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: December 11, 2017
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, Elgin - Music Director (part-time)

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, located just west of Randall Road in Elgin, Illinois, and a congregation of the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA), is interviewing candidates for the salaried position of part-time music director. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in accompanying congregational singing and liturgy, selecting music, leading choir practice and performance, and providing instrumental music in a broad range of musical styles. Both organ and piano skills are desired.

Send a resume and references to Music Director Search, Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin, IL 60124, or e-mail to ctloffice@ctlelgin with subject line "Music Director Search."

Posted: December 01, 2017
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Church Communications Coordinator (Part-time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park, IL 60302, is seeking a part-time church communications coordinator.


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

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

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

Position qualifications

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
  • Excellent people skills, including an ability to relate to people in a warm and welcoming manner
  • Multitasking ability
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and database management
  • Web design experience (directing and/or developing

Posted: November 15, 2017
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Oak Forest - Music Director

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (LCR), 15050 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452, is seeking a music director.

Vision: To develop and lead the music ministry for The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection utilizing vocal and instrumental, traditional and contemporary music that enhances the worship experience and glorifies God through music.

The Lead Pastor


  • Embraces Christian teachings and understands and embraces the mission and vision of LCR
  • Have the gifts of administration, servanthood, and teaching
  • Handles sensitive issues and maintains confidentiality in all matters.
  • Skilled in selecting music and leading worship through bells, electronic keyboard, and piano playing, and in choral and congregational singing in both traditional and contemporary styles.
  • Skilled in recruiting, developing and working with soloists and small groups of vocalists and instrumentalists for occasional offerings in worship services and occasional community events.
  • Skilled in vocal and bell choir repertoire and rehearsal techniques, with the ability to play and conduct simultaneously, in needed.
  • Good organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment, collaborating with the Worship and Music committee, musicians, and Pastor in the selection and creation of weekly services
  • Recent experience in a similar role within a Christian worship setting
  • Proven leadership skills in working with volunteer and paid musicians


  • Bachelor’s degree in music, church music, or musical performance, or equivalent. Master’s preferred.


  • Wrap all rehearsals, meetings, or gatherings in an atmosphere of spirituality by beginning and ending with prayer.
  • Plan, rehearse, and direct praise teams, bell and vocal choirs, and present the musical offerings for Sunday morning and special services
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings and monthly Worship and Music committee meetings to plan and implement the music for Sunday morning services and special services, e.g. Christmas services, Lenten services, Easter services, and community events.
  • Provide special music for Sunday morning traditional services when choirs are not performing
  • Provide and maintain a regular schedule of rehearsals and performance times and dates for bell and vocal choirs, instrumentalists and special music performers.
  • Order, supply and maintain the music library and instruments. Secure replacement or repair of apparel, instruments and music as needed.
  • Recruit and develop choristers, vocalists and instrumentalists and paid musicians for special services e.g. Christmas, Easter etc. as authorized by the Worship and Music Committee.
  • Attend at least one reimbursed continuing education workshop annually.
  • Work within an annual budget.
  • Arrive at least one hour prior to rehearsals and worship services for prep time and coordination with the pastor for any last minute clarifications and/or changes.
  • Provide a substitute for Sunday worship services when approved absence occurs.
  • Actively participate in the life and ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.


  • Reimbursed continuing education workshop as approved by the Worship and Music Committee.
  • Use of church facilities and equipment for private teaching.
  • 2 Sundays vacation with a 2 week notice.
  • Salary 16-19k, anticipate 16-20 hour work week, depending on church season

To apply:

Posted: November 15, 2017
Trinity Lutheran Church, Des Plaines - Organist (part-time)

Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 E. Algonquin Dr., Des Plaines, IL 60015, has an immediate opening for an interim/regular substitute organist to help lead the congregation in worship and music while we conduct a search for a Director of Music. The initial time frame will be now through January with an option to extend beyond.

