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Worship Pastor and Central Team Leader

Forest Park Baptist Church
Joplin, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 10/14/2017
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Forest Park Baptist Church is a multi-site church looking for a worship leader who will not only lead our contemporary worship service on our largest campus, but oversee the worship ministry at all three of our campuses. We feel a need to reach younger families for Christ and are looking for a leader with great people skills who has Forest Park's evangelistic DNA. We think we need a different leader (part time) for our first service (traditional). But if you could do both (traditional first service and contemporary second service) with excellence, we'd love for you to apply as well.


Essential qualifications include:

  • Five + years of combined experience and education.
  • Ability to oversee technology used in worship including proficiency in Propresenter, Ableton, etc.
  • Ability to play an instrument while leading preferred; ability to understand and communicate with the band required.
  • Sensitivity to the Spirit's leading and the ability to draw people into powerful encounters with God in worship.
  • A good match with our church's vision, values, and behavioral values (see below).
  • See more on the job description below.

To apply please send resume with references AND video footage of three worship services you have led in DVD or digital format (website link, YouTube, etc.) to  or Search Team, Forest Park Baptist Church, 725 Highview, Joplin MO 64801



Position: Pastor: Joplin Campus 2nd Service Worship and Central Worship Leader


Classification: Pastoral

Hours: Full-time, salaried

Supervisor: Lead Pastor


  Essential Qualifications for Ministerial Staff

  • Must be a dedicated Christian of Southern Baptist faith.
  • Must be willing to become a member of Forest Park Baptist Church.
  • Must show capabilities to plan, organize, schedule, delegate responsibilities, demonstrate wise stewardship, and implement the total church vision, strategy, and values.
  • Personality characteristics should include the following: honesty, tactfulness, integrity, courtesy, cooperation, confidence, friendliness, enthusiasm, optimism, cheerfulness, loyalty, sense of humor.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Must demonstrate leadership capabilities in area of ministry.
  • Willingness to serve with team approach to ministry.

Principal Function: To strengthen Forest Park spiritually and numerically by helping people take their next step toward God.

Primary Duty:  To train, encourage, and grow staff and volunteers for the building up of the body of Christ.  Ref. Eph. 4:11-13

Expectations of Forest Park Ministerial Staff

  • Provide leadership to assigned areas in the staff organizational chart.
  • Recruit, train, guide, and evaluate paid and/or volunteer workers in your area of ministry.
  • Coordinate the effective use of equipment and resources within area of ministry.
  • Administer programs within the limits of the budget and follow church financial procedures.
  • Build spiritual maturity in the lives of the volunteers and staff with whom you work.
  • Set appropriate goals for your ministry and lead in the achieving of those goals.
  • Participate in regular devotions and Bible study.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Communicate with your supervisor and those you lead on a regular basis.
  • Pursue continuing education opportunities.
  • Attend a minimum of one worship service every weekend.
  • Tithe 10% or more to Forest Park.
  • Engage in Forest Park's evangelism strategy.
  • Remain loyal to Forest Park and the church vision and ministry.
  • Live out Forest Park's Code and Staff Behavioral Values.

Specific Duties


Campus Responsibilities

1. The Worship Pastor is responsible for the successful execution of Sunday 2nd service.

  • Overseeing the entire tech/worship ministry to insure that all programming is executed well.
  • Lead the tech/worship team to do life together by pouring into them individually and leading them to do the same to each other.
  • Cast vision to the worship team regarding Forest Park’s strategy of creating environments where people can worship, grow and serve.
  • Recruit, inspire, and equip volunteer Team Leaders to execute our vision with excellence. Follow all protocol required ensuring safety and appropriate training and orientation.
  • Maintain and purchase equipment needed on stage as well as in tech booth.
  • Connect with families who are new to the church.

2. The Worship Pastor is responsible for the successful execution of extra programs.

  • Responsibilities include weddings, funerals and groups that may use the worship center.
  • Ensuring that sound/media are functioning with the operators that are needed.
  • Lead worship in our Sunday night outreach events for Students, "Unite."

3. The Worship Pastor is expected to provide upper level leadership on the campus as a whole.

  • Work with the campus staff to create inspiring, Christ-centered environments.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Play a significant role in the leadership and execution of campus wide activities.
  • Provide Pastoral care to families and attenders of the church.
  • Prepare and manage a budget for Forest Park Joplin worship ministry.

Central Team Responsibilities

  • Pass down vision developed by the Lead Team to staff and volunteers working in their assigned ministries.
  • Actively promote Forest Park core values and staff behavioral values.
  • Align policies, programs, and procedures so that all campuses are consistent in the execution of our ministries.
  • Leverage the benefits of synergy by working with teams to discover and implement creative ideas and best practices.
  • Create a culture where staff and volunteers feel valued and appreciated.
  • Coach staff and volunteers to analyze and solve problems.
  • Provide orientation and training to new staff and volunteers.
  • Keep the Lead Team informed.
  • Provide training and growth opportunities with the goal of moving ministries to the next level.
  • Meet with the other central team member’s monthly and with leaders in his or her assigned area at least twice a month.
  • Keep the calendar updated and the staff informed about upcoming events.
  • Assist Campus Pastors in evaluating the performance of staff.


