Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0089
Post Date 12/18/2019
Title Associate Executive Director, Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR)
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 7
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile            

The Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) was established in 1962. The Commission, with the assistance of two full time executives, provides leadership and guidance to the Synod on matters of theology and church relations and religious organizations and movements. The Commission also assists the President of the Synod, at his request, in discharging his constitutional responsibilities.


Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Executive Director.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director in carrying out the responsibilities of the department.
  • Maintains a close liaison with the staff of the Office of the President, providing assistance to the President as requested.


Essential Job Functions

  • Primary
    • Provides leadership and guidance in the areas of theology and church relations, including presentations at the Synod’s Colleges, universities and seminaries and throughout the Synod on critical issues in these areas.
    • Assists the Executive Director in carrying out his responsibilities as requested.
    • Provides assistance to the President of the Synod upon request, drafting letters, reports, and statements on sensitive theological and church relations matters.
    • Participates in all meetings of the Commission, providing leadership and guidance to CTCR sub-committees as needed and requested.
    • Participates regularly in ecumenical meetings and dialogues and assists the Executive Director (as requested) in organizing and coordinating such meetings when sponsored by the LCMS.
    • Serves as the primary resource staff person for providing information and guidance in the area of religious organizations and movements.
    • Manages and coordinates the work of and provides theological expertise for various task forces and committees as assigned.
    • Provides direction and counsel, when requested, to other synodical boards and commissions and their staffs regarding theological issues, church relations matters, and religious organizations and movements.
    • Executes research projects and prepares theological resource materials and drafts.
    • Reports on the work of the Commission and presents results of the Commission’s work to various groups within the church (e.g., pastoral conferences, professional church workers conferences, circuit forums, etc.) upon request.
    • Assists the Executive Director in the editing of CTCR documents prior to publication.
    • Responds to correspondence to the Commission requesting information and guidance in matters of theology and church relations and to e-mails forwarded to the Commission’s office by the LCMS Infocenter.
    • Monitors ecclesiastical and social developments in assigned areas.
    • Assists in the planning of theological conferences and workshops sponsored by the Commission.
    • Supervises the maintenance of the Commission’s theological library and archives.
    • Complies with revisions made from time to time, after mutual consultation, in this position description.
  • Shared
    • Provides counsel to staff members of other boards and commissions as requested.
    • Maintains liaison, as requested, with Synod's colleges, universities, seminaries, and auxiliary organizations in matters of theology and church relations.
    • Relates to counterparts in other churches in assigned areas.

Education and Experience

  • Ordained LCMS clergyman, faithful to the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, and supportive of the Synod’s Constitution, Bylaws, and policies.
  • Well trained and competent in theology (advanced degree in theology).
  • Experience in church relations (such as serving on inter-synodical and ecumenical committees and consultations).
  • Minimum of three years in the parish ministry.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Possesses administrative skills, including the ability to carry on and supervise theological research.
  • Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
  • A personality suited to working harmoniously with others.
  • Ability to deal pastorally in sensitive situations.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • The Associate Executive Director assists the Executive Director in his supervision of: 
    • The Assistant Executive Director of the CTCR (as/when applicable)
    • An Administrative Assistant
    • Additional Support Staff
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