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First United Methodist Church

Director of Worship Ministries

First United Methodist Church
Geneseo, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 07/02/2013
Categories: Music Ministry - Worship Pastor
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Seeking Full Time Director of Worship for First Methodist Church, Geneseo, Illinois, USA.


Salary Range:  $40,000 - $65,000 depending on the range of gifts offered.


 About Geneseo First Methodist:  Because our battle cry is “People Need Jesus!”, we seek to do three things intentionally and with excellence:  (1) Draw people to Jesus, (2) Develop people in Jesus, and (3) Deploy people for Jesus.    We are an evangelical United Methodist congregation with openness to the work of the Holy Spirit.  Our average Sunday morning attendance is slightly over 400 at our main campus and over 100 more at our Cambridge campus ten miles to our south.  We offer three worship services on Sunday morning..  The first two follow a traditional format and the third is contemporary.  On May 19, 2013 we broke ground on a $4.4 million sanctuary/gathering area.  Our Directing Pastor, Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Ritter (Pastor Chris) was appointed to our church in 2009.   We have received fifty new members into our church in 2013, as of May, and feel like God is leading us into a season of growth and blessings.  Prayer ministry, youth ministry, and men’s ministry are three historic strengths of First Methodist.  A key international partnership has been formed in Liberia and Guinea, Africa.  We launched into multi-site ministry in 2012 and hope to continue offering ministry regionally in multiple locations.


 Qualities we are seeking in a Director of Worship:  We are looking for a Christ-focused and gifted individual who can help bring together our various worship styles into a unified, Spirit-inspired expression of our corporate love for Jesus and commitment to His mission, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Our contemporary service is currently our largest, by a narrow margin.  Guitar-driven praise and exuberant worship have become expected.  Creating  “flow” in the worship sets while allowing for spontaneous direction from the Holy Spirit is one of the joyous challenges in our late service.  Skills in contemporary worship are essential.  Our traditional services feature choirs and other musical ensembles. We are looking for a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit in these settings, as well.  Rehearsal, recruitment, and mentoring of our musical groups will be the responsibility of our Director of Worship.  We would consider dividing the responsiblities along style of worship, but gifts in contemporary worship are essential.


About our Community:

Geneseo is located twenty minutes east of the Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities and 2.5 hours west of Chicago.  A prosperous farming community, Geneseo has excellent schools and thriving downtown area.  The population in Geneseo proper is 6,500, but that many more live outside Geneseo and are part of our school district.  Major area employers are John Deere, Springfield Arms, and our regional hospitals.  Our famed three-time state champion Geneseo football program is only surpassed by the six-time state championship music program.


How to Apply

Those interested may send a resume to  We may reply with a more complete position description and further information about the search process.