Careers

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Congregations are called to be safe places for all members, and every ELCA congregation is responsible to have established guidelines and policies protecting all members. When hiring church workers, please remember the importance of background checks. All South Carolina congregations should have official guidelines in place (the deadline was the 2005 synod assembly) to safeguard members against abuse. Here’s a link to some helpful information for you.

The Call Process is a prayerful way in which the South Carolina Synod engages congregations, church-related organizations and rostered leaders. Learn more>>

Explore and apply for opportunities available with the churchwide organization or global service on the ELCA Job Board (summer internships are also available).

Part-time Music Staff – Pilgrim, Lexington

(Posted: 6/25/2019)

Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC, is seeking to hire 1-2 part-time staff members to lead our music ministry. Responsibilities to include direction of chancel choir, bell choir, and contemporary praise band, as well as development of children’s music ministry. Responsibilities could be filled by one part-time staff member, or divided between two part-time staff members. Applicants should email their resume, along with the contact information for three references, plc@wearepilgrim.com no later than July 31, 2019.

(8/31/2019)

Part-time Organist/Choir Director – St Johannes, Charleston

(Posted: 7/10/2019)

St Johannes Lutheran Church in the heart of Charleston, is seeking a part-time organist, choir director. Hired by Church Council and supervised by the pastor, the employee would also work closely with the Worship and Music Committee.

Responsibilities include providing liturgical music for the Sunday worship along with accompaniment for hymns and availability for funerals, weddings and special occasions.

Our service music is from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) book. Qualifications include: ability to accompany the congregation in worship, provide a high proficiency in organ/piano performance, and demonstrate commitment, responsibility, organizational, and communication skills to carry out the responsibilities of the job. Please forward your resume to: pastor@stjohanneschurch.org or call 803-201-1857.

(8/31/2019)

Regional Gift Planner – North Carolina and South Carolina

(Posted: 7/16/2019)

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Foundation seeks a Regional Gift Planner for North Carolina and South Carolina.

ELCA Synod territory includes: North Carolina Synod and South Carolina Synod

The Regional Gift Planner (RGP) will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and securing planned and current gifts from individuals in support of churchwide ministries, congregations, synods and other ELCA-related ministries. Gift planners work in partnership with synods, ELCA related organizations and institutions to expand the network of prospective donors, increase support for ELCA-related ministries and present opportunities to invest in the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust. Gift Planners provide ongoing, regular stewardship of planned giving donors and participants in the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust.

Reporting to the Director of Gift Planning, this position is part of a nationwide network of twenty-two professional Regional Gift Planners. Each Gift Planner lives and works within their assigned territory (home office).

Application Process
Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board.

Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search (Gaye@SignificantSolutionsInc.com; 651-490-9550).

THE ELCA at a Glance
The ELCA is one church with three expressions – a churchwide organization in Chicago, 65 synods throughout the country, and a network of 9,300 congregations. The three interdependent parts work together to form the ELCA. In addition, the ELCA works with a number of partner institutions including 285 social ministry organizations and other entities that address human needs, 26 colleges and universities, 7 seminaries, theological education by extension, and a variety of outdoor ministries, retreat centers, schools and early childhood education centers.

The ELCA Foundation
The ELCA Foundation is a separately incorporated ministry of the ELCA. It provides comprehensive giving opportunities for individuals, and educational and gift planning services to congregations, synods, churchwide ministries and related institutions and agencies of this church. Its goal is to increase financial resources for all the ministries of the ELCA.

The Foundation also offers opportunities for congregations and institutions of the ELCA to invest in the Endowment Fund Pooled Trust; provides oversight of the assets including the Endowment Fund, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts; and cares for the accounting, administration and financial reporting of assets and activities.

The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees with separate committees for Investments, Audit, Resource Development and Finance.

