Forest Park Baptist Church

Worship Pastor (Joplin Campus First Service)

Forest Park Baptist Church
Joplin, Missouri, United States

Date Posted: 02/10/2018
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Baptist --SBC
Church Size: 1501 to 2000
Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

Forest Park Baptist Church has 6 worship services on three campuses. We are looking for a part-time worship leader / choir director who will lead one of these services, our classic worship service (hymns and choruses), on our largest campus. That service averages about 500 in attendance and features a 40 voice choir and 12 piece orchestra.

We understand that a part-time position isn't for everyone. However, Forest Park is a great church! You might be interested if you want to live in this area of the country, or you have been displaced because your church has abandoned traditional worship, or you feel called to be bi-vocational, or you are retired but want to serve in a part-time role. Or you might be interested just because you want to be part of a dynamic church where God is powerfully at work!

Essential qualifications include:

  • Experience in growing and leading an adult choir to perform at a high level.
  • Sensitivity to the Spirit's leading and the ability to draw people into powerful encounters with God in worship.
  • Ability to use (or learn to use) Planning Center.
  • 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 digital format (website link, YouTube, etc.) to or Search Team, Forest Park Baptist Church, 725 Highview, Joplin MO 64801


Position: Pastor: Joplin Campus 1st Service Worship

Classification:   Pastoral

Hours:        Part-time, salaried

Supervisors:    Lead Pastor and Central Team Worship 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 Pastoral 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
  • Grow in your personal relationship with God through regular devotions and Bible study.
  • Attend staff meeting as required.
  • Communicate consistently with your supervisor and those you lead.
  • Engage in continuing education opportunities.
  • Attend worship service every weekend.
  • Tithe (10% or more to Forest Park).
  • Engage in Forest Park's evangelism strategy.
  • Be loyal to Forest Park and the church vision and ministry
  • Live out Forest Park's Code and Staff Behavioral Values.

Specific Duties

  • Assist the pastor in planning high quality worship experiences by overseeing the worship production process for first service (includes music selection, video, sound, lighting, staging, etc).
  • Lead the tech and worship teams to perform ministry in a way that leads people to powerful encounters with God. Help attenders feel the presence of God and express their love for God through media and song.
  • Recruit and supervise a sufficient number of high quality instrumentalists, vocalists, tech volunteers, etc. to serve the first service attenders. Equip people for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
  • Oversee the choir and orchestra as well as soloists, ensembles, etc., ensuring that a growing number of people have opportunity to use their gifts in a way that glorifies God. Note that we have an orchestra director with whom you would work.
  • Provide trained volunteers to effectively lead worship when you are absent for vacation, etc.
  • Influence those serving in our music ministry to embrace Forest Park's passion for reaching people through our worship services.

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.


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