The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church


Job Description - Pastor - April 2017

I.   Job Title:  Pastor 

II.  Primary Function:

  1. To serve as Pastor to the congregation of the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church. 

II.  Summary of Duties


  1. Preach and teach the Word of God. 
  2. Preside at worship and administer the sacraments according to the practice of the Lutheran church. 
  3. Overall responsibility for worship services, in both English and Norwegian, as well as provide a written version of the sermon in each language. 
  4. Provide pastoral care to all members of the parish according to their needs, visit them as necessary, and uphold them in prayer.
  5. Give pastoral guidance as appropriate for the meetings, activities, and organizations of the congregation.
  6. Meet monthly with the Executive Committee as a member and contributor to this leadership organization.
  7. Meet monthly with the Congregational Council as a member and contributor. Submit a monthly written report with a summary of daily activities; for example: visits, meetings, classes taught, ministerial functions. Share key highlights and challenges.
  8. Attend all congregation meetings. Submit a yearly Pastor’s report for the Annual Congregational Report.
  9. Be responsible for the bulletin and all parochial statistics and report them promptly and fully, as requested by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  10. Be responsible for the editorial direction, content, appearance, and timely distribution of the church’s newsletter. Write a monthly Pastor’s column. 
  11. Should be the chair of the Leiv Eriksson International Festival committee. 
  12. Serve as an advisor to the Tuesday Open House program committee. 
  13. Encourage the congregation to support the total ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 
  14. Give special attention toStewardship.
  15. Mission of the church.
  16. Promoting Mindekirken within the Norwegian American community. 

III. Physical environment: 

  1. The workplace consists mainly of the church building, although in a broader sense, the workplace is wherever duty takes the Pastor. 


IV. Interaction with other people


  1. The supervisor is the President of the congregation.  In the absence of the President, the supervisor is the Vice-President, followed by the Chairperson of the Deacons. 
  2. Occasionally the job descriptions for the various positions within the church may overlap or fail to cover some situations.  Although most cases will be worked out informally, any irreconcilable differences should be brought to the attention of the Congregation’s President. 
  3. Monthly staff meetings are required and will be initiated, scheduled, and managed by the Pastor. 


V.  Conditions of employment


  1.  This is a full-time position.
  2. The Pastor shall schedule approximately eight hours per week as regular office hours.  These office hours shall be published.
  3. The President and Chair of the Board of Trustees will provide you with an annual review based on this job description and assist you in goal setting.
  4. The Pastoral Support Committee will meet with you on a regular basis.


VI. Requirements for employment

  1. Ordination. 
  2. Approval by the ELCA. 
  3. Experience as a Pastor. 
  4. Fluency in both English and Norwegian.

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