Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0061
Post Date 9/3/2019
Title Director, Life Ministry
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 9
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile

The Office of National Mission coordinates and supports domestic ministries that serve congregations and schools through the districts of the Synod (Bylaw


Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Office of National Mission Unit Executive.


Working Relationships

  • Collaborate project and program operations with other program directors in the Office of National Mission.
  • Collaborate project and program operations in concurrence with Office of International Mission Regional Directors, Area Directors, and the Associate Executive Director(s) of Regional Operations.


Essential Job Functions

  • Consult and give input as the subject matter expert regarding life issues and work as part of the ONM team to develop resources and ministry aids in accordance with the strategic goals of the ONM and the ends policies of the BNM.
  • Responsible for supervision of program development for Life Ministries as a part of the church’s mercy outreach in proximity, and in conjunction with, the church’s work of witness—internationally and domestically.
  • Provides leadership for the development, growth, and support of life ministries among international partners, districts, congregations, educational institutions, and among other recognized entities of the LCMS. Leadership of domestic work will be the immediate focus of the new Director.
  • Responsible for developing the public witness and voice of the LCMS regarding the sanctity of human life.  This witness should, wherever possible, be cooperative with the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, Lutherans for Life and other life-focused RSOs.
  • Formulates strategic goals, directs programs and oversees projects that engage and inform the church to influence the public square about issues of human need, ethical awareness, and biblical teaching surrounding the sanctity of human life. 
  • Work cooperatively with other ONM directors in creating resources especially in areas of programmatic overlap and maintain and grow competencies as the LCMS Life Ministry subject matter expert.
  • Be a resource for and maintain a cooperative dialog with LCMS District Life coordinators and sponsored groups.


  • With the concurrence of the OIM Unit Executive and staff and with church partners to develop and evaluate strategic pro-life initiatives and programs.
  • Provide programmatic assessment, monitoring, and evaluation for global health and pro-life initiatives in conjunction with and alongside OIM regional directors, as part of the programmatic strategy building and budgeting process.
  • Advises and supervises pro-life project grants to partner organizations and church bodies.
  • Engage and inform the church and society in all areas regarding the sanctity of life, including the areas of abortion, post abortion healing, bioethics, sexuality, end of life care and education.
  • Provide consultation as requested in areas of pro-life activism, and public advocacy in government and secular society.
  • Network with LCMS and outside pro-life organizations and contacts.  Identify opportunities in relationship with other pro-life organizations where the LCMS can serve in a leadership role.
  • Establish Life Ministry and Health Ministry web pages and Making Disciples for Life resources in conjunction with the LCMS Communications directors, which will provide timely and useful information and links for lay people and clergy.
  • Respond to invitations to public speaking events and provide exhibition events on behalf of the Synod’s mercy, pro-life, healing, and advocacy work.
  • Author regular articles on life issues to be disseminated through Synod communications, Lutheran periodicals, and other national publications.
  • Establish and advocate the LCMS efforts to assist and support organizations that provide pro-life guidance and/or physical and spiritual help to people in crisis situations—both domestic and international.
  • Ensure production of various life resources that are self-published or in partnership with CPH for emphasis on specific life, health, and public advocacy topics.
  • Ensure, under the supervision of the ONM executive director and the chief mission officer, that Board for National Mission ends policies pertaining to Life Ministry are effectively accomplished.
  • Establish and maintain annual program budgets.
  • Collaborate with Mission Advancement to identify resources for long-term funding of Life related projects worldwide.
  • Prepare reports and presentations regarding the work of Life Ministries and ONM for Synodical boards, committees and other groups as assigned by the ONM executive director.

Education and Experience

  • A member of the LCMS, faithful to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and supportive of the Synod’s Constitution, Bylaws and policies.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent; or 5 years of experience and/or training in this area.
  • A background and training in the applicable sciences
  • Experience in the areas of communication, including writing, public speaking, and working with printed visual media.


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • A comprehensive knowledge of sanctity of life and public health issues.
  • A visionary and proactive leader in life ministry.
  • A self-starter with ability to develop a vision for the future.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and coordinate with persons and groups in a variety of related ministries and services in the synod, in other church bodies, and outside the church.
  • Ability to function as a member of both the national and international team and in supportive relationships with district leaders.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate the strong position of the LCMS regarding sanctity of life issues and our theology of mercy based upon Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
  • Understanding of the church’s proper role within the left-hand kingdom and an understanding of diverse platforms for public advocacy.
  • Keen interest in, and the ability to keep current with scientific arguments, ethical issues and legislation concerning sanctity of life issues.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • None
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