WORSHIP PASTOR OPPORTUNITY PROFILE
Johnston E Free Church 9901 NW 62nd Avenue Johnston, IA 50131 /JohnstonFreeChurch |
Johnston.E.Free | www.jefc.org | 515.986.0306
SUMMARY OF POSITION Johnston E Free, a growing church in the northwest suburbs of Des Moines, IA is looking for a leader who has a strong passion for the glory of Christ; someone who is a deep and daily worshipper of God; who, from the overflow of a personal experience with God, will lead the congregation in worship.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent vocal and instrumental abilities and a commitment to building and leading a talented team of vocalists and musicians. This person will have the creative aptitude and organizational ability to oversee and develop all aspects of the worship ministry to foster a place for vibrant worship. This person will connect well with seekers and believers in facilitating life-changing worship. This person will be the primary leader of our worship and creative arts ministry and work under the direction of the Lead Pastor in the creative and strategic needs of worship ministry.
JOHNSTON AREA The City of Johnston is conveniently located in the northwest section of the Des Moines metro area, just 20 minutes from the downtown business and financial district as well as the International Airport. Johnston has evolved into a new-century hot spot for business development, small or large. Commercial and industrial assessed valuation increased over 300% from 1992 to 2003. In addition to many local businesses and restaurants, commercial anchors include John Deere Financial and Dupont Pioneer. Johnston is one of the fastest growing cities in the state with a population of 17,278, and draws from the Des Moines metropolitan area of 500,000. That is an increase of 99.8% from the 2000 Census. Over 95% of the housing in the area is occupied. The mean age is 37 and almost 50% of people over 25 have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Johnston boasts a thriving school system, bike trails, city parks, and excellent sports programs. You’ll want to make sure to enjoy some smoked meat at Jethro’s BBQ or Cactus Bobs then follow it up with a trip to Van Dees Ice Cream Shoppe. Communities in close proximity to Johnston include Urbandale, Grimes, Ankeny and Waukee. The residents of Johnston and the surrounding communities are very proud of their area and work hard to make it a great place to live, work and raise their families. In the midst of this fast growing, highly educated population and regional economic engine, God has placed Johnston Evangelical Free Church (www.jefc.org).
JOHNSTON E FREE Johnston E Free has been ministering in the northwest Des Moines metro area for 100 years. In June 2014 a new Lead Pastor accepted a call to lead the church, bringing a season of renewed vision and energy. With a focus on biblical, relevant teaching, staff team development, missional engagement, and strategic thinking that will advance the Gospel in our community, Johnston E Free has seen a resurgence in our children, youth, and adult ministries. The service attendance has seen an increase of 150 people in the past year.
AT A GLANCE + Two identical Sunday morning worship services at 9:00 & 10:30 with children, youth, and adults classes offered + Sunday morning attendance of 700 + Sunday morning children’s ministry & midweek Awana with approximately 150 children involved + Vibrant youth ministry with approximately 140 students involved in 7-12th Grade + Active Community Groups, Men’s & Women’s Ministries, Global Mission efforts + Annual budget of $1.5 Million + Member of the Evangelical Free Church of America (www.efca.org)
CORE VALUES + Christ-Centeredness Keeping Christ at the center of everything we do and in how we live. The word of God, which points us to Christ, directs our thinking, teaching, and living. Prayer is our means of communicating with Christ, ensuring that we are guided by His Spirit and empowered by His grace. + Redemptive Community Living out our Christianity in community, motivated by the grace of Jesus. Relationships are a vital means of growth, care, and accountability as we seek to serve and love one another. God's grace through Jesus Christ motivates everything we are and everything we do. + Missional Living Being on mission with Jesus in Northwest Des Moines and around the world. Engaging our city and our world with the Gospel in a culturally relevant way is our mission as individuals and together as the church. Love for our city and works of compassion enhance our opportunities to share the Gospel.
WORSHIP MINISTRY + Godward Worship Our worship is primarily about God, not us. God is the audience. Therefore, our worship lyrics should be God-centered, Christ-centered, Gospel-centered. Scripture should guide our services. Our worship should be first and foremost vertical and then horizontal in response to the nature and character of God. The music we utilize should enhance the lyrics and direction of our worship. We also understand that music is one aspect of the overall worship to God, and that there are many other important aspects to designing an effective worship experience. + Authentic Worship Corporate worship must be led by worshippers. Corporate worship flows from private worship. We want people leading that have a heart for and understanding of the greatness of God and the reality of the Gospel. True worship admits brokenness and sin. It seeks healing and restoration in Christ. It confesses. It celebrates. It embraces both truth and emotion. All of this comes from a Worship Pastor that loves Christ, understands the Gospel, has a passion for His glory, and is able to lead others in those realities.
+ Consistent Worship Authenticity in worship does not negate the need for preparation, practice, and excellence in every aspect of corporate worship. We expect musicians to be developed, to be well-prepared, and to strive for excellence. We expect a worship experience that is not confusing, corny, or weird. It should engage mind and heart in an excellent way. + Engaging Worship We believe corporate worship is an experience of God’s truth and presence. We sing to God as the people of God. Music should be singable, other elements of the service should be understandable, and the development of a worship service should have congregational engagement as a high priority.
INQUIRY PROCESS Requirements + Character and spiritual health that is above reproach + 5 years experience leading worship on a church staff team + Bible college or seminary training preferred + Demonstrated ability as a team player + Demonstrated musical ability, vocal ability, creativity, and organizational ability Job Description Please find the job description for this position online at www.jefc.org/about-us/employment/ To Apply You may apply by preparing a cover letter and resume that addresses the requirements above to Jill Hasuler at [email protected]
Please include at least 3 references with name, phone, and email (we will not contact references until we ask your permission). Once we receive resumes, we will contact you if we have further interest. Thank you for considering this opportunity.