Foundation Parameters:
Assets Under Management – $854 million
Annual Budget – $7.5 million
Foundation Staff Size – 36

Regional Gift Planner
Job Responsibilities

  • Meet with prospective donors to conduct discoveries, present gift plan proposals and secure planned and current gifts through estate plans, CRTs, CGAs, named endowments, QCDs, cash, properties, and other gifts.
  • Work collaboratively with ELCA Mission Advancement unit, directors for evangelical mission in synods, and other churchwide partners in identifying planned gift prospects, providing major gift referrals and coordinating effective cultivation and stewardship of churchwide constituents.
  • Coordinate with regional partners in identifying planned gift prospects and engage in joint discovering meetings with partner gift officers.
  • Develop partnerships and a referral network of pastors and key congregational leaders through joint development of asset-based giving programs, the development of congregational gift policies, and the developing and stewarding of congregational endowment funds.
  • Cultivate and solicit ELCA affiliated institutions to invest funds in the Endowment Fund Pool Trust and provide ongoing stewardship of these institutions.
  • Steward and strengthen the relationship between the ELCA Foundation and reginal partners. Cultivate and develop additional partnerships with relevant regional ELCA affiliated institutions.
  • Manage ongoing relationships and tracking of portfolio with ECIS software and regularly review activity and donor portfolio with Director of Gift Planning.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the ELCA and a commitment to supporting best practices in fundraising and development.
  • Seven years of experience in resource development, planned giving, financial/estate planning, sales, or related career, with a solid understanding of the development process and planned giving instruments.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interview potential donors about their passions for ministry and available assets, present proposals, and ask for planned gifts.
  • Ability to utilize a constituent information system as an integral part of the moves management strategy.
  • Ability to work independently from home, while remaining self-disciplined and organized to be most effective.

Physical Requirements
Must be willing and able to travel by air and automobile; about 50% of the time.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Application Process
Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board.

Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search (Gaye@SignificantSolutionsInc.com; 651-490-9550).

North Carolina and South Carolina Partnership

The Regional Gift Planner works in partnership with synods, ELCA related organizations and institutions to expand the network of prospective donors and increase support for all Lutheran ministries.

This Regional Gift Planner will collaborate closely with the Bishops of North Carolina and South Carolina Synods, along with several other regional partners. Additionally, he or she will occasionally be asked to collaborate with other regional gift planners as needed.

The Bishops in North Carolina and South Carolina may be involved in the interview process with final candidates.

(8/31/2019)

Part-Time Parish Musician – St. Matthew’s, Lexington

(Posted: 7/30/2019)

St. Matthew’s, 1273 Calks Ferry Road, Lexington, is looking to hire a parish musician to play for one Sunday service and direct the choirs. Please send your resumé to pastorhawk958@gmail.com. For more information, please call the church at 803.957.9345 to speak with Pastor Karen Hawkins.(9/15/2019)

Foster Care Licensing and Recruiting Specialists – Lutheran Services Carolinas

(Posted: 8/14/2019)

Lutheran Services Carolinas is hiring two foster care licensing and recruiting specialists in South Carolina, one for the Charleston area and one for the Greenville area. The major responsibilities for this position are recruiting foster families and taking them through the licensing process, as well as planning trainings required for all foster families. Job requirements include a bachelor’s degree in social work or a related field of study in human services and two years paid experience with children/youth. If interested, email Julie Hood at JHood@LSCarolinas.net.

(9/30/2019)

Part-Time Music Director – St. James, Red Bank

(Posted: 8/14/2019)

St. James Lutheran Church (Red Bank, SC) is seeking a part-time Music Director to lead our music on Sunday morning and for other services. We need someone who plays piano (ability to play organ is a plus) and can direct our choir(s) – Adult, Handbell. The congregation has one Sunday service: 10:30 a.m., and weekly Adult Choir rehearsal • Other services as needed (Christmas Eve, Advent and Lenten Wednesday evenings, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, funerals and weddings as needed) • A pipe organ and a piano are in the sanctuary. Pianos in the choir room and fellowship hall. Contact the congregation for details outlining qualifications, responsibilities, etc. A job description can be found on the congregation’s website (https://www.stjameslex.com/). Persons interested in applying should provide a complete resume and professional references. Send resume and references to St. James Lutheran Church at office@stjameslex.com. Church Office phone: (803) 359-2122 Address: 1358 S. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

(9/30/2019)

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ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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