Job type: Full-time
Category: Senior/Lead Pastor
Location: Clear Lake, IA Post Date: November 04, 2017
Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church (CLEFC) is looking to fill its Senior Pastor position. CLEFC is located in Clear Lake, Iowa, which is in north central Iowa, 2 hours south of Minneapolis and 2 hours north of Des Moines. Clear Lake is a town of about 8,000 residents but has the feel of a resort town as it swells for 6 months of the year with people coming to enjoy lake life. Though a smaller town, Clear Lake lies in the middle of a series of connected communities and there are about 100,000 people living within 30 miles. CLEFC is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America (https://www.efca.org/). More details about the church, our vision and about our priorities in a Senior Pastor can be found at our website (www.clearlakefree.org) and in the Pastor and Church profile in the job description section of this posting.
Thanks for your interest in CLEFC. Our prayer is that God is will be honored throughout this search process and that He will bring the right leader to CLEFC. In Him,
The CLEFC Search Committee
Exact duties of the Senior Pastor will be determined based on the selected candidates specific giftings but will include typical responsibilities such as preaching, teaching, care visits, etc. A pastor/church profile has been developed and is included below:
CLEFC Pastor and Church Profile Pastor—Desired Qualities:
In his personal Life:
*Personal commitment to God and His Word.
*Loves Jesus Christ.
*A man with strength and courage of convictions. (Persecution may be coming.)
In his preaching:
*Strong, clear, Bible based preaching/teaching, with life applications for today.
*Teaches the body to love Jesus.
*Challenges us all to grow spiritually.
In his interaction with the congregation:
*A shepherd—loving, guiding, discipling, rebuking if necessary.
*Loves his flock and stimulates members to demonstrate love for each other.
*Someone that will reach out to new believers. Our Church Demographics:
*Our average attendance at Sunday morning services is: 175
*Many in our congregation have 10+ years of attendance.
*We offer both Adult and Children's Sunday School classes.
*A strength of our church is a core of solid families.
Our Church Priorities: *Our attendees place a high value on God's Word. Scripture is our standard for faith and practice.
*Our people desire strong preaching, teaching, discipleship, and evangelism.
*Programs for children and youth are a high priority, indicated by significant investment in programs such as Awana, youth groups, and outreach programs such as VBS and Kings Kids.
*We have a strong commitment to missions—international, national, local—as seen with a 25% allotment of our budget devoted to missions.
*Our Mission Statement: To make disciples by Sharing Life Transformed by Christ's Love.
*We desire to offer Small Groups, Bible studies, and social occasions that provide relational opportunities centered around God's Word. Areas in Which we Desire to Improve: *We are a welcoming congregation to people who are new. We need improvement in the assimilation, energizing, and discipling of new attendees by the existing members.
*We need to stimulate love relationships within the church—for people to have a sense of belonging to a church family, so that we would be known as a church that loves one another.
*We would like to see more balance in each of our 4 Core Values of Gospel, Mission, Worship, and Community. (For example—our mission outreach is largely international and we would like to see more focus on local missions, without losing our historical commitment to missions overseas.)
*We desire to reach out to and deliver teaching/preaching and activities that would encourage growth in the young adult age group, while maintaining commitment to our Core Values.
*We need to stimulate involvement in discipleship activities by a larger cross section of our attendees. A small percentage of people fulfill the majority of the volunteer/service needs.
How to apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and references to [email protected] This position will be officially open for applications from November 1st, 2107 through January 31st, 2018.