Creative Director

Ward Church
Northville, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 04/09/2018
Categories: Media/Technology - Other - Programming Pastor - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian
Church Size: 2501 to 3000
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Full-Time Program Staff (50 Hours per week)

Reports to Executive Pastor



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



Solid Testimony: Must exhibit an authentic & contagious relationship with Jesus Christ, both upfront and in their personal life. Someone who is able to embrace and articulate the essentials of the faith as set forth by Ward Church.


Experience: Must possess an excellent track record as a team builder and have an inviting and engaging presence when working with others.  Must have demonstrated ability to administer and grow.


Education: Must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree along with a strong background in Sunday service production, video and media. 


Leadership and Administration:  Must have excellent communication skills, a proven ability to build strong teams, and comfortable delegating responsibility.  




Program Planning: Responsible for all details related to the planning and execution of dynamic programs including, but not limited to, weekend worship services, leadership events and other ministry programs. This is accomplished by:


  • Facilitating brainstorm sessions to generate fresh ideas and creative elements for service programming.
  • Interfacing with communicators to ensure a consistent message is being told in the program details, i.e. music, video, offering setups, next steps, etc.
  • Leading weekly meetings to plan and coordinate music, video, technical, and creative elements to be used in service programming.
  • Developing systems to create detailed scripts at least two weeks prior to the event date including musical, technical, video, and other program notes and assets.
  • Leading regular evaluations and critique sessions to maintain a bar of excellence and monitoring the impact of service programming.


Creative Development: Responsible for driving the creative direction of Ward Church including, but not limited to, service programming, and event direction. This is accomplished by:


  • Staying in touch with culture trends to effectively connect the culture with the gospel.
  • Understanding the creative DNA of Ward Church to effectively maximize programming, series development and promotions.
  • Leading the creative brainstorms for series, programs and other ministry events.


Series Development: Responsible for working with senior pastor and/or lead communicators to plan and develop series that accomplish the vision as well as spiritual, educational and organizational goals of the church. This is accomplished by:

  • Scheduling and leading series planning meetings to plan series at least 6-9 months in advance. 
  • Creating and managing systems/processes to work with all team members to develop a series from idea to implementation. 
  • Developing the creative team and delegating responsibilities related to creating series summaries, developing promotional elements and creating service scripts that are fluid, consistent and ultimately accomplish the goals of the series.


Musical Direction: Responsible for overseeing and influencing the musical direction of Ward Church to ensure it reflects the vision, values and goals of the church. These objectives are accomplished by:


  • Leading worship staff to arrange and compose fresh, innovative musical arrangements and worship/music sets.
  • Overseeing the systems and deadlines related to the production of dynamic worship/music sets.
  • Creating and managing systems/processes to work with all team members to develop a series from idea to implementation.
  • Creating goals and accountability that encourage music staff to network, recruit and develop musicians and singers (strive to be at least three deep in every position.)


Video Production: Responsible for developing the people, philosophy, systems and deadlines related to the production of video for worship services and other ministry initiatives. This is accomplished by:


  • Work to produce creative and effective promotional and in-service videos including: concept, scripting, video shoots, editing and post- production.
  • Leading and strategizing creative tactics to use video to promote and send the messages Ward Church wants to communicate to the church and the world.


Creative Events: Responsible for strategizing and executing quarterly Sunday events that align to the creative direction of Sunday morning (Not until 2019).


Technical Direction: Responsible for overseeing the audio, lighting, and video technology for Ward Church including maintenance, programming and purchasing.


Budget: Responsible for overseeing and managing the worship and technology budgets. Ensures that all guidelines for expenses and purchases are followed by team members.


Staff Supervision and Development: Responsible for providing leadership to the worship and technology teams. The Creative Director leads, evaluates and mentors existing worship and technology staff and volunteers and prioritizes future staffing needs. Includes the following responsibilities:


  • Supervising the worship and technology teams in day-to-day operational activities.
  • Overseeing the training and development of the worship and technology teams.
  • Recruiting and empowering volunteers to serve for scheduled programs.
  • Maintaining a strong network of relevant professionals (worship leaders, musicians, technical engineers, graphic designers, web developers, etc.)
  • Developing ministry partnerships with outside vendors that share Ward Church’s commitment to excellence.

Note:  This document does not describe or create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship                                                                                                                                                                                     


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