Senior Pastor Search Process
St. Paul Lutheran Church has opened the search to identify its next senior pastor who will help us lead this 3,500-member congregation into an inspiring future. Ideal timing would have a new pastor stepping into responsibilities during the late spring 2024, a date that is aligned with the planned retirement of the current senior pastor.
St. Paul is a central city congregation in Davenport, Iowa, located in the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities (pop: 350,000). As a congregation, we prize inclusivity, curiosity, and generosity. We are known regionally and nationally for a host of signature ministries. An award-winning sanctuary where vibrant worship and outstanding music draw people from as many as 65 zip codes on a typical weekend. A unique partnership with a neighborhood public school. An acclaimed pastoral residency program, now in its 18th year of training first-call pastors for leadership excellence. A “24/7 faith” non-profit bookstore that offers carefully curated books and gift items from around the world. A mental health ministry that includes permanent housing on campus for four men who live with persistent mental illness. A professionally staffed preschool that serves a large community of diverse families. A 330-acre Christian camp (Camp Shalom) founded by St. Paul that hosts upwards of 1,000 kids each summer.
Candidates receiving the highest attention will bring deep faith, collaborative skills for working with and inspiring a talented staff, a record of theologically articulate leadership, and exemplary administrative skills for leading a multi-faceted organization. In addition to preaching excellence, the congregation will be eager to call an individual who appreciates the significance of hospitality, the joy of loving each and every parishioner, guest, and neighbor, and the privilege of building Christian community.
The nine-member call committee welcomes any and all recommendations for senior pastor candidates, just as it invites direct inquiries or expressions of interest from candidates themselves. The committee will work closely with the Southeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA) as finalists surface. Because we recognize the importance of honoring the integrity of each candidate’s current call, strict confidentiality with each candidate will mark the committee’s work throughout the process.
The position description for St. Paul’s next senior pastor is available HERE.
Those wishing to suggest a candidate name may contact call committee chair, Amy Lovig, at StPaulQCCallCommittee@gmail.com. Ordained clergy in the ELCA (or those in partner denominations with the ELCA) who are interested in exploring this opportunity may send a letter of interest and resume to the chair’s attention, also at StPaulQCCallCommittee@gmail.com.
The people of St. Paul will hold this call process in prayer throughout the journey ahead.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is seeking qualified candidates for administrative assistant. The work week for the position (part- or full-time, with respective benefits) is negotiable.
This opportunity to work in the St. Paul staff setting is ideal for a detail-oriented individual with computer and organizational skills. Proficiency with various software platforms is a must – Word, Excel, Publisher, and InDesign are all important to this position. A willingness to learn can accompany upfront training for individuals unfamiliar with Publisher or InDesign. The administrative assistant is responsible for key areas that include: a) designing and producing all weekly worship bulletins and documents, b) tracking and communicating multiple ministry area activities and records, c) communicating with member households planning baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and d) assisting and coordinating with main floor staff in a daily way for project support.
Interested individuals may direct their letter of interest and resume (or questions) to search team chairperson, Becky Schmidt at AdminAssistant@stpaulqc.org. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, and the position will be filled as soon as the ideal candidate has been identified.