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 18, 2018
Bethel (West) Lutheran Church, Chicago - Musician/Pianist

Bethel (West) Lutheran Church, 130 N. Keeler Ave., Chicago, IL 60624, is seeking a musician/pianist.

Responsibilities

  • Accompanies weekly rehearsals of Combined and Children and Youth Choirs (rehearsal for children and youth on Saturday/Sunday in consultation with Worship Coordinator and Christian Education team leader); also accompanies extra rehearsals of choirs in preparation for Easter, Christmas and other special events, such as women’s, men’s and youth day(s), etc.
  • Provides prelude music, beginning 10 minutes before the beginning of services at 10:45 a.m.
  • Assist Worship Coordinator in securing instrumentalists when needed.
  • Reports to the Worship Coordinator for the maintenance of the congregational instruments, especially the organ, piano and drums.
  • Continuously updates professional and liturgical education through reading, workshops, conferences, private study, etc.
  • Available for consultation meetings and ministry at funerals and weddings. For weddings a stipend shall be established by the pastor and paid by the parties involved, in consultation with the organist.
  • Participation in choir outings.
  • Attendance at regular meetings of the staff and worship committee.
  • Learn and teach new liturgies and songs as needed.

Compensation and Benefits, General Information

  • Position reports to the Worship Coordinator
  • Services are traditional in nature, utilizing the This Far By Faith hymnal and some contemporary anthems
  • Opportunity to assist in selecting weekly service music is available

Qualifications

  • Exceptional skills on organ (preferred) and piano (must-have)
  • Ability to work well with worship coordinator, pastor and church council
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a church-related setting is preferred
  • Understanding of basic music theory
  • Knowledge of Lutheran liturgy including music resources and familiarity with lectionary

Contact

Submit interest letter, resume and any supporting recordings/videos to Search Committee via Worship Coordinator Kevin Copeland at kevin.copeland@sbcglobal.net.


Posted: October 18, 2018
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Naperville - Children's Ministry Coordinator (part-time)

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church , 815 S. Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540, is seeking a part-time children's ministry coordinator that will report to the Faith Formation Pastor.

The position will coordinate the implementation of the strategies for faith formation for children and their families with children ages 3 through grade 5, with a strong emphasis on building relationships among God, children, and community.

Regular Duties

  • Build strong relationships with children and their families to encourage spiritual growth and participation
  • 'Recruit, equip, and empower Sunday School teachers, assistants, and lay-led teams
  • Collaborate with leadership, staff, and teams to coordinate Sunday School, Stepping Stones, and specialized ministry and milestone opportunities
  • Be present on Sunday mornings and occasionally teach a class
  • Oversee Vacation Bible School and a team-led approach
  • Actively monitor the children’s ministry budget
  • Attend staff and Faith Formation meetings.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Occasional Duties

  • Assist with special events, as needed.

Skills and Requirements

  • Strong Christian faith; understanding of Lutheran theology
  • Dynamic speaking and teaching skills
  • Strong relational and communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree required; education or ministry preferred
  • Experience working with volunteer teams; ability to delegate to other staff and lay
    leadership
  • Strong technology skills (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.)
  • 3+ years ministry, education, and/or volunteer coordination experience
  • Driver’s license, preferred
  • Willing to work Sunday mornings and occasional evenings
  • Ability to work with a variety of personalities
  • Ability to multitask and prioritiz
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to address and diffuse conflict

To Apply

 To apply, please send resume and/or questions to childrensministry@oursaviours.com.


Posted: September 21, 2018
Wicker Park Lutheran Church, Chicago - Parish Assistant (part-time)

Wicker Park Lutheran Church; 1500 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, is looking for a part-time parish assistant to work 25 hours a week with the likelihood that it would increase to 35 hours per week with benefits beginning January 2019. The parish assistant works with volunteers, record keeping, bulletin production, communications, and community engagement. To apply and learn more, visit www.wickerparklutheran.org/apply.


Posted: September 19, 2018
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Addison - Secretary (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1213 W. Army Trail Blvd., Addison, IL 60101, is looking for a part-time secretary to work 15 hours a week. This is a single person office, and requires producing bulletins and newsletters, in addition to phone and e-mail communications. Knowledge of computer programs, phone skills, and confidentiality are necessary. Morning hours are preferred, but we are willing to work within candidate's availability. Contact the church office at 630-543-3458, or prince_of_peace @ sbcglobal.net.


Posted: September 14, 2018
Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aurora - Choir Director (part-time)

Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506, is seeking a part-time choir director. Lutheran congregation dedicated to serving our community and beyond seeks an energetic choir director capable of directing choirs, musicians and being a part of our team and church family. Experience with both liturgical music and contemporary hymnody is preferred.

The candidate shall be proficient in leading the and congregation to participate in spiritual and joyous music. Organization, communications and being a team player are critical. 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. Music 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 HR@oursavioraurora.org,  Attention: Barbara.