Forest Park's Vision: Helping people take their next step toward God

Forest Park's Strategy: Creating environments where people worship, grow and serve


Forest Park Core Values

1.  Evangelism-Lost people matter to God so they matter to us.

  • This affects the way we worship services.  Most churches focus on discipleship rather than evangelism in their worship services.
  • It includes the expectation that we do personal evangelism, what we call I3 (invest, invite, involve).
  • It must permeate every ministry (students, children, worship, grow, serve)
  • Our concept of discipleship is that biblical discipleship produces evangelists. Biblical discipleship begins with evangelism and ends with evangelism making people "fishers of men."

2. Grace-We love people when they least expect it.

  • Everyone is welcome, everyone is accepted, everyone is loved.
  • We love people where they're at, but love them enough to help them take next steps.
  • We believe in the second chance.
  • We prefer a messy church to a sterile one.
  • We are a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
  • The worse they are, the more we want to be their friends.
  • Grace allows us to be transparent and real because fear of judgment leads to wearing masks.

3. Sacrifice-We give up what we love for what we love even more.

  • We give up personal preferences for the sake of reaching people.
  • We do what is best for the whole instead of protecting our area of ministry.
  • We follow the example of Jesus

4. Simplicity-We do less so we can accomplish more.

Having a simple process has multiple advantages including:

  • Less burnout of volunteers and staff
  • More money for key programs
  • More excellence in what we do.
  • More commitment because people "get it."
  • More growth as a church

5. Excellence-Doing our best honors God.

  • The pursuit of excellence protects us from the laziness that can come from simplicity
  • Excellence is not perfection. It is doing our very best.
  • Excellence requires that we welcome constructive criticism, feedback, and input.

6. Innovation-The gospel never changes, but our strategy for sharing it with our culture does.

  • "Becoming all things to all people that by all possible means we might reach some" drives us to adapt our methods to impact our culture.
  • To reach people we have never reached, we must do things we've never done.
  • We are students of our culture so that we can discover how to best connect them to God.
  • Innovation brings criticism, but we are more concerned with the opinion of God than the opinions of critics.

7. Unity: We don’t have to agree on every point to love each other and serve God together.

  • It is more important to be loving than to be right.
  • Speaking the truth in love allows us to share differences of opinion while maintaining unity.
  • In essentials we have unity, in non-essentials we have liberty, and in all things we show love.

Staff Behavior Code

We Stand United

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  (Prov.  18:24)

  • We promote and protect the interests and reputations of our pastors and staff.
  • We treat our teammates with respect and give all the benefit of the doubt.
  • We don't portray our church or our leaders in a negative light to anyone.
  • We actively stand up for those on our team whose leadership is being attacked.

We Do More With Less

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  (2 Cor.  4:2)

  • We place high value on wise stewardship because of the importance of our work and the sacrifices of the givers.
  • We value high capacity leaders who can find a way to move the church forward regardless of resources available.
  • We fund the greatest needs. Need is not enough to justify expense.
  • We achieve financial success through disciplined spending.
  • We restrict spending of those who do not follow our financial procedures.
  • We encourage thrift so that we have plenty of funds for essentials.

We Do What's Right

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.  (Prov.  11:3)

  • We speak the truth in love.
  • We strive to be models of Christlike character and virtue.
  • We are reliable: we do what we say and fulfill our commitments
  • We carefully follow church and government rules for handling church money.
  • We avoid conduct which could damage the reputation of our church.

We Laugh Hard and Work Harder

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  (Prov.  17:22) Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  (Col.  3:23)

  • We use humor as a way to engage audiences and cope with pain.
  • Fun attitudes are contagious. We want everyone infected.
  • We believe in hiring race-horses that have to be slowed down, rather than mules which have to be whipped.
  • We protect ourselves from workaholism by diverting daily, withdrawing weekly, and abandoning annually.

We Have a Long Way to Go

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

  • We celebrate what God has done in our past, but focus on moving toward God's purpose and plan for the future.
  • We give God all the glory for that is good about Forest Park.
  • We are quick to admit when we've made a mistake.
  • We look for ways to grow and improve because none of us has achieved our full potential.
  • We are open to constructive criticism from our supervisors, peers, subordinates and even our enemies.
  • For the team to get better, we must get better. And we will.

We Bend So We Don't Break

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  (2 Cor.  4:8-9)

  • Our work is difficult, but we persevere because God has called us and souls are on the line.
  • We adapt to changes in our church and community for the advancement of our mission.
  • We are open-minded to new ideas and creative alternatives which are compatible with scripture and our core values.
  • We think outside of our job description and add value wherever we are needed.
  • Although we may suffer for our faithfulness, we recognize that compared to the sacrifice of Christ and many other Christians, we are blessed.