Central Plains Mennonite Conference
Weekly Attendance: 75
Location: Mountain Lake, MN
The Role: Senior Pastor
Meet Bethel Mennonite:
At Bethel Mennonite Church, we welcome all who are spiritually weary and seek rest, all who mourn and long for comfort, all who struggle and desire victory, all who sin and need a Savior, all who are strangers and want fellowship, all who hunger and thirst after righteousness, and all who will. This church opens wide her doors and offers welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are a mid-western rural Anabaptist congregation committed to living out our faith in community. Our core beliefs are that Jesus is the center of our faith, community is the center of our lives, and peacemaking is the center of our work. Service is at the heart of our ministries, and we desire to join God where he is working.
We have a traditional worship style with some contemporary elements. We are service-minded and are setting new goals as we “Seek the Spirit, Live like Jesus, and Proclaim the Gospel” within our community. As believers, our faith is centered in Jesus as Savior, Lord. and Example. Our lives are centered in a caring, forgiving, growing community. Our work is centered in reconciling people to God and to each other.
About the Senior Pastor:
We are committed to supporting and nurturing a pastor who will encourage us and walk along with us as we serve our community. We are looking for an individual who loves people - a “people person” who will be excited to visit, build relationships and seek opportunities to be active in the local community. This person will understand and appreciate Anabaptist Theology and principles and will be willing to lead and minister according to the “Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.”
The Senior Pastor's Responsibilities Include:
Lead in cooperation with the Deacon Board and reflect and uphold Bethel Mennonite Church’s values in relationship to Central Plains Mennonite Conference of MCUSA.
Work together with and encourage the church secretary, committees and boards in their respective work, ministry, and outreach.
Public tasks will include: visit and build relationships with church members and people in the community, preach most Sundays, officiate congregational weddings and funerals, conduct catechism classes, participate in the local ministerial association, and support and participate in church and community activities.
Personal tasks will include: prayer, Bible study, spiritual retreats, continuing education, and professional development.
Once a year, the Pastor Job description will be reviewed together by the pastor and deacon board and may be modified as needed.
What You Bring:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Senior Pastor:
Education & Experience
Relevant undergraduate degree, required
Seminary degree, preferred
2+ years experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Skilled communicator and preacher
Ability to be culturally aware and relevant
Ability to relate to all generations
Theological alignment with Bethel Mennonite Church’s Confession of Faith
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
Relational / winsome
Servant heart / Mission minded
Visionary / Creative
Energy / Outgoing
Genuine / Authentic
Shepherd / Caring
What it's Like to Live in Mountain Lake, MN:
Mountain Lake, located just 45 minutes from Mankato and a mere 2-hour drive from both Sioux Falls SD and Minneapolis, emits a sense of safety that allows children to confidently walk to and from school. The town invites diversity with a warm embrace of different cultures. There are two schools, public and private, along with a library that brings people together. Essential healthcare services are readily accessible, with a clinic situated within the town limits and a comprehensive hospital, complete with a wound center and extensive outpatient facilities 10 miles away.
The level terrain provides a perfect backdrop for witnessing stunning sunrises and sunsets. The town also offers two inviting city parks, a disc golf course, and a lakeside 9-hole golf course for leisure and recreation. Nature-lovers can enjoy a scenic 5.2-mile paved trail encircling the lake, complemented by a modern fitness center. Seniors are well-served with options including independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. People eat well in Mountain Lake, with several dining establishments and a couple of food trucks.
Simply put, Mountain Lake has all the ingredients for a great family life - safety, diverse community, good schools, and plenty of fun things to do. It's the kind of place where families can truly thrive.
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