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Senior/Lead Pastors

Lead Pastor

First Christian Church
Posted: 02/25/2022
Salary/Range: TBD
Sioux Falls, SD

First Christian Church (Sioux Falls, SD) – Senior Pastor

The Big Picture

First Christian Church ( is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor who is energizing, motivating, connecting with and encouraging the congregation (active and non-active members); guiding the members in Christian growth and faith development; calling on and caring for members; knowing and understanding their needs; acting as an advisor and facilitator for committees and church groups as needed or requested.

The Church

First Christian Church is located in central downtown Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota. Sioux Falls is one of the fastest growing cities and offers a lot for those who choose to live there. Since the church’s establishment in 1887 it has taken on many missions, ministries, and members. Our current mission statement is: Faith in Christ; Creating Disciples; Caring for the lost and found. To carry out this mission the congregation and leadership councils throughout the years have taken on different types of ministries. The church participates in the shoe box ministry (Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child), food donation, and Kids Kloset (a youth clothing giveaway), which allows for a connection with the community. To create young disciples, a youth pastor was recently brought on board to expand the learning opportunities for older youth. A partnership with Life Light, a Christian ministry committed to “taking the church outside the walls,” has provided another avenue to reach local youth by organizing outreach events and being a safe environment for them to be introduced to Christ. Life Light uses a portion of our church for their offices and a youth center. On Sunday mornings, sunday school and bible studies are offered to all ages to allow for a place where anyone can dig deeper into their faith.

In recent years, a Facebook page was introduced to allow for online streaming of Sunday services and to build an online connection and presence. The congregation also voted to become an independent church and leave their previous denomination. The church would like to continue to grow and flourish in doing God’s will for our neighborhood and city.

The Candidate

The Pastor, as a part of the Leadership Council, works directly with them for the total overall administration and operation of all programs and policies as established by the Leadership Council of First Christian Church of Sioux Falls. The pastor is expected to participate in appropriate professional and community activities such as the Ministerial Association, civic organizations or other groups as a means of representing the church in the local area.

  • Direct and supervise the efforts of the individuals and/or staff members assigned to the following responsibilities: Administrative Assistant, Youth Director, Elementary Youth Director, Custodian, Music Coordinator, and Pianist for example.
  • The pastor will assist the congregation in oversight of church staff, the church office, calendar, use of the building, grounds and equipment.

  • To provide pastoral care for members and others, reach out to prospective believers and members and help nurture them toward Christian commitment.

  • To preach and teach the Word of God, to help plan and lead worship and work with the congregation to develop a meaningful and vital worship life.

  • To share responsibility for the role of spiritual leadership with the Board of Elders.

  • To fulfill priestly functions (including pastoral guidance) for conduction of weddings, funerals, baptisms and dedications.

The Qualifications

The individual should possess and demonstrate a strong and deep Christian faith, belief and commitment to God. It is desired the pastor have a Master of Divinity degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized seminary. The pastor should be a licensed and ordained minister in order to be considered to be acceptable for this position.

The Process 

Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these three questions:

Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Senior Pastor at First Christian Church?

Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Senior Pastor at First Christian Church?

In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the doctrine of First Christian Church?

Please send your resume, a sermon link and the answers to these questions to

To Apply: