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John Knox Presbyterian Church

Seattle, Washington, United States

Date Posted:
Music Ministry - Other
Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size:
351 to 500
Job Type:
John Knox Presbyterian Church
Job Description:
Worship Ministry Description:

In response to God’s grace, the worship ministry engages our full complement of expressive gifts
in love and adoration to Him. Worship ministry at John Knox speaks truth, embraces beauty, and
is enlivened by God’s Spirit. Such congregational worship inspires deeper love for God and
neighbor, and is therefore inherently relational in goal and practice.

Worship ministry areas at John Knox currently include: regular Sunday and special worship
services, monthly prayer meetings, visual art ministry, mid-week gatherings of children and
students that incorporate musical worship, and an annual week of Vacation Bible School.
Sunday worship services include both creative and traditional liturgical forms. A team of lay
liturgists rotates weekly to lead the congregation through the service. Music is typically led by a
combination of the worship band (guitars, piano, drums, keyboard) and the organ, with other
wind and string instruments and the Selah Choir often included. JKPC enjoys a variety of
musical styles in worship, from hymns both old and new, to spirituals and Taizé, contemporary
worship music, classical, chant -- even the occasional Bruce Springsteen, U2, or Bob Marley
song. Video, visual art, drama, and dance are all used in the context of corporate worship
throughout the Church year.

The worship ministry at John Knox seeks to be continually redefined by the magnificent God to
whom we offer praise. We are not captive to tradition or fad. We value the ongoing process of
understanding who God is calling us to be, a process which opens us up to learning new ways of
glorifying Him together.

Director of Worship, Music, and the Arts Mission Summary:
Lead the congregation in worship by example, engagement, and empowerment.

Ministry Responsibilities:
· Provide overall leadership, vision, and administration of the worship ministry
· Directly lead and/or delegate leadership of worship ministry areas
· Act as an integral part of the church staff
· Enlist, encourage, and develop leaders gifted in music, drama, visual art, dance, etc.
· Increase the desire and capacity of the congregation to experience God and connect with
Him through worship

· To the Pastor (Head of Staff)
· To the Session through designated Elder(s)
· To the Worship Ministry lay committee led by designated Elder(s)

General Qualifications:
A qualified applicant is one who:
· Exhibits a personal lifestyle and confession that demonstrates that Jesus is Lord of
his/her life
· Is knowledgeable, inquisitive, humble, and practical about living as a Christian
· Displays the John Knox Worship Values in his/her own life
· Can demonstrate skill in vocal musicianship, conducting and other forms of musical
· Possesses excellent aesthetic judgment and the ability to work with other types of artists
· Is flexible (knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em…)
· Displays leadership gifts and the desire to work with others to meet goals
· Demonstrates strong administrative and communication skills

Bachelor’s Degree or beyond, in area(s) of expertise related to the Ministry Responsibilities

Experience directing worship ministries within the Reformed tradition is preferred. Other
relevant experience which displays the ability to direct the worship ministry at JKPC will be

To learn more about worship ministry at John Knox, we recommend the following
· John Knox Presbyterian Church Websitehttp://www.jkpcusa.org
· How Shall We Worship? (Vital Questions) by Marva Dawn
· Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God's Narrative by Robert Webber
· Calvin Institute of Christian Worship – Ten Core Convictions About Christian Worship http://www.calvin.edu/worsh/about/ten/
· Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Websiteo http://www.pcusa.org/navigation/whoweare.htm
· Presbyterians for Renewal http://www.pfrenewal.org/about-us/mission
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