Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Reviews

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    ELCA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    Pros

    International connections
    Charitable administration funded outside of actual charitable gifts

    Cons

    Funding level doesn't always meet the desired outreach goals

    Recommends
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    Great environment but limited advancement potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A workplace that values the contributions of women and is intentionally inclusive, although struggles with a history of non-inclusivity. Great benefits for headquarters employees. Contributions of Gen X and Gen Y are valued (but opportunities for advancement are limited).

    Cons

    Innovation is sometimes hampered by budgetary constraints (it's a nonprofit, after all) and a sense of "we've always done it this way" (it's a workplace steeped in tradition, after all). Clergy contributions can be valued more than those of lay people.

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    Cool opportunities, negative culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Meet very interesting people, decent pay, great benefits, privy to interesting and important work, nice building, employs a wide range of people, weekly chapel

    Cons

    Very negative overall culture, lots of bitterness and chipped shoulders, not all units have room for growth, upper management can be clique-y

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a negative and bitter attitude in this organization that turns people away and is visible to those on the outside. It had to start somewhere, and management should take the time to figure out where it's coming from and work to create a more positive, encouraging atmosphere.

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    Good career growth and opportunity to do wide-reaching and meaningful work

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    General sensitivity to work-life balance (depends heavily on manager, though); benefit package is outstanding and compensation is very good; smart, interesting, and amiable coworkers with high level of commitment to ELCA's mission.

    Cons

    Shrinking support from congregations leads to constant cutbacks of staff and budget, so you are always playing "Survivor"; HR clearly favors senior management in the face of disputes and disagreements; physical work environment of drab, cookie-cutter, small cubicles with low walls makes for a stressful physical environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many theologians, PhDs and intellectuals in management leads to way too frequent re-visioning of strategic priorities and direction (it's not a seminary; it's essentially a corporate office). Simplify corporate structure and reporting relationships.

    Recommends
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    Meaningful, life changing, frustrating

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    Former Employee - Music Director
    Former Employee - Music Director

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Doing Ministry is like no other job. I can't think of anything more meaningful, that helps more people in more different ways. Tremendous variety in work. Constant new challenges. Wonderful theology and great world view. Interesting educational opportunities and training's. I still see people in the community whose lives I was involved in changing for the better.

    When my kids were young it was a great part time job, offering flexibility, and the ability to bring my kids to work.

    Cons

    Low pay. Long hours. No benefits. While working for people who are quite well off.

    Non-ordained employees get very little respect, with churches constantly expecting you to volunteer your time. Churches expect your whole family to come free with the job, volunteering and participating even when the church offers nothing of interest to your family. (endless fellowship activities for the elderly, and very little offered for children or youth or families) Non-rostered employees receive no support from the Synod. The ELCA is a "greying" church that is stuck in tradition. While the Bishops and Pastors were a pleasure to work with and had inspiring, grace centered theology, unfortunately they were afraid to challenge their membership with that theology in fear of loosing the few members they have left.

    The only way to promote is to move to a larger church in a metro area, since "traditional" churches are "growth-resistant."

    You can do an amazing job, even help increase attendance, and you will still find your job on the chopping block at every budget meeting. I once received a commendation for good work and a pay cut in the same conversation!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a very relevant message, stop bowing to old rich members and share it!

    Recommends
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    Clergy

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    Current Employee - Pastor
    Current Employee - Pastor

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair and justice oriented, globally minded; truly generous and ethical in its operation and work with all people. Long tenure.

    Cons

    People are human; humans are flawed; flawed humans hurt one another at times and are slow learners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forgive one another as God in Christ has forgiven you. Set up a system that holds bishops accountable which allows for disciple, new life, growth, health and change to happen in the church.

    Recommends
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