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Slingshot Group

Worship Director - Sunshine Church

Slingshot Group
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 03/24/2015
Categories: Music Ministry - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


Sunshine Church Overview:

Sunshine Church started as Sunshine Chapel in the 1920’s and has a long history of ministry and faithful presence in the Grand Rapids area.  Today, Sunshine is blessed to have Senior Pastor Josh Blunt. Josh is a passionate leader who is wise beyond his years, organizationally savvy, and since his arrival (roughly 18 months ago), Sunshine has been on a steady growth-curve in both size and health.  Sunshine worships around 500 weekly and had roughly 800 last Easter (2014).  With their fantastic facility, strong leadership, and healthy culture, Sunshine is positioned to easily be a church of over 1500 per weekend within a few years.



Sunshine presents an incredible opportunity for the worship arts director that is talented in both music and leadership.  They are NOT looking for and “artist in residence” but a “player-coach” who has team building skills, is a good communicator, and has the musical chops necessary to move Sunshine to new places.  There is a wealth of volunteer horsepower and a culture of empowerment and support.  Resources are not a major problem or challenge as giving is increasing and the church is not financially in dire straights or unhealthy.  The work Pastor Josh is doing in Sunshine has just begun, and he is there for the long haul.  Anyone taking this position would have the opportunity to build something with their fingerprints and DNA - not inherit something dysfunctional or unhealthy.  There is a longing for this position - and an excitement on the part of the congregation as much as the leadership. 

Worship & Ministry:


There is currently one worship service at 10AM full of energy and life.  Sunshine is in the fortunate position of having a fantastic facility that can accommodate their entire worshipping body at one service.  While this might not last much longer, it has been a rich season of uniting the body and bringing the larger church together.  


Sunshine is intergenerational and desires a style that is contemporary while being informed by the traditions and hymns of the past.    Current songs that come from Bethel or Hillsongs would be desired, alongside a mix of Tomlin and Baloche and other more mainstream contemporary, as well as newly arranged hymns from the past. The church is very expressive with strong engagement. As mentioned earlier, there are moments where the presence of the Holy Spirit is undeniable and powerful.  


While not in strong use today, the use of arts, drama, and dance are highly appreciated and encouraged.   


Lead Pastor Josh plays a critical role in the weekly design and build of the worship service and would be a key partner with the worship leader.  Pastor Josh also has ability and experience in the Worship Pastor seat and is perfectly positioned to be an advocate and support for the role.  


It is important to note that issues of worship style and preference are not being battled over at Sunshine.  There is a unity and cohesion which Pastor Josh has continued to foster and sustain.  

While no church is immune from conversation and difference of opinion around style and culture, it is wonderful to see Sunshine navigating those conversations with honesty, integrity, and health.  This is a worshipping church who are ready to move their corporate worship to the next level. 


Key Doctrine & Theological Positions:


Reformed, Evangelical, Doctrinally-focused:  A reformed understanding/hermeneutic of

soteriology/salvation, inerrancy of Scripture, uniqueness of Christ, etc. is essential. Anyone familiar with PCA, EPC, CRC, etc. should be fairly familiar with these concepts, but we are not limiting the search based on denomination – just doctrine.


Holy Spirit: Unlike many CRC / PCA churches, we are NOT cessationists. We believe in all the biblically-described gifts (including sign gifts), although they are not a regularly-expressed part of our corporate worship experience.


Sexual Boundaries:  Abstinence outside of marriage between one man and one woman is the standard for every believer, and we are called to submit to God’s standard in all of our desires / expressions / relationships / living arrangements


Soft Complimentarian:  Sunshine’s diaconate has been open to both men and women for 35+ years; however, the elder/pastor role continues to be only open to men due to biblical conviction.  Women are highly valued and involved here in many roles, including many types of leadership and forms of teaching. In marriage and in the governing office of the church (elder/pastor), however, our understanding of scripture is that male headship is the biblical mandate.


Next Steps


To find out more about Sunshine Community Church please visit to discover doctrinal beliefs, vision and values and the many other ministries of the church.   


If, after review, you sense that this would be a good fit for you, please contact Ted Vaughn at Slingshot Group by emailing 




IMPORTANT:  Please do not apply through the Church Staffing Website.  You will not receive any follow up by applying through the Church Staffing Website. 



Career Note:  We are working on a number of key Worship Arts and other Ministry Leadership positions at this time in various locations around the country.  Feel free to contact us via to learn more about these potential opportunities.