This individual needs to have excellent organ skills as well as a proficiency in playing piano.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Serve as organist for one weekly worship service each Sunday, holidays, funerals and weddings.
  • Work with the Pastor, Choral Director and Worship and Music Committee to provide leadership in the planning and leading of worship.
  • Accompany the choir for Wednesday evening rehearsals and worship as needed.
  • Work with the choral director to arrange for special instrumentalists and soloists

This position will average ten hours per week. The primary instrument is: Schantz pipe organ with three manuals and 47 ranks.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to trinityldp@ameritech.net.

Information about Trinity can be found at http://www.trinitydesplaines.org.

Posted: November 10, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church, Libertyville, Director of Youth Ministry (part-time)

Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Valley Park Dr., Libertyville, IL 60048, is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry who is responsible for providing an exciting and meaningful ministry for our youth from the 5th through 12th grades. The Director of Youth Ministry works to encourage, inspire and nurture young people in the Christian faith consistent with the Mission and Vision of Grace.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Work with the Youth Ministry Team and the Senior Pastor to develop the vision and goals that will provide a meaningful, faith-based ministry for our youth from the 5th through 12th grades. Implement plans and evaluate programs that support that vision and goals.
  2. Interact with our youth at various levels of duration with different activities/leadership needed per level.
  3. Coordinate and lead programs offering opportunities for growth in faith by creating a welcoming and safe atmosphere, enhancing personal connections, and planning and organizing mission opportunities.
  4. Recruit, train and encourage a team of adult volunteers to develop Christ-centered bonds with all youth.
  5. Provide outreach and leadership to youth including; Bible study, mission projects and other opportunities for spiritual growth.


  1. College degree with an emphasis in youth education.
  2. Experience in leading youth ministry programs, with creating and developing a youth ministry program preferred.
  3. Excellent relational, interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
  4. Computer literate including being a user of social media.

Terms of Employment

  1. Works an average of 20 hours per week.
  2. Accountable to the Growth in Faith Ministry Team and the Senior Pastor.
  3. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

To apply

E-mail letter of interest with resume to Grace Lutheran Church at gracelibertyville@gmail.com.

Posted: October 23, 2017
Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park - Music Director

Zion Lutheran Church, 16100 69th Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477, is an active and energetic congregation. Our congregation has a fruitful history of excellence in music for worship and now seeks a musician(s) who is able to enhance the worship life of the congregation through her/his musical leadership. We have three worship services- Saturday evening (5pm) Sunday morning (9am contemporary) and Sunday morning (10:30am- traditional).

Our congregation is richly blessed with adult choir at our traditional worship, a praise team to lead the contemporary service, and a handbell choir. Music resources include: a multi-octave handbell set, chimes, pipe organ, clavinova, and pianos, as well as multiple instrument players in the congregation.

We are also blessed with two high schools who have organized bands with teenage musical gifts.

We seek leadership that will engage our children, our pre-school and our youth as an area to be developed/re-developed in creating a children’s choir in the future.

We seek a creative and innovative spirit for our church and music programs.

Successful applicants will demonstrate natural communication skills, strong organizational skills, excellence in the areas of organ performance and conducting, will be able to articulate the core of the Christian faith through music and should embrace collaboration with our two Pastors and the musicians of the congregation.

Undergraduate degree in music required. Master’s degree preferred.

Compensation commensurate with skills and experience.

Zion’s leadership desires to continue to create and enhance an environment in worship which brings glory to God in Jesus Christ and inspires and supports the faith formation of our congregation.

Interested applicants may submit a cover letter, resume and two references to: marcycarmichael@gmail.com.

Posted: September 26, 2017
Saint Luke Church, Chicago - Building opening and closing

Saint Luke Church, 1500 West Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657, has a position for someone to work on Sunday mornings opening and closing the building. Hours for this position are from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.

If you are interested in this part-time job, please contact Elisabeth Stampfl at estampfl@stlukechicago.org or 773-472-3383.

Posted: September 15, 2017
Our Savior Lutheran 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.

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