Church Staff Openings

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Position Opening

Church: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, Minnesota

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $17,000–22,000

Number of Weekly Services: 1 (9 AM Sunday)

Number of Weekly Rehearsals: 3 (Wednesday evenings)

Hours Per Week: 15–18

Pipe Organ: We are in middle of an organ project; see Additional Information below


The Director of Music plays organ, directs choirs, and oversees the musical ministries of St. John’s with the purpose of bearing the gospel in music and leading the congregation’s song. 


  • Play organ and piano for worship services on Sunday mornings, holidays, midweek services during Lent; and be primary contact for weddings and funerals
  • Oversee adult and children’s choirs and youth bell choir that sing and ring in worship services, with midweek rehearsals
  • Direct one-week children’s Music Camp in summer
  • Direct instrumentalists as appropriate for worship services
  • Assist pastor in selecting music that is reflective of the liturgical season and lectionary texts
  • Submit information for bulletins to the secretary
  • Supervise the church’s choral library
  • Oversee the tuning and maintenance of all musical instruments of the church and report maintenance needs to the Worship and Music Committee
  • Provide for substitute when not able to be present


  • A joy of music and sharing the Christian gospel with others
  • Ability to lead congregational singing of hymns and liturgy from the pipe organ and piano
  • Ability to direct choirs of various age levels
  • Comfort playing music of various periods and complexity, with emphasis on Lutheran tradition
  • Familiarity with services in Lutheran Book of Worship
  • Knowledge of liturgical calendar to select appropriate music for worship
  • Effective communication skills, good organization, and positive attitude


  • The congregation will provide the following with full salary:
    • 1 week vacation for the first six months, then 2 weeks annually
    • 1 week of sick leave for the first six months, then 2 weeks annually
    • 1 week continuing education annually
  • The Director of Music may use the organ and pianos for private teaching. Times of lessons must be scheduled with the office so as not to conflict with other events.
  • This position can be divided into separate positions (such as organist and choir director) depending on applicants’ interests and skills.
  • We are in the middle of an organ project, working with organ builders Grandall & Engen. Currently we have a 4.5-rank Wicks. We have purchased the Casavant at Luther Seminary and will renovate it, combined with pipes from our Wicks, to create a 28-rank instrument


  • Reports to Pastor and Chair of Worship and Music Committee
  • Performance and adequacy of salary will be reviewed annually by Staff Support Committee


Send letter of application stating qualifications or resume to:

St. John’s Lutheran Church 
ATTN: TiffanyAnn Gorton
PO Box 307
Howard Lake, MN 55349

Or [email protected]

Responsible for preaching and teaching the Word of God, administering sacraments, adhering to Lutheran Confessions, providing pastoral care, pastoral counseling and private absolution. Provide leadership in the congregation’s mission, participate in continuing education. The pastor shall also serve as a non-voting member of Church Council. Installment date and time commitment are negotiable.

Salary dependent on experience and time commitment.

For more information, please contact:

Pioneer Lutheran Church
ATTN: Valerie Hicks
20180 474th Ave
PO Box 6
White, SD 57276

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 605.695.3805

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New Hope Lutheran Church (LCMC-Augustana District) located in Comfrey, Minnesota is seeking an enthusiastic, faith-driven pastor to lead and inspire our congregation into the future. Comfrey is a small farming community located in Southwestern Minnesota about 125 miles from Minneapolis/St. Paul.  At the present time our current active membership is 140 households, 297 baptized with 236 confirmed.  New Hope Lutheran Church emerged out of two century-plus congregations, Faith Lutheran and Salem Lutheran.  On March 29, 1998, a tornado devastated the town of Comfrey and both Lutheran Church buildings were damaged beyond repair.  The spirit of the two church bodies came together and was physically reborn in 1999, as New Hope Lutheran Church with a new building dedicated in November of 2000. 

As a joint congregation we offer a Sunday morning worship service with an average attendance of 65 that is also live streamed on Facebook. Following worship and fellowship, we offer Sunday school for K-6th grade. Confirmation class is held on Wednesday nights. Men and women’s bible studies are offered once a month and the youth group meet on a routine basis. The Church staff includes a secretary, two pianists, a custodian, and many volunteers.

The church building includes a large sanctuary with removable partition walls for overflow seating, TV displays with live stream cameras and a digital sound system, Sunday school rooms, a chapel, and a fireside room with library for Christian educational opportunities as well as a large fellowship hall and narthex.  The Parish Secretary and Pastor’s office are also in this building.  New Hope Church owns a 4-bedroom, 1.5 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 K-12 school and community library.


