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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. "Ordained Clergy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time

    Pros

    Get paid to discern the Word of God in everyday life.

    Cons

    People think Pastors are judgemental and creepy.


  2. "Depends on the team."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time

    Pros

    You get to meet some really fascinating people from all over the world and see the inner workings of a huge church body. Chicago is a great place to live! Some teams are just fantastic: everyone is engaged, excited, talented, challenged.

    Cons

    A few departments have a very bitter, negative vibe. It really depends on which department you're in. A lot of people are very unhappy and upper management doesn't really do anything about it. Perhaps they're unaware.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the staff in Chicago. They keep that church afloat.

  3. "Clergy are Expendable and not supported"

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    Current Employee - Pastor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Pastor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Sharing the Gospel and ministering to the needs of the community. Fulfilling the calling to be a Minister of Word and Sacrament.

    Cons

    Sabotage and neglect from Bishop & Staff. When the dying congregation turns on the Pastor for not filling up the pews like in the 1960's, the Bishop discards the Pastor and lets the congregation move on to chew up another Pastor. Change is almost impossible given the congregational ownership of property and voluntary giving to Synod and National Level.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare for more Churches to close and be honest with them about the fact that 25 people in a building meant for 200 is a waste of resources and not sustainable.
    Face the discrimination against those who are of a different race, mixed race, poor, LGBTQ, disabled, etc.
    Reduce the number of Synods to 30. We cannot support the overhead associated with so many Bishops and their continual travel to Chicago and foreign lands.


  4. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers some nice benefits- 10 paid holidays, a nice contribution to a retirements account. The people are generally nice and easy going.

    Cons

    The process and systems are a bit behind in technology, not environmental friendly, love to print everything out and on single sided page.


  5. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is so helpful, positive, and welcoming

    Cons

    Sometimes favoritism may get in the way


  6. "Very nice people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you work at least 20 hours a week you have fully paid family health insurance.

    Cons

    They reorganize every couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of 'ivory tower' decision making. Remember who your decision affect.


  7. "Pastor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many open jobs. Fantastic benefits and community recognition.

    Cons

    Shrinking and uncertain future. Often placed in locations not requested.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with seminary students about first placement process.

  8. "Prefer not to say"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They offer some nice benefits. They will contribute 10% into retirement account for you and you don't have to match it.

    Cons

    Lack of communication among department, things that impact another group are not discuss or announced it just happens and you have to deal with it.

    Advice to Management

    Involve employees when making decisions.


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Warm, welcoming, stable, good continuing ed

    Cons

    Limited career path, otherwise great


  10. "Lost its focus, mired in political correctness"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Evangelical Lutheran Church in America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were phenomenal, unlike anything else you're likely to find. It comes with less pay than you might find in a comparable job in the private sector, but it easily made up for it.

    HR keeps changing the job levels, but there is room for growth IF you don't start as a secretary. I knew many who were eminently capable, but were passed over for positions based on their "experience." These positions typically go to young adults whose sole qualification is their age and recent degree. 1-2 years, they move on after "doing their part to save the world."

    Cons

    The ELCA doesn't respect conservative theological (even mainstream Lutheran) opinions. It is mired in political correctness and whatever the liberal issue of the day happens to be. It gets in the way of the organization's purpose. (And to add to that, Churchwide struggles with defining why it even exists!)

    If you're a lock-step liberal, you'll fit in. If you're an original thinker, prepare to remain silent.

    Advice to Management

    Decide whether the churchwide organization is a church or a business. It can't be both. And then run it according to your decision. I know the synods will relish the result!


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