TITLE: Worship Minister (Loogootee Campus)
POSITION TYPE: Full Time
COMPENSATION: Salary, retirement benefits, vacation time (from day one)
REPORTS TO: Loogootee Campus Minister
Christian Church of Jasper (Jasper, Ind.) is searching for a someone to serve as a worship minister for its first multi-site campus in Loogootee, Ind. Christian Church of Jasper is a 16-year-old church plant currently averaging 1,600 in Sunday attendance.
The Loogootee campus is projected to open in fall 2016 but we want campus staff to begin sooner to understand the DNA of the church more fully.
The Loogootee Campus Worship Minister is responsible for leading music worship each week at the campus, building a ministry that attracts musicians, men, and serves the overall church body by leading songs focusing on the glory of God. The Loogootee Campus
Worship Minister will need to understand and integrate into the DNA of Christian Church of Jasper and its values, mission, and vision to love God, love people, and change the world.
Worship (and music worship, specifically) at CCJ should seek to honor and uplift God, love others, and live a lifestyle of authentic worship (i.e. striving to live for Jesus in everything we do, every day and everywhere). We want to honor and glorify
God by building bands of spiritually- and musically-committed people. We seek respond to God’s salvation for a particular people, place and time in a musical language people can understand (in other words, we don’t just do
songs in a specific style because they’re popular at the time).
- Lead music worship at the Loogootee campus on a regular basis. The worship minister will also lead at the Jasper campus on occasion.
- Build bands in a contextually-relevant style, speaking the language of a culture.
- Timely and effectively communicate to band members and A/V/L volunteers
- Work under the oversight of the campus minister with CCJ’s central staff worship minister providing guidance but not direct supervision (in other words, you’ll have one boss, not five).
- Assist in the planning and implementation of worship services.
- Disciple band members, guiding them toward a more committed relationship with Jesus.
- Assist in the discipleship and care of the larger church body.
- Attend staff meetings with both campus and, on occasion, Jasper and central staff.
- Assist in recording projects and songwriting and creative projects.
- Create and assist in ProPresenter presentations and basic graphic design projects.
- Committed follower of Jesus Christ, not a brand-new convert.
- Meet the qualifications of a minister as outlined in scripture.
- Aptitude of biblical truth and Restoration Movement theology.
- Possess a heart for rural ministry and southern Indiana.
- Excel as a member of the church staff on campus, and as a whole.
- Orderly, not scattered.
- Strong musical and vocal skills.
- Administrative/computer skills.
- Enthusiastic, but authentic presence when leading music worship.
- Ability to build bands in a few different styles while hewing to musical relevance.
- Encouraging and relational.
- Excellent public communication and worship leading skills
- Multi-generational exposure to songs of the church (past, present, and future).
- Song-writing ability.
- Ability to embrace the DNA of CCJ (see below)
- Flexibility and creative thinking in a growing church environment.
- Passion for seeing southern Indiana changed for the Kingdom.
Candidates should possess the minimum requirements of:
Bachelor's Degree from a college or university.
Prior experience in a Worship Ministry context.
ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS WHO INCLUDE RESUME AND VIDEO LINKS WILL BE CONSIDERED
NOTE: This job description is meant to be general in nature. Specific duties may be required that are not mentioned. Teamwork is a core value of Christian Church of Jasper. As CCJ grows, other responsibilities may be required and added.
- Elements of a Worship Service: We will do the following every week: Singing, Sermon, Communion, Offering.
- Authentic & Excellent: Our worship services are for the purpose of the gathered body to worship God together and for outsiders to understand what is going on. All elements should be done to the best of each person’s ability, not for the
sake of excellence itself, but for the glory of God. We care about His glory and we give our best to him. We don’t slack, but we are also authentic. Mistakes happen because we are human and we don’t allow that to stop us. We take God seriously but we don’t
take ourselves all the seriously.
- God-Glorifying/Gospel-Focused Songs That Follow The Sermon Topic: The songs we sing must be
less focused on us/I/me and how we feel about God but more about the attributes of God and His good news. Lyrics are vital as they put thoughts into people’s heads and hearts about God. This is not a light task. Song lyrics should be examined thoroughly
before being sung in congregational worship. Questionable theology should be rooted out immediately. The songs we sing each week should also, whenever possible, closely relate to the sermon topic. Lyrics should be carefully studied to enhance the big idea
of the sermon.
- Participation-Heavy Music Worship: One of the points of music worship is the corporate singing of praise to God by His people. The bands lead music worship, but music worship is not about the bands. To do this effectively, songs must be
primarily chosen for the ability of a congregation to sing it. This doesn’t mean we can’t push the congregation, but it means scrapping songs that, after a decent amount of time, the congregation hasn’t been able to participate with and seeking out and/or
writing songs that the congregation does and can participate with.