  • Lead Sunday worship and administer the Sacraments
  • Lead special services including but not limited to weddings, baptisms, and funerals
  • Lead Confirmation class
  • Advise the Sunday school, youth group and bible studies
  • Advise boards and committees as asked within the church
  • Visit the sick and shut-ins
  • Visible member of the community


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate or near completion of Seminary
  • 1-3 years of ministry experience or equivalent
  • Strong communication skills
  • Servant heart for God and people

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified in LCMC
  • Skilled musician (vocal or instrumental)

If these are beliefs and talents that you have, we would love to hear from you.  Please submit your cover letter, resume, and references by email or mail to the address below by April 1, 2022.  However, we do reserve the right to re-open the application process if the Call Committee feels it is necessary.  Sending links to taped or recorded sermons are strongly encouraged.


New Hope Lutheran Church
Attn: Jody Anderson, Call Committee
204 Court Street South
Comfrey, MN 56019


Contact: Jody Anderson
Phone:    507-276-8577
Email:      [email protected]
Position: Full-Time Pastor



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:

N urture our faith through worship, God’s Word and His Sacraments,
E ncourage people of all generations to share their gifts and talents to serve God,
W ork together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

H ear the concerns of our neighbors,
O pen our church to all people,
P roclaim God’s message of hope,
E xpress God’s Love in word and deed.

Church Name:

Hope Lutheran Church
1667  Frank Ave. SE
Huron, South Dakota  57350

Church Website:

Contact Person: Paulette White

Minimum Qualifications:

 A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, LCMC Certification and if not endorsed by Augustana District, an ability to earn endorsement. Beliefs in agreement with Hope Lutheran’s “What We Believe, Teach and Confess”

Job Responsibilities:

  • Preach and teach the Word of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments in accordance with Lutheran Confessions.
  • Conduct services as agreed upon by this congregation, i.e., regular worship, weddings, funerals and any other services as specified within the confessions of this congregation.
  • Administer the Sacraments, i.e., Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • Include both “law” and “gospel” in sermons, have a clear Biblical basis.
  • Communicate the message clearly.
  • Participate in the teaching ministry of the congregation, including Confirmation Class and Adult Bible study.
  • Develop a positive relationship with youth and minister to and encourage them to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus Christ as they grow in their faith.
  • Pray regularly for the congregation, its members and its ministry.
  • Minister to all members according to their needs, including visiting those who are home-bound, in the hospital or in care facilities and members and prospective members as appropriate.
  • Regularly engages children through children sermons including an opportunity for prayer.
  • Encourage others to find ways to serve and share their faith.
  • Bring variety into worship services through various liturgical forms, varied hymns including traditional and contemporary, the use of humor and use of drama.
  • Make both members and guests feel welcome.

Desired Personal Characteristics:

  • Is a solid Christian role model to all.
  • Works well with members and treats all members with respect.
  • Is a good listener.
  • Is receptive to and respectful of the opinions of others.
  • Is friendly and outgoing.
  • Has a strong faith in the Triune God and a firm understanding that this is his/her call from God.
  • Cooperates with the Church Council and keeps it informed of concerns and upcoming issues.
  • Uses time effectively and responds to requests in a timely manner.
  • Completes work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Is fiscally responsible.
  • Works well with and develops a positive relationship with youth of all ages.
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with the community outside Hope Lutheran and with other area LCMC pastors.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts within the church as they arise.
  • Takes adequate and meaningful time with family.
  • Is receptive to constructive criticism.

*Many items listed are taken from the form Hope Lutheran uses as a pastoral self-evaluation tool.

Please see more details and how to apply in this document.

Our Mission Focuses


Salvation Army, Helping Hands, Backpack program, Our Home, Abbott House, Plus One Guidance Center, Jan Manolis House, Life Light Performance, Lutheran Leadership, St. Dysmas, First Methodist School Supplies, Lutheran Social Services, Habitat for Humanity, Huron School District Pre-School Grants, Augustana University Worship Nights, Families in Need

Mission Projects of the Education Committee

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Boxes, Christmas Cheer Boxes for College Students, Musical Performance at Stoneybrook Living Center, Valentines for Nursing Home Residents

Mission to Hope Members/Friends

Our Daily Bread Devotional, Connections Magazine,, Member School Teachers, Turkeys for Families, First-Time Visitors Mugs

