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 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 07, 2018
Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office - Financial Oversight and Business Management

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, 1420 W. Dickens Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, is seeking a business manager.

Position: Financial Oversight and Business Management


  • Work with the treasurer of this synod, the finance committee, and the bishop to create an annual budget for adoption by the assembly at its June meeting.
  • Oversee the purchasing, accounts receivable, and accounts payable functions of the synod maintaining adequate records of all transactions to ensure conformity with GAAP standards.
  • Gather or prepare documents as needed for an annual financial audit of the synod.
  • To provide consultation services and information to congregations concerning matters of finance, and other areas of practical congregational management.
  • To manage payroll for synod staff, track vacation, sick leave, and other time for staff.
  • Establish and maintain a close working relationship with outside resources for payroll management, insurance coverage, building maintenance, real estate transactions, investment strategies, and Portico Benefits
  • Prepare, at the request of the treasurer, all reports necessary for clear communication with the Synod Council and the Executive Committee
  • Participate in all Synod Staff meetings and functions
  • To work with flexibly and collaboratively in partnership with other staff members with respect to general office duties, such as, answering telephones or front doorbells as needed.
  • Subscribe to the “general expectations” of all members of the bishop’s staff


Preferred candidate will be an experienced Certified Public Accountant with experience in the operation and management of religious or not-for-profit businesses. In addition, preferred candidate will be a member of an ELCA congregation.

Time Expectations

This is envisioned as a 40-hour per week responsibility with some flexibility during audit, budgeting, and synod assembly seasons. It is expected that this time expectation will allow employee reasonable time for additional work beyond synod responsibilities, if so desired.

All staff members are encouraged to build a working life that is a positive model of health and balance. Considerations of work and rest, action and reflection, freedom and accountability are all important in building this balance. It is expected that the bishop and all members of the bishop’s pastoral staff will have one regular day off each week.


Accountability of the bishop staff rests in two areas:

  • Accountability to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through its Constitution, Bylaws, Continuing Resolutions, and policies and Shared and deployed staff covenants
  • Accountability to the pastors, congregations, agencies, and people of this synod through its Constitution, Bylaws, Continuing Resolutions and policies, and the bishop of the synod
  • Metrics - Fulfillment of the stated responsibilities

The bishop will arrange for an annual “mutual ministry dialogue” to provide an opportunity for support and for the exploration of mission and ministry goals, and personal joys and frustrations.


Compensation package for the bishop’s staff will be reviewed annually by the Synod Council Executive Committee and adjusted with consideration to recommendations from the Finance Committee and the Mutual Ministry Dialogue.

General Expectations

  • All members of the Bishop’s staff, Pastoral, Program, and Technical Support, are expected to understand the meaning and importance of the mission of the synod: In Jesus’ Name, Proclaim the Gospel, Make Disciples, Do Justice
  • All members of the staff must exhibit a high level of “functional loyalty” to this mission and to other members of the staff team. This includes high standards of accountability to team members and to the synod in general with respect to mutual respect, diligence, excellence, promptness, courtesy, and faithfulness to commitments.
  • Along with this accountability, all staff members will need some flexibility and adaptability in the face of the unpredictable and ever-changing events and demands of the job. This may include some reasonable flexibility to give extra time to emergency situations provided that extra time is adequately and fairly compensated.
  • Strong teams need members to be honest and forthright with each other in the context of staff interaction, but personally supportive and encouraging toward one another and enthusiastic about team decisions when interfacing with the larger public.
  • All members of the staff must have a great capacity to respect and maintain boundaries of confidentiality.
  • It is highly desirable to have some redundancy of knowledge and awareness within the staff so that the operation can continue smoothly even if one or more members of the team are absent.
  • Although we often deal with very serious and stressful situations, a measure of humor, encouragement, appreciation, affirmation, and compassion in the office environment is valued and encouraged
  • All staff members must reflect the integrity of the Church in their personal and professional conduct.

To apply

Send letter of application and resume to Bishop Wayne Miller, at the synod office, by May 31, 2018, at wmiller@mcselca.org. Include "Business Manager Application" in the Subject line.

Posted: May 04, 2018
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Chicago - Cantor (part-time)

Immanuel Lutheran Church, (ELCA) 1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660, is seeking a cantor.

