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Red Cedar Church

Lead Pastor

Rice Lake, Wisconsin

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Theology: Wesleyan

Weekly Attendance:  1350   (Rice Lake Campus: 1250;  Eau Claire Campus: 100)

Neighborhood: Rice Lake, Wisconsin

The role: The Lead Pastor will be the primary preacher/teacher of clear, practical, compelling Biblical truth to the congregation, a visionary servant leader and a model of Christ-centered leadership for the entire congregation, and will strategically and collaboratively discern the ministry priorities of both the Rice Lake and Eau Claire campuses of Red Cedar Church.

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Meet Red Cedar Church:

Red Cedar Church was born of a vision alignment, seeking to find a relevant way to reach people with the message of Christ who have given up on church or have not attended or set foot in a church for years. Red Cedar staff and volunteers are committed to doing the hard work to make it easy for weekend attenders and seekers to experience the love, awe, and wonder of Jesus.

Red Cedar has taken many steps of obedient risk throughout their history, such as having their first service in City Park, embarking on the journey of funding and building their current Rice Lake campus in 2015, and starting the Eau Claire Campus in 2018.  These endeavors, among many others, all required a huge leap of faith in which the church body has seen God’s abundant provision. God has grown the church tremendously through this concept of obedient risk--it is at the very core of Red Cedar’s DNA.

Reaching the lost has always been Red Cedar Church’s number one priority. No place is too dark, and no person is too damaged to receive God’s love. The leadership of this church believes in serving humbly, and highly values vulnerability, authenticity, and the ability to have some fun.

About the Lead Pastor:

The successful candidate will be a visionary servant leader and a model of Christ-centered leadership for the entire congregation. He or she will demonstrate the ability to strategically and collaboratively discern the ministry priorities of Red Cedar Church and empower its staff to further support the congregation in all areas of discipleship and evangelism.  

The Lead Pastor is also the primary preacher/teacher responsible to teach the congregation Biblical truth in a way that is true, clear, compelling, and practical. He or she is the church’s leader in openly partnering with the Holy Spirit.  They lead the staff by example spiritually, personally, and professionally.

The Lead Pastor will:

  • Communicate (through preaching and teaching) to the congregation and staff what God has asked them, and Red Cedar Church, to do.
  • Continue to set and guide the culture of the Red Cedar community (church and staff).
  • Provide vision and oversight for both the Rice Lake and Eau Claire campuses of Red Cedar Church.
  • Spend time connecting with, dreaming with and developing ministry leaders amongst the staff.
  • Help the church hear their heart and passion for the ministry and the direction they are headed.


What you bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Lead Pastor:    


A bachelor’s degree is required for this position, and theological training or a seminary degree is preferred.


Three or more years of experience in ministry is expected for this position. The candidate for this role will not necessarily have Lead Pastor experience, although that is a great bonus, but they will likely have church leadership experience. The ideal candidate will be familiar working in a similar sized church as Red Cedar or larger, and will have led ministry areas that have had forward momentum and growth.

Personal Characteristics  

  • An authentic and passionate Christian walk, dedicated to personal Christian growth and professional development, so as to lead by word and example
  • Has a heart for the lost and a contagious passion for seeing people come to know Jesus
  • Hears from God - they have an intimate relationship with God
  • Is a teacher/leader combination
  • Has the heart of a servant - humility
  • Is an obedient risk taker
  • Acts with grace and speaks truth together
  • Has a great sense of humor, and a playful spirit

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What it's like to live in Rice Lake, Wisconsin:

Rice Lake is a city located in Barron County,Wisconsin with a population of 8,438. Located in the beautiful Red Cedar River Valley, this area is known for its outstanding hunting, fishing, hiking, lakes, and vacationing, and serves as a dream area for those that enjoy the outdoors!

Rice Lake is a very welcoming and heartwarming city that serves as a shopping, industrial, educational, and medical hub for the surrounding rural communities of Barron, Cameron, Chetek, Shell Lake, Cumberland, Spooner, and Ladysmith.

Rice Lake has a great educational system that includes many public and private schooling options, as well as affordable housing options and family friendly neighborhoods.

This charming town has all of the amenities needed for great family living, and is within an hour’s drive of Eau Claire, a city of over 125,000 with all of the perks of a large town. The closest gateway city is Minneapolis, giving access to an international airport, professional sports, world class shopping, dining and entertainment.

All in all, Rice Lake is a great place to live and raise a family.

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