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Senior Pastor

Job Description

New Life Christian Church is seeking a Senior Pastor who is able to passionately communicate the Word of God through preaching and teaching; who can lead, inspire and organize staff and members while providing vision and discipleship; and who can compassionately shepherd, equip and unite the church body as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

New Life Christian Church’s Senior Pastor will strategically lead this congregation, devoting himself to prayer and the ministry of the Word by the Holy Spirit. His character – above reproach, temperate, hospitable, managing his own house well, not self-willed, not quick tempered – will be an example to the congregation and will protect the gospel witness in our community.

He will faithfully shepherd the members of New Life Christian Church, seeking their growth to spiritual maturity, and equipping them for the work of the ministry and outreach to the community. He will guard against false teaching and straying from the faith. He will encourage the church in following the commission in Matthew 28:18-20. He will lead, knowing he will give an account to God for his stewardship, submitting himself to the authority of God’s Word.

New Life Christian Church is a small congregation of believers in the Restoration Movement Fellowship of Churches. We are located in southern Minnesota, in the town of Albert Lea. We are not simply “family oriented” but strive always to be a true family formed in the Lord. We honor and love the Word of God and will always seek its application in truth and in love. We are a part of the Body of Christ…not perfect in and of ourselves but growing in His perfect likeness and love. We desire to grow through engaging our community and equipping church members to fulfill the mission of reaching the lost and making disciples.

The Senior Pastor will demonstrate the character and teaching abilities described in passages such as Titus 1:5-9 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

  • Strong agreement with New Life Christian Church’s Statement of Faith, Vision, and Mission.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies or similar preferred. (Theological/ Biblical Education).
  • Licensed and ordained as a Minister who demonstrates authentic understanding of sound Biblical Doctrine and Theology.
  • Must have great spiritual disciplines including, but not limited to, a private devotional time, commitment to regular worship and giving.
  • Strong leadership and relational skills.
  • Effective preaching/teaching ability.
  • Ability to work with Elders, Deacons, ministry partners and volunteers.
  • Desire to reach out to the community to seek the lost.
  • Clear background checks (e.g., Criminal Record).

Specific Responsibilities: Ministry Of The Word

  • Lead NLCC in expository preaching and teaching on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
  • Collaborate with the Elders to appoint teachers and identify topics and other teaching opportunities.
  • Engage in discipleship with the objective of equipping members for ministry.


  • Be devoted to prayer, regularly praying for the partners of New Life Christian Church.
  • Model the commands and examples of Scripture during public prayer at church services.
  • Lead the church in a culture of prayer, in which partners regularly pray for one another.

Corporate Worship

  • Oversee the church’s practice of the ordinances, including water baptism, regular observance of the Lord’s Supper, baby dedications, and other special services such as weddings and funerals.


  • Seek and preserve the unity of the church, building a culture of love for one another and leading members through salvation & reconciliation when necessary.
  • Be directly involved in planning and leading new member recruitment.
  • Demonstrate faithful membership to the church.
  • Provide leadership to situations of church discipline, in accordance with Scripture (e.g., Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:1-5).

Pastoral Care

  • Provide counseling to church partners and, if necessary, refer members to trusted counselors outside of the church.
  • Provide timely spiritual direction and pastoral care for those seeking baptism, church membership, marriage, healing, and encouragement, as well as for those suffering the loss of a loved one.
  • Represent the congregation in the broader community.
  • Conduct pastoral visits to hospitalized partners, widows, members in long term care facilities, and shut ins.
  • Perform requested pastoral services (e.g., weddings, funerals) as appropriate.


  • Foster a culture of outreach that permeates every area of ministry.
  • Encourage outreach activities on the part of the church members and friends, by person example and by teaching.
  • Encourage participation in missions, both locally and worldwide.


  • Ensure completion of ongoing administrative tasks of the church, overseeing ministry staff and volunteers in their responsibilities.
  • Oversee a Deacon ministry. He will communicate church needs to deacons and delegate tasks to the Deacon body.
  • Collaborate with Church Council to set the agenda and lead members’ meetings.
  • Assist with church financial matters, such as advising on the annual church budget.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for church partners, former partners in ministry, New Life Christian Church’s missionaries, and supported ministry organizations.
  • Conduct monthly meetings with the Church Council to review budget, financial status and ministry programs for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Conduct monthly meetings with the Church Elders to review ministry items, pastoral care, evangelism, and oversight.

Compensation: NLCC will provide a competitive financial package. The distribution of salary, health insurance, retirement, or other designated benefits will be determined upon hiring.

Physical Address

New Life Christian Church

1505 SE Marshall St

Albert Lea, MN  65007

All applicants must submit the following:
• Letter of interest,
• Current resume to include relevant ministry, professional, and educational experience.
• Two recent Sermons. Website link or mailed USB drive are acceptable.
• Additional items as requested by the Pulpit Committee (e.g., questionnaire, existing blogs, journal articles, social media posts, or other written materials)

To be considered for this position, please forward your resume and any accompanying materials to:
Ryan Shea
Elder, New Life Christian Church
Albert Lea, MN
Please do not contact the church directly.


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