Senior Pastor, Clear Lake, SD


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WHO WE ARE First Baptist Church of Clear Lake, SD has an enduring history of 136 years of gospel-centered presence in our community. In 2005, a strategic decision was made to "RESTART" the church for the purpose of intentionally regaining the lost momentum which occurred through economic, agricultural, population, and church leadership transitions in the 80's and 90's. Today, we are a multigenerational church with a solid core of families who are proclaiming Jesus and being transformed by him. Together we desire to have a transformative and multiplying presence in our community, with an aim to grow to 100 by 2025.

WHERE WE ARE: Our community is located near the South Dakota-Minnesota border in east-central South Dakota. Clear Lake is the County Seat of Deuel County and has a population of 1,335 with a county reach of 4,364. Clear Lake is in South Dakota's picturesque glacial lakes region, has multiple recreation options, and is surrounded by the Coteau Hills, which all together form an expansive outdoorsman paradise in eastern South Dakota. Our town is also close to larger communities and shopping options being just 30 minutes from Watertown, SD, and 35 minutes from Brookings, SD. Larger cities, shopping venues, events, and airports are also within relative proximity with Sioux Falls, SD, located 1.5 hours away, Fargo, ND, located 2.5 hours away, and Minneapolis, MN, located 3.5 hours away. Clear Lake is an administrative center in which families are largely supported through agriculture, small business, manufacturing, and government jobs. The community of Clear Lake is proud of both its historic heritage as well as its future. This can be experienced through the community's high value of school and youth events as well as the regionally famous Crystal Springs Rodeo. In all, Clear Lake has a strong quality of life and is known as a great place to live, work, and play.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR: We are asking God to send us a pastor who is a Biblical preacher and teacher, able to boldly preach the truth in love. We are also praying for this man to have a contagious passion for Biblical knowledge and the desire to continually dig deeper into God's Word, modeling, motivating and convicting us to spread the gospel as salt and light in our community. Lastly, we desire a pastor who will come along side us and share with us in the church's mission and vision for spiritual growth, numeric growth, and community impact. Though we are able and have consistently supported full-time pastors, we currently need to develop stronger relational connections in our community and would therefore be open to dialogue regarding our next pastor engaging with our community, even through a limited aspect of outside employment. In all, we are looking for a pastor who celebrates the Great Commission, bringing a heart for both discipleship as well as mobilization for local, regional, and global outreach. The pastoral opening at First Baptist Church offers a strong opportunity to shepherd a gospel-centered church and to grow with a warm and developing community.


Send the following materials to
• Intro Letter (make sure this briefly covers your testimony of faith, ministry calling and general fit for this opening)
• Current Resume (make sure it includes your personal, family, work and educational information)
• A personal or family photo
• 2 sermon samples (please email digital recordings of audio or video sermons. We prefer weblinks.)
• 3 references (2 references from ministry leaders and 1 from non-family members of your choosing


First Baptist Church
Jim Capaldo
411 4th St. W.
Clear Lake, SD 57226

Phone: 6053239621