Slingshot Group

Worship Arts Pastor

Slingshot Group
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States


Date Posted: 06/03/2017
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Transitioning a church of age is difficult, but that’s exactly what has happened at Crossroads on the south side of Pittsburgh over the past couple of years. “The Lord is blessings us,” says Senior Pastor Ken Barner, “we are up over 20% from this time last year.”

 

There have been dramatic efforts to turn the church to being more externally focused in his two years as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Ken has been on the staff since 1990, and has the leadership trust to lead well through this next leg of growth. Their mission is to bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus. This is happening every week!

 

A remodeled kids area, and efforts to reach out to families (like a helicopter egg drop) is re-introducing this church to its surrounding community.

 

Young families flood the halls and the sanctuary and have introduced a new level of excitement and forward facing ministry of this church of 500+.  

 

It’s a new era of ministry at Crossroads, and the time is right to take steps forward in the area of worship as well.  While the church is non-denominational, it is affiliated with the Liberty Church Network and will serve as one of their centers this summer.

 

The worship ministry has been led by a part time leader for the past fifteen years.  This stable leadership has enabled the style to continually progress, and also allow the church to remain multi-generational. The congregation is engaged from the front row to the balcony in worship.  The ministry is comprised of a few dozen people, and can swell to as many as 75 during seasonal times of the year. 

 

A band consisting of drums, bass, guitar, keys and a handful of singers lead most weeks.  The playlist is modern with an occasional hymn for context.  “We really desire our services to be exciting, and to be done well,” says pastor Ken. This desire is evident through what is produced each week.

 

The use of video, video testimonies, and other forms of art are normal in the services.  

 

There is a new inviting culture emerging at the church, and ensuring excellence is critical. The band and vocalists utilize an off-night rehearsal every week, are committed to it, and to each other.

 

The ideal candidate for Crossroads will be a builder, one who can assess what is going on and build upon it. There is much that is going on in the ministry that is Right and should be amplified like the quality and commitment of the current volunteers & their community with one another.  There’s a sense that the ministry’s focus is right and on God.  There is good creativity visually happening.  

 

All of these would be areas that the next leader should be upon and enhance to go forward.

 

The team senses that the congregation would benefit hearing more teaching or explanation about lyrics to songs, they also believe that there could be more creativity outside of music on Sundays.

 

The ministry needs a builder - the bench needs to grow.  There needs to be more players/subs and more of a rotation of bands than just one band.

 

The next worship leader will need to be a pastor/leader first - “music guy” second. This is a relational church that needs to be well led moving into its future to reach it’s redemptive potential for Finleyville and beyond.

 

 

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