Church Staff Openings

Do you have a leadership position in your congregation, clergy or lay, that you need to have filled? Is your church a member of the Augustana District? Does your congregation have an internship opportunity available for a seminarian?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to list them here on the Augustana District website.

Position Opening

LIVING WORD LUTHERAN CHURCH

WE ARE:

  • An active congregation formed in 2010, that believes the Bible is God’s Word as inspired by Him, is infallible and fully inerrant in its original manuscripts and superior to all human authority. We do not shape God’s Word; God’s Word shapes us. God’s Word has never failed man. It is a perfect road map that leads to eternal life with God, through Jesus, the Word made flesh.

  • Membership of 294 and weekly attendance averaging approximately 135 members.

  • New building constructed in 2014, debt free in 2018.

  • A congregation that feels strongly about outreach ministries, supporting ministries locally and worldwide.

  • Located in Milbank, South Dakota, with a population of 3,544 people. Milbank is located approximately 2 hours north of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2 hours south of Fargo, North Dakota and 3 ½ hours west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Milbank is a progressive community that has an excellent school district and healthcare complex. Surrounded by farmland, Milbank is 10 miles from Big Stone Lake known for its walleye and perch fishing. Milbank has a family recreation center, parks, walking trails, lighted tennis courts, golf course, soccer fields, baseball complex, groomed snowmobile trails, and a trap range. Our industrial base is wide and varied with a hardware warehouse, two large cheese factories, a granite quarry, a bio-refining ethanol plant, and an electrical power plant.

PREFERRED EDUCATION:

Master of Divinity Degree from an accredited Lutheran seminary and LCMC certified (or willing to obtain certification)

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

5 or more years serving as a pastor in a Lutheran congregation

JOB DESCRIPTION:

We are seeking a Pastor who:

  • Genuinely loves God and loves people

  • Will work as a team member to further the mission of Living Word Lutheran Church, which is to uphold the Bible as God’s inerrant and holy Word, to grow in our faith and knowledge of that Word, and to be faithful witnesses who boldly proclaim its message of forgiveness of sins and salvation in Christ to others in our community and in the world

  • Will help us become a grace-filled community of believers whose lives exemplify an unfaltering faith in God and obedience to His Word along with a loving concern for others

  • Stays true to the Word, including biblical-based teaching and preaching

  • Possesses the ability to preach the Word and teach how the Gospel applies to our lives today and in the future

  • Displays strong leadership skills, having a similar vision as our church

  • Possesses the ability to lead Spirit-filled worship services that develop, grow and cultivate our faith

  • Enjoys social interaction and is willing to disciple others, taking an interest in our congregational members and our communities

In addition to normal pastoral duties the pastor shall:

  • Encourage people to participate in the ministry of the gospel

  • Regularly pray for the congregation and its ministry

  • Explore ways to bring members into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

  • Oversee all Christian education programs (Confirmation, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Adult Bible Studies)

  • Oversee visits to home shut-ins and to those in hospitals and nursing homes

  • Be available to members for counseling

  • Hold staff meetings, at least monthly, to outline goals and objectives for self and staff

  • Participate in local ministerial association and be visible in the community

COMPENSATION:

Annual salary and benefits up to $120,000, based on experience. Actual salary will be set in the call letter. Travel stipend is available. A pass to Milbank High School extra-curricular activities will be provided. LWLC does not have a parsonage, but will work with pastoral candidate on identifying that portion of compensation related to a housing allowance.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Direct supervisor to Church Secretary, Associate Pastor (if applicable), and any other paid LWLC staff (if applicable).

OTHER INFORMATION:

An Interim pastor is in place.

TO APPLY:

If, after prayerful consideration, you believe you would be a good fit for Living Word Lutheran Church, please submit your cover letter and resume to David Hepper, Call Committee Chairman, at [email protected]ail.com.

COMMUNITY-RELATED WEBSITES:

(posted: 01.16.2023)

Description:

Category: Pastoral Ministry

Subcategory: Senior Pastor

Position: Full Time / Lead Pastor

Position Type: Full Time

Location: Hope Lutheran Church l 508 Foss Ave N, Fosston, MN 56542 l 218.435.6765

Affiliation: LCMC

Mission: Our Purpose is to glorify God by worshiping, witnessing, teaching, loving, and serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

With the recent retirement of our previous pastor, Hope Lutheran Church is seeking our next pastor who will serve and lead our congregation in order that we might serve God and glorify Him through our mission.

Our Church:

Founded in 1914, Hope Lutheran Church has a long and vibrant history in the community of Fosston. Today we have 502 confirmed members with an average attendance of 70 for our Sunday morning worship service. Like many churches, we have seen a drop regarding in-person attendance compared to the years prior to the Covid pandemic, especially in regards to our young families and youth.

Our church operates with the help of several boards and committees. Our church offers a number of different education, fellowship, ministry, and service opportunities.

Our worship style would be considered fairly traditional, though we have had periods where a second service with a more contemporary style has been held.

We have been blessed with many generous and engaged members, as such we have remained financially sound throughout the past several years and continue to be debt free.

Our Facility:

We have a large building with classrooms, meeting rooms, office space, a fellowship hall, along with a beautiful sanctuary featuring recently-restored stained glass windows for our worship services. We also own a 2,240 sq ft, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom parsonage & garage with a spacious yard for a pastoral residence that sits next to our church building. We have recently completed several projects including replacement of church classroom and office windows, kitchen upgrades, A/V upgrades, along with parsonage improvements. Future project goals include: new exterior retaining wall, exterior water drainage, paved parking lot.

