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: August 20, 2019
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Adminitrative Assistant (part-time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (http://www.goodshepherdlc.org/), 611 Randolph Street, Oak Park, IL 60302, is seeking a part-time administrative assistant.

The Good Shepherd Church Administrative Assistant is a key connecting role in the life and ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The role represents the ministry of the church, its members and the pastoral leadership team and is supported by the members of the Personnel Committee. While the office may be quiet 50% of the time, the other 50% is bustling with people using the building which necessitates correspondence and communication with members and the larger community. We welcome a team player in this role who will relish being part of a ministry team, and who sees the value of the administrative work necessary to connect people and foster a sense of community to serve in God’s name.

16 hours/ week; 4 paid vacation and 3 sick days.

This position reports to the pastor and supports the work of the Pastoral Team including the Pastor, Director of Christian Education, Music Minister and Communications Coordinator as well as lay leaders and volunteers.

Send CV and cover letter to Personnel Committee at willcampbell521@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: July 12, 2019
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square - Children's Minister (part-time)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square has been a faithful presence in our neighborhood since 1900. In the last decade or so, our congregation has experienced significant redevelopment, sold our historic home, and begun a new chapter of ministry in a storefront location. Our active membership of ~100 people includes a majority of younger members under 45, including many families with young children. We are a congregation committed to bold public witness to our faith, powerful engagement with our community, and anti-oppression practices rooted in the liberation of the gospel.

The brand-new Children’s Minister position will focus on building powerful, transformative, world-changing relationships with children, youth, and their families/caregivers. The relational nature of the ministry means that the work will build and deepen over time. As such, we hope to find a Children’s Minister who is excited to stick around and be part of our long-term growth.

Learn more, read the full job description, and apply at https://stlukesls.org/2019/07/03/were-hiring.

Posted: July 02, 2019
Various Positions at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

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

Posted: June 18, 2019
Edison Park Lutheran Church, Chicago - Director of Worship and Music (part-time)

Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago, IL 60631, an ELCA congregation on the northwest side of Chicago, is seeking a 30-hour-per-week Director of Worship and Music. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in organ and piano, and direction of adult, children, and bell choirs. Candidate must be available for Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. services, weekly choir rehearsals, all church holidays, funerals, and weddings. A music degree, familiarity with hymnody and liturgy, and past church experience is required. Candidates need to demonstrate strong leadership skills and be able to work in a team environment with the church’s professional staff, lay leaders, volunteer musicians and the congregation as a whole. Please direct all inquires to Deacon Carole Edwards, cedwards@edisonparkchurch.com, by July 15, 2019.

Posted: May 31, 2019
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School - Children's Ministry Coordinator (part-time)

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School (http://www.pilgrimchurchandschool.org), is seeking a part-time children's music coordinator

Purpose: To assist the community of Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School in “empowering homes for faith formation” (Core Practice #7).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate Sunday morning childrens’ programming focused on faith formation
  2. Equip parents, caregivers, youth, and adults to take an active role in faith formation among children
  3. Assist in coordinating intergenerational opportunities in worship and service projects

Hours: 12 hours per week

Required Qualifications:

To apply:

Please send resumes to Pastor Kristian at pastorkristian@pilgrimchicago.org

Posted: May 31, 2019
Pilgrim Lutheran School, Chicago - Lower Grade Music Teacher

Pilgrim Lutheran School, 4300 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 (www.pilgrimchicago.org), is seeking a Lower Grade Music Teacher

Job Summary

Under the direction of the principal, plans and provides for appropriate musical experiences and performance opportunities for students in our preschool through the


Four hours of instruction per week during school hours, schedule flexible


Experience teaching young children music. College degree with a major in music or music-related area strongly preferred, preferably valid Illinois Professional Educator licensure. Models strong commitment to Christian values and faith-based education. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, and classroom management.

To apply

Send resumes and inquiries to Principal Chris Comella at ccomella@pilgrimchicago.org

Posted: May 23, 2019
Christ Lutheran Church, Clarendon Hills - Organist (part-time, contract)

Christ Lutheran Church, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills, IL 60514, is seeking an organist (part-time, contract).

The Organist provides support to the traditional worship service by using the organ and piano to uplift the congregation in music for the praise of God. The organist will support and enhance the music ministry at Christ Lutheran Church.

Primary Responsibilities: Select and play prelude and postlude. In coordination with the Traditional Music Director, play all hymns and liturgy from week to week in the Traditional service. Accompany vocalists and instrumentalists as scheduled by the Traditional Music Director.

Qualifications: A minimum of a Bachelor of Music degree and sufficient keyboard ability to sight read hymn, liturgy and anthem accompaniments. Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment and with volunteers.

To apply:

For any of the above positions, to set up an interview, call 630-325-2220. E-mail resume to office@yourchrist.org.

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