Solo pastor

Full time with benefits

First EFC

Benson, MN
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Job Description

First Evangelical Free Church is seeking a pastor. Applicants must agree with the Evangelical Free Church’s Statement of Faith and be willing to be licensed by the EFCA. An MDIV is preferred. Applicants from a similarly-minded denomination may be considered.

First Evangelical Free Church of Benson has a paid staff of two; a part-time custodian and a pastor.


  • The pastor assures everything that needs to get done gets done.
  • The pastor typically preaches the Sunday morning sermon.
  • The pastor also establishes the order of worship for Sunday worship.
  • The pastor is accountable to the Elder Team and submits a report at the annual meeting.
  • The pastor establishes the agenda for the monthly Elder Team meeting.
  • Because First Evangelical Free Church of Benson is part of an aging community, visitation to shut-ins and the hospitalized is a high priority.
  • The pastor commonly initiates posts on social media and through email to provide updates on attendees and church activities.
  • Visitors and non-attendees are contacted by the pastor.
  • Presently the pastor teaches the Sunday morning Bible Instruction Class to youth grades 7-12 and assists with the Wednesday evening AWANA kids outreach and Youth Group during the school year, if needed.
  • The pastor attends other meetings, as necessary.
    Besides the monthly Elder Team meeting, most meetings are held quarterly. The pastor is part of the regional EFCA pastor’s meeting once a month. The pastor also has attended the local ministerium meetings when they are held, as well as district conferences of the EFCA.
  • The pastor should establish and make the church aware of his normal office hours.
    For the benefit of the pastor and the church, the pastor should strive to operate his ministry from the church office, not his home. The pastor should not have ministry obligations more than four evenings a week. See Constitution and Bylaws, Article 2-Government, Section A-Staff.

About this Church

Established in 1920, First Evangelical Free Church in Benson, Minnesota is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. E-Free Benson, as it is called, has an average Sunday morning attendance of 80. During the school year, Sunday School is offered for all ages. Wednesday evenings feature AWANA for kids plus Youth Group for teens and older adolescents. Wednesday evenings are attended by a mixture of churched and unchurched students. E-Free relishes its close-knit fellowship. E-Free attendees are not quick to exit after Sunday morning worship. Monthly potlucks nourish the fellowship E-Free enjoys.

We are saved by grace, trying to individually and collectively honor God and become more like our Savior. We have a decent presence in our small town in terms of activities for kids and are praying God will help us turn this into opportunities to tell others about Him.

Benson is an agricultural community, the seat of Swift County, located along the Chippewa River in west central Minnesota, 130 miles from Minneapolis. Benson’s population is 3200. Health care is available at Swift County Benson Health Services. Benson features a wide variety of restaurants, golf course and theatre. Nestled in the Glacial Plains lakes, Benson avails access to a great number of recreational opportunities in the surrounding area. Seven churches call Benson home. Three churches are Lutheran, one Catholic, one Assembly of God, one Baptist, one Congregational and First Evangelical Free Church.