Where: St Johns Lutheran Church, Springfield, MN
St. Johns Lutheran Church is committed to the work of educating and training pastors for LCMC. We have created an intern position to provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in pastoral ministry. This is a traditional internship in the sense that it is one year long and covers the spectrum of the work of a small town, medium sized congregation, with direct, on-site supervision.
Interns will have freedom to explore their talents and interests, with a supervising pastor to offer support and direction. Responsibilities The intern will not have sole responsibility in any one area of the ministry of the congregation, but will, instead, have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the pastoral office. The final project will be in an area of the intern’s choosing, reflecting his/her particular interests.
The following aspects of pastoral ministry will be experienced in the internship.
Worship – the intern will regularly lead Sunday morning services, and will participate in the planning/leadership of an occasional service (wedding, funeral, etc)
Preaching – the intern will receive regular opportunities to preach at Sunday morning services, and other services (as appropriate)
Pastoral Care/Visitation – the intern will participate in the care ministry of the congregation, visiting elderly, ill and homebound members and leading worship at the nursing home
Christian Education – the intern will participate and have opportunities to lead in all aspects of the education ministry of the congregation, including Sunday School, adult Bible study, confirmation, and Milestones Ministry
Church Administration – the intern will attend monthly meetings of the church council and other board and committee meetings as appropriate
Other – the intern will have the opportunity to explore any/all other aspects of parish ministry as his/her interests and time allow
About St Johns Lutheran Church
St. Johns Lutheran Church is a congregation of 480 members located in Springfield, MN (about 120 miles southwest of the Twin Cities). We have a vibrant education ministry for all ages, offering a variety of Bible studies for adults, a large cross-generational Sunday school, a two-year confirmation program, and Milestones Ministry. We also have an active, volunteer-led youth group. We are deeply rooted in the community of Springfield and have a variety of outreach ministries in the community. We have traditional worship and an appreciation for music. Historically, we are out of the Norwegian branch of the Lutheran Church. We have been in LCMC since 2010. Our pastor has 20 years of pastoral experience and has been serving with us since 2012.
Contact Person: Julie Smith
Where: Shepherd of the Hills, Richfield WI
The candidate must have possess musical leadership talents in Contemporary music formats and have the technical skills to master worship technology (i.e. Behringer Digital Mixer, ProPresenter, Planning Center). The candidates must have a heart to engage and minister to high school youth, recruit and train youth and adults for ministry. Position reports to the Lead Pastor. Link to Full Job Description Link to Director of Contemporary Worship/Youth Ministry Coordinator Job Description PDF.
Contact: Sue Faber
Position: Director of Music Ministries
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Richfield, WI
The Director of Music Ministries will possess musical leadership talents in both Contemporary and Traditional Worship formats. Traditional music includes adult choir, bell choir, and children’s choir. Candidates will have the technical skills to master worship technology (i.e. Behringer Digital Mixer, ProPresenter, Planning Center).
This position reports to the Lead Pastor. Candidates should also have a heart to engage youth to participate in musical Worship. This is a Full Time staff position. Link to Full Job Description Link to Director of Music Ministry Job Description PDF.
Contact: Sue Faber
Part-time Music Director
Parttime intern position to include choir director, occasional keyboard accompanist, as well as planning music ministry for worship services. Hours and compensation negotiable.
Resurrection Lutheran Church
Contact: Pastor Greg Lenz
TO WHOM THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CALLING:
Trinity Lutheran Church of Hallock, MN is offering this letter of introduction to the minister who shall become our pastor. We are excited to tell you about our congregation and community.
We, as baptized members of Christ's Church, responding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel, do desire to unite together to preach the Word, to administer the Sacraments, and to carry out Christ's Great commission to His world.