Church Staff:

In addition to our Pastor, our church has historically been staffed by an Administrative Assistant and a Custodian. We also have several part-time positions including: A/V Technician, Organist/Pianist, Choir Director, Bookkeeper, and Youth Leader.

Our church council is made up of several boards which include: Deacons, Trustees, Family & Youth/Education, Music & Worship. Our church is also served by several committees including: Women of Hope, Benevolence committee, Call Committee, Grounds as well as other ad-hoc committees as needed.

Ministries and Education:

  • Services are broadcast live on Facebook, Youtube, local cable, and as well as radio broadcast.
  • Visitation at area nursing homes
  • Sunday School (elementary age, with opportunities for junior high and high school students)
  • Vacation Bible School (average attendance of 40 – 60 elementary age children)
  • School Release Time (Friday morning – elementary and confirmation classes)
  • Adult Bible Studies
  • Special services including: Lenten Soup & Sandwich Services, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter Services, Christmas Eve Services, Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals
  • Choir and other special music
  • Community Partnerships Including: ecumenical holiday services in partnership with the area Ministerium*, Food Shelf Support.
  • Benevolence Committee which directs 10% of our church offering to area and world missions
  • FCA Breakfast (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), H.E.L.P. (Health Equipment Lending Program), Operation Christmas Child
  • Monthly Men’s Breakfast
  • Women of Hope: Quilting, fellowship, Bible camp scholarships, community meals

*The Ministerium is a partnership of 6 area churches that work to support the community through service projects, community worship services, and more.

Our Community: https://www.fosston.com/
School Website: www.fosstongreyhounds.com

The City of Fosston is a thriving rural community in Northern Minnesota with a population of approximately 1500 people. We have remained a vibrant community in large part due to our strong school district and local access to quality healthcare. Our school district consists of a two-campus (PreK- 6 and 7-12) school with each building having approximately 300 students. Our health care offerings include: 2 eye clinics, 3 dental clinics, 2 pharmacies, 2 chiropractors, nursing home and assisted living communities, along with a full-service clinic and hospital.

Other amenities include: movie theatre, indoor pool with public gymnasium, public golf course along with 2 others within 20 minutes, outdoor skating rink, large grocery store, vibrant industrial & manufacturing park, a vibrant arts community including 2 community theatre productions each year, public library, area folk school.

Easy access to many outdoor activities: snowmobile trails, paved walking/biking trails, fishing, hunting, 3 state forests within 50 miles including Itasca State Park and Rydell National Wildlife Refuge, as well as 20 lakes within 20 minutes.

Fosston is also home to 8 churches, many of which have a strong partnership through the Fosston Ministerium.

Strengths of Hope Lutheran Church:

  • Caring congregation that are quick to wrap each other in love and support in times of need
  • “Women of Hope – Womens’ service group that have been a backbone of our church and many of the ministry and fellowship opportunities offered by our church.
  • High-quality digital broadcast with strong engagement and reach
  • Active committee and board involvement
  • Well-attended VBS and school release time programs
  • Network of core volunteers and engaged members
  • Strong community presence and involvement in community ministries

Areas for Improvement at Hope Lutheran Church:

  • Creating a welcoming environment that reminds people of the fulfillment that comes from worshiping together instead of watching services at home
  • Building back our youth group and youth involvement overall
  • Restoring high school Sunday School opportunities
  • Creating an environment that fosters sustained engagement. We have many willing volunteers for one-time events but have a harder time securing commitment for longerterm responsibilities like Sunday School and Release Time Classes.
  • Encouraging consistency when Boards and Committees transition to new members

Pastoral Skills that would best serve Hope Lutheran Church

  • Strong Biblical and theological knowledge
  • Living a Christcentered life with a passion for spreading God’s word
  • Ability to deliver relatable, Biblicallybased sermons
  • Desire and ability to engage families & youth
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work with and delegate to committees and boards
  • Willingness to serve shut-ins and nursing home residents with at-home ministry
  • Desire to attend community and school events to build community presence

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Divinity degree from an accredited Lutheran Seminary and complete the requirements as outlined in the Hope Lutheran Church constitution and by-laws.
  • Certification with LCMC

To Apply

After prayerful consideration, if you feel called to serve and lead Hope Lutheran Church as our Pastor, please submit your resume to the call committee at [email protected]

or mail to:

Hope Lutheran Church
c/0 Call Committee/Evan Fonder 
PO Box 42
Fosston, MN 56542

(posted: 01.10.2023)

The Pastor shall provide spiritual and pastoral direction to the overall ministry and mission of Trinity Lutheran Church.  The Pastor will have primary responsibility for leading and coordinating the congregation’s worship, education, ministry programs, and the church staff.  The Pastor serves under the supervision of the Church Council and Executive Committee.

