The Church Relations Liaison works with the Fundraising Team to establish clear action plans, goals, priorities and accountabilities relative to church relations. The Church Relations Liaison will operate in coordination with the overall fundraising function in keeping with its goals and in compliance with its policies and guidelines.

Essential Duties and responsibilities:

Work as a member of the Fundraising Team (Team) to coordinate strategies for annual, renewable and sustainable gift development.

Prepare and implement an annual church relations plan in consultation with the Team that includes annual goals and objectives for designated and undesignated church support.

Serve as the point person for church contacts with LSS programs and the LSS Foundation, Inc. regarding church engagement, volunteer opportunities and financial support.

Collaborate with the Team and/or Marketing to design communication strategies for congregations and systematically implement these strategies. 
Coordinate exchange of news and ideas to keep congregations informed of the ministry of LSS and impact of programs.

Plan and coordinate the annual LSS Sunday and other giving campaigns, increasing congregational participation annually and staff participation/representation.

Identify the top 100 supporting congregations and a prospecting / research list of major donors ($10,000 plus) from within the congregations, and prepare and implement a coordinating relationship management plan.

Plan and track personal visits with pastors annually in Raiser’s Edge regarding congregational partnership and support.  Connect, assign and support LSS and the LSS Foundation in meetings with pastors and congregation representatives as appropriate.

Represent the agency at local congregations, church conferences, assemblies, retreats and participate as appropriate in other ministry related meetings and events.

Coordinate  LSS / LSS Foundation’s presence at the six annual synod assemblies, and the annual Bishop’s meeting.

Attend and participate in appropriate meetings of the agency as agreed upon Fundraising leadership.

Helps identify, recruit, coordinate and support church related volunteers for ministry and development activities.  Works with colleagues and volunteers to expand LSS’s reach.

Steward a limited portfolio of donor/prospect relationships as identified and agreed upon with LSS leadership.  


Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
Flex Spending for Dependent & Health Care
Mileage reimbursement
Paid Time Off
10 Paid Holidays
Ability to Contribute to 403B
Employee Assistance Program
Service Awards and Recognition


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 



Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study. A credentialed ELCA pastor or active ELCA member required. 

A minimum of 5 years of related experience with an ELCA church, and 2 years of fundraising experience is strongly preferred.

A passion for human care services and specifically the ministry of LSS.

Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

Ability to serve as an articulate, enthusiastic and visible representative of the Foundation and the ministry of LSS.

Active involvement and participation in a Lutheran congregation, with knowledge of and sensitivity to church policy and structure particularly of the ELCA.

Track record that demonstrates the capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in charitable financial support.

Ability to use The Raiser’s Edge database software for donor records, moves management, and donor analysis.

Ability and willingness to travel as required in fulfilling the responsibilities of this position.


The incumbent of this position must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.

TRAVEL:  Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 50%.  Some overnight travel may be required.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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