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Trinity Lutheran Church – Senior Pastor

Carrington, ND

Position Type

Senior/Lead Pastor


Lutheran (ELCA)

Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

Meet Trinity Lutheran Church:

Trinity Lutheran Church founded in 1933 is a Christian community committed to sharing the message of Jesus Christ through worship, fellowship and service.

We are Christians first and Lutherans second. As a church associated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), we are free in Christ, accountable to one another, rooted in the scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions and working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.

About the Senior Pastor:

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.

We need a Senior Pastor to lead our congregation in disciple-making and help us revitalize where we’re headed as a church.

We’re praying for a leader with Biblical knowledge and the ability to teach it, along with preaching the Gospel. We’re looking for someone with a strong moral character that is a visionary leader. In order to mesh well with our congregation, there must be an understanding of rural lifestyles and an excitement to work with people of all ages.

The Senior Pastor’s Responsibilities Include:

Regularly and faithfully pray for the congregation and its ministry.

Regularly and faithfully preach and teach the inerrant Word of God and administer the Sacraments to the congregation.

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.

Officiate at special services including weddings, funerals, nursing home services, Lenten services, and other special occasions.

Provide pastoral care for all members and others in need through visitations, counseling, and prayer.

Encourage the sharing of music by all people of all ages for the sake of enhancing the worship experience.

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.

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.

Direct Adult Christian Education through Bible studies, special series, and educational forums or workshops.

Participate in the assimilation of new members into the life of the congregation in conjunction with the Council and organizations of the congregation.

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.

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.

Serve as a resource and help foster a positive work environment for staff through coordination with the church secretary in the day-to-day administration of the church and congregation.

Supervise and collaborate with the Parish Nurse in the carrying out of our ministry.

Provide monthly pastoral reports at council meetings.

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 the Trinity congregation.

The Pastor should be available to the congregation with the understanding that there is a need for flexibility in hours based on circumstances that may 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.

What You Bring:

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

Education & Experience

4+ Years Ministry Experience (comparable experience acceptable)

Seminary required, MDiv preferable

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Tech Savvy

Good communicator

Rural Understanding / Appreciation

Administration and organizational skills

Ability to delegate

Experienced / Seasoned / Mature

Multigenerational appreciation

Ability to be available and approachable

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications


Personable / Relatable

Responsible / Trustworthy


Meaningful change agent



Flexible / Adaptable

Builder / Developer

Bible Centered

Strong morals / Character

Teachable / Learner / Humility

What it’s Like to Live in Carrington, ND:

Carrington is a progressive, yet family-focused community with a population of 2,200. Centrally located two hours from all major North Dakota cities, Carrington offers a state-of-the-art school district, a newly constructed elementary school, and unique retail including coffee and gift shops, a quilt shop, floral shops, a winery, and a locally owned gelato and cheese company. Carrington also has an affordable cost of living.

The city offers many recreational activities such as outdoor swimming, basketball and tennis courts, baseball and softball complexes, bowling, movie theater and youth center. The 18-hole CrossRoads golf course is a challenging grass greens facility that will impress novices and pros alike. It also features a scenic 5-mile recreational trail. The area is ideal for whitetail deer hunting, duck/goose hunting, shooting range/trap shooting and fishing.

Carrington is a fantastic place to raise kids and to get deeply involved with the community.