The Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity and Leadership collaborates with Greater Milwaukee Synod and Outreach for Hope staff to build relationships and provide support, training, and coaching for rostered and lay congregational leaders as we grow in our commitment to becoming an authentically diverse and fully inclusive Church.
The Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS) is a geographic grouping of congregations, extending from Sheboygan down to the Illinois border and from Lake Michigan to the western edge of Waukesha County. We are one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This synod is made up of 119 congregations, 4 Synod Authorized Worshiping Communities, and 59,143 baptized members in southeastern Wisconsin led by Bishop Paul D. Erickson and a 17-member synod council.
This position reports directly to the bishop and is a full time, salaried, exempt position. Occasional nights and many weekends required.
- Builds on the work of the Authentic Diversity Audit to facilitate the development of synod-wide and congregational diversity strategies.
- Gathers the knowledge and resources from within the synod, the community, and the ELCA to help rostered ministers and lay leaders develop skills and expertise in analyzing the history and meaning of their congregation and its location, its relationship to congregations across the synod, and in identifying particular issues and strategies for racial equity and full inclusion.
- Facilitates regular gatherings of rostered ministers who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ for mutual support and accountability.
- Collaborates with the bishop and other synod staff to provide leadership development opportunities in the synod, such as Fall Leadership Conference and Together in Mission.
- Assists as needed with congregational call processes in coordination with the Assistant for Congregations in Mission and the bishop.
- Meets regularly with synod Anti-Racism and Reconciling in Christ Teams.
- Collaborates with entire synod staff to accompany and support congregations and leaders.
Shared Responsibilities with other Synod Staff
- Works to build strong relationships among leaders and congregations of this synod and to foster a positive regard for the role of, and partnership with, the larger church in the life of each ministry setting.
- Serves as a member of the synod staff team by attending regular staff meetings and retreats.
- Participates in events for rostered ministers and lay leaders and supports leaders, programs, and efforts that further the mission of all expressions of the church.
- Assists in the planning and carrying out of arrangements for events that encourage collegiality among leaders and congregations in this synod, including ministeriums, conference assemblies, synod assembly, theological conferences, congregational leader events, and others as identified.
- Serves as a resource person for congregations, institutions, and agencies in this synod, when requested.
- Communicates and serves collegially with all on the synod staff to build up and accomplish the collective and connective ministry of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.
This person will be a faithful, self-starting, detail-oriented person who brings an optimistic focus to the mission of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. In addition:
- Rostered minister status in the ELCA is helpful, but not required.
- Minimum of three years of experience in congregational and/or religious settings is required.
- Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and/or members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Experience with anti-racism training and coaching methodologies.
- Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze communication problems and develop appropriate solutions.
- Ability to learn new skills as needed.
- Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously and independently.
- Strong ability to think and act strategically.
- Relational maturity that demonstrates interpersonal and teamwork skills including active listening and proactive communication.
- Professional demeanor, discretion, good work habits and judgment.
- Commitment to furthering Christ’s mission through this church.
Send resume and cover letter and other materials (ELCA Rostered Minister Profile, etc.) to:
Mary Romskog, Executive Assistant for Administration and Candidacy
Greater Milwaukee Synod
PO Box 341695
Milwaukee, WI 53224