Call for Nominations: CTCR executive director, LCEF vice president

LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) seeks nominations for executive director.  The executive director reports to the CTCR and is responsible for supervising the administration of the CTCR according to Commission decisions, delegating responsibilities according to Commission policies, and assuming responsibility for the work of the staff and the answering of correspondence to the Commission; assisting the president of the Synod at his request in discharging his constitutional responsibilities; advising the president on matters pertaining to theology and church relations; assigning and supervising the drafting of letters, reports, speeches, and statements from the president on sensitive theological and church relations matters; assisting in the presentation and discussion of theological issues for such groups as the Council of Presidents; preparing agendas for the approval of the Commission and its committees and attending all meetings; supervising and coordinating the preparation of resources for the work of the Commission, the editing of Commission reports and statements for publication, and the planning and monitoring of theological seminars and workshops throughout the Synod and the world; serving as the primary spokesman in presenting the results of the Commission’s studies to the church and to the public; keeping the Commission informed regarding important ecumenical, theological, and social developments within the Synod and throughout Christendom; supervising and coordinating the CTCR’s responsibility to suggest and outline studies of contemporary social issues and concerns, as they affect the church and as the church may affect such social issues; maintaining a talent pool of potential writers, committee members, etc.; supervising the preparation of responses to request from the church for guidance in matters of theology; providing counsel when requested to other synodical boards and commissions on matters of theology and church relations; supervising and providing staff services in the area of organizations and overseeing the administrative functions of planning, budgeting, and the management of staff. 

Nominees must be an ordained LCMS clergyman; active member in good standing of a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregation, 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 with an earned doctorate; experience in church relations; a minimum of five years of experience in the parish ministry; demonstrated skills in administration, including the ability to carry on and supervise theological research; possess a proven ability to communicate well both orally and in writing; and have the ability to work well in a team environment.

Nominations should be submitted by Feb. 29 to Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, Human Resources, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122;; fax to (314) 996-1121.


The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is seeking applications for senior vice president — Loans and Real Estate. The senior vice president — Loans and Real Estate serves in a senior management role, providing strategic planning and leadership to the LCEF as a whole and specifically to LCEF’s lending function for organizational ministries and rostered church workers; leads in the development of new product offerings to support LCEF’s ministry objective of meeting all the capital needs of the LCMS; oversees the development and implementation of loan policies and procedures for loan underwriting and monitors the organizational loan approval process; manages LCEF’s efforts to assist eligible borrowers with obtaining access to tax-exempt financing through guarantees and direct borrowing from the tax-exempt markets; relates to various levels of LCMS leadership, LCEF’s district vice presidents and legal counsel; and manages the entire lending function which includes underwriting, servicing and escrow disbursing activities and real estate management.

The qualified applicant must be an active LCMS member with demonstrated evidence of support for the church; a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business or related disciplines; 10 progressively responsible years of experience in real estate and mortgage loans, with four or more years of supervisory experience; thorough knowledge of mortgage underwriting, loan documentation requirements, construction loan financing, and escrow disbursing; possess excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to relate to clergy and lay leadership within the Synod as well as various other constituents; and a willingness to travel.

Nominations should be submitted by March 31 to Barbara Ryan, Executive Director, Human Resources,1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122;; or fax to (314) 996-1121.

Posted Jan. 31, 2008

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