Global Missions

Augustana District Evangelist, Global Health Ministries, Samaritan’s Purse, Missionaries Luke and Denise Johnson in Thailand, New Hope Missions Funds, Tabor Congregation in Ethiopia, Start up Congregations, Lutheran Malaria Initiative, Eden Ministries, Navigators, Children’s Home Foundation, Estonia Ministers Academy, Sundance International Missionaries, Missions through Augustana District

Mission Projects of Senior High Youth

Youth Works Mission Trips to Minneapolis and Kansas City, Next Step Ministries Mission Trips to Colorado Springs and Milwaukee

Missions of the Women of Hope:

Global Health Ministries, Lutheran World Relief, Orphan Grain Train, Sponsorship of Ethiopian Evangelist of Tabor Congregations, New Hope Mission Society in India, Friends of Ngong Road in Kenya, Abbott House, Hat and Mitten Christmas Tree for Local School Children’s, Fleece blankets for Graduating High School Seniors

Administrative and Membership:

LCMC, Lutheran Core, Augustana District, Huron Chamber and Visitors, Bureau, Kiwanis, Huron Ministerial Association


St. John’s Lutheran Church | Springfield, Minnesota, United States


224 Mary Avenue
PO Box 144
Springfield MN 56087

Affiliation: LCMC

Contact: TJ Smith
Phone: 507-723-5397
E-mail: [email protected]

Position Title: Full-time Pastor


St. John’s Lutheran Church (LCMC-Augustana District), located in Springfield, Minnesota, is looking for a passionate, enthusiastic, faith filled, and a Gospel preaching pastor to serve our small-town congregation.  Springfield has a population of 2200 and is located in southern Minnesota.  There are many opportunities for our pastor to immerse themselves throughout our vibrant community. Our lovely town is home to several parks, a beautiful campground located along the Cottonwood River, multiple ball fields, golf course, walking and bike trails, grocery store and several small businesses. Springfield has so much to share. Springfield also offers a well-rounded education system with award winning arts, wellness and athletics programs housed in a Pre-K–12 grade public school as well as having a Pre-K–6th grade Catholic school.

St. John’s was founded 150 years ago by Norwegian immigrants (get ready to make lefse). Our congregation is committed by God’s word to worship, teach, serve, and reach out to all, through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. We offer a Sunday morning worship service with an average attendance of 150 (pre-COVID). Following worship and fellowship, we offer Sunday school for Pre-K through 12th grade. Other opportunities include Bible study groups, Wednesday evening confirmation classes and a 7-12th grade (Luther League) youth group.  Our church staff includes a secretary, two part-time musicians, a part-time custodian and many dedicated volunteers.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please let us know by sending a cover letter, resume, and 3 letters of reference to Kayla Moe at [email protected] The preferred candidate is certified in LCMC and is able to fulfill at minimum the following duties:

  • Lead Sunday morning worship, administer the Sacraments, and lead all special services including weddings,
  • baptisms, and funerals
  • Lead Confirmation classes
  • Lead First Communion classes
  • Participate in monthly meetings with the church council
  • Visit congregational members that are unable to physically attend worship service
  • Lead Bible studies
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to all boards and committees within the church

To learn more about St. John’s Lutheran Church or our community click on the links below. We look forward to hearing from you!

St. John’s Lutheran Church –  

City of Springfield –

Church Name: Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church

Church Address: 
101 Atlantic Avenue
P.O. Box 98
Badger, MN 56714

Church Phone: 218-528-3231

Contact Person: Mary Karl

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Badger, Minnesota is searching for a shepherd to lead our small, northwestern Minnesota flock on a part-time basis. This half-time pastoral vacancy requires 16 to 20 hours per week which includes preparing for and leading our weekly worship service in accordance with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, home and hospital visits, working with and through the members of our congregation to sustain and grow a fulfilling and Gospel centered ministry in our church home and in our small, rural community; leading us to a better understanding of the message of the Scriptures through Bible study and other teaching and counselling opportunities.

Our Redeemer’s is blessed with a faithful base of parishioners with a heart for volunteering, fellowship, mission and giving. We have a beautiful church home that is fully handicap accessible and free from debt. A housing allowance will be provided if desired. 

