Director of Contemporary Worship
|Employer||Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC), (608) 257-4845. Website: www.cpcmadison.org|
We are looking to hire a gifted and dynamic contemporary worship leader with strong vocal, instrumental (piano and/or guitar), up-front leadership skills with a proven record of developing volunteers and ministry teams.
CPC is deeply rooted in Madison, having been founded in 1851. Our nearly 400 members come from all parts of the city and surrounding communities, and represent a wide range of backgrounds: lifelong Wisconsinites and internationals; older adults and families with young children; those raised in the church and those new to or exploring the faith. Our vision is to be a congregation that gathers in love, grows by grace and goes forth to serve.
We are committed to the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus, to being missional people (in our community and around the world), to being a welcoming congregation and to offering hospitality, to embracing families and children, to fostering spiritual formation and to providing significant worship experiences (in both contemporary and traditional styles).
Denomination: Presbyterian, USA
Worship Style: One Contemporary, one Traditional service; with periodic combined and seasonal vesper services.
Post Date: Listing open May 16 - July 31, 2013
Information Requested: Please send your resume and any of your audio files/links that you would like us to have.
Job Status: Part time (25 hours/week), Immediate opening
Education: Bachelors preferred
Experience: 5 years of contemporary worship leadership preferred
Salary: Competitive; pay to Relocate: negotiable
Contact: Dale Chapin, Senior Pastor
More about CPC:
Second Service – Vision & Values - What We’re Doing on Sunday
There is a certain mystery to what happens on a Sunday morning. Each week we gather in the Spirit, through Christ, for the glory of God. As a result of focusing our worship upon God, we are nourished and fed in our lives as Christians. We are empowered to live in our community as people marked by faith.
But that gathering looks different from community to community, from church to church and from service to service. If you spend an evening having dinner at seven different homes, you will have seven very different experiences. All the basic elements will be the same (serving food, enjoying conversation) and the goals will be similar (nourishment and connection). How everything fits together, however, will change from home to home.
We like to think that worship services are similar. They share the same ingredients (confession, music, preaching, sacraments) and the same goals (connection and nourishment) but the recipe for mixing them together will change depending on the setting. So what kind of meal is the second service? It’s a meal where we invite others to come and cook with us. It’s a service that happens in the kitchen, not the dining room. We want to roll up our sleeves, break out the flour, and perhaps get a little messy.
What It’s Going to Look Like
Untraditionally Liturgical - Is it possible to be both casual and reverent? We think so. Our history as a Presbyterian church is important to us and has all sorts of tradition. This brings depth and meaning to our Christian life. But at times the order can become rote and lifeless. So we hold onto the spirit of the liturgy, the regular rhythms of Christian worship, and the story that a service walks us through each Sunday. But we welcome creative diversity in liturgical expression and the occasional surprise in our order of worship. We believe that a little unpredictability can be good for our souls that easily fall into ruts.
Hospitality - Making first time visitors, regular attendees, and long time members feel welcome in the second service is important, but our sense of hospitality should not end with a warm handshake. At its best, hospitality is anticipating the longings of the people you are hosting. It means being able to give what is spiritually needed, not necessarily what is physically wanted. Hospitality is understanding not just where people are headed, but from where they’ve come. It seeks to be conscious of cultural context and tries to figure out how to speak in light of that. A hospitable service means welcoming and ushering people into the worship service--to walk alongside them. We practice a hospitality of the entire person--body and soul.
Embodied Story - From the beginning of time, God has been writing a grand story. In some small way, we are part of God’s working throughout history. This narrative gives meaning and perspective to our lives. The service invites people into the grand story that God began in Genesis and is working towards completion in the end of Revelation. The elements of our worship should seek to envelop us into this story. In turn, we respond and seek to live out the realities of this story in our day-to-day lives--in the places we work, the homes we build, and the communities in which we live. God’s story is so grand it also compels us to go to other communities across the street, across the state, and across the world.
Participatory - In glorifying God, the congregation is not an audience: God is. Our desire is for the service to engage the body, soul and mind. Not only is it OK to physically express ourselves during musical worship, it is encouraged. But participation goes beyond our posture during singing. We hope to see members of the congregation contributing in all elements of the service: prayer, readings, testimonies, and musical worship, just to name a few. As our bulletin states, we are all the ministers.
Quality - We walk a fine line here. On one hand is the idol of excellence where we become so focused on professionalism that we move towards performance and away from gathering as a family. On the other hand is the exaggeration of equal involvement where it is proposed that anyone can do anything. God has clearly gifted members of the congregation in very different ways. We seek to identify those gifts and develop them in people. We live in the tension where we don’t just say, “good enough” and likewise we don’t say, “only the pros.” We want to create wonderful worship to God, but we want to do that together.
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