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McKinney Church

Worship Leader/Pastor

McKinney Church
Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 07/13/2016
Categories: Music Ministry - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Bible Church
Church Size: 2501 to 3000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position: Worship Leader/Pastor


Reports to: Executive Pastor


Position Focus: To develop and lead dynamic and engaging worship environments that

help people Connect with Christ.


The Vision: To develop Christ-centered people who make a difference, by helping them

Connect with Christ, Transform in Community, and Engage their World.


Key Relationships:

  • • The Creative Team
  • • The Worship Team/Band
  • • McKinney Staff


The Position:

The Worship Leader/Pastor is responsible for developing and leading a dynamic worship

ministry that helps people Connect with Christ. This person will not only need to

demonstrate a high degree of musical expertise but also a demonstrated ability to recruit,

train, mobilize, and shepherd volunteer teams to serve in this area.

Areas of Responsibility include but are not limited to:


1. Leading the way personally:

We believe effective leaders are taking people someplace they are willing to go. We expect

that everyone on the staff team at McKinney models a personal commitment to Christcenteredness

on a daily basis. Secondarily, we expect our staff team to champion and

support the mission and vision of McKinney personally.


2. Overseeing music ministries:

  • • Responsible for all aspects of the music ministry of McKinney.
  • • Shepherd and develop a band of volunteer musicians and vocalists.
  • • Lead the congregation in worship both on and off the stage.
  • • Model a value of “Launching the next generation” by steady adoption of new

approaches and methodologies.

  • • Model a value of doing “Church as a family” through a commitment to multigenerational

worship environments.

  • • Inspire and foster a culture of response among the congregation.


3. Develop & collaborate with teams:

  • • Develop, recruit, train and spiritually lead a team of people to execute music and other

special elements within our worship services.

  • • Serve on the creative planning team. Planning sermon series and other church wide


  • • Develop a team volunteers and contract employees to help with Special Events.


  • • Creative
  • • Relationally Gifted
  • • Strong Leadership
  • • Self Starter
  • • Organized
  • • Tuned in to cultural trends
  • • Visionary
  • • Team Player
  • • Strong Work Ethic
  • • Positive and Optimistic Attitude
  • • Ministry Minded
  • • Thinks Outside-the-box
  • • Patient
  • • Compassionate
  • • Good Listener
  • • Maintains Confidentiality


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty

satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill,

and/or ability required.


Education and Experience:

  • • College preferred (at least some theological training ideal)
  • • An ability to read music, transpose, and create chord charts

Familiarity with the following technologies & systems:

  • • Mac Computers
  • • Reason, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, or other music software.
  • • Planning Center
  • • Significant experience (3 years +) in the area of worship leadership

Resumes and a video sample of you leading in worship should be submitted via email to

Justin Atkins @


LOCATION: Fort Worth, TX





McKinney Church (McKinney) is a non-denominational, externally-focused Bible church whose purpose is to “Develop Christ-Centered People Who Make a Difference” by helping them Connect with Christ, Transform in Community, and Engage their World.


McKinney emphasizes the practical relevance of the Bible for everyday life and for empowering and equipping its members to serve the world in Jesus’ name.


McKinney has experienced steady growth over the last 20 years, with significant growth in the number of families with young children over the last several years.


The main church facility sits on twenty acres of land and has recently completed its final expansion with a new student ministry space and chapel. The current worship facility was completed in 2003 and seats 1800 people. The church also worked with an environmental design firm and AVL contractor to update its existing facility in 2014/15.


McKinney is led by Lead Pastor Chris Freeland. Chris is a young, winsome leader whose communication, relational skills, and age have led to a strong sense of excitement and growth trend, particularly in younger families. He transitioned into the Lead Pastor role in March 2011 following an extremely successful intentional transition from a senior pastor of 27 years.


The church has a distinctive philosophy of ministry that is committed to maintaining the tension between a strong theological foundation and passionate external focus. The church also places high value on doing great ministry themselves and embracing great ministry other places wherever it is happening.


McKinney Church is located in the southwestern part of Fort Worth, Texas, not far from the campus of Texas Christian University and Southwestern Baptist Seminary. The overall population of Fort Worth is largely churched. As a result, many who come to McKinney have been exposed to the Gospel, but a steady number of people come with very little or no church background. While many of the unchurched or nominally churched come to faith in Christ through their involvement at McKinney, the focus of the church is on equipping people to serve Christ in their particular sphere of influence, in their neighborhoods, and around the world.