Immanuel Lutheran is a progressive, liturgical, urban congregation, that strives to fulfill its mission of being “a living sanctuary of hope and grace.” This is a part-time position, estimated at 20 hours/week. Annual salary up to $33K plus pension and benefits. The ideal start date is August 1, 2018.

The Cantor we seek will be able and excited to help all of us—children, youth, and adults, with many levels of ability and across a range of musical genres and styles—to praise God with our voices and instruments and to lead us in our shared liturgical life.

Apply by sending a resume to churchoffice@immanualchicago.org or mail it to: Immanuel Cantor Search Committee, 1500 W Elmdale, Chicago, IL 60660. To be considered, a resume must be received by June 15, 2018. Following review by the Search Committee, those being asked to continue in the process must complete an application form, and participate in an interview, keyboard (organ and piano) audition, and choral conducting audition.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Pastor, continue the rich liturgical traditions of the congregation through seasonal and weekly worship planning.
  • Coordinate and implement Immanuel’s music program.
  • Create the weekly service folder with the Office Administrator.
  • Provide leadership to the volunteer Worship Team
  • Serve as the primary musician (organ and piano) for the congregation.
  • Rehearse and conduct the adult choir for weekly worship leadership.
    o Select appropriate anthems and liturgical music for the choir(s).
    o Develop and distribute a schedule for choirs and other musicians as appropriate for weekly l l     liturgies.
    o Recruit musicians and instrumentalists for special celebrations and liturgies.
    o Oversee the paid section leaders
  • Recruit participants for the music ministry program.
  • Make available new resources and ideas for participants in the music and worship ministry.
  • Attend relevant congregational meetings as well as weekly staff meetings.
  • Determine and submit the annual budget for the music program and administer the expenditures of the approved budget.
  • Maintain and administer the Immanuel Music Fund.
  • Be well-versed in Lutheran liturgical practices and have a thorough knowledge of ELCA worship resources.
  • Energize and enliven congregational singing through a variety of means, e.g., organ, piano, percussion, and paperless music.
  • Re-develop a children’s music program.
  • Re-envision outreach to the community through music e.g., drama, concerts, and special worship services.
  • Connect with the musical and arts community of the neighborhood.
  • Maintain the music library and resources of the music program.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the organ and all instruments used by the congregation.
  • Participate with the pastor, church staff, and other leaders to facilitate congregational goals and assume responsibility for tasks mutually agreed on with the pastor.
  • Maintain professional competency by practicing, performing, attending continuing education opportunities, teaching workshops or seminars, and reading professional journals.
  • Retains the right of first refusal to provide and perform music for weddings and funerals.


3-manual 46-rank Schantz pipe organ, 1976 –recently upgraded with a multi-level combination action
2 octaves of Whitechapel Handbells
Samick Grand piano in the nave of the church
Samick upright in the choir loft
Knabe grand in the choir room
An array of hand percussion

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.

Posted: March 08, 2018
Messiah Lutheran Church, Wauconda - Youth Director (part-time)

Messiah Lutheran Church, 25225 W. Ivanhoe Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084,is searching for an enthusiastic and innovative Youth Director focused on building young disciples of Christ. Areas of focus include group building, worship, discipleship, mission, and outreach. Messiah is looking for an engaged spiritual leader and role model with a strong biblical background to join our ministry team. This 30-hour-a-week position gives overall vision and direction to middle school/confirmation and high school ministries.

For more information or to send a resume contact the search team at messiahlutheranyouthdirector@gmail.com.

Congregation webpage: http://messiah-wauconda.org

Posted: March 01, 2018
Hope Lutheran Church, Long Grove - Contemporary Music Worship Leader (part-time)

Hope Lutheran Church, 1660 Checker Rd., Long Grove, IL 60047, is seeking a Contemporary Music Worship Leader.The Contemporary Music Worship Leader will have the responsibility for all musical aspects of the Contemporary Worship Service. The leader will work with the Pastor and the Worship Musicians to create a meaningful worship experience for the congregation.

