Senior Pastor at Riverwood Church
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

The Senior Pastor is God’s called and gifted leader and advocate for Riverwood’s vision and mission for the purposes of leading, modeling, and teaching God’s ways.



- Commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
- Leadership, giftedness in ministry, and willingness to serve (1 Peter 5: 2-3)
- Spiritually grounded, i.e. not a new believer (1 Timothy 3:6)
- Ability to communicate biblical knowledge (1 Timothy 3:2)
- Good reputation within and outside the church (1 Timothy 3:2, 7; Titus 1:6)
- Self-control and biblical attitudes in relationships (1 Timothy 3:2-3, Titus 1: 6-7)
- Measure of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

Education and Experience

- Completed a Master of Divinity degree with an accredited evangelical seminary

- Completed a Bachelor’s degree in ministry from a Christian College and a willingness to complete further education
- Five or more years of previous pastoral experience (may be as associate, youth, or lay leader)

- Commitment to Riverwood’s statement of faith, vision, purposes, values, and people
- Participating member of Riverwood (see Constitution, Article Four) or will become one
- Baptism by Immersion or willingness to be baptized


Accountable to: God, Riverwood’s vision, Board of Elders
Accountable for:  Board of Elders, Riverwood’s mission and strategic plan, Riverwood staff


Spiritual Leadership

- Develop and lead weekly Sunday Celebrations that glorify and worship God
- Prepare and deliver Biblically based messages for Sunday Celebrations
- Provide relevant and practical application of the scriptures to the everyday life
- Take responsibility for Riverwood’s regular practice of the biblical ordinances of baptism and communion
- Participate at weddings, funerals, etc. as needed and as determined by the Board of Elders
- Oversee adult, youth, and children’s education programs

Leadership Development

- Participate on Board of Elders, incorporating leader development as a component
- Develop and oversee Ministry Team meetings for the purpose of leader development
- Lead and mentor Riverwood staff, including hiring and arranging training
- Perform annual, documented evaluations with Riverwood staff
- Evaluate healthy functioning of ministry teams alongside Board of Elders
- Provide opportunities for all involved with Riverwood to discover and utilize God-given gifts
- Enrich personal leadership skills through leadership seminars, coursework, books, etc.


- Work together with Board of Elders in discerning, promoting, and implementing God’s vision and direction for Riverwood to achieve its stated mission

Guide & Model

- Petition the Lord in prayer for Riverwood and it’s people
- Personal relational evangelism with the unchurched and lost
- Maintain a weekly Sabbath and a daily habit of spiritual disciplines
- Pursue growth through study and education, both as a pastor and as a person
- Live a balanced and healthy lifestyle
- Maintain personal accountability with a mentor

Pastoral Care

- Provide counsel in crisis situations for a maximum of four sessions (more in-depth counseling will be referred and/or coordinated through other ministries)
- Ensure relational care is taking place through small groups, coaching, and other relationships
- Affirm, thank, and recognize Riverwood family and special guests for their contributions, especially those who provide an exceptional and/or excellent ministry to the Kingdom

Community Connection & Beyond

- Participate in Converge North Central, including statewide church planting strategies
- Establish and ensure Riverwood’s community involvement with the area body of Christ.
- Contribute to the local paper as requested


Riverwood Church
5343 Highway 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, Minnesota 55009


Riverwood Church
(507) 263-2304


Cannon Falls, MN 55009
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Church Ministry