Church Name: New Creation Lutheran Church

Church Phone: 218.346.7203

Contact Person: Dave Howey

Pastoral Position Qualifications

  1. Effectively preach and teach the Word of God from the Holy Bible in truth and purity and rightly administer the sacraments in the Lutheran Tradition.
  2. Personal life should reflect Biblical values
  3. Have a heart for spreading the Word of God in the community to help lead the congregation in ministry and join the congregation in community involvement
  4. Help with Lay Leadership Development
  5. Help congregation with Spiritual Development
  6. Be able to oversee and direct Christian education programs for all ages
  7. Work well with the leadership and staff of the congregation
  8. Communicate effectively with worship and I.T. leaders
  9. Visit and minister to members and prospective members on a regular basis and conduct special services such as weddings and funerals
  10. Help develop small groups
  11. Be active with local ministerial association
  12. Maintain personal and professional renewal
  13. Be LCMC certified and Augustana District certified, or be willing to become Augustana certified in a timely manner

If you would like to be considered, you may send your resume, references, qualifications, experience and education, either by email or snail-mail.

Contact Details


Email Dave Howey

Mailing Address:

New Creation Lutheran Church
Attention: Dave Howey
Call Committee Chair
295 Coney Street
Perham, Mn 56573

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Big Sandy is anxiously pursuing a qualified LCMC/NALC dual-rostered minister to serve in the beautiful rural McGregor lakes area of Minnesota.  McGregor is located half way between Duluth and Brainerd and 150 miles north of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Minnesota.  Grace is seven miles north of McGregor in Shamrock Township, which has a full time population of 1215 residents and up to 3,000 seasonal residents.  With a recent 93.4% vote in favor of leaving the ELCA and joining the LCMC and NALC we seek to return to a traditional bible-centered church and want to call a pastor who will lead our congregation with the Word and grow with our Christian family.  Our mission statement is Through Grace we Grow, Spread, and Share God’s Love.  The vision development for our mission is an opportunity for our next pastor.  This congregation clearly wants to provide a faith-based Lutheran church for this community.  It should be noted that we have been growing since our vote to disassociate from the ELCA and join LCMC & NALC, even though we have not had a called pastor for over 2-1/2 years. 

Pastoral Job Responsibilities:

  • Preach the Word;
  • Administer the sacraments;
  • Conduct public worship;
  • Provide pastoral care;
  • serve as the chief evangelist in his or her ministry, and
  • Proclaim God’s love to the world.
  • Offer instruction, confirm, marry, visit the sick and distressed, and bury the dead;
  • Supervise school and organizations of this congregation;
  • Install regularly elected members of the council; and
  • With the council, administer discipline.
  • Perform job responsibilities within the established policies of the Constitutions for Grace, LCMC, and NALC.

Primary goals of our congregation

-Rekindle the growth of our congregation and church into, again, becoming a Lutheran Community church that increasingly serves the faith journey needs of area residents and outreach with a bible-centered message and involvement in preaching God’s Word.

-Our old log church has been utilized more in the past year and this will factor into future ministerial goals.  Smaller services during the week and/or Saturday nights, and small weddings are potentially great opportunities to use this resource.

-The area, formerly housing the partitioned Sunday School, has been developed into a new meeting area that is available for multiple use to meet mission goals.  We call it Reformation Hall.

-Increase musical presence with organist/pianist, choirs, and other instruments to enhance and celebrate our ministry.

-A Technology Team is needed to develop, plan, and carry out proposals to increase the use of technology to enhance and expand our ministry.  This is an opportunity for the next called minister to provide guidance in this endeavor.

-Collaborate with other area churches and organizations for outreach ministry and community cohesiveness.

Top Five Things our congregation hopes for in its next Pastor

  1. A bible-centered Pastor that wants to be at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Big Sandy and become a member of our community.
  2. Good communicator (able to speak in common terms, as well as a good listener) Ability to identify with and minister to all age groups in the congregation. Conduct visitations with current and potential members including shut-ins.
  3. Be a great “supporter” and encourager. Someone who is humble and willing to empower the congregation to find new ways to explore their sense of self and purpose.
  4. Our Pastor should be community minded.  ie: Attend community functions, develop relationships with other churches, help create ways for our youth, men and women, and children to be devoted to a Christian way of life.  Enhance and expand the positives at Grace
  5. Hold Bible studies and church services at different times if needed/desired.

*More information on our congregation and quest for our next called pastor may be found at the LCMC website where we have posted this position.  Additionally, a YouTube video of our church and community can be accessed with the following link:

*All inquiries should be addressed to Dick Rohde, Call Chair at Grace Ev. Luth. Church of Big Sandy via his email:  [email protected]  or by calling his cell at 218.429.1505 

*Applications should include a letter of introduction that addresses our job posting and a resume appropriate to the position.

We are located at: 48115 Lake Avenue, McGregor, MN 55760

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