Principal Position Duties

  1. Work closely with Pastor and lay leaders to develop each worship service by choosing music and songs that communicate the themes or purpose of the service.
  2. Coordinate musical selections and combined pieces with traditional service musician for special worship services or services where styles are intermixed.
  3. Coordinate musical selections with Christian Education and Youth leaders for special services where the youth are in leadership roles.
  4. Choose musical aspects of worship that bring glory and honor to God that are consistent with the biblical, theological and liturgical integrity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
  5. Pray for and with the band members, lead them spiritually, and encourage them in their call to lead worship.
  6. Provide musical leadership to encourage and engage the congregation in worship and participation.
  7. Provide all necessary tools to musicians, such as CDs, chord charts and lead sheets, in a timely fashion to allow appropriate time for preparation and rehearsal.
  8. Provide musical direction, including guidance in aspects such as style, rhythm, speed, harmonies, and solos.
  9. Practice with the musicians weekly, coordinating schedules and providing communication with each member.
  10. Recruit new musicians and singers and have access to substitute musicians.
  11. Be available for all regular worship services and preferably for special engagements such as holiday services, mid-week services, etc.
  12. Partner with the sound and video volunteers to coordinate technical aspects of the service.
  13. Utilize and grow the skills and talents of each member of the band and production staff.
  14. Meet regularly with the Worship and Music Committee.


  1. Belief in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Belief in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. Belief in the Holy Spirit. And, a belief and commitment to welcome all people, at all times, without exception to worship at Hope Lutheran Church.
  2. Ability to work with a team.
  3. Music leadership experience.
  4. Play one or more instruments, guitar preferable.
  5. Ability to lead vocals.
  6. Familiarity with contemporary Christian music and non-traditional worship.
  7. Ability to engage the congregation.
  8. Ability to work with people who have a variety of musical skills to produce effective music leadership.
  9. Ability to help individuals grow musically, spiritually, and in their ability to lead worship as a group.
  10. Communication skills.
  11. Organizational skills.
  12. Understanding and appreciation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s beliefs and heritage.
  13. Efficient use and working knowledge of worship planning programs, such as Planning Center On-line, Song Select, and Song Show Plus. Knowledge of digital sound and recording equipment and other music composition programs preferred.

Staff Relationship

  1. Reports to the pastor.
  2. Annual reviews with a member of the Executive Council, the Pastor and Director of Worship & Music Committee.


Salaried part-time position, pay and vacation is at market rates commensurate with capabilities and skills.


Send your resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Hope Lutheran Church
1660 Checker Rd.
Long Grove, IL 60047

or E-mail: hopelutheran-elca@comcast.net
or fax: 847-634-2052

Questions – contact the congregation at 847-634-2070.

Posted: February 28, 2018
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: February 28, 2018
Lutherdale, Elkhorn, Wisconsin - Operations/Facilities Manager

Lutherdale is seeking a full-time operations/facilities manager. 

If you like working in a fast-paced and growing ministry and have the skills to care for our 52-acre campus with 25 buildings, consider joining our dedicated ministry team. There is never a dull day around here. Last year 13,000 people participated in one of our many programs.

Visit our website at www.lutherdale.org to learn more about the ministry of Lutherdale. Click on the EMPLOYMENT page for a link to a full job description.

Qualified candidates can apply by emailing/sending a cover letter and resume to:

Jeff Bluhm, Executive Director
N7891 US Hwy 12, Elkhorn, WI 53121

Posted: February 27, 2018
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights - Director of Music

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church,1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, is seeking a full-time Director of Music. The complete job description can be found at www.oursaviours.org or www.oursaviours.org/images/stories/documents/job-descrip-dir-of-music.pdf.

Applications should be directed to hiring@oursavious.org.

Posted: February 22, 2018
Grace Lutheran Church, Libertyville - Organist

Grace Lutheran Church, 501 Valley Park Dr., Libertyville, IL 60048, is seeking an organist.


This position is directly accountable to the person(s) according to the latest official Grace Lutheran Church Organizational Chart (for job performance and budgetary actions).

Primary Objective of the Position

The Church has always recognized the importance of music as an integral part of its ministry. The challenge to provide the best possible music, sung and played "To the Glory of God," must always remain the primary objective. The Church organist shall profess a faith in Jesus Christ, believe in the Mission and Vision of Grace Lutheran Church, and be willing to support the leaders, Pastor(s) and ministries of the congregation.