Posted: September 14, 2018
Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Aurora - Organist/Pianist (part-time)

Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 420 West Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60506, is seeking a part-time organist/pianist. Lutheran congregation dedicated to serving our community and beyond seeks an energetic organist/pianist capable of leading our congregation by spiritual and joyous accompaniment of worship music and being a part of our team and church family. Experience with both liturgical music and contemporary hymnody is preferred.

The candidate shall be proficient in keyboard and organ. Organization, communications and being a team player are critical. 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. Music 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 HR@oursavioraurora.org,  Attention: Barbara.


Posted: September 10, 2018
Messiah Lutheran Church, Park Ridge - Music Coordinator (part-time)

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1605 Vernon Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068, is seeking a part-time (15 hours a week) music coordinator for their preschool and congregation who will  serve as music liaison for worship planning as well as serve as accompanist, organist, and choir director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with pastor and office ,anager to plan and coordinate the music program for worship.
  • Play the piano/organ for worship services (one per week, more during holiday seasons).
  • Coordinate and schedules music programs throughout the congregation.
  • Direct and schedule the congregation’s choir, including weekly rehearsals.
  • Participate with church staff, pastor ,and other leaders in facilitating congregational goals, assuming responsibility for tasks as mutually agreed with the pastor.
  • Determine and submit the annual budget requirements for the music program and administrate the expenditures of the approved budget; oversee musical instrument care and maintenance.
  • Play piano/organ for weddings and funerals upon request. (additionally compensated)
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Messiah’s Child Care Center to promote music education.

Click here for a complete job description.

Interested parties should contact Tryg Jensen at office@messiahparkridge.org.


Posted: September 10, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) - Controller

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance, this full-time, salaried position controls the seminary’s general ledger, including overseeing the daily receivables and payables; reconciling monthly account closing; preparing financial reports and analyses; and managing the annual financial statements audit. This position also oversees and supervises the Staff Accountant and works in conjunction with the Accounting Coordinator within the Finance Office. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Applicant Qualifications
Interested applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance with at least 8 years of professional experience in related fields, including at least 2 years of supervisory experience. Higher education or not-for-profit accounting experience is preferred. This position requires advanced skills in automated accounting systems, electronic spreadsheets and word processing software. Candidates with Blackbaud Financial Edge experience and CPA certification are preferred. Exceptional communication, work ethic, and attention to detail are essential. Applicants should have the capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously 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.

Application Process
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience in higher education and/or the not-for-profit sector, and c) a description of how you connect to LSTC’s mission. E-mail your resume and letter of application to employment@lstc.edu.


Posted: August 31, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Admissions Recruiter

In collaboration with the Director of Admissions, the Recruiter will travel and recruit on both the national and local levels and will coordinate contacts through the ELCA and other communities to promote admissions, provide counsel on ministry vocations, and provide information about LSTC’s programs. The Recruiter will work directly with colleges, churches, synods, and other ELCA seminaries. A full position description can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Applicant Qualifications
Interested applicants should be committed to the Church’s work of ministry and to the vocation of recruiting promising candidates for the educational programs of LSTC. Preference will be given to candidates with a good working knowledge of the ELCA and LSTC, including a knowledge and/or willingness to learn of rostered ministry and other forms of full-time Christian services. Best suited applicants will be willing and able to travel up to 50% of working hours, have good organizational skills, and able to show warmth and welcome to a diverse group of constituents. 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.

Application Process
Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a) your reasons for applying, b) your work experience relevant to a seminary recruiter position, and c) a description of how you connect to LSTC’s mission.
E-mail your resume and letter of interest to employment@lstc.edu.


Posted: August 20, 2018
Living Christ Lutheran Church, Hanover Park - Pianist

Living ChristLutheran Church, 1402 Arlington Dr., Hanover Park, IL 60133, Hanover Park (www.lclutheran.org)  is seeking a pianist to lead worship on Sunday mornings and holiday services. As their long-term musician is retiring, they are taking this opportunity to reexamine their music program as they move into the future. They are hoping to work with the right person to help determine the direction of music and worship in this small but spirited congregation. They would also be willing to consider two people sharing the position.

They are looking for someone who:

+ Loves God and loves music!

+ Has excellent piano skills, with ability to play classical to modern to world music

+ Is experienced in leading congregational/group singing

+ Can work with volunteer musicians to create an impromptu ensemble

+ Can work with singers who help lead worship

Contact Pastor Laura Hall-Schordje with letter of interest and your resume at LivingChristPastorLaura@gmail.com.