The Pastor shall:

  1. Regularly and faithfully pray for the congregation and its ministry.
  2. Regularly and faithfully preach and teach the inerrant Word of God and administer the Sacraments to the congregation.
  3. Plan and lead worship that reflects the glory of God and the truth of Jesus Christ in cooperation with the organist, musician committee, and lay participants.
  4. Officiate at special services including weddings, funerals, nursing home services, Lenten services, and other special occasions.
  5. Provide pastoral care for all members and others in need through visitations, counseling, and prayer.
  6. Encourage the sharing of music by all people of all ages for the sake of enhancing the worship experience.
  7. To teach confirmation in cooperation with the Board of Education and provide opportunities for the youth of our church to regularly meet, serve, learn, and enjoy God’s love in fellowship, service activities, fundraising, and trips.
  8. In collaboration with the Church Council, promote congregational benevolence and mission support on a local, national, and global level.  Invite all to participate in the mission of the Church so that our members, the greater community, and the whole world may come to Christ.
  9. Direct Adult Christian Education through Bible studies, special series, and educational forums or workshops.
  10. Participate in the assimilation of new members into the life of the congregation in conjunction with the Council and organizations of the congregation.
  11. Lead, administer, and manage all areas of the ministry and council along with all Church boards, employees, and committees and cultivate in them a way to embody Christ’s example of service and leadership.
  12. Provide leadership and direction to the council for long term planning and help guide them in a way that is focused on Christ and the vision statement of the congregation.
  13. Serve as a resource and help foster a positive work environment for staff through coordination with the church secretary in day-to-day administration of the church and congregation.
  14. Supervise and collaborate with the Parish Nurse in the carrying out of our ministry.
  15. Provide monthly pastoral report at council meetings.
  16. Represent Trinity Lutheran Church in the community of Carrington and beyond by participating in community affairs and volunteering to serve as time and opportunity permits with priority to Trinity congregation.
  17. The Pastor should be available to the congregation with the understanding that there is a need for flexibility in hours based on circumstances that arise.  Visits and calls may include evenings and weekends, with intense schedules possible.  Office presence is essential as well for accessibility by church members and staff.

APPLICANT DETAILS

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to [email protected]

or send by snail mail to:

Trinity Lutheran Church
ATT: Jennifer Wede
100 Poplar Ave 
Carrington, ND 58421

Questions? Please get in touch with Jennifer Wede

(posted 10/14/22; updated 01/06/23)

SENIOR PASTOR

Faith Community Lutheran Church of the
LCMC Slayton, Minnesota

Our community seeks an Ordained Minister or one who has met the commonly held standards for clergy, recognized and/or licensed as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or a leader who can provide proof of ongoing study towards that goal.

Called Pastor(s) will become and be considered a member of this congregation but will have no voting power.

We are a new congregation, having established as a parish in 2021, lay-led. Many of our members were once dedicated members of an ELCA congregation who felt called to step away from the edicts of the ELCA. Those were difficult times of hard decisions made and friendships strained. Now, we strive to be mindful only of our future as we move forward together to establish our place in the community. We want very much to be Christ-filled, Christ led, Christ centered.

We have approximately 74 families listed as members, representing roughly 244 persons. Our Sunday School program supports 70 children ages pre-school to Confirmation, with 33 young adults in the Confirmation program.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF PASTORAL LEADER(S)

1. Preach and teach the Word of God as revealed in the Old and New Testaments;
2. Conduct weekly worship services as agreed upon by this congregation: Celebrate Holy Communion regularly, Administer the Sacraments of Holy Baptism as needed, Preside over confirmations, Officiate at weddings and funerals, and Provide other services that will support this congregation;
3. Assist in the teaching ministry of this congregation so that together, all may be strengthened in the faith and love for Jesus Christ;
4. Teach, prepare and nurture the young people as they seek to know God and become eligible for the Rite of Confirmation;
5. Minister to all the members of this congregation according to their needs, visiting members as a service of pastoral care, and providing Communion to those who are unable to bodily join in worship;
6. Lead, inspire, train and equip members of this congregation in fulfilling their responsibilities to witness for Christ in their neighborhoods, their towns, the county and beyond;
7. Partner with other Ministry Teams or organizations of this congregation attending such gatherings when invited;
8. Seek out other ways of serving the community, enlisting the help of any other congregation support system as needed;
9. Record promptly and properly all pastoral acts in accordance with the traditions of this congregation –i.e., baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals, communion and membership for the purposes of historical records. Such recordings and record keeping may become the responsibility of a designated layperson, at the pastor’s discretion and with Church Council approval;
10. Serve as an advisory member of the Church Council, engaging with Council Members as necessary, but having no voting power.\

The community of Slayton offers:
• County seat for Murray County including the Murray County Fairgrounds, used year-round by various organizations
• Murray County Central Schools, including Early Childhood through 12th grade (Go, Rebels!)
• Murray County Medical Center with state-of-the-art hospital and medical clinic services plus local chiropractors, dentists and optometrists
• Active Chamber of Commerce supported by a variety of vibrant downtown businesses including a fitness center, 2 banks, shops, a lumber yard, CPA’s, attorneys and more
• Community Center, Library, Fire Department, Ambulance Services
• A variety of family restaurants
• Family-owned grocery store
• A community swimming pool, three city parks, area recreational lakes
• Annual community events including the County Fair, the Autumn Boutique, Draft Horse competitions and many annual parades and celebrations held in Slayton and neighboring communities
• Local private airport
• Six local churches of various faiths
• Local golf course, plus others nearby
• Public Library with computer lab and meeting rooms
• Senior Living, Senior Center and a Hospice Center
• Very active 4-H Clubs, Friends of the Library, Slayton Historical Society, summer softball, a fun-loving (mostly adult) community band
• Kiwanis, Lions Club (nearby Hadley), Slayton Women of Today, Masonic Lodge
We are located in the SW corner of Minnesota, only 80 minutes from Sioux Falls, SD, their airport and shopping conveniences. We are also just 42 minutes from Marshall, MN, home to the Southwest State University campus and also Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Minneapolis/St Paul is north, a bit over 3 hours away! And, heading east, Rochester and the Mayo Clinic is also just a 3 hour drive.

