Call for Nominations: Executive Director, District and Congregational Services

The Board for District and Congregational Services (DCS) of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod seeks nominations for the position of executive director.  This person administers the activities of the DCS team and its services in accordance with the Synod’s objectives and policies set forth in the bylaws, policies of the LCMS Board of Directors, resolutions of Synod conventions, and policies of the Board for District and Congregational Services.

Responsibilities:  In overseeing the overall operations of DCS, this person:

  • establishes a vision, formulates strategies, and implements a plan so that, through the blessing of the Holy Spirit, DCS ministry areas can help develop and foster vibrant ministries that share the Gospel of Jesus Christ;

  • manages the development of the DCS strategic plan, coordinating it through the DCS operational plan developed by ministry area directors;

  • develops and administers the annual budget in cooperation with ministry area directors;

  • assists the Board and staff in securing designated funding and fraternal grants;

  • prepares meeting agendas and makes policy recommendations to the Board;

  • administers the application process for Recognized Service Organizations;

  • communicates on a regular basis with district staffs, in cooperation with ministry area directors, highlighting ministry areas, events, and resources; and

  • coordinates the work of DCS with other synodical boards and entities, especially those directly involving district and congregational services.
  • Qualifications:

  • A member of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; either an ordained or commissioned minister with a minimum of a master’s degree; faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions;

  • supportive of the Synod’s constitution, bylaws, and policies, and familiar with the structure, polity, organization, policies, and procedures of the Synod;

  • proven skill in visioning and strategic planning;

  • proven skill and experience and working knowledge of good administrative procedures and fiscal management, especially as these skills relate to district and congregational services;

  • ability to work with and coordinate with a variety of related ministries and services in the Synod, in other church bodies, and outside the church; and

  • 10 years ministry experience, with five years as leader of a team ministry.

  • Nominations should be submitted by March 20 to David Fiedler, interim director of Human Resources, via regular mail to 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122; via e-mail to; or by fax to 314-996-1121.

    Posted January 31, 2009

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