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: January 14, 2019
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - Multiple Positions, Advancement Department

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) - Multiple Positions, Advancement Department
1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615

At the convergence of the launching of our new Strategic Plan and the public phase of our multi-million dollar campaign, LSTC is adding new staff members and refining current roles to better encourage specialization, focus, and accountability. We are currently seeking four full-time professionals to enhance our fundraising team and are accepting applications for a Director of Philanthropic Engagement, a Major Gifts Officer, an Annual Fund and Campaign Manager, and an Executive Administrative Assistant.

Position descriptions and application instructions can be found at https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment. We look forward to seeing your application!

Posted: January 04, 2019
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Woodridge - Musician (part-time)

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


  • 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


  • 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 of two years of experience in a church-related setting is preferred


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

Click here for full psition listing information.

Posted: January 03, 2019
Holy Family Lutheran Church, Chicago - Parish Manager (part-time)

Holy Family Lutheran Church, 542 W. Hobbie St., Chicago, IL 60610, is seeking a parish manager.

Mission Statement: We are empowered by God’s love; energized to welcome and serve all creation!

Personal and Professional Qualities

The Parish Manager 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 judgment
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills
  • Record keeping
  • Works well with others
  • Trustworthiness
  • Physically able to perform duties assigned
  • Some college preferred or equivalent professional experience


  • Front door reception
  • Website management
  • Social Media management
  • 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
  • Writing checks/tracking bills to be signed by treasurer
  • Correspondence
  • Provide office support for pastor and other staff
  • Office inventory and purchasing
  • Oversee office equipment
  • Archiving, filing, record-keeping
  • Co-ordinate office volunteers
  • Other duties assigned by the pastor


Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Social Media, Mail Chimp. Ability to learn QuickBooks and Church Management Software.

Hours and compensation

Currently, 20 hours per week (10:00am – 2:00pm Monday through Friday, but hours can be negotiated)
Compensation – $20-$25/hr, commensurate with experience.
Paid holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day and Labor Day.


The Parish Manager reports to the pastor and is accountable to the pastor and the Church Council.

To Apply

If interested, kindly send resume to office@holyfamilylutheran.com.

Posted: December 26, 2018
Wicker Park Lutheran Church, Chicago - Office Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Wicker Park Lutheran Church; 1500 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, is looking for a full-time "office assistant and volunteer coordinator" to work 35 hours a week with benefits starting in late-January 2019. This is an opportunity to work with a vibrant and significantly-growing congregation to help bring transformation in Chicago and beyond. To apply and learn more, visit www.is.gd/wplcoffice.

Posted: December 17, 2018
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) - Director of Contextual Education

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615, welcomes applications and nominations for a full-time Director of Contextual Education for a 5-year renewable term. Primary responsibilities include focused attention to the contextual education and formation of Masters students in collaboration with congregations, synods, and other faith-based organizations. The Director of Contextual Education is considered an appointed member of the regular faculty and will work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to administer and adapt a framework for contextual education that is integrated with LSTC’s public church curriculum and responsive to the rapidly changing nature of ministerial leadership in the local church. For more information, please see: https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

Posted: November 19, 2018
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Jazz Prayer Director and Pianist (part-time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park, IL 60302, is seeking a Director to provide high quality Jazz Prayer services.

Now in its fifth season, Jazz Prayer features live jazz music combined with readings and prayers, occurring on the third Friday evening of September through May. The Jazz Prayer musicians are all professionals, and all have been integral to the services since the first season.

Job Title

Jazz Prayer Director and Pianist


1 hour performance time on the third Fridays of the month, September through May, with an hour rehearsal before performances, plus planning time. In addition, occasional Sunday mornings as described below.


  1. Serve as music director for Jazz Prayer. Collaborate with Pastor to select themes for each service, then choose music that supports the theme and readings. Coordinate with musicians.
  2. Play the piano during the Jazz Prayer services.
  3. Approximately 3-4 times during the year, plan and lead Sunday morning jazz services in coordination with the pastor.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in music.
  2. A passion and talent for jazz music, with extensive knowledge of jazz and religious standards.
  3. A collaborative, flexible work style; comfortable with ambiguity, and ability to balance collaboration and independent work to deliver a high quality worship experience each month.
  4. A high degree of proficiency as a jazz pianist.

How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter via email to musicdirectorsearch@goodshepherdlc.org.

Posted: November 19, 2018
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Oak Park - Minister of Music (part-time)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park, IL 60302, is seeking a Minister of Music to contribute to the congregation’s spiritual development through high quality, diverse, multi-cultural music. Given the variety of required skills, the responsibilities could be shared by several people as has occurred in the past.

Good Shepherd strives to offer worship services that are meaningful to all its members, regardless of their spiritual path or personal preferences. To that end, worship services are offered in a variety of styles, typically changing from week to week.




Provide or coordinate all the functions of the congregation’s music programs:

  1. In collaboration with the pastor, direct the worship music planning
  2. Play the church organ and/or piano at all worship services
  3. Lead the choir
  4. Recruit worship music participants from within and outside Good Shepherd
  5. Engage children in music during worship
  6. Manage the musical instrument maintenance: organ, piano and percussion instruments.
  7. Provide administrative leadership the music program


  1. Bachelor’s degree in Music.
  2. Choral skills with a high degree of proficiency in directing music programs and choirs 
  3. Experience in planning worship services, especially the musical portions.
  4. A collaborative, flexible work style; comfortable with ambiguity, and ability to balance collaboration and independent work to deliver high quality worship each week.
  5. A high degree of proficiency on the organ and piano.

How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter via e-mail to musicdirectorsearch@goodshepherdlc.org. In the cover letter, indicate the duties you are most qualified or interested in performing (organist/pianist, choir director, worship planning).

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.


  • 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


  • 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


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
  • 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.

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