Do you have a leadership position in your congregation, clergy or lay, that you need to have filled? Is your church a member of Augustana District? Does your congregation have an internship opportunity available for a seminarian?
If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, we invite you to list it here on the Augustana District website.
Please include the following in your submission:
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 Sundaymorning 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
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
Scope of Responsibility:
The Director of Youth and Family Ministries will provide primary leadership for developing, implementing, evaluating and maintaining a congregation-based ministry with youth, children and their families. This position plans, coordinates and is responsible for activities, such as Sunday school, summer programs, and youth group activities. This position will have a strong focus on proactively developing relationships between and among members of families of the congregation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Please remit resume’ to:
Peace Lutheran Church
600 Kristi Lane
PO Box 817
Watertown, MN 55388
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