St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pflugerville, Texas, United States

Pastor

  • Address: 17701 Cameron Rd, Pflugerville, Texas 78660
  • Affiliation: LCMC
  • Contact: Andrew Hamann
  • Phone: 512.251.4314
  • Email: stjohnrichland.callcommittee@gmail.com
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  • Category: Pastoral Ministry
  • Sub-Category: Senior Pastor
  • Position Title: Pastor
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Description:
    About St. John – Who are we?

    St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is located near Pflugerville, Texas, less than 20 minutes from downtown Austin. St. John Church was established in 1878 by German immigrant families in the Richland community in northeast Travis County; many descendants of those church founders are still active members. St. John has lived and celebrated its Christian faith for generations and, with the help of God, will do so for generations to come.

    Worship — St. John worships together every Sunday morning in the sanctuary. The worship service is traditional. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month. Attendance is usually 40 to 60 people; active membership is approximately 175 people. Church members participate in the worship service by giving the greeting, reading scripture, leading songs, and teaching the children’s message. The worship service is preceded by Sunday School for children, youth, and adults.

    Ministries and Groups — Regular ministries for children and youth include confirmation, Sunday School, Wednesday Night Games and Missions meetings, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, and summer camps. Regular ministries for adults include Bible studies, a Thursday evening book club, bell and vocal choirs, and the Women’s Guild, which organizes events like our annual Pfolk Pfest meal and auction each October.

    Benevolences — St. John participates in the Backpack Friends program, which supplies weekend meals for 20 to 25 underprivileged children at Copperfield Elementary School in Pflugerville. St. John also supports several Austin-area charities focused on feeding the hungry, collects offerings to respond to tragic events like the tornadoes that damaged homes in Central Texas in March 2022, and hosts a Boy Scout troop in its parish hall on Monday evenings.

    Staff — The pastor is the only full-time church employee. He or she is supported by several part-time employees (youth director, secretary, music director and organist, and custodian) and dozens of talented volunteers. Church organizations that help manage and operate St. John are the Council, Women’s Guild, Christian Education Committee, and Property Maintenance Committee.

    Buildings and Campus — St. John has a sanctuary, parish hall with kitchen and bathroom facilities, parsonage, youth building, and church cemetery. These facilities are maintained by the dedicated volunteers of the Property Maintenance Committee. St. John completed and implemented a church-wide planning and vision program from 2017 to 2020, and we are currently developing a long-term master plan for our 25-acre church campus.

    Affiliation — St. John joined the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) in 2010.

    Finances — The financial health of St. John is strong, and we do not have any financial debt.

    About St. John – What do we need?

    Pflugerville is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and country. As the population grows and the land and community around us transforms, we are committed to sustaining and celebrating our warm and harmonious culture, German-American heritage, rural campus, and beautiful 1920s sanctuary while boldly welcoming the thousands of new residents in the Pflugerville area.

    Our next pastor will help us make this transition, as we grow from a multi-generational rural church into a church that evangelizes and serves the large and diverse community living on our doorstep. The engine of this growth will be the Gospel, and our next pastor will lead us, educate us, and shape us into instruments of God’s will in our community.

    In particular, our next pastor will teach us about our Christian faith and traditions through all means, including sermons and small-group Bible studies, and thereby deepen our knowledge, faith, and obedience to Christ’s call in our lives.

    In turn, we will encourage our next pastor to set aside time and energy for his or her own education and growth, both by taking time during the week to read, study, pray, and write, and also through considerate use of vacation and sabbatical leave.

    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    The pastor is the spiritual leader of our church. He or she conducts worship services, including marriage and funeral services; administers the sacraments of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism; visits, comforts, and counsels the sick, distressed, and homebound; and promotes the spiritual, educational, and missional welfare of the church. He or she will help cultivate a rewarding, resilient, and personal relationship with Jesus Christ in our children, youth, and adults by teaching confirmation and new member classes and by supervising small groups and other educational ministries.

    The pastor reports monthly to the Council and annually to the Congregation. He or she will communicate regularly with the congregation via email and printed newsletters. The pastor also provides practical and spiritual oversight to our various committees as appropriate.

    Our preference is to call an LCMC-certified pastor, or a pastor who is theologically compatible with the teaching, practice, and priorities of Lutheranism and is willing to complete the LCMC certification process (https://www.lcmc.net/becoming-a-pastor).

    To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and references to stjohnrichland.callcommittee@gmail.com.