Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0053
Post Date 7/31/2019
Title Director of Worship & International Center Chaplain
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 (ONM) coordinates and supports domestic ministries that serve congregations and schools through the districts of the Synod (Bylaw

The President serves as the spiritual leader and chief executive officer of the Synod.  He is responsible for supervising the doctrine and administration of the Synod Officers, all employed by the Synod, individual districts and all district presidents.  He provides direction for the coordination and smooth operation and expansion of the Synod in accordance with the Synod’s Constitution and Bylaws.  The First Vice President carries out responsibilities of the President’s Office as delegated, assigned or deputized by the President.  The President may also delegate certain responsibilities to other officials.


Reporting Relationships

As director of worship, he reports to the executive director of the Office of National Mission; as IC Chaplain, he reports to the ONM UE and the Office of the President. It is anticipated that the labor distribution between the two areas will be approximately 75%/25% respectively.


Essential Job Functions

As director of worship, he administers the functions and duties of Worship in accordance with the Synod’s objectives and policies as set forth in the Handbook, and as directed by the executive director. As IC chaplain he oversees the worship life at the International Center, serving employees by scheduling and coordinating all worship opportunities, providing for Pastoral Care and Christian growth opportunities for the IC staff, and coordinating appropriate requests for special use of the chapel (e.g., weddings).


Specific Worship Functions include:

  • Propose and create programs that will carry out the purposes and aims of the Synod in matters of worship.
  • Develop long and short-range plans for the conduct, evaluation and improvement of worship programs throughout the Synod, offering recommendations to the executive director for the establishment of priorities, strategy, funding and execution of the same.
  • Plan, as subject matter expert, together with the UE and other ONM directors and implement strategies for educating, and aiding districts and LCMS congregations concerning matters of public and private worship.
  • Periodically review the performance and effectiveness of worship programs and report results to the executive director and the Board of National Mission.
  • Prepare an operating budget for the worship area, keyed to annual and long-range programs.
  • Advise the executive director on selection of qualified people to serve on adjunct working committees.
  • Be accountable for the technical and professional work of various adjunct committees as they produce worship materials.
  • Shape and edit manuscripts for publication, including Let Us Pray, Lectionary Summaries, etc.
  • Provide supervision, expertise, and support to ongoing LSB projects.
  • Provide supervision, expertise, and support to ethnic hymnals, agendas, and other worship resource projects.
  • Serve as a liaison between the ONM and its constituencies, interpreting the programs and services through public presentations at various synod venues as well as through other media.
  • Provide expertise and support to the Koinonia project, as requested.
  • Provide worship expertise and planning for Synod events, including Synod Convention, theological conferences, meetings, etc. Advise respective groups/committees responsible for corporate worship of synod and district conventions.
  • Develop and maintain a roster of resource people, geographically representative of the Synod, who are competent to enlighten, inspire, and instruct in the area of theologically sound and artistically good worship materials; coordinate the utilization of such a roster.
  • Keep abreast professionally in worship, hymnology, and church music through attendance at conferences, workshops, and seminars as well as through private study and research, and the reading of current literature.
  • Lend advice to individual pastors, musicians, and laity.
  • Consult with the worship and music departments of the Synod schools to establish principles and practices in this area of the Church’s life which best reflect the biblical and confessional spirit of Lutheran worship.
  • Represent the Synod in the preparation of worship and church music materials that may be engaged in cooperation with other Lutheran synods.


Specific Chaplain Functions include:

  • Plan and supervise the daily IC chapel services, including the preaching schedule, organist/musician schedule, acolyte schedule, etc.
  • Render chaplaincy and counseling services to employees as requested without violating the individual’s relationship to his/her own pastor and also keeping in mind the employer role through input/feedback from the Department of Human Resources where necessary or requested.
  • Provide pastoral leadership to develop a faithful Lutheran community at the International Center, counting with the collaboration of the Department of Human Resources as needed or requested.
  • Approve requests for special use of the Chapel.
  • Plan and oversee workshops/seminars at the International Center on worship that will strengthen our Lutheran identify.
  • Observe employee morale and seek to improve relationships throughout the International Center.
  • Assist the administration to recognize and to care for special employee needs at times of illness, death, birth, special anniversaries, and the like.
  • In cooperation with the President, foster good working relationships with local Lutheran pastors.
  • Be available at the request of the President for pastoral consultation.
  • Carry out by mutual consent special assignments from time to time on behalf of the President.

Education and Experience

  • Ordained clergyman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
  • Advanced degree(s) in church music and/or theology, preferably a master’s degree or a terminal degree.
  • Significant experience in the area of church music and/or worship leadership, including at least five years in a parish. 


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • A clear commitment to the theology and confessional practice of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  • Significant knowledge and resourcefulness coupled with sound judgment in the fields of theology, liturgy, hymnody, church music, and related arts.
  • A strong background in music is preferred.
  • An understanding of the needs, working conditions, and opportunities of those serving at the International Center.
  • Strong skills in pastoral care and the care of souls.
  • Superior preaching and teaching skills.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position supervises the Worship Coordinator.
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