McKinney’s Purpose (What we strive to do):

“To develop Christ-Centered People Who Make a Difference.”

McKinney’s Process (How we do it):

By helping them…


Connect with Christ: Moving a person to a point of decision to respond to the Gospel, either for

eternal life or the Christian life.


Transform in Community: Moving a person to a Community Group for authentic relationships,

application of Scripture, and external focus, together.


Engage their World: Moving a person to a Gospel-driven lifestyle of service, every day, every

door, every time.



1. Open-Handedness: We love celebrating and partnering where God is at work all over our city and all over the world. Church is bigger than McKinney.


2. Biblical Preaching that’s Portable: We love to unpack the Bible in a way that is clear so we can understand it, apply it, and take it with us wherever we go.


3. Church as a Family: We love to see different generations worshipping side-by-side.

That means all of us make sacrifices, but that’s what family does.


4. No Perfect People Allowed: We love being a family where it’s safe to share the real

truth about ourselves and pursue Jesus together.


5. Ministry is a Team Sport: We love to develop and challenge every person (not just afew pastors) to be involved in what God is doing wherever we are.



McKinney is a Bible church focused on the clear message of the Bible and how it applies to regular people in today’s world. McKinney strives to maintain that focus throughout their ministries as they challenge people to serve God by serving others.


McKinney focuses the majority of its resources, energy, and effort around developing its

outward focus in serving the community. The primary goal at McKinney is not to only bring people to the church, but rather to have the church be a training center that equips and mobilizes people to serve in the world in some capacity.


The Church offers two Sunday morning worship times each week at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM.  Services combine contemporary music with relevant, expository preaching. Worship Services are the primary environment for helping people “Connect with Christ.”


McKinney is a church of community groups which meet throughout the week with a focus on

applying truth through sermon based studies, reaching new people through the multiplication of groups, and serving the community together. Community Groups are geographically based and are the primary environments for helping people “Transform in Community.”


While McKinney has been known as a church with a heart for the world and has a significant missions emphasis, there is also an emphasis on equipping members to develop a personal ministry to people within their sphere of influence. Whether through mission teams, church-wide service days, community group projects, or individual ministry, McKinney tries to leverage each environment to help people “Engage their World” every day of their lives.


In addition, there is a significant focus on continuing to provide excellent Children’s, Family, and Student Ministry to the increasing number of young families that have started attending McKinney while seeking increased alignment of those ministries around the church’s purpose and process. As the church continues the transition to its new and younger Lead Pastor, the church anticipates even more growth in this younger demographic.


McKinney also recently launched Iglesias McKinney in 2015, a Spanish speaking congregation that meets on Sundays at 10:30am in the new chapel. English speaking kid’s and students from Iglesias McKinney integrate into the existing ministries of McKinney Church.



Fort Worth is listed as #9 on’s “100 Best Places to Live” for 2011 and the 5th Fastest Growing city in the US. Fort Worth carries a genuine Texan flair while also boasting cosmopolitan offerings in art and culture. The economy of Fort Worth has remained stable throughout the economic downturn and a wide variety of affordable housing options abound.


In the 1870’s, it was a stop on the great cattle drive to Kansas, called the Chisholm Trail, and when the railroads arrived it became a livestock market in its own right. Cowboys and outlaws populated the city in its early years, and much of that character remains. While the cattle trade is still a major industry, the Stockyards provide a stimulating, atmospheric slice of the Old West life.


Fort Worth also prides itself on excellent museums – the best in the state – and a bustling downtown that exists on a human scale. Looking toward the future, the city is also undertaking the massive Trinity River Master Plan, which will include one of the largest urban parks in the US and trails and greenways along the Trinity River.


Nearby Arlington is home to both the Texas Rangers baseball franchise and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.


The community is ethnically diverse, yet economically homogenous with most falling into the middle to upper-middle income range. A large percentage of the population has at least some church background though there is a small percentage of the population that is completely unchurched. Fort Worth (and nearby Dallas) boast a number of excellent universities and seminaries for the candidate with interest in pursuing additional education as a means to expanding their ministry.