- Contextually-Appropriate Musical Style: We should speak the musical language of the people we are both serving and trying to reach. Corporate worship services are for the glory of God, but we must realize we have in our midst people who
don’t follow Jesus. What musical language do they speak? For instance a rural context (such as the one we are predominantly in) people tend to understand the musical language of country, roots, classic rock, “earthy” music. There is less understanding of the
musical language of urban music (though that is not always the case). This means we do not blindly import even popular CCM songs into your services without thought to what our culture is, sonically speaking. For example, Hillsong comes from Australia. Passion
is coming out of Atlanta and other large metropolitan areas. The same with Jesus Culture, Bethel or any number of artists (honestly, we don’t do many of these songs at CCJ) covered in church these days. It does mean, though, after carefully parsing the words
(the most important aspect of your church’s music), finding a way to make it sound like something that’s native to your land. It does mean taking tried-and-true classic hymns and breathing new life into them by making them sound familiar to the people you
are preaching to each week. The ultimate goal is to lead songs for the glory of God that are cloaked in the musical style of the area and people you are serving and seeking to reach.
- Masculine in Form/Complimentarian in Focus: God has given unique roles to each gender. He has called men to lead their homes. As such, we want to win men with the gospel of Jesus Christ (if the man is won, the family almost always follows).
One method is via the form of our music worship. Men respond to music that is more masculine in focus. In a broad sense, this means we shy away from hyper-emotionalism in our music worship. Traditional contemporary music worship often veers toward this area
and we want to avoid it. Emotions are OK and God-given, but men tend to respond more positively when the music features the traditional rock/country instrumentation set-up and strong lyrics. Again, sappy lyricism/instrumentation should be avoided and strong
focus on the reign and rule of Jesus should be encouraged. It’s not about how
we feel about God but rather what God has done for us and through us. This should be evaluated in every song. This doesn’t mean we never do more “feminine” songs or feature lead vocals from female singers (we do), but a good balance should be
struck every single week we gather.
- A Solid Balance of Old, New, and Original: Hymns and other songs that have survived through the years have survived for a good reason. Typically, they are very solid, theologically and musically. We want to continue to use them and will
not abandon hundreds of years of church history just because of age. Hymns should be approached from a fresh angle whenever possible and placed in a context (musically) that people understand and can relate to. Modern songs should be chosen judiciously in
keeping with the above philosophies listed. Original music (see the YELLOW category) should be approached with the same philosophy modern songs are approached with.
- Yes to Bands. No To Rotating Teams: One unique characteristic of CCJ music worship is the use of bands instead of a single, large team of singers and musicians that rotate in and out. The reason is subtle but very important to understand.
The use of bands allows for a groups of musicians to form a cohesive unit and identity (complete with band name approved by music worship leaders). It brings about more dynamic musical styles than a large team would. For instance a team basically provides
a single style of music every single week. Musicians and singers aren’t as able to fully use the gifting God has given them and is, instead, forced to fit into a mold provided by someone else. The use of bands means we can have several different styles of
music worship each month and greater diversity (for example, one band may be classic rock with wailing guitars and pounding drums, while another band may be bluegrass with a banjo and mandolin). Too often, the use of a large rotating team means you can’t use
musicians who don’t fit a modern worship format delivered to us via Nashville (and often, charismatic church culture).
- Original Music: Original music is close to the heart of what we do, though it is not the heart of music worship. We want to reflect the creativity of God via our creativity gifted to us by God. One way to do this is by writing songs teaching
our people Scripture through the music and teaching them truths about God via songs that will stay with them until death. We do not value original music over other songs, but we don’t shy away from these songs either. Quality is the key as well as participation.
If a song doesn’t work, we will scrap it, even if we labored over it. Original music is encouraged in worship leaders and musicians, but it doesn’t get special treatment in selection.
- Special Services: Occasionally there will be special services such as a Christmas service or a Night Of Worship where music is a key component. We will continue to do these, regardless of location, but how they look is location-specific
and subject to discussion and keeping with overall philosophy.
- What Bands Look Like: Style of bands is determined by volunteers. Who has the skills needed and the heart to serve Jesus and His church? This will determine what bands sound and look like more so than dictation from leadership. Again, context
is a huge factor. A speed metal band might not be the best fit for music worship in rural southern Indiana (but it might be in Norway, for instance).
- “Special” music: While not banned, the traditional “special” music idea is not one we look highly upon here. The primary purpose of a worship service is for God’s people to gather to glorify Him. While “special” music
can do this, it often veers into the territory of a “show,” and thus, not encouraged. In other words, there would need to be a very good reason to include an element of special music in the worship service. Typically, at CCJ, the bands have taken on
this task, if necessary.
- Recorded Music: CCJ Music is the umbrella of all CCJ bands. When we write songs or cover public domain songs with fresh arrangements, we have and will record these for the benefit of our people and those outside the church’s walls and regions.
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged as budgets and time and content permit.
- Outside the Walls Gigs: It is encouraged for bands to play events, festivals, etc. outside the church’s walls. However, each event should be analyzed based on what you would be perceived as supporting (for instance, events put on by believers
with wonky theology where view contrary to us would be heavily promoted should be avoided, but general community events such as town festivals are encouraged as outreach for the church and the Gospel).
- Worship Events: Christian concerts, etc. are OK but the realization should be that those are essentially Christian entertainment events and less true outreach to the unchurched. As such, the desire to host these types of events should be
minimal and scrutinized heavily before committing time and resources to them.