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Emmanuel Baptist Church

Pastor of Worship and Media Arts

Emmanuel Baptist Church
Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Date Posted: 05/03/2017
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

At Emmanuel, our mission is to engage people beyond our walls with transforming gospel truth.  Strategically positioned in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the church exists to provide our community a worship venue where God’s redemptive message is clearly presented and lives can be transformed.  We encourage attendees to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through meaningful connections with other believers and to live out their faith by serving the Lord with gladness as we impact our neighbors and the nations for Christ.


Dr. David McAlpin assumed the senior pastorate in 2016 after serving a number of years as professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  A gifted leader, mentor and communicator, Dr. McAlpin is focused on equipping the church to minister to more people within our geographical area.  Our goal is to broaden the ministry reach from the current 600 persons (approximately 400 adults and 200 youth/children with an average Sunday morning worship attendance of 325) to a vision goal of 1,000 persons (average Sunday morning worship attendance of 600) and are seeking a worship and media arts pastor who can provide the music and creative leadership necessary to expand our impact.  Emmanuel enjoys an easily accessible location, ample facilities, a ministerial budget of approximately $1,000,000, capable lay servant leaders, and a dedicated full-time staff of five persons that would make this opportunity an attractive ministry field for interested candidates.  Emmanuel is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and its theological beliefs align with the Baptist Faith and Message as approved on June 14, 2000.


Emmanuel is seeking a worship and media arts pastor who, first and foremost, loves Jesus and is a person of character and integrity.  The prospective pastor should be consistently honest and trustworthy, modeling an authentic Christian life.  As leader of our music ministry, we are seeking a candidate who can partner with our senior pastor to plan Sunday morning worship services and choose contemporary congregational hymns and songs1 that engage people and support the preaching of God’s word.  The candidate also would recruit, audition, teach, train, and rehearse musicians/choirs to serve the church with skill and humility.  Our desire is to grow our music and arts ministry as an extension of community outreach with practical and relational opportunities for all age groups.  The successful candidate also would oversee media arts, which includes the A/V production team and the church’s website and social media platforms.         


The successful candidate will ideally possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or a seminary degree, along with at least five years of leadership experience in worship, media, or creative arts.  The candidate will be theologically aligned with the church as described above.


Emmanuel recently celebrated its 53rd year of ministry.  Over the past half century, Emmanuel has birthed new churches in our region, sent missionaries to unreached people groups, and engaged in missions work across the world, including closed countries. 


Given its proximity to major transportation arteries in the region, attendees span the southern metropolitan area.  The most beautiful aspect of the church are its people.  There is a high degree of diversity among its membership, spanning a broad cross-section of age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.  Members are united by the work of Jesus Christ in their lives and a commitment to passionately love God individually and together, purposefully grow in Christ in such a way where no one walks alone, and profoundly influence people by meeting needs and making Jesus known to our neighbors and the nations.


Overland Park and the surrounding area is considered among the best places to live in the country.  The website, which researches the most livable small- to medium-sized cities in the nation, ranked Overland Park as No. 17 on its list of “Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2016.”  Our city enjoys excellent schools, great recreational facilities, numerous entertainment options, and a growing economy.  Overland Park is also nationally recognized as a great place to raise a family.  City leaders, top employers, and most residents put children first when it comes to spending and programming.  The website rated Overland Park No. 1 in the nation in its ranking of 2015’s “Best City for Families”, and, in 2017, Business Insider named Overland Park near the top of its list of “25 Cities with the Best Quality of Life in the U.S.”, given its home values, cost of living, crime rates, and job availability.  The 2014 median household income in the city was $73,400.  Adding to the quality of life, the Kansas City region is known for its famous BBQ, professional sports teams, and over 35 miles of paved hiking and biking trails in Overland Park alone.  The Kansas City area is also home to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, providing a source of top quality speakers, events, and access to a large theological library. 



Interested candidates are invited to follow the following steps in order to apply and be considered for the position:   

  1. Prepare a cover letter describing your interest and a resume summarizing your qualifications and experience.
  2. Submit a sample clip of you leading congregational worship (preferably video, via a web link such as YouTube).
  3. Send the cover letter, resume, and a link to the sample congregational worship clip to

A member of the personnel committee will respond     indicating receipt of these materials and outline next steps.