Trinity Lutheran Church was established in July of 2010. We were, and continue to be, a group of Lutheran Christians seeking to learn, worship, and firmly stand upon the inerrant Word of God. As individuals, after much prayer and introspection, each of us had decided that we could no longer find the necessary firm foundation of Biblical Truth in our former churches. In June of 2011, after prayerful deliberation of the choices available to us, we voted to join the Lutheran Church in Mission for Christ (LCMC) association of Lutheran churches. We believe that as a member of LCMC, whose structure as an association of like-minded Christians, who are free in Christ, who are accountable to one another, and who are rooted in the Scripture and Lutheran Confessions, would enhance our work to fulfill Christ's Great Commission. In December of 2015, our congregation voted to join the Augustana District. As a LCMC congregation, we believe that being a member of the Augustana District enhances our congregation's mission by providing assistance through pastoral & congregational services, regional fellowship, and support for LCMC churches.
Within a week of deciding to form our church we had been provided a building in which to worship. The Hallock Episcopal Church had only a few members remaining and held just 2-3 worship services throughout the year. They graciously offered their church building for us to hold our Sunday worship services. In 2012 we purchased the building from the Episcopal diocese. Our building was the first church built in Hallock in 1887. Its beautiful sanctuary holds about 70 people and is graced with beautiful woodwork and stained glass windows. In the summer of 2014 we re-shingled the roof, re-sided the church, and replaced windows where needed.
OUR WORSHIP SERVICE:
Currently we worship on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and average about 40 worshippers per week. Our worshippers range in age from 1 to 89 years old and are evenly dispersed throughout that age range. Our worship services have been traditional in style and we are planning to incorporate a contemporary worship service once per month. We are blessed to have several members who are willing to assist in conducting our worship services. We have three worshippers who are willing to share their musical gifts by playing piano and leading us in song. We have several members who are willing to use their gift of discernment and refection by preaching the Word. And we have had two members blessed by our congregation in order to lead our communion services.
OUR CONTINUING EDUCATION:
We hold Sunday school throughout the school year and will soon begin confirmation education classes. We have 10 children, and counting, who regularly attend classes. We offer a summer Bible School experience which over 22 children from our congregation and community have attended each year. We have held several adult Bible classes and continue to look for opportunities to continue to grow together through the study of the Word. Our men from the congregation hold a weekly Bible study which is open to all men from the community.
OUR MISSION WORK:
We have committed 10% of our offerings to be given for missions. We deliberately look to support both local and global missions which extend the love of Christ to those in need, by providing both spiritual and tangible resources. We support the county's Christmas gift giving mission, Holiday Helpers, to those in need, by providing them a checking account under our financial umbrella, and by supporting their mission through prayer and physical and financial support. Our 2015 missions included: Augustana Partnership (Ethiopia); Intervarsity (NDSU foreign student outreach); Ginny Tripp (local woman, AGWM mission to Viet Nam); and various local outreach needs. Our Sunday School children sponsor a monthly "Muffins for Missions" from whose proceeds the children decided to purchase a goat for a Compassion International family. Trinity's Women of the Word (WOW) group is involved in the mission of Trinity through supporting church and community activities. Many of our members are also active in the ecumenical GIVE organization which is a local group committed to growing community by providing free meals in towns across the county, on a rotating basis.
Trinity is located in Hallock, MN which has a population of around 990 residents. Hallock is the county seat of Kittson County which is the northwest corner of Minnesota. Some of our members reside in other communities in our region. We are communities that work diligently to keep our towns vibrant and welcoming to others. Hallock is home to a top performing school district and has a strong business community. Hallock is also home to: Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center (Hospital, Clinic, Nursing Home and Assisted Living); Hallock Library; Hallock Curling Club; Two Rivers Golf Club; Hallock Swimming Pool; Skating Arena; and parks. Five churches call Hallock home: Assemblies of God; Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA); 1st Presbyterian Church; St. Patrick's Catholic Church; and Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMC). We have an active and supportive ministerial association; who together have created a community fund to help those in need. We believe Sunday worship attendance in the Hallock churches to average about 300 worshippers.
