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Congregations in the Call Process

May, 2021

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Charleston, St. Johannes – S
Columbia, Christus Victor – S
Columbia, Living Springs (2nd Rostered Leader) – CA Pastor Carl Taylor
Columbia, Redeemer (Associate) – S
Columbia, St. Luke – PC
Columbia, USC Campus Ministry CA Pastor Jesse Canniff-Kuhn
Fairfax, Trinity & St. Nicholas- I
Florence, St. Luke- CA Pastor Rusty Kehl
Graniteville, St. James I
Greenville, St. Michael- CA Pastor Andrea & Pastor Kyle Bates
Greenwood, Immanuel – S
Hilton Head, Christ – CA Pastor June Wilkins
Lancaster, Reformation – S
Leesville, Mt. Hebron – PC
Leesville, Union – S
Leesville, Wittenberg – S
Lexington, Nazareth – S
Lexington, St. John – S
Mt. Pleasant, St. Paul – S
N. Myrtle Beach, King of Glory – S
Orangeburg, Orangeburg – S
Pomaria, St. John – CA Pastor Mike Watson
Summit, St. James – CA Pastor Peter Morey
Walterboro, Good Shepherd – S
West Columbia, Emmanuel – S
West Columbia, Faith S
White Rock, Bethel – CA Pastor Megan Lineberger

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).


(Posted: 5/11/2021)

Job Description:
Position Summary

This position represents the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) through the Christian Community and Leadership (CCL) home area in the territory of the South Carolina Synod, and is responsible for engaging synodical leaders, structures and strategies in the formation and development of Congregational Vitality: “Communities of Jesus that nurture new life-changing relationships with God, one another and the world,” and reflects the purposes, principles and commitments of the synod, Christian Community and Leadership home area and the ELCA as a whole. This position will coordinate and staff the education of all in the synod through the formation and coordination of three synodical initiatives:

  1. Congregational vitality; and
  2. Alignment with the Future Church effort of helping the church reach new, young and more diverse people with the Gospel and activate each other so that more people come to know the way of Jesus and discover community of love and justice.
  3. Mission support and/or stewardship as determined by your synod Bishop.

The person in this position is expected to fully participate in the life and ministry as the synod staff, synod initiatives, and is responsible for implementing and building upon ELCA commitments to ethnic-specific communities, communities of color, the young-adult population; as well as people and communities experiencing poverty. This person participates in resourcing the synod mission strategy with an emphasis on congregational vitality and leadership.

This position will be co-terminus with the synod bishop and supervised jointly by both the Bishop of the South Carolina Synod and Christian Community and Leadership staff. Other assignments of responsibility will be made by the Synod Bishop and Senior Director, Congregational Vitality Training & Development. The position will be based in the South Carolina Synod and will serve as a living representation of the interdependent nature of the ELCA.

This position is ­­a full-time, specified term-contract, co-terminous position.

Principle Accountabilities

  1. Responsible for the formation and coordination of a synod mission table that identifies potential fields and resources for the vitality of existing congregations and new mission development of evangelizing congregations in the synod, including area ministry strategies, congregational mission plans, and congregational vitality.
  2. Responsible for the development and coordination of synod mission strategy including building and developing key relationships with missional leaders who will form the synod mission strategy table. This position pays particular attention to the implementation of ELCA commitments to be in ministry among ethnic, multicultural and emergent communities; as well as ministry among people living in poverty.
  3. Responsible for the administration of partnership support for the synod’s Congregational Vitality portfolio if this is not done by other synod personnel.
  4. Responsible for identifying and recruiting of leaders for synod teams and to raise leaders who can also serve as mission developers and redevelopers.
  5. Responsible for being a public voice on behalf of the churchwide
    organization and synod including preaching, share learnings and other leadership opportunities. Provides a visible witness to the interdependent nature of the church and communicates our shared mission and vision.

Physical Requirements

Must be willing to travel frequently via automobile and air (approximately 10-15 %). Travel within the synod can usually be accomplished within the same day. Overnight stay may be required. Valid driver’s license required.

Physical Effort
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use of 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 function.

Synod Information 

The Mission of the South Carolina Synod is: “Joining Neighbors, Serving Boldly, Loving All through Christ.”

