrighted materials every Monday for Sundays and Seasons.
    h. Ensure that all copyright licenses are renewed annually.


  • Office Management certification preferred


  • Experience in office setting required
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred
  • Prior experience working within a Lutheran church, other mainline church, and/or nonprofit based work setting preferred
  • Prior experience working with/relating to childcare facilities preferred
  • Prior experience working with database management, desktop publishing and/or website content preferred


  • Highly organizedStrong written & verbal communication skills
    o Must be able to manage and lead office with minimal in-person supervision
    o Must be able to communicate with broad constituency
    o Must be able to edit written communications over several media
  • advertising, newsletters, website material
  • Understanding of basic financial statements/ budgeting
  • Strong attention to detail, & ability to lead others to complete tasks needed to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to work with others in a team to accomplish tasks


E-mail resume and cover letter to the church office at ubfelca@sbcglobal.net. No phone calls, please.

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