Spirit of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church

McAllen, Texas, United States


  • Address: 4000 N Taylor Rd, McAllen, Texas 78504
  • Affiliation: LCMC
  • Contact: Leanne Sanders
  • Phone: 956.867.7539
  • Email: txia4san@aol.com
  • Website: Click Here
  • Category: Pastoral Ministry
  • Sub-Category: Senior Pastor
  • Position Title: Pastor
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Description:



    Healing hurting hearts, developing dedicated disciples, proclaiming grace in the providence and promises of God, and submitting to Jesus our Lord and Savior.


    Congregational Profile


    We are a Spirit-filled congregation blessed to have been led by our pastor who served this congregation since its inception 15 years ago.   At present, one of the defining characteristics of our church is ministry to and among “Winter Texans,” who arrive beginning in October and remain through the Spring.  Average Sunday attendance is approximately 20-30 people in the summer, but increases to around 80 with the influx of “Winter Texans.” Our congregation has aspired to become a multigenerational church, as well as a multicultural congregation since we are located within 7 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.


    In our interim period (with the retirement of our Pastor in August) we are being led by a Vicar who is an Anglican church planter.   He has been leading us in the vision statement: “Back to Basics, Forward in Service.” The first portion of this calls attention to the continuing need for the priesthood of all believers to be equipped with a growing knowledge of scripture, theology, and discipleship practices.  


    The latter half of this vision statement addresses the need for our congregation to focus on being a broader service-oriented church. To this end, he has initiated a new outreach program “Homework Helpers”, through which congregational members offer and provide free tutoring and reading assistance, at our church, to K-12 students in the surrounding communities. 


    We are looking for a pastor, whomever it is who God has for us.  Certainly, we hold standard, scriptural non-negotiables, and we would like to find someone who shares the teaching gift of our recently retired pastor and interim.  But we understand the role of a pastor to be a shepherd of community, so we are looking for someone we can trust to lead us into the life God has for our congregation in the coming decade.


    Life in the Community


    Our church currently meets  on the dividing line between McAllen and Mission, TX, seven miles from the US-Mexico border.  The community is known for exceptional weather, low cost of living, and a unique blend of Mexican and American cultures.  Major employers include several hospitals, independent school districts, and the growing University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley.  Many “Winter Texans” arrive beginning in October and stay through the spring, adding to the local population. (McAllen boasts over 130,000 people, while the population of Mission is over 77,000.)


    Job Description:

    The pastor will...

    1. Teach scripture and sound doctrine;

      1. comfortable with both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament

      2. can teach the full breadth of both testaments

      3. adept at preaching that the Kingdom of God has come

    2. Conduct public worship, including the administration of the sacraments of baptism and the weekly Breaking of Bread;

    3. Model gospel living;

      1. in his/her life and family, if married

      2. in the community and at his outside work, if bivocational

    4. Shepherd/nurture the people;

      1. pastoral visitation and conversations

      2. spiritual direction and pastoral counseling

    5. Equip the priesthood of all believers;

      1. assist congregants in identifying their spiritual gifts

      2. steward the people’s gifts by pointing them toward service opportunities aligned with their callings

      3. demonstrate sensitivity toward where the people are in their individual walks with God

      4. encourage unity among the brothers and sisters of the church


    Minimum Qualifications


    • Meets the biblical qualifications for pastors and overseers as specified in Titus 1:5-9, 

    1 Timothy 3:1-7, and 1 Peter 5:1-4

    • Ordained in an ecclesial body whose statement of faith is in harmony with that of the LCMC


    Preferred Qualifications


    • At least three years of pastoral ministry experience, either as head or associate pastor

    • Has completed at least 60 credit hours in an MDiv program or other master’s level program in Theology at an ATS-accredited seminary