Our Four Missional Priorities:

  1. Equipping people and congregations for community engagement.
  2. Deepening discipleship.
  3. Addressing public educational needs in our schools.
  4. Tackling poverty in our communities.

We see our Discipleship as intimately tied to our call to Outreach in the communities.

We are blessed by partnerships with several Synodically Authorized Mission Start/Worshipping Communities, including:

Community in Christ, North Charleston

Cristo Rey, West Columbia & Gaston & Pelion

Sagrada Familia, Columbia

Nuestro Salvador, Greenville

Parroquia El Mesias

We also see every congregation of the South Carolina Synod as a Mission, and we are determined to help our congregations live out their call to be Mission Sites in their communities. We look forward to having our next Director of Evangelical Mission work with our staff and synod on this goal and in fulfilling our Mission and Calling.

Experience and Skills:

  1. Effective grounding in Lutheran community life and theology, missional theology, the theories, and practice of mission development that responds to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
  2. Effective communicator in preaching, teaching, writing and evangelical outreach.
  3. Demonstrated ability working with leaders in agile, adaptive innovation and facilitating group processes as well as knowledge, experience and/or willingness to learn, listen and utilize the ELCA Coaching Ministry in growing leaders and building tables.
  4. Extensive knowledge of the organizational structure of the ELCA and its synods and congregations.
  5. Ability to utilize metrics, congregational trend reports and demographic data in the process of the development of congregational vitality for new and existing congregations.
  6. Proven effective time-management and administrative experience and ability to meet deadlines and attention to details.
  7. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, analytical and communication skills and the ability to work in partnership with peers, other Christian Community and Leadership staff, synod and regional staff.
  8. Demonstrated competency among communities of color; and well as with people and communities experiencing poverty. Ability to relate and communicate well in diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic situations.
  9. Active participation in a Christian congregation and God’s mission.


Joy, Moore – Youth Leader


Joy Lutheran Church, Moore, SC is seeking an individual to minister in their congregation and beyond as Youth Leader. This person will lead middle and high school aged youth. Ministry will include but not be limited to: guiding the spiritual growth of the youth, overseeing the youth ministry, engaging with the youth on a personal level as well as through Scripture, and leading them in service to our community. Candidates will work as well with volunteer adult leaders and equip them for ministry. This position is part-time up to 20 hours per week. Applicants may send their resume to:

Pastor Lane Bembenek


Bethel, White Rock – Director of Music / Organist


Bethel in White Rock seeks Director of Music/Organist Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in White Rock, South Carolina, is looking for a Director of Music/Organist. This position includes choir director in the foreseeable future as COVID-19 restrictions on singing are lifted.
This part time position involves playing for Sunday worship to include:

  • Prelude
  • Offertory (as needed)
  • Communion
  • Postlude
  • Choosing of hymns with pastor
  • May also include other holy days such at Lent and Christmas Eve as well as funerals of church members.

The position has an annual salary of $12,000 with four paid leave days. An audition is required for applicants.

If interested, please contact Eugenia Matthews at, Bethel Lutheran Church office at 803-781-2134 or


Living Springs, Columbia – Missional Worship & Music Leader


Are you looking to connect with a vibrant congregation and share your gifts for inspiring God’s people to grow in worship & outreach in creative ways? Living Springs Lutheran is looking to partner with a candidate who has some combination of these gifts… (not all are required – your set of gifts is unique!)

  • Creative Worship Planning
  • Children/Youth Music Ministries
  • Missional Music-Worship Outreach
  • Worship Arts
  • Diverse Musical/Worship Styles
  • Worship/Instrumental Accompaniment
  • Gifts for Virtual Worship
  • Choir/Ensemble Leadership
  • Nurturing Musical Gifts in Others

Living Springs is an ELCA congregation of active missional disciples, with a heart for breaking through barriers to share God’s unconditional love in the community and partner with God’s ongoing work of hope & justice. Located in the growing, racially diverse, highly mobile area of NE Columbia (state capital with cultural events, university/colleges/seminary, military bases), we have a staff-leadership team with enthusiasm for being a church of Word & Sacrament in innovative ways for a post-Christendom, post-millennial world.