Questions? Contact Liz Schuur via email

(posted 10/13/22; updated 01/06/23)

Director of Worship and Connection Ministry
Living Word Lutheran Church was founded out of a deep conviction to the Living Word of God, the Bible, His Word which is Holy.  Our church family supports one another and spreads the Good News so it is critical that this position worships weekly and prays daily for the church, its members, and its ministry while exploring ways to bring people into a personal relationship with Christ and grow in their faith. Living Word Lutheran Church is affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), and the Augustana District of LCMC.

The Director of Worship and Connection Ministry position is responsible to create the vision for worship ministry at LWLC, and to oversee and coordinate all aspects of the worship experience, under direction of the Senior Pastor. To be rooted in scripture and grow through worship, prayer, study, fellowship, and service to joyfully proclaim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Worship Responsibilities:

  • Provide vision for the worship life of LWLC, in coordination with the Senior Pastor, staff, and associated boards.
  • Plan weekly and holiday services and other special worship gatherings in coordination with sermon series, themes, and key verses.
  • Lead (and train others to lead) weekend and holiday worship, including music, spoken word, and prayer.
  • Directly lead Sunday worship 75% of the time. On non-worship leading Sundays, work in the sound booth and train other volunteers.
  • Lead (and train others to lead) worship for kids, youth, and other ministries.
  • Recruit, mentor, schedule, and release musicians. Coach worship team members both musically and spiritually.
  • Organize, schedule, and lead regular rehearsals with musicians and worship teams.
  • Recruit, coach, train, and schedule the team of volunteers for sound, video streaming, and computer presentation.
  • Choose, arrange, and introduce music to the worship team and congregation. Direct the performance of the music.
  • Prepare (or arrange for preparation of) video display presentation for each worship gathering.
  • Arrange for worship-related funeral, wedding, and other special event needs.
  • Attend the monthly Worship & Music Board and Communications & Media Technology Board meetings, serving as staff liaison. Report these activities and needs to the Church Council.
  • Maintain daily devotional time and participate in ongoing personal development in knowledge of materials, methods, and techniques in the field of worship ministry.
  • Introduce, manage, and enhance the use of the worship-related technology, including but not limited to technologies such as Planning Center Online, Song Show Plus, YouTube, CCLI, video, live streaming, and lighting.
  • Working in conjunction with the Office Manager, oversee social media and the ongoing video production and communication of the church.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Communications & Media Technology Board as needed to purchase and implement technology.
  • Other duties as assigned and detailed in performance standards for the position.

Connection Responsibilities:

  • New Members – visitors and connecting New Members to Living Word
    • Work in conjunction with the Office Manager to identify possible New Members
    • Following up with visitors
    • Organizing New Member Class
    • Helping with New Member Sunday
    • Connecting New Members with members for fellowship and encouragement, as well as helping them realize their gifts and matching their gifts with the needs of the church
  • Members – fellowship and living out their gifts
    • Connecting people to one another for fellowship and spiritual growth
    • Connecting people to service and ministry opportunities
    • Train people to serve/volunteer in some of the below roles:
      • Offering Counters
      • Hospitality (Ushers, Greeters, Information Center, Cookie/Coffee Servers)
      • Communion Assistants
      • Nursery Staff & Volunteers
      • Maintain and help organize events/opportunities where people serve and connect with each other
  • Maintain and Organize Life Groups
    • Help train leaders
    • Connect new members and current members into life groups
  • Research/Develop/Lead Adult Mission Trips

Qualifications:

  • A clear testimony of personal faith in, and a disciple of, Jesus Christ.
  • Any collegiate/university degree – Bachelor’s or master’s degree in music, biblical studies, or other applicable focus is preferred; or 3+ years previous experience leading worship ministry – or equivalent combination of training, skills and experience.
  • Strong ministry gifts, passion, and heart for worship leadership, good people skills – engaging, warm and inviting.
  • Excellent vocal and guitar or keyboard gifts
  • Knowledge of basic music theory
  • Strong understanding of current trends in worship as well as a deep respect for the liturgical structure of worship. Appreciation for contemporary worship music as well as hymns and traditional sacred music.
  • Leadership gifts of casting vision and team building
  • Knowledge of the technical aspects of worship (sound, video display, video capture, streaming, etc.)
  • Excellent communication, planning, and organization skills
  • Ability to initiate and maintain supportive relationships and a Christian lifestyle that can serve as an example to others
  • Biblical literacy and demonstrated fidelity to LWLC’s Statement of Faith (https://www.livingwordmarshall.org/statement-of-faith/)
  • Worship/Ministry degree preferred but not required

Application Process:

Please return completed Cover Letter, Resume, Application, and a video link or attachment of you leading worship to Ron Bortnem via email, mail, or by turning it into the church office. If you choose to mail or physically turn in your application, other arrangements can be made to submit a video.

Mailing address:

Living Word Lutheran Church
Attn: Ron Bortnem
800 E Southview Ct
Marshall MN 56258-0751

Email: [email protected]

(posted 10/13/22; updated: 01/06/23)

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lamberton Minnesota is seeking an organist who will be able to play for regular Sunday worship and other special services.  Please contact Char Graff at 507.829.0105. Applicant Submission Details Mailing Address:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church — LCMC 805 Birch St. P.O. Box 67 Lamberton, Minnesota 56152-0067

(posted August 1, 2022; updated: Jan 9, 2023)

Christ the King Snapshot

Overview
The people of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, Minnesota are excited to amplify their reach into their community through ministry, service and the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are eager to call a new Lead Pastor who resonates with their mission, “Mercy Reigns,” to lead them to be the compassionate and merciful hands and feet of Jesus to their community.

The Big Idea
The state of ministry at Christ the King is strong and healthy, yet there is much potential to be realized. Community outreach is highly valued and is having a positive impact as the church truly seeks to serve and help others. Christ the King is blessed with a quality team. The new Lead Pastor will have the opportunity to assess current ministries and work with other capable leaders, including two Associate Pastors, to ensure the impact of the church and its ministries are purposeful and transforming. This individual will help to improve or elevate the good things that exist in the church, and to work well with the team to creatively advance effective ministries. This individual will promote organizational clarity, clear expectations and advanced planning with the team so everyone is on the same page and working together to execute and follow through.

The Church
Affiliation: Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and the Augustana District.

Attendance: 450

About: Three worship services are offered each weekend, two traditional (Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8:15 a.m.) and one contemporary (Sundays at 10:45 a.m.). Sermons are biblically grounded and help people grow as disciples in daily life. They are also no more than 20 minutes in length. The church also offers Kings Kids Christian Preschool, a well-respected program that enrolls about 120 students each year. The church led by a Church Council and is served by two Associate Pastors and a staff of four FT/nine PT employees, which includes the Kings Kids preschool teachers.

The Candidate
The ideal candidate will be an experienced pastor who loves people and enjoys being their pastor. This individual will be patient and allow people time to build trust by listening and learning their stories and family. They will understand and value historic ways of operating while challenging and motivating people to stretch and move in new ways. This pastor will preach and teach Biblical truths in a way that are easily understood, inspiring people of all ages to live what they learn in daily life. It is important that this person enjoy working with other capable pastors and ministry leaders, bringing the skills necessary to effectively empower, equip and manage the team. As a person who cares about their community, the ideal candidate will desire to partner with others and extend the work of the church into the communities that surround it. He or she will exercise compassion toward people and embrace the mission to see “mercy reign”.

The Location
Located an easy one-hour drive west of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, Hutchinson, MN is a beautiful hometown to more than 14,000 residents. Close enough to the amenities of the city, but far enough away to enjoy a slower pace of life, “Hutch” as it is affectionately known, is nestled along the banks of the South Fork of the Crow River. The largest city in McLeod County, its agricultural roots are enhanced by local manufacturing, a community/technical college, restaurants and shopping options, which make it an economic hub in the region. Great schools and a moderate cost of living make Hutchinson a great place to call home.

The Qualifications
Theologically aligned with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ affiliation and endorsement by the Augustana District; A theological Master’s degree, minimum; Talent and passion for biblical teaching and communication both from the pulpit and leading/teaching Bible studies; Ability to provide relationally-strong shepherding to the Body; Preference for a collaborative team-based approach to ministry and leadership; Ideally, an experienced Pastor in a multi-staff setting with leadership experience, regular preaching opportunities, and oversight of paid staff and volunteers.

Next Steps
Contact: Kara Bubar
NL Moore & Associates
[email protected]
865-200-7983

(posted: Jul 21,2022, updated: Jan 5, 2023)

The Mission of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is to demonstrate Christ’s Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry to the needs of the people of this church and the community.

Our Church

The congregation at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Lamberton, is a single-point parish with one pastor. Our pastor has taken another call and we trust that the Lord is preparing our next pastor who will lead our congregation and be a part of our family and community. We are also confident that the Lord is preparing the congregation of Our Savior’s and the community of Lamberton to recognize, welcome, and support our next pastor.

Our Savior’s recently celebrated our 50th year together in service to Christ. The congregation has a nice mixture of single adults, young families, empty-nesters, and elders, and averages 78 people at Sunday worship with a total 452 confirmed congregational members. Although we were a traditional congregation, we are moving towards more contemporary worship.

We have an active congregation with many volunteers filling all the various needs of a church. Stewardship is also high, and we’ve been able to repair the church roof, cement our large parking lot, and are currently working on new classroom dividers for Fellowship Hall. Our Savior’s owns a very nice 4–5-bedroom, 2-bathroom parsonage with an attached double garage located a short distance from the church. At the present time we are remodeling the kitchen in the parsonage. Our church is debt-free with funds in savings and trust accounts.

OSLC ministries:

  • Facebook and website
  • Mission envelope giving with a different mission each month
  • Weekly Bible study at OSLC with local churches
  • Once a month services at a neighboring nursing home
  • Rally Day Sunday potluck & celebration
  • Streamed and recorded services
  • 3 confirmation classes that meet Wednesdays after school
  • 9:00am service with 10:15am Sunday School
  • Holy Communion 1st and 2nd Sundays
  • Updated LCMC “Reclaim” hymnals
  • Children’s Message, bulletins, and activity bags at Sunday worship
  • Luther League for older kids that include retreats and mission trips
  • Women’s Group and Bible Study
  • Media screens and software for worship
  • Vacation Bible School for the community

Our Community

The City of Lamberton is a community of 800 residents combining agriculture, industry, history, civic activities, recreation, and small-town charm for a wholesome and fulfilled lifestyle, making it an ideal place to reside or raise a family. This summer we are celebrating Lamberton’s 150 year with a weekend-long celebration including adult and kid activities, a flea market, grand parade, bands, food trucks, volleyball/baseball/basketball games and tournaments, contests, an all-school reunion, and loads of fun. In November 2021, district residents supported a referendum for $41 million towards a new PreK-12 school building to be built in Lamberton.