Primary Functions:

  1. The organist will have the responsibility to coordinate ministry expectations with the counsel of the pastor(s), so that ministry effectiveness is assured.
  2. Selects and coordinates settings and hymns for organ/ piano and keyboard music for the following scheduled worship services, including but not limited to:
    A. Sunday Morning Services
    B. Major Church Festivals
    C. Additional services during Christmas, Lent, and Easter seasons
    D. Additional services that might be established (e.g., mid- week services in the summer, Sunday evening services, etc.)
  3. Works in conjunction with the Senior Choir Director to provide choral and other special music for regularly scheduled worship services, special service and concerts. Special music may include instrumental groups, bell choirs, soloists, etc. A variety of musical styles and traditions shall be used to enhance the worship experience for all.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. As needed, provides organ/piano accompaniment for the Choirs (Senior, Contemporary Worship, and others that may be formed), during worship services and rehearsals.
  2. Provides to Church members organ/piano and keyboard music for wedding rehearsals, weddings, and funerals. The services of another organist may be used with the permission of the regular organist. Non-members will be provided a list of possible and suitable organists/pianists that they may contact if needed.
  3. Arranges for a suitable relief organist when needed.
  4. Meets periodically, or as necessary, with the appropriate committee, Lead Pastor, and other music staff to plan and coordinate the music for all worship services. Recommendations for enriching the music programs of the Church will be encouraged.
  5. Works with dedication and patience while coordinating the activities of volunteers who possess varying levels of training and talent.
  6. Strives to continually improve playing skills to enhance the worship experience of all. The Church organist shall use the church’s organ/piano for practice as needed, but at a time not in conflict with congregational activities or scheduled emergency repairs.
  7. Serves as a consultant in such matters as the purchase and maintenance of equipment relating to the music programs. The Church organist shall help develop and maintain the church’s music library and an appropriate personal library of preludes, postludes, and special music. 
  8. Provides input to the budgeting process for the purchase of necessary equipment, maintenance, music and other supplies. All purchases shall be within budget limitations.
  9. The Church organist shall be provided the opportunity to use his/her gifts in other areas of ministry, where appropriate, in coordination with the Senior Pastor.
  10. Contributes occasional music news for parish newsletter.
  11. Maintains reasonable availability through e-mail or agreed-upon communications.

Other Terms of Employment

  1. The Organist job is a regular part-time /non-exempt position. A working schedule of hours will be developed with the Senior Pastor.
  2. The wages will be commensurate with experience.
  3. Performance reviews will be held in compliance with the employee handbook.
  4. A background check is required


  1. Candidate should preferably have a strong background in Lutheran Liturgy.
  2. Completion of a college degree or equivalent experience is preferred, with formal training in music.
  3. Some training in electronic organs is a plus.
  4. Excellent relational and interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
  5. Team Player with strong team building skills.
  6. Must be a mature-growing follower of Jesus Christ who subscribes to and affirm the Statement of Faith and Covenant of the Church.
  7. Passionate and high energy person
  8. Effective verbal and written communication skills
  9. Computer literate and solid user of PC/software


Minimum of 6 years as a church organist

Interpersonal Skills and Development

This position needs an ability to relate well with people (both youth and adults); able to make decisions and delegate responsibilities to others. This position will have the responsibility to recruit volunteers, communicate ministry expectations, and, with the counsel of the pastor(s), shape the team so that ministry effectiveness is assured. This requires an ability of interpersonal communication.

Personal Attitudes

A Spirit-filled winsomeness, friendliness; joy of life; caring for and loving others in Christ; a desire to share the grace, love, and life of Jesus Christ with others; a positive mental attitude of faith, hope, and love; a serving, glad, and humble attitude; an ability to graciously express leadership; openness to new ideas; self-starter / self- initiative imperative.


Loyalty and reliability, setting and meeting deadlines and goals; organizing; punctuality.

Discretion and Confidentiality



Coordination with the pastoral and church staff and office; participation in regularly scheduled meetings with the pastor; participation in supervision or mentoring by an assigned pastor(s); regular communication with the church through the use of the bulletin, newsletter, and other channels; an annual report; occasional reports to the Worship and Music Ministry Team; occasional letters, etc.

To Apply
To apply, send resumes to gracelibertyville@gmail.com.

Posted: February 16, 2018
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL - Youth Director

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540, is seeking a full-time youth director. Our Saviour's is a nurturing, grace-filled faith community that welcomes and walks with all, values worship, and serves locally and globally. We encourage and equip for everyone's involvement in all aspects of the congregation. The Youth Director at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will develop and implement the strategies for faith formation for youth grades 6-12, focusing on Confirmation (Surge) and high school ministry (Ignition) with a strong emphasis on building relationships among God, youth, and community particularly through equipping adults to minister with youth.

