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Converge Heartland

Senior Pastor - Zion Mennonite Church

Converge Heartland
Bridgewater, South Dakota, United States

Date Posted: 05/30/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Baptist
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Who is Zion Mennonite Church?

Zion Mennonite Church was organized on February 18, 1940, with the help and grace of God. From the beginning, our aim has been to proclaim God’s word and to minister to anyone willing to hear.  Simply put, our mission is to win the lost to Jesus Christ.  Due to the church’s growth, a new ZMC church building was built in 1973, and is located on the north edge of town.  Approximately 30 years ago, ZMC made a values-driven decision to disaffiliate from the Mennonite conference and to continue serving Christ as a Bible-based independent church.   Currently, the church has an attendance of 40-60 for Sunday School and Worship Service, 10-15 attend Wednesday night prayer and Bible study, and our annual VBS reaches 40-60 kids who are largely from unchurched homes.   Besides this, the church supports missionaries both financially and through prayer.

Where are we located?

Located in Bridgewater, South Dakota, our community offers a relaxed small-town life with close proximity to urban amenities.   The cities of Sioux Falls and Mitchell are just 30 minutes away and serve as the commercial, medical and educational centers of southeastern South Dakota.  Because our regionally consolidated elementary school is located in Bridgewater, our community is attracting new and young families.  Reaching these families is perhaps our greatest outreach opportunity.   Even though, our community population is just under 500, the realistic outreach radius of our church easily touches over 3,000 people. Bridgewater’s regional economy is firmly rooted in agriculture but people choose to live here for much more than farming.  Local residents enjoy family connections, a good school, a true sense of community, proximity to cities, outdoor activities and socially conservative values; all of which create a great place to raise a family.

Who are we looking for?

Zion Mennonite Church desires to provide full-time financial release to a man of God who will faithfully teach the Bible, shepherd our flock, and mobilize us to lovingly reach the lost and unchurched throughout our region.  We are a multi-generational church that has recently struggled to reach younger families and therefore we seek a pastor who both embraces our values and who also can lead us in effectively reaching the heads of younger households.  We seek a pastor who will actively engage with our community; developing relationships with community leaders and remaining visibly accessible for the broader pastoral needs of our community. Among other things, we know that our church’s reach is much broader than the town of Bridgewater alone and so we seek a pastor with vision to engage the many unchurched who are within a 15-mile radius of our church.    For a greater understanding of who we are looking for, please review our Senior Pastor Position Profile.  If you sense that you are a fit for our senior pastor opening, then we strongly encourage you to apply.  We are praying for you! 


TO APPLY:  Please send the following materials to

  • INTRO LETTER:  A brief testimony of faith, family info, call to pastoral ministry and general sense of fit for this pastoral opening. 
  • RESUME:  Make sure your contact info is clear as well as your ministry capacities and work, ministry, educational experience.
  • PHOTO(s):  Of you and/or your family.
  • REFERENCES:   We won't call them yet, but we need four.  Two from church leaders and two of your choice (no family members).
  • SERMONS:  We need two sermons from you in digital audio or video format.  Web links work best.