The community of Lamberton offers:

  • A swimming pool
  • A river park & campground and a city park
  • Red Rock Central Schools, ranked as the 54th best MN school by U.S. World & News Report
  • Community Center, Library, Fire Department, Ambulance Services
  • Civic Groups including Lions, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of American Legion, Legionnaires, Lamberton Commercial Club, 4-H Clubs, Scouts, Lamberton Area Community Foundation, Friends of the Library, Lamberton Ambulance Association, Lamberton Firemen’s Relief Association, Swimming Pool Committee, Kuhar Park Committee, Lamberton Historical Society, summer softball & volleyball teams
  • Annual summer community events Hot Iron Days, Hinterland Art Crawl, Taste of the Season & Parade of Lights
  • Seven area churches
  • Three golf clubs within twenty miles
  • A fitness center
  • A Medical Clinic
  • Amateur baseball team, the Lamberton Long Sox
  •  A Nursing Home

Responsibilities of OSLC Pastor

  • Serve as our Spiritual leader and Christian role model
  • Prepare and lead Sunday morning (1 service at 9:00am), Advent and Lenten services
  • Be available and willing to conduct counseling sessions, perform weddings, baptisms & funerals
  • Provide communion on the first and second Sunday of the month
  • Teach confirmation in accordance with Luther’s Small Catechism; three classes after school on Wednesdays during the school year
  • Have a presence at Sunday School, Youth Group, and other youth activities
  • Mentor other staff members and volunteers to help grow and develop our youth programs and guide additional opportunities for the spiritual growth of the whole congregation
  • Develop meaningful relationships with members of our congregation, other area churches, and the community overall
  • Make home, assisted living, nursing home, and hospital visits to those members who are confined and provide communion to those who are unable to attend worship services
  • Serve and provide leadership and advice to the church council (1st Wednesday of each month), Worship & Music Team, Life, Growth & Stewardship Team, Board of Education, Property Committee, Trust Committee, Women’s Group, Youth Group
  • Implement ministries that reach out to the unchurched, inactive, and new area residents of our community with the Good News of Jesus Christ
  • Direct church secretary, janitor, organist, and caretaker
  • Assist church secretary in maintaining church records
  • Attend and become involved in community and school events

CHAT Survey Results: to prepare for this call, our congregation very recently completed the CHAT survey, that helped assess the strengths and priorities of OSLC.

Top Strengths of OSLC

  • Stewardship & Generosity: the church that stewards the abundant love of Christ in tangible ways will experience the joy of seeing how personal and financial gifts are multiplied for the glory of God.
  • Wise Administration & Accountability: there is a utilization of appropriate facilities, equipment, and systems to maximize support for the growth and development of the church’s ongoing ministry.
  • God-Exalting Worship: the experience of gathering together for worship as the people of God Is refreshing and renewing, uplifting and meaningful.

God’s Empowering Presence: the church actively seeks the direction and empowerment of the Holy Spirit for its daily life and ministry.

Top Areas of OSLC in Need of Improvement

  • Networking with the Body of Christ: connecting with others of like mind and heart in places where Christ-centered worship, community service opportunities, church facilities and training events can all be shared in a spirit of cooperation and collective witness.
  • Spiritual Disciplines: Teaching members how to maximize their personal time with the Lord in prayer, Scripture, and reflective disciplines will lead them into a deeper walk of faith.
  • An Outward Focus: this may include reaching out evangelistically to unchurched neighbors, serving the tangible needs of people in impoverished communities, practicing hospitality to internationals living in our country, and/or supporting missionaries in other parts of the world.
  • Servant- Leadership Development: begin fresh initiatives that will assist members in discovering their God-given gifts, provide places to utilize their gifts, train in the development of gifts, and commission members to serve God in a vast array of ministry arenas within and outside the local church. 

Minimum Qualifications
This pastor will have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited Lutheran seminary and complete the requirements as outlined in the congregational bylaws.

To Apply
If after prayerful consideration you believe you (or someone you know) are interested in becoming our next Pastor, please submit your resume to the call committee at [email protected] or mail to the attention of the call committee at:
OSLC
805 Birch Street
P.O. Box 67
Lamberton, MN 56152

(posted: June 30, 2022; updated: Jan 9, 2023)

Faith Lutheran Church is seeking a LCMC certified, full-time Pastor to serve the congregation and community. We are looking for a shepherd to guide us and lead us in the post-covid era and revitalize our ministries. We are seeking a bible-based preacher and educator to share our love of Christ.

Faith is a country church where 50-60 people gather weekly to worship and grow and then scatter to share the Good News of Jesus. Faith is a member congregation of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and recently voted to align with the Augustana District.

Monticello Minnesota is a major town on the interstate freeway with a population of almost 14,000. We are continuing to grow with many amenities, restaurants, stores, and especially housing. Monticello has shopping with Target, Walmart, Cub grocery, and more. We have Eastview Education center, two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. There are approximately 4,000 students in our public school system.

