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Congregations in the Call Process

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July 5, 2022

Chapin, Mt. Horeb – S
Chapin/Peak, Springhill Parish – S
Charleston, Redeemer (Associate) – I
Charleston, St. John – S
Columbia, Ebenezer (Associate) – PC
Columbia, Reformation – S
Ehrhardt, Ehrhardt Mem. & Mt. Pleasant – S
Fairfax, Trinity & St. Nicholas – PC
Gilbert, St. Paul – I
Irmo, St. John (Part Time) – S
Leesville, Cedar Grove – S
Leesville, St. Mark & Corinth – S
Leesville, Union – S
Lexington, Nazareth (Part Time) – S
Lexington, St. James – CA Pastor Fred Bartelt
Lexington, St. John – S
Lexington, St. Stephen’s (Associate) – CA Pastor Ralph Hill
Mauldin, Messiah (Associate) – CA Pastor E.P. Martin
McCormick, Lutheran Church by the Lake – S
Newberry, Summer Memorial – I
Pelion, Holy Trinity (Part Time) – S
Pomaria, St. Paul – S
Pomaria, Pomaria – S
Prosperity, Grace – S
Spartanburg, St. John – I
Sumter, St. James – S
Swansea, Sandy Run (Part Time) – S
Swansea, Good Shepherd (Part Time) – S
Walterboro, Good Shepherd (Part Time) – S
West Columbia, Faith (Part Time) – S

Positions open around the synod

To post an opening on this page, please e-mail a short paragraph to Please notify us when the position is filled. Positions posts will be removed after four to six weeks.

Important reminder about background checks:

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).

Development Officer – Lutheran Services Carolinas

(Posted: 7/19/2022)

Position Purpose/Summary: The Development Officer works closely with the Chief Development Officer, Director of Development, development, communications, and program staff to help plan, execute, and manage strategies and tasks that financially advance the mission of LSC. Specifically, the position coordinates outreach to and engagement with a broad variety of existing and prospective donors, congregations, volunteers, and other interested parties.

Essential Functions: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  1. Build and manage a portfolio of major donors, prospective donors and planned giving donors (100+.) Keeping track of this movement in LSC’s donor software.
    • Cultivate and solicit major gifts for LSC’s Annual Fund, Senior Services, Child and Family Services and special campaigns.
    • Steward major and planned gifts donors
    • Develop and maintain personal contact with prospects to develop their interest in deferred gifts and to provide information concerning the utilization of the gift at LSC to produce planned gifts; Ideally 5 – 10 planned gifts per year.
  2. Facilitate and manage local fundraising efforts as assigned (e.g., church fundraising events, etc.)
  3. Educate, advise and network to support goals of LSC’s major gift and gift planning efforts. This includes speaking to groups as assigned and seeking out speaking opportunities. If ordained, may administer word and sacrament within the context of visiting churches on behalf of LSC.
  4. Assist with planning, representation and presentations at appreciation events, assemblies, church organization gatherings, community events, as assigned.
  5. Integrate development activities with communications, events, and foundation relations as appropriate.
  6. Obtain a strong working knowledge of LSC programs to facilitate interactions between development, programs, and relay impact stories with donors.
  7. Review and provide input for Shepherd Society and planned giving materials and/or financial reports to ensure proper stewardship of donors and prospects
  8. Serve as primary liaison for other groups of donors as assigned (may be geographic, special interest, or assigned based on other criteria such as involvement in the staff campaign or key constituencies in a capital campaign.)
  9. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Supervisory Responsibilities, if any: N/A

Qualifications (Minimum Job Requirements):

Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Experience: 5 years of experience in fund development or related field.

Specific skills/abilities: Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment. Demonstrated written, verbal and presentation skills. Methodical thinker and problem solver.

a. Personal commitment to and enthusiasm for the ministry of LSC.
b. Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents, understanding of diverse communications and techniques.
c. Initiative-taker with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
d. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc.: Valid driver’s license.
1. Familiarity with the NC Synod and the ELCA and/or the SC Synod of the ELCA.
2. Working knowledge and understanding of database software and its capabilities (knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or other donor database software preferred)

For more information or to apply please contact Director of Development, Emily Dubay at 704-775-2303 or by email at



(Posted: 7/11/2022)

The Director of Music for St. John’s Lutheran Church works with the pastor(s) and staff of this congregation to plan and provide music for worship. Responsibilities include directing choral and handbell choirs. This is a part-time salaried position.

Get the full position description HERE.


Part-Time Organist – St. John’s, Beaufort

(Posted: 7/11/2022)

The Organist for St. John’s Lutheran Church works with the pastor(s) and staff of this congregation to plan and provide music for worship. This is a part-time salaried position.

Get the full position description HERE.


Part-Time Director of Music – Crossroads, Indian Land

(Posted: 7/11/2022)

Job Title:                 Director of Music
Locations:                Crossroads Lutheran Church, Indian Land, SC
Terms:                     Part-time position approximately 10-12 hours per week
Salary:                     Commensurate with experience

Crossroads Lutheran Church is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the South Carolina Synod, proudly serving God and neighbor in the Indian Land, SC community.  We are a vibrant church with a passion for outreach ministry and a love for quality worship.  We believe we praise God best when we are in worship and out in the community walking with those in need.  The church is comprised predominately of life-long Lutherans who value a blend of traditional church hymns and contemporary styles of music.  We seek a director of music who can lead us in the liturgy, teach us new ways of worship and new hymns, and direct a small choir.  We are in partnership with Amazing Grace Lutheran in Waxhaw, NC and often share worship services.  The work schedule is quite flexible based on preparation to align with the liturgical settings and the liturgical calendar.


  • Serve as primary musician, playing the piano at all services, weddings and funerals
  • Offer new forms of music and styles of worship through creativity and research of other resources
  • Work in harmony with the pastor, staff, and other lay leaders as a part of the music ministry team and church staff
  • Collaborate with the Director of Music at Amazing Grace and the pastor to select music for each worship service
  • Maintain copies of music and booklets in an organized manner
  • Lead choir ministry through regular rehearsals and in performing anthems and any special music for worship services
  • Identify and utilize continuing education opportunities to further skills and knowledge of the position

Candidate Requirements:

  • Prefer a four-year degree in music but not required
  • Accomplished pianist
  • Experience in leading worship services preferred
  • Knowledge of Christian liturgy
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Flexible in work schedule, music selection, and worship traditions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Adept at singing and leading both the choir and congregation in music selections
  • Christian with a strong sense of service and spirituality

For more information contact Wendy at


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