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Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church

Director of Worship and Arts

Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church
Suffolk, Virginia, United States

Date Posted: 07/27/2015
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCA
Church Size: 751 to 1000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Suffolk, Virginia is seeking a full-time candidate for the position of Director of Worship and Arts. Our church of around 750 is located in the suburban Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, seeks a candidate who feels called to developing relationships with followers of Christ who worship God passionately.



Required Qualifications


• Experience in blended worship services
• Ability to lead worship in both traditional and contemporary settings
• Ability to conduct choral music
• Experience with music notation software (Finale or Sibelius)
• Ability to arrange music for varied instrumentation and singers
• Passion for developing music ministry and engaging the body of Christ
• Worship leading experience
• Strong, passionate worship presence



Preferred Qualification


• Degree(s) in music
• Piano and/or guitar accompanist experience
• Choral arranging and conducting experience



Application Requirements


• Cover letter including a statement of personal faith and theology
• Resume
• Four references (professional, educational, and/or clergy)
• Video recording of worship service experience (leading worship, if available)

Worship and Arts Director Job Description Overview


?The Worship and Arts Director is a full time ministry position that includes oversight of all aspects of the worship and arts ministry at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church.  Specifically the position requires the following:


1)  Spiritual Maturity


?The director shall be a person who demonstrates a passionate love for God and a 

?sacrificial love for neighbor.  Jesus says all the Law is summed up in these two

commandments (Matt 22:37-40).  Love for God involves prizing Him, serving Him

and obeying Him (Pss 27, 95).  Love for neighbor is shown in the fruit of the Spirit

(Gal 5:22-23).  The director shall be in general agreement with the basics of Reformed




2)  Leadership Skills


?The director shall be a person with vision and a shepherding heart.  He should have

?strong people skills, an ability to resolve conflict, a heart that cares for others and builds 

?a sense of team.


3)  Musical Taining


Though it is preferred that the candidate possess a music degree, this is not a requirement.  The candidate must possess the ability to compose/arrange music for strings (standard quartet), choir or other vocal ensemble (SATB), brass/wind ensemble instruments, and standard contemporary music instruments (piano, guitar, bass, drums).  Piano and/or guitar accompanying experience is preferred.


4)  Ministry Development


?One of the primary determinants for appointment to this position is a vision for 

?broadening the scope of ministry itself.  This includes creativity in planning weekly

?and special services, recruiting new instrumentalists and singers, and expanding style(s)

?of music to accommodate aesthetic values of the musicians and congregation at large.

?The candidate should be eager to develop relationships within the church body beyond

?Sunday morning worship (i.e. monthly visitor dinners and other church events).


5)  Job Responsibilities


• Energetic worship leading for Sunday morning services
• Scheduling and shaping of worship liturgies, music and texts
• Scheduling of all musicians’ involvement
• Maintenance of proper music licensure
• Recruitment of new musicians and choir members
• Development of pastoral relationships with musicians and choir members
• Oversight of other arts ministries and sanctuary aesthetics
• Organization and facilitation of special services and  concerts
• Oversight of sanctuary audio/visual staff and volunteers

A Theology of Worship


Worship is our response to who God is and what God has done in creation and redemption (Rev 4-5).  Today this is supremely revealed in Jesus Christ, through whom God made all things and by whom God will remake all things.  He is the firstborn of creation and the firstborn from the dead (Col 1).  Worship is therefore to be Christo-centric.  This worship is to encompass all of life but finds its corporate expression in the regular gatherings of God's people (1 Cor 14).  When we worship together we encounter, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14-16), the real presence of the resurrected Jesus, who is the revelation of God (Jn 1).  This worship is more than intellectual assent; it is the experienced presence of God Himself (1 Cor 5).  Such worship is meant to lead to genuine obedience as God sends us into the world as His agents of renewal.


Corporate worship can be seen as involving four movements:  1)  the gathering (Ps 95, Ps 96, Ps 97);  2)  interaction with the Word (1 Cor 14, Col 3);  3)  observance of the Table (Lu 22, 1 Cor 11);   and 4)  the sending (2 Cor 13; 1 Thess 5).  Within these movements we desire to be creative, infused with scripture, informed by our Reformed tradition, dialogical, embodied, engaging with all the senses, convergent with old and new elements and styles, and participatory (Gen 1, Col 3, Rev 4-5).  In addition, we want the predominant mood to be celebration and joy because in Christ God has conquered our enemies, is presently establishing his reign and will one day remove all that is evil and broken.  He will create a new heaven and a new earth in which everything that is good, true and beautiful will be exalted (Rev 21-22).