We seek a candidate who brings insight, enthusiasm and spiritual maturity, with a strong personal and spiritual grounding. We seek someone who truly enjoys meeting with and working alongside all ages. Our active faith community will welcome a leader with strong articulation skills, a compassionate heart and help us to grow in faith and service and to fulfill our mission.

We have a part time secretary and active committees that support the financial and structural foundation of our church life.

Minimum qualifications:

Master of Divinity degree from an accredited Lutheran seminary and complete the requirements as outlined in the bylaws of LCMC. Our pastor should have proper LCMC certification with a preference to be a member of the Augustana District.

Congregational Information Congregation Council

President is Kim Garberich.
Phone: 763-639-5498
Email: [email protected]

Call Committee Chair: Mike Bregenzer
Phone: 320-250-0379
No Email available

Alternate Call Committee contact:
Dane Hasbrouck
Phone: 763-325-3023
Email: [email protected]

Events or developments that are important from the history of our congregation:

  • Church was founded in 1890 as a Swedish Lutheran Church.
  • We have supported a solo Pastor since 1980.
  • We were ELCA, then transitioned to LCMC in 12/6/2009 and joined the Augustana District Jan, 2022.
  • Construction of original building was around 1890. The 1986 addition added indoor bathrooms and a second story over the old entry. The 1995 addition added a pastors office, new entry a kitchen and some classroom. The 2006 addition added a parking lot, classrooms, Fellowship room, Nursery, bathrooms, pastors office, secretary’s office, kitchen, entry, Narthex and larger Sanctuary.
  • A trend in our Congregational demographics is a decline in youth and young adults since about 2017.
  • Congregational Constitution was last updated 1/24/2016.

Ministry Practices, Structure, and Future Worship

  • Current Sunday Worship is at 10:00 am, is a traditional style service and average attendance is 50 to 60 worshippers.
  • We have offered 2 worship services in the past, one traditional and one contemporary service. At this time we are transitioning to a more blended service.
  • We serve Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
  • We hold services on Wednesday nights during Lent.
  • We have previously offered a service on Wednesday or Thursday night during the week.
  • We have held combined Lenten worship services with Silver Creek Community Church (a congregation in a nearby town).

Education

  • We hold an Adult Bible Study before Sunday worship at 9:15 am.
  • Sunday School is held after the worship service.
  • Confirmation classes are held on Wednesday evenings.
  • We have held Vacation Bible School in August.
  • We have a Thursday morning women’s bible study.
  • We have a subscription to “Right Now Media”.
  • We hold a CCLI license for music, and a Onelicense for the LBW.

Evangelism

  • Our Faith Lutheran Fall Festival held in September, is our biggest outreach activity. It is outdoors and is advertised to the public. We have a good public attendance for this event.
  • We have had a booth at the Monticello Walk-n-Roll event to support the local community and get some exposure. This is a community outreach event for businesses and services. We hand out homemade crosses, water and informational brochures about Faith Lutheran.
  • We have participated in community outdoor worship in Ellison Park, Monticello’s largest city park.
  • We have had a float in the Monticello River City Days parade in July.
  • We have a Facebook page and Website.

Special Ministries

  • Special ministries have included area nursing home visits and worship services.
  • We have a Christmas Hat tree at Christmas time for those in need.
  • We participate in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.
  • We collect items for the local Food Shelves.
  • We have had a choir, but none currently.
  • We have had an Intern a couple of times, to help us encourage involvement and outreach.
  • We utilized a radio broadcast and Facebook Live during the pandemic but have since discontinued.
  • We have a Good Samaritan program for delivery of meals to the home bound.

Present Staffing

  • Paid staff consists of a Pastor, and a Church Secretary.
  • Our organist receives a stipend.
  • Snow removal is paid.
  • Custodial services are currently done by volunteers.
  • Mowing and grounds keeping is volunteer.
  • In the past five years, the congregation has not conducted a process to review its’ ministry goals.
  • The mission of Faith Lutheran is to “Reach people, young and old, who need Christ in their lives, and to help them Know, Love and Serve Christ”.

Structure

  • No building program is projected at this time.
  • The building may need power doors for the Main entry to provide accessibility.
  • The entry curbs are sloped, and the main building is on one level with no stairs. The original building is 120 years old with ongoing issues, but it is in good condition. The original building does have a stairway to a second floor (no lift or elevator).
  • There are opportunities for technology upgrades.
  • The parking lot is going to need replacement and resurfacing.
  • A Stewardship drive is held in the Fall of each year.
  • As a congregation, we tithe 10% of the monthly congregational giving to organizations of the Council’s choosing. Currently we contribute to 8 different missions. We are not limited to those, and we are always looking for good ways to expand or change our giving opportunities.
    We have a mortgage run-down program in place. We are trying to pay down our mortgage as quickly as possible to free up funds to be used in beneficial ways.
  • A copy of our Annual Report is available upon request.

Congregations needs and strengths

We are a rural congregation, located north of Lake Maria State Park. So, location may be a challenge. There are several church choices in the City of Monticello (about 9 miles away), as well as other surrounding communities.

At Faith Lutheran we have dedicated people, who love the Lord Jesus Christ in a Bible based environment. We are a truly caring congregation. We truly try to take care of each other and anyone that comes to our attention.
We are not aware of any process that is unique to our congregation as it pertains to calling a Pastor.

Our greatest need is a pastor with sound Biblical teachings.

