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First Presbyterian Church

Director for Worship Arts

First Presbyterian Church
Berkeley, California, United States

Date Posted: 03/26/2015
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

Director of Worship Arts

Exempt, Full Time, Benefits

Please apply directly to employer, rather than to this web site


1st Review Deadline (Priority Deadline): April 20, 2015
Rolling review upon receipt. Early applications are encouraged.

Position will remain open until filled.




Develop, plan, and direct various expressions of worship at First Pres including Sunday services, in partnership with the Senior Pastor, other staff, and lay leadership.


Creative/Programmatic Responsibilities:

  • Inform and steward the overarching vision and practices for regular and special worship opportunities at First Pres.
  • Promote efforts to integrate the larger life of the church, including our commitment to Christian Formation and Missional Engagement, in weekly worship.
  • Deepen our own worship vocabulary and facility through the active cultivation of a wide and diverse range of worship resources, connections, and networks.
  • Assist in the development, preparation, and communication of themes and seasons in worship, including the management of all publicity related to worship opportunities.
  • Facilitate and actively participate in worship planning efforts, shepherding the process from concept to execution, including oversight of all printed and projected media.
  • Provide individual worship preparation, input, and assistance, as needed, with preaching pastor, musicians, artists, and others involved in worship.
  • Participate in worship leadership where gifts, passion, and/or needs are evident.
  • Ensure regular worship debrief and assessment; guide implementation of ideas and suggestions for future expression.


Managerial Responsibilities:

  • Oversee scheduling of worship leaders, assistants and participants, music teams, choirs, greeters/ushers, welcome and prayer teams, etc.
  • Curate overall worship aesthetic and experience, ensuring attention to details and logistics, including sound, set-up, lighting, media, flowers, fine arts, candles, etc.
  • Coordinate all aspects of special worship elements, including baptism, communion, commissioning, personal witness, multi-media presentations, etc.
  • Facilitate Sunday pre-worship meetings and prayer for both services.
  • Provide financial management and oversight for worship-related budget.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Reports to:                   Senior Pastor


Direct Reports:             Director of Contemporary Worship Ministries, Director of Choral Ministries,
Organist, Audiovisual Supervisor, Administrative Assistant for Worship


Desired Qualities and Experience:

Education:                   Bachelor’s and related Master’s Degree or higher

  • A growing and deepening faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Able to articulate a clear theology of reformed worship and thoughtful philosophy of worship ministry.
  • Comfort and facility in a wide array of worship styles and contexts, including traditional, contemporary, multicultural, and global expressions of worship.
  • Demonstrated experience in worship organization and leadership in a church setting.
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational experience, including leadership and supervision of staff and volunteers, effective team building and group process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail; able to follow projects, ideas, and needs through to completion.
  • Manifest a healthy attention to work/life balance, personal spiritual practices, and times of rest and recreation.



How To Apply:

  • Find our application form at
  • Return this form with your Cover Letter and Resume to Bonnie Rauscher, Human Resources, at, or Bonnie Rauscher, First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA 94704.



1st Review Deadline (Priority Deadline): April 20, 2015
Rolling review upon receipt. Early applications are encouraged.

Position will remain open until filled.

Job offer will be contingent on passing a criminal record background check.