Job Description: Senior Pastor

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First Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI

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POSITION: _______Senior Pastor

Position Purpose: The Senior Pastor is to provide spiritual and pastoral leadership to the membership of First Lutheran Church. The Senior Pastor will serve as the chief administrator of the congregation so that it might fulfill its mission and purpose as the body of Christ. The Senior Pastor will preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments and give primary leadership in the ministries of Worship, Administration, Stewardship, and Outreach.

Supervision: The Senior Pastor serves under the supervision of the Church Council.

Responsibilities: Subject to review and adjustment in conjunction with the Church Council, the following constitute the major responsibilities of the Senior Pastor:

I. Worship

  1. To regularly preach and teach the Word of God and administer the Sacraments in the congregation.
  2. To plan and lead worship in conjunction with the other pastors of the parish, the minister of music, and the Board of Worship and Music.
  3. To officiate at special services such as weddings, funerals, nursing home services, etc.
  4. To work with the minister of music to develop and maintain a music program for all ages and to integrate music into worship and other areas of the congregation.

II. Administration

  1. To oversee the administration and management of all areas of the congregation's ministry in consultation with the Church Council and appropriate boards, committees and staff.
  2. To support and assist the Associate Pastor(s) and staff who have primary responsibility in the ministries of education, youth, social action, pastoral care, fellowship, health, and older adults.
  3. To support, supervise, manage and evaluate, in conjunction with the Human Resource Committee and Church Council, the staff of the congregation. Participate in the screening and hiring of non-ordained staff and calling of ordained staff. To build a sense of team-work among church staff and hold regular staff meetings to coordinate the ministries of the church and facilitate communication.
  4. To work with the Board of Property to see that the facilities of the church are functional and in good repair.
  5. To serve as the staff representative to the following:

Board of Worship and Music

First Lutheran Church Foundation

Board of Property

Men of First Lutheran Church

Board of Business Management

Altar Committee

Board of Stewardship

Outreach Committee

Human Resources Committee

III. Stewardship

  1. To work with the Stewardship Board to promote, educate, and advocate responsible biblical stewardship in the congregation.
  2. To assist the Church Council and Business Management Board with financial matters of the congregation.
  3. To oversee and promote congregational benevolence and mission through ongoing synodical support and by meeting community needs as they arise.

IV. Outreach

  1. To work with the Outreach Committee to implement ministries that reach out to the unchurched, inactives and new residents of our community with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. To direct the assimilation of new members into the life of the congregation in conjunction with the boards, committees and organizations of the congregation.
  3. To encourage all organizations and ministries of the church to carry out their work with an emphasis on welcoming others to participate in the mission work of Christ.

V. General Pastoral Responsibilities

  1. To provide pastoral care by assisting the Associate Pastor(s) and in conjunction with other staff, boards committees, and member care-givers through visitation, counseling, and prayer
  2. To make appropriate referrals when necessary and quickly respond to crisis situations which arise in the congregation.
  3. To assist the Associate Pastor in teaching children, youth, and adults in the Christian education program of the congregation.

Working Conditions

The position of Senior Pastor requires great flexibility in hours available for work, including evenings and weekends. The pastor should be in the office a sufficient amount of time for accessibility to members of the congregation and for regular communication with members of the church staff.

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