Trinity holds no financial debt at this time. We believe we will be able to fully support a half-time minister position. Trinity has been a member of a two-point parish in the past and would be willing to enter into such an arrangement again, should the right situation present itself.
Council Chair: Rock Bakken (218)843-2082
Call Committee Chair: Kathy Johnson (218)843-2283
Position Title: Pastor
New Hope Lutheran Church is located in Comfrey, a small farming community located in Southwestern Minnesota about 125 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul. At the present time our current active membership is 145 households, 297 baptized with 236 confirmed.
A little history of New Hope Lutheran Church, the congregation of New Hope Lutheran Church emerged out of two century-plus congregations, Faith Lutheran and Salem Lutheran. On March 29, 1998, a mile and a quarter-wide tornado devastated the town of Comfrey and both of the Lutheran Church buildings were damaged beyond repair. The spirit of the two church bodies came together and was physically reborn on February 28, 1999, as New Hope Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA synod.
The ground breaking ceremony for the new church was held on September 12, 1999. The Dedication of the completed church was on November 19, 2000. The church building includes a large sanctuary with removable partition walls for over flow seating, TV displays and a digital sound system, Sunday school rooms, a chapel, and a fireside room with library for Christian educational opportunities as well as large fellowship hall and narthex.
The Parish Secretary and Pastor’s office are also in this building. New Hope Church also owns a recently updated 4 bedroom, 3 bath parsonage with an attached 3 car garage that is available for the Pastor and his/her family. The home is located across the street from the school/community library.
The worship service is at 9:00am. Worship is traditional for the majority of services using the Lutheran Book of Worship and With One Voice book of worship. Once a month a contemporary service is held using a praise band. Congregational members read the lessons for the day. Holy Communion is given the first and third Sunday of each month. Sunday school is held after church is over. Soul’s Inspiration, a musical group of members and others, provides special music once a month. Coffee and fellowship is held following the church service for members and visitors.
In 2009 New Hope Church became an associate member of LCMC and the Augustana District of LCMC. The church was also a member of the ELCA synod at that time.
On January 9, 2011, at a special congressional meeting the congregation took the final vote to leave the ELCA synod, which passed by 74%. The church continues to be an associate member of the LCMC.
The mission statement is as follows: We, the members of New Hope Lutheran Church, saved by grace, are called, gathered and united by God’s Spirit to: Nurture our faith through worship, God’s Word and His Sacraments, Encourage people of all generations to share their gifts and talents to serve God, Work together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hear the concerns of our neighbors, Open our church to all people, Proclaim God’s message of hope, Express God’s Love in word and deed.
Pastoral Leadership Desired:
New Hope Lutheran Church is searching to be in partnership with a pastor that conducts worship services focused on further developing our faith and understanding of the Bible, as it is written. We desire one who relates well with all ages, from the children to the elderly, teaching them God’s Word, and encouraging them to develop and share their time and talents.
The pastor is also expected to visit the sick and shut-ins. We feel it is important to have the Pastor’s input with Sunday school programs and teach the Confirmation class, motivating them to continue learning God’s Word.
Our parish gains encouragement from worship service that includes musical talent and different and fresh ideas. New Hope is looking for someone who is a good worship leader, communicator, has a positive attitude and cares about all members of the congregation, both those who serve in quiet ways as well as those with very recognizable talents. But most of all we are seeking a Pastor who will teach use the scriptures from the Bible, just as God would teach us and be able to relate them to us in today’s setting.
We are seeking one who works within our small community to include our church in ecumenical activities, particularly with the Catholic Church in town. New Hope hosts an ecumenical Vacation Bible School each year and participates in other ecumenical events. If these are beliefs and talents that you have, we would love to hear from you.
Please submit your cover letter and resume by email or mail to the address below by June 1st, 2017.
However, we do reserve the right to re-open the application process if the Call Committee feels it is necessary. Sending taped or recorded sermons are strongly encouraged.
New Hope Lutheran Church, Comfrey, MN.