We are seeking to share the Spirit’s call with a vibrant, innovative partner who has vision, passion, and energy for the ever-evolving worship-music ministry of Christ’s church. With your gifts, you would help lead us in:

  1. growing our virtual worship-music ministry;
  2. creatively pursuing God’s inclusive missional outreach in our diverse community;
  3. further enhancing Word & Sacrament worship with a variety of styles (traditional, blended, contemporary, diverse & inclusive); and,
  4. developing creative ministries to engage various musical gifts of all ages (including children, youth and/or various ensembles & groups).

Part-time or full-time status with commensurate salary to be determined – based on qualifications, experience, and type of call. Go to for a tool to help share your areas of passion & giftedness. Send resume and letter of interest to by July 31, 2021.


St. Andrew’s, columbia – seeks choir director and youth ministry associate


St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC,seeks to hire a part-time Youth Ministry Associate to work with 7th through 12th graders under the supervision of the Deacon. If interested, please contact Deacon Sandra Holland at for more information and job description.

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC, seeks Choir Director for the adult choir. Duties include conducting the choir at the weekly rehearsals, Sunday worship, and all Holy Day services. In addition to requisite qualifications, candidates should possess the enthusiasm to re-engage current choir members and recruit new choir members, as the choir has not met in person since March, 2020. Bachelor’s Degree required. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Employment would begin in August, 2021. Please send letters of interest and resumes to: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 1416 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC, 29210 or e-mail:


SOUTH CAROLINA Lutheran men in mission


Your SCLMM is looking for a few good men to fill the following positions: Treasurer, Secretary, and Promotional Secretary. If interested please contact Robert Epting, or 803-553-1888. I will be glad to provide a job description for each position.




St. James Lutheran Church, Leesville, is seeking a part time Office Administrator. This is an hourly position that would require an average of 20 hours per week. Responsibilities for this would include creating and printing bulletins, posting of weekly offering, financial reporting, payroll and other church office related tasks. This applicant must have proficiency in office procedures, knowledge of office computers and copy equipment and software including Microsoft Office Word. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and the skills they possess along with a resume to




Help Wanted: Part-time Parish Secretary – Redeemer Lutheran Church in Columbia is searching for a part time Parish Secretary. This position performs general church office support, secretarial tasks and activities in support of the Pastor, staff, and congregation. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook), and willingness to learn church management software. Approximately 16 hours per week. Contact Pastor Gary Loadholdt at 803-772-5419.


Christus Victor, Columbia – PART-TIME CHURCH SECRETARY


Christus Victor Lutheran Church
400 Harbison Blvd.
Columbia, South Carolina 29212

Work Schedule: 20 hours a week, MON-THU 10:00am – 3:00pm, overlapping with Pastor’s office hours

Salary Range: $15.00 – $17.00 per hour depending on experience

Reports To: Pastor & Church Council

The Part-Time Church Secretary supports the Pastor and Church Council with the administrative functions related to a church office. Responsibilities include but are not limited to answering phones, producing bulletins and newsletters, responding to email, processing incoming and outgoing mail, computer member database updates and interfacing with church members and community. This position requires a high level of confidentiality.

• Prepare weekly worship bulletins and inserts including children’s bulletins (from Sundays and Seasons)
• Send out congregation communications via email or letter (i.e., newsletters, congregation updates)
• Attend weekly staff meeting with Pastor
• Update database with membership changes
• Maintain appropriate levels of office supplies
• Receive ministry team reports, combine, format, print and distribute annual reports

• Strong Christian faith and a servant’s heart and a cooperative and caring attitude
• 2-3 years of secretarial experience
• Self-directed and independent with an orderly methodical and prioritized approach to tasks and good time management skills
• Ability to stay calm, focused and flexible while managing several processes and priorities at one time in a highly interruptible environment
• Excellent written, proofreading and editing skills
• Hands on skills with Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel

• Knowledge of church database software, preferably Virtual Office System (VOS) Church Windows
• Working knowledge of websites, internet search tools and social media
• Familiarity with the following ELCA worship resources (or equivalent):
o Sundays and Seasons
o Psalter for Worship
o ELW Leaders Guide


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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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