Posted: August 15, 2018
St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, Kenosha, Wisconsin - Youth Director

The Youth Minister will partner with our youth committee and adult leaders to lead our vibrant Middle School (FISH) and High School (Fusion) youth ministries so that all youth they encounter will learn about, grow in a relationship with, and share their love of Jesus Christ our Savior. To apply and receive a full job description, please contact Pastor Sheila Rawn at srawn@stmaryslutheran.org.


Posted: August 13, 2018
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Woodridge - Musician (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 West 75th Street, Woodridge, IL 60517, is seeking a year-round, part-time musician (organ preferred, piano required) to support their Sunday Service and Adult Choir.

View complete job description here.

Responsibilities

  • Lead congregation with weekly hymns and service music for one (1) Sunday morning service.
  • Rehearsal accompanist for Adult Choir (Sunday morning practice 9:00-9:45 a.m.; September to May)
  • Provide music for special services—mid-week festival worship occasions, Christmas Eve, Community Thanksgiving Service (Sunday evening preceding Thanksgiving Day), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and an annual Healing Service
  • Opportunities for income by playing funerals and weddings

Qualifications

  • Exceptional skills on organ (preferred) and piano (must-have).
  • Ability to work well with Choir Director, Pastor and Church Council
  • A degree in organ or piano performance and a minimum 2 years’ experience in a church-related setting is preferred

Contact

Submit interest letter, resume and supporting recordings/videos ASAP to Kate Loeffler (misskatesings@gmail.com). Immediate opening.


Posted: August 03, 2018
Luther Memorial Church, Chicago - Organist/Accompanist (part-time)

Luther Memorial Church of Chicago (2500 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60625; www.lmcchicago.org) is accepting applications for a part-time organist/accompanist. LMC values traditional worship and liturgy with a deep appreciation for beautiful and inspiring organ music. The Organist/Accompanist will be responsible for playing traditional organ/piano music and will work closely with the Director of Music and Pastor to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to using music for enhancing and reinforcing the congregation’s worship experience based on Scripture, the Lutheran doctrine of a gracious and loving God, and the current mission and vision of the congregation while serving as a spiritual leader and role model. View the complete job description.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to hiring@lmcchicago.org with the subject “organist/accompanist.”


Posted: August 03, 2018
Luther Memorial Church, Chicago - Contemporary Worship Leader (part-time)

 Luther Memorial Church of Chicago (2500 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60625; www.lmcchicago.org) is accepting applications for a part-time Contemporary Worship Leader. LMC values a variety of worship styles and has a deep appreciation for contemporary and non-traditional music. The Contemporary Worship Leader will be responsible for the music in our contemporary worship service (currently the 11:00 a.m. service) including music selection, musical arrangements for the band, and service music while working closely with the Pastor and Director of Music to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to using music for enhancing and reinforcing the congregation’s worship experience based on Scripture, the Lutheran doctrine of a gracious and loving God, and the current mission and vision of the congregation while serving as a spiritual leader and role model. View the complete job description

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to hiring@lmcchicago.org with the subject “contemporary worship leader.”


Posted: August 03, 2018
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Schaumburg - Organist/Accompanist (part-time)

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 930 W. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg IL 60195, seeks an organist and piano accompanist for its music ministry. The successful candidate will hold at least a bachelor’s degree in music with strong keyboard skills in organ and piano. Knowledge of Lutheran hymnody and liturgies is a plus. Regular duties include two Sunday morning liturgical services and accompanying the weekly Adult Choir rehearsal. Additional duties include playing for services such as Ash Wednesday, Christmas, and Holy Week, as well as weddings and funerals. Compensation commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. For further information, please send a resume and cover letter to Scott Uddenberg, Director of Music (udddenberg@princeofpeace.net).


Posted: August 02, 2018
St. Mary's Lutheran Church, Kenosha - Worship Leader (part-time)

St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, 2001 80th Street, Kenosha, WI 53143, is seeking a Contemporary Worship Leader (Part-time – 10 hours per week) The Contemporary Worship Leader will provide leadership for the planning, development, administration, and implementation of the contemporary worship services at St. Mary’s. The worship leader must be a skilled instrumentalist (guitar or piano preferred) who has the ability to work with and develop band members to reach their unique capabilities. Will work with the Contemporary Worship Planning team and the senior Pastor. Experience in sound, and visual technology is also required. To apply, contact Pastor John Holm at jholm@stmaryslutheran.org.


Posted: July 31, 2018
Edgebrook Lutheran Church, Chicago - Director of Music (part-time)

Edgebrook Lutheran Church (ELC), 5252 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60646, seeks part-time Director of Music to lead and continue the dynamic growth our music program. Responsibilities include working with pastors and lay worship teams; selecting and providing music at traditional and contemporary Sunday worship services and special holiday services; rehearsing and directing the traditional chancel choir, contemporary choir, children’s choir, women’s ensemble and contemporary service rock band. 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 and benefit package. Please submit resumes via email to office@edgebrooklutheran.org. No calls.


 
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