An Invitation: Call Process Information for Prospective Pastors
Grace Lutheran Church is a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). We are a community, developing faithful followers of Jesus by experiencing God’s grace through friendship, spiritual growth, and service. Our purpose is to invite all to discover, live and share God’s gift of new life through Jesus Christ.
Grace is located in Thornville, Ohio, a small town with a population of slightly over 1,000. Thornville is conveniently located near Newark, Lancaster, Zanesville, and Columbus. Our members are spread over a large area that encompasses several small towns. Our members are very active in the community and assist with Manna Monday (a free community meal on Mondays), visitation, the food pantry, Lutheran Social Services, nursing home worship services led by Grace members, Community Vacation Bible School, and other community services and events.
A pastor who is a good fit for grace...
...has beliefs that are aligned with the Confession of Faith of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
...is comfortable and confident leading the congregation in traditional Lutheran worship and liturgy that praises God.
...educates and preaches from the Bible to build the faith of the congregation.
...will deliver messages grounded in sound biblical teaching.
...finds ways to be involved in the community and acts as a good role model for the congregation.
...has a personal style that is welcoming to both members and visitors.
...teaches the congregation to discover and use their spiritual gifts and encourages a faithful stewardship program.
...organizes, instructs, delegates, and inspires while maintaining a balance between professional and personal life.
...shepherds and inspires leaders within the congregation and encourages them to take tasks to fruition.
...models forgiveness and encourages communication with compassion.