Job description may be found at www.oursaviours.com/home/employment.

Resumes and inquiries may be sent to youthministries@oursaviours.com.

Posted: February 14, 2018
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Oak Forest - Music Minister (part-time)

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 15050 Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452, is accepting resumes for the part-time position of Music Minister. This position leads both bell and vocal choirs, chooses music for traditional and praise services, works with staff and worship committee to develop/design special services, and encourages ensemble work within the congregation. We worship in a variety of styles: ELW (5 settings), WOV (2 settings), TFF, Taize, etc.

For this 16-20-hour position, depending on season, we offer a pay range of $16,000-19,000, two weeks paid vacation, and continuing education assistance up to $250.

For more information and a job description, visit our website at www.resurrection-oakforest.org. Send resumes to Music Minister Search at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 15050 Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452.

Posted: February 07, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park - Director of Music Ministry/Organist

Zion Lutheran Church, 17100 69th Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477, seeks an energetic, trained musician to serve in the full-time position of Director of Music Ministry/Organist for our 200+ congregation. Applicants will be able through performance to demonstrate skills in organ, piano, and conducting for vocal and instrumental ensembles. The Director of Music Ministry works with the pastoral staff and lay-people throughout the liturgical year to design and plan worship experiences which employ the many musical gifts of the people of Zion, inspire and support our growth in faith and proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This musician will conduct an adult choir, youth/adult praise team, handbells, and create music opportunities for our Children and Family ministry events. Applicants should have a firm grasp of Lutheran theology and tradition, and will be able to translate those traditions to the piano and keyboard in a variety of musical styles including: classical, global, jazz, folk, and rock. Zion has a fruitful history of excellence in music and is a congregation with a wide variety of musical tastes. The Director of Music Ministry will seek to develop music experiences that reach this wide community but remain relevant to the over-all mission of the church. Successful applicants will be invited to articulate their faith and must demonstrate strong keyboard, vocal and organizational & leadership skills. Proficiency in guitar and percussion is a must. A Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.  Five to ten years of experience. Compensation is negotiable. Vacation, Sick/Family Leave, and a stipend for health insurance is included.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references to marcycarmichael@gmail.com.

Posted: February 07, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park - Pianist and Organist (part-time)

Zion Lutheran Church, 17100 69th Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477, seeks an energetic, well-rounded musician to play the organ, piano and keyboard for worship services for our 200+ congregation. Applicants will be able to demonstrate through performance, a knowledge of the rich musical traditions of the church, and also be able to translate those traditions to the piano and keyboard in a variety of musical styles including: classical, global, jazz, folk, and rock. Applicants should have a firm grasp of Lutheran theology and tradition and be able to translate this heritage through music that supports the congregation’s growth in faith and which is relevant to the over-all mission of the church. The Organist works with the Director of Music Ministry and accompanies rehearsals for various ensembles and seasonal events. This musician participates with the pastor and Director of Music Ministry and other lay-people to design and plan worship experiences throughout the year incorporating the many musical gifts of the people of Zion. Successful applicants will be invited to articulate their faith and must demonstrate strong keyboard, organizational & leadership skills. Proficiency in voice, guitar and percussion would be a bonus. A Bachelor’s Degree is required, with a minimum of five years experience for this part-time position. Compensation negotiable. Vacation and Sick leave included.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references to marcycarmichael@gmail.com.

Posted: February 07, 2018
Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park - Director of Music Ministry (part-time)

Zion Lutheran Church, 17100 69th Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477, seeks energetic, well-rounded musician to lead music-ministry for our 200+ congregation. This part-time, Director of Music Ministry position is responsible for working with the pastor and musicians to design and plan worship experiences for the congregation, and will execute these experiences incorporating the many musical gifts of the people of Zion. This musician will conduct an adult choir, youth/adult praise team, handbells, and create music opportunities for our Children and Family Ministry events. Applicant should have a firm grasp of Lutheran theology and tradition, and will be able to translate this strong heritage through music that supports our growth in faith and is relevant to the over-all mission of the church. Successful applicants will be invited to articulate their faith and must demonstrate strong vocal, keyboard and organizational and leadership skills. Proficiency in guitar and percussion would be a bonus. A Bachelor’s Degree is required, with a minimum of five years experience. Compensation negotiable. Vacation and Sick leave included.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references to marcycarmichael@gmail.com.

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