Faith Lutheran is asking God to call a Pastor that will lead and help us grow in faith in Christ, and serve others in the community.

Please see the attached list of strengths and challenges from our Congregation Vision Sessions (see below) that our congregation has identified.

God’s blessings as you consider this Call to Faith Evangelical Lutheran of Silver Creek Township.

We, as a congregation, truly strive to reach out to people of all ages who need Jesus in their lives. We are always looking for ways to help people to get to know Jesus as their Savior and to find ways to help us all grow in and serve Christ.

(Posted: 05/31/22; Updated 01/06/23)

Zion Lutheran Church (LCMC) Kerrville, Texas is looking for a Solo Pastor who will bring a balanced ministry of preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Kerrville, Texas sits in the midst of the Texas Hill Country in the beautiful Guadalupe River valley.

Kerrville is an hour from San Antonio, two hours from Austin, and Fredericksburg, The Capital of the Texas Wine Country, is only 30 minutes away. Kerrville also has multiple Christian children’s camps within a short radius of the city.

Zion Lutheran Church has a long history beginning with the German settlers over 120 years ago. Currently, Zion is an active, multi-generational congregation averaging 140 attendances for worship. There are numerous active ministries including Sunday school for ages 4 to adult, ladies Bible study, mission’s ministry that includes local mission initiatives and high school mission trips, Vacation Bible school, confirmation classes, quilting group, vibrant music teams, visitation communion assistants, weddings and funerals, and Zion Children’s Ministry community daycare. Our building is also actively used by many groups in our community.

The financial standing of Zion Lutheran Church is strong and consistently meets annual budget goals for operations.

The church staff includes a full-time secretary, volunteer coordinator, youth leader, custodians, part-time music and worship leader, choir director, organists, praise team leader and financial secretary.

Our newly constructed sanctuary was opened in 2001 and will seat approximately 400. The exterior of the new sanctuary features an all-limestone facade common to the Texas Hill Country and the interior of the building provides a state-of-the-art communication technology. Our old sanctuary remains as an all-purpose room. Our property has offices, Sunday school rooms, a choir practice room as well as a smaller fellowship hall. We also own a house that sits on our property that houses a para-church ministry. Zion’s daycare facility sits independent of our church building and provides ministry to children of the community. We average 75 children ages 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. The ministry employs a director, an assistant director, and about 16-18 staff.

For viewing our website go to www.zionkerrville.org

Responsibilities:
The Pastor of our church will lead worship services, encourage spiritual development confirmation classes, provide support and pastoral care in times of need including visits to hospitals and nursing homes, and encourage member to participate in fellowship and outreach programs.

Minimum Qualifications
This pastor will have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary.

Other qualifications we are seeking from a candidate are:

  • Committed to the authority of the Bible
  • Committed follower of Christ in all aspects of life who engages in daily prayer, scripture and seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
  • Relational, approachable, loves people and has a sense of humor
  • Will prepare biblically-based sermons to inspire and challenge the congregation
  • Has a heart for the lost and will make efforts to reach the unreached in our community

We are asking you to send the following by mail or email (Attn: Call Committee)

  1. Cover letter explaining why you feel God is calling you to this position.
  2. Resume that includes contact information and education background
  3. Work experience inside and outside the church, with dates and job responsibilities.
    • Mail to:
      Zion Lutheran Church
      Att. Call Committee
      624 Barnett St.
      Kerrville, Texas 78028
    • Email to: [email protected]

(posted: 5/17/2022 updated: 01/2023)

Samhold (which means HOLD TOGETHER) is in the community of Gonvick, Minnesota.  Gonvick is a town of 300.  We are a farming community as well as a central location for the pipelines, which keeps our economy steady.

Our area has many opportunities for recreation such as hunting, fishing. Our Clear Waters Life Center offers local art studios for pottery, mosaic and other creative outlets, as well as Christian counseling or book groups.  Pickle ball is also a big hit in Gonvick.  We are 50 miles from Bemidji Minnesota which has many attractions as well.

While traditional liturgy, hymns and vestments with occasional special music is what you would commonly find on Sunday morning, at times one might discover a congregation gathered at the park or rodeo grounds to offer praise and worship in a different light, and to involve the larger community.

On a Weekly basis we host Sunday School, youth group, WNALC/WNALC, Bible Study as well as church services.

Our new pastor should:

  1. Enjoy and embrace small town life with all its challenges and rewards.
  2. Be ready to help us rebuild and expand our congregation.
  3. Help us be good stewards of our financial resources in ways that glorify God.
  4. Consistent visitation with those who need pastoral care, as well as involvement with youth.

The Parsonage that is available for our new pastor is undergoing complete renovation, with new Kitchen, appliances, Flooring, and Doors.  It is a lovely 4 bedroom, 2 bath with a full basement and a yard that is large and ready for gardening and play space.  It is also located conveniently next door to the church.

There is so much more to know about us, we hope to hear from you soon!

We are ready to welcome you with God’s Love,
Pam, Denise, Ben and JoAnn
Samhold Call Committee

Samhold Lutheran Church
259 N Ave, PO Box 69
Gonvick, MN 56644

Email us 

(updated: 01.11.23)

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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Description:

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

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.

Address:

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

Online:    www.facebook.com/NewHopeLutheranChurchlcmc/

Appendix

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.

(updated: 01/06/2023)

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

Website: www.ourredeemersofbadger.org

Description:
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.

(updated: 01.11.23)

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