What we need and seek is a heartfelt, humbly confident worshiper of Jesus Christ. Her or his passion is to lead His followers and others TO worship (emphasis on their engaging in worship). The leader desires to see every believer confidently, unashamedly glorifying God wherever they live, move or have their being. To that end and along the way the leader concerns him or herself in inviting, encouraging, and equipping believers – who are too often reluctant, unskilled and self-conscious – in the public worship of God, while raising up the worship team to present to God the best of their gifts, talents and skills.
My belief and vision for worship is that God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is adored and glorified by the congregation in worship corporately and individually, joyously and sacrificially; assisted and enabled by the worship teams of the church (e.g., music, tech, etc.) using their gifts, talents and skills; led by the worship leader.
The Worship Leader will develop and lead meaningful and engaging worship experiences for our contemporary service working directly with the Lead Pastor, worship team and tech teams.
HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a part-time position requiring up to 20 hours per week. The schedule will involve a regular evening rehearsal, Sunday and non-regular hours (some mutually agreeable weekly office hours will be included in the weekly schedule).
Direct report to the Lead Pastor and works in conjunction with paid and volunteer staff.
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Various Administrative Responsibilities:
The Worship Leader will work and report directly to the Lead Pastor. A weekly planning meeting will be negotiated with no other staff/administrative obligations. Also, for administrative, financial, and communication (e.g., bulletins, newsletter) purposes, the WL will work directly with Office Manager. Invitations will be extended to attend staff social and team building functions.
There are currently two full-time and four part-time staff:
Our relationships on staff are collegial, friendly and informal with a commitment to personal maturity and the vision of First Church. Our expectation is that we will accomplish our work, communicate with and support each other, and be self-starters.
In typical United Methodist style, we have theological streams from many different sources. However, we are (roots of First UMC, Ephrata) conservative, orthodox and evangelical. Our vision – reflecting the Lead Pastor’s passion and calling is a more dynamic, classical Wesleyan theology (rooted in the Wesleyan revivals of the 18th century; not the Wesleyan denominations) and the Renewal movement of the mid-1990s. We are committed to “raising disciples of Jesus Christ” – salvation and sanctification; welcoming and encouraging the movement and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the attendant Fruit of the Spirit.
We are a congregation rooted in two distinct visions with their attendant worship styles: a traditional congregation birthed in the post-WWII era; and a contemporary congregation birthed in a seeker-sensitive church growth model. Our current vision seeks to bring both groups together without sacrificing either’s unique worship expressions
Raising disciples of Jesus Christ, we equip and nurture individuals who love and serve God with all their being and one another as Jesus loved, and who carry life to everyone they meet.
We are a joy-filled people, united in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and committed to spiritual maturity.
Our 5 Covenant Commitments
We have a commitment to Worship, to Equipping, to Accountability, to Service, and to Witness
Our Mission Statement
We exist to bring people to Jesus Christ and to help them become His fully devoted followers.
Our Core Values
Prayer – We commit ourselves to conceive and carry out all ministry through prayer.
The Bible – We confirm the Bible as the inspired Word of God, the source of instruction, knowledge, and wisdom for living.
Stewardship – We acknowledge God’s gifts - time, talent, treasure - and dedicate them for His glory and use.
Unity – We acknowledge the command of God to love one another and respond to the leading of His Spirit to make us one.
Maturity – We desire to “attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” by submitting to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, encouraging, nurturing, and holding each other accountable in love.
Relationships – We acknowledge that maturity occurs best when we are in godly relationships.
Renewal/Sanctification – We believe that this is not only God’s will for us, but that He is actively, faithfully, continually working in us to conform us to the image of Christ.
Portrait of a Disciple
A fully devoted follower of Jesus (aka disciple):
 tech teams serve at all services