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Prairie Lakes Church - Worship Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 03/22/2018
Categories: Worship Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Weekly Attendance (Cedar Falls Campus): 1800

Denomination: Nondenominational / Baptist 

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

About the Organization:

Prairie Lakes Church has existed in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for over 150 years. One year after the city of Cedar Falls was incorporated in 1854, a small group of citizens began meeting in rented facilities. On August 14, 1858, the Cedar Falls Baptist Church was officially organized. In 1862, the congregation changed its name to First Baptist Church. The church purchased a building at 5th and Main Street in 1864. In 1900, the church purchased the Methodist Episcopal Church located at 7th and Washington. The old church was demolished to make room for a new facility. The new building was a beautiful brick building that served the congregation for 64 years.

In 1976, the congregation voted to level the old 1900 building and construct a new multi-purpose building. It was dedicated in October 1977. By 2000, the church was outgrowing its facilities. Soon the congregation purchased 33 acres at the corner of Hudson and Viking Roads and began construction on a 55,000 sq. ft. facility in 2003. The new Cedar Falls Campus opened in February 2005. At the time of the move, First Baptist Church chose to adopt a new name, Prairie Lakes Church, because of its proximity to Prairie Lakes Park.

Prairie Lakes Church is a unique, multi-generational, multi-site church. We are one church on many corners with campuses across Iowa. We offer a casual setting with messages you can understand and services that are heartfelt, creative and practical. We are here to serve Him, with you, whether you have just stepped over the Faith Line or are a longtime Christ follower.


About the Position:

The ideal candidate for the position of Worship Pastor will be a highly relational and personable worship leader that is responsible for managing and executing all of the creative elements and overseeing the execution of the technical aspects for the weekend services and special events at the Cedar Falls Campus. 

The Worship Pastor will develop a vibrant culture of worshipping God and help the Cedar Falls Campus grow in their understanding of worship; be committed to and support the philosophy and mission of Prairie Lakes Church and its leadership team.

They will be self-motivated, team oriented and have a deep desire for constant improvement and excellence in all areas of responsibility.

The success of the Worship Pastor will be marked by a vibrant culture of people worshipping God in all they do and will help the Cedar Falls campus grow in their understanding of worship.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Worship Pastor:


A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required, and a seminary or theological degree is preferred.


The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience leading worship in a large church environment as well as leading in the technical arts is preferred.

Personal Characteristics

  • A skilled, trained musician and vocalist that has a pastor’s heart.
  • A passion for leading and promoting a lifestyle of worship in the church and in the lives of those that attend.
  • Exhibits relational skills and an enthusiastic presence for leading a large worship ministry.
  • A team player with a positive attitude and the ability to work efficiently and effectively within that team, or independently.
  • Ability to grow and mentor volunteers and worship team members to achieve excellence in the worship and arts department.
  • Able to positively influence others and leads by example, not position.
  • Understanding and the ability to work with and improve systems and processes within the worship department.

About the Location: 

Between 1950 and 1980, the City of Cedar Falls had one of the fastest growing municipal populations in the State of Iowa. This was spurred primarily by economic growth in the Metropolitan Area: namely John Deere and Company, Rath Packing, and Chamberlain Manufacturing all in Waterloo; a tremendous growth in UNI enrollment; and emphasis by civic leaders on quality of life factors in the community. Also, during this time, and up to 1990, open enrollment of students and the Price Lab School at UNI were very important issues facing Cedar Falls.

In 1967, the State College of Iowa became known as the University of Northern Iowa. Other prominent landmarks and community facilities were being constructed during this time including the Broom Factory, Sartori Hospital, and the Cedar Falls Bible Conference. 

Today, the City of Cedar Falls takes pride in its schools, its relationship with UNI, strong leadership, and development being experienced by the community. The City has a strong desire to: maintain its identity through leadership; foster growth and development; and to improve services and its quality of life amenities whenever possible. 

With a population of about 40,000 people, Cedar Falls is comprised of people who work in farming industries or for John Deere or are in educational fields such as teaching at the University of Northern Iowa, or business fields in healthcare at one of the three hospitals in the area.

This small town has a homey feel and attracts growth through business industries or through students that move there for educational opportunities and decide to stay. 92 percent of UNI graduates remain in the Cedar Falls area.

Cedar Falls Public Schools are an excellent option for families with younger students, with a wide range of academic opportunities, sports, and extracurricular activities. These schools are ranked 4th in the state of Iowa. There are also several private school – either Lutheran or Catholic – options as well. 

Economically, Cedar Falls enjoys a very low unemployment rate and solid, steady employment opportunities in business, healthcare, farming industry, education, and banking. The cost of housing is low, which makes Cedar Falls a great place to move for professionals and families alike.

On the weekends, residents of Cedar Falls love the Lost Island water park, numerous outdoor trails for hiking, biking, and camping and the range of entertaining acts that come to the UNI Dome for concerts, shows, and special events.

With a rich history and a focus on family and business, Cedar Falls has a lot to offer Iowans and anyone interested in moving to the Midwest. A low cost of living, quality education, safe atmosphere, and hometown and state sports make this a great place to raise kids who may enjoy it so much they stay for years after.