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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Riverside Church - Worship & Creative Arts Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Fort Myers, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 06/14/2017
Categories: Media/Technology - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Riverside Church consists of a group of ordinary people who care about individuals in an extraordinary way. The culture of the church is relationally authentic and transparent. We are passionate about discipling and sending out gospel carriers to reach the world for Christ.


Riverside officially began on December 23, 1916, and celebrated its centennial milestone less than a year ago. Riverside is passionate about its mission to make and send disciples who love and live like Jesus. Their method of intentional relational discipleship modeled by Jesus is a life-on-life approach that connects people to God and to each other. The church is focused on creating relational environments where people “do life together” and grow in Christ's likeness. Riverside defines a growing disciple of Jesus as a person who chooses to follow Jesus, is being changed by Jesus, and is committed to being on mission with Jesus (Matthew 4:19).

Riverside Church is known as a disciple-making church, and they are growing and thriving. Over the last four years, the church has become a discipleship training center, not only locally, but regionally and internationally. Riverside has trained people in Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Bolivia, Haiti, Nicaragua and Mexico. They’ve also offered training in multiple languages, so that international pastors are equipped to do it themselves. As part of its disciple-making endeavor, the church currently coaches five churches around the country, equipping their leaders to implement the discipleship model as well.


About the Position:

This role is to oversee all elements of service programming for Riverside Church under the direction and leadership of the Executive Pastor. This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values and strategy of Riverside Church and the ability to align staff, leadership teams, and volunteers with its mission, vision and values. This position will lead all components of worship programming including music, audio, video, lighting, creative elements and series planning.

What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree in a related field is preferred.

  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience leading worship & creative arts ministries.
  • Must be spiritually gifted and talented in the arts and music.
  • Must demonstrate the gift of leadership in worship and in personal ministry.
  • Experience in creating worship settings with a variety of music expressions, including but not limited to traditional, gospel, modern, and contemporary musical genres.
  • Excellent relational skills in both professional and non-professional environments.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with professional and non-professional musicians for creative expression.
  • Ability to lead naturally gifted as well as classically trained musicians.
  • Strong administrative skills in organizing and empowering volunteer leaders to execute services and programs.
  • Versatile, excellent musicianship both vocally and instrumentally, and has professional and practical training in music/worship.
  • Proven ability recruiting, training, and developing leaders and volunteers (both technically and spiritually) within a worship arts ministry.

About the Location:

Nestled alongside the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida, Fort Myers is a midsize metro area. It has retained its small-town heritage though, with a charming downtown lined with shops and restaurants, many of which have remained through growth of the town over the years. Museums, parades, festivals, theaters, music, parks, historical sites and art galleries pepper the metro area and its social calendar. 

Fort Myers is not only popular for its beaches, fishing and shopping, but is also prominently known for two of the nation’s most famed inventors and business leaders, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Their homes are among popular attractions in the area, with both estates serving as museums alongside The Imaginarium Science Center, Historic Downtown, and the Murphy-Burroughs House add to the city’s unique culture and rich heritage.

Fort Myers is a gateway to the Southwest Florida region, with its airport that serves as an international hub. Having been the epicenter of the economic downfall in 2007, the state of Florida has recovered well, and continues to progress. Among key industries contributing to the growing economy are, Lee Memorial Hospital Systems, Chico’s World Headquarters, Hertz World Headquarters, hospital networks, and real estate firms. Education is a priority in the state, where great schools are led by Fort Myers Senior High school that is ranked as one of the best public schools in the nation, particularly due to its International Baccalaureate program (Newsweek Magazine). The K-12 school system offers many options from large home schooling communities, to both Christian and public institutions.

The population spread of the city is highly diverse. The residents of Fort Myers benefit from a lack of state income taxes. Everyday expenses such as groceries also tend to be more affordable in this region. Due to its close proximity to the Southwest Florida region, Fort Myers includes an interesting blend of young and old, which may not be typical for a town known as a retirement hot spot. Though nearly a quarter of the population is over age 60, the city contains the youngest population of the County with a median age of 32, offering a home to a sizable millennial population as well as a significant number of young families.

Abounding with waterways, attractions, shopping, natural wonders and an ideal lifestyle for any age, the fast-growing city of Fort Myers offers a haven of opportunities to those who desire to make it home.