Music and Worship
The Alliance Southeast
Purpose of Ministry: • To bring glory to God through the music ministries of The Village Church in corporate worship and providing Christian nurture through the ministry of music. • To uphold and implement the Music and Worship Principles established by the Elders. Interactions: • Called by the Governing Elders upon recommendation of the Senior Pastor. • Direct report to the Senior Pastor. • Accountable to the Governing Elders. • Reports quarterly to the Governing Elders (written report and in person). • Reports annually to the church membership. • Works closely with choir members, musicians and music ministry volunteers who are primarily of retirement age. • Works in cooperation with other church staff members and committees especially on music-related ministries. • Serves on the Service Planning Team. • Works closely with the Media Production staff. Ministry Description: • Provides for and oversees organ and piano accompanists for all services, including memorial services as needed. • Schedules all instrumental musicians, including special guests, rehearsals, and coordinates with service themes. • Works with the Senior Pastor (and the Service Planning team) to develop the order of service, especially with the selection of music and assignment of musicians. • Recruits, directs and encourages The Village Church Choir and other musical groups and ensembles as required or desired. Seeks to discover and develop musical talent within the congregation and the community. • Maintains an inventory of all musical instruments and ensures routine and necessary maintenance. • Maintains the music library. • Recommends the scheduling of concerts and other special musical events including appropriate budgeting for expenses. • Coordinates and hosts concerts and special musical events and guest artists. • Serves as director of The Celebration Ringers, the church’s bell choir, or delegates as appropriate. • Works with the Decorating Committee in maintaining aesthetics appropriate for church holidays and worship throughout the year. • Regularly attends church services and congregational meetings. • Prepares and administers an annual budget request for music ministry expenses. • Serves as a member of the Shell Point Fine Arts Committee; supports the Shell Point Fine and Performing Arts concerts as appropriate. • Cooperates with Shell Point Resident Life staff and Sales and Marketing staff in planning, promotion and implementation of events which involve music. • Participates in the District Conference of the Alliance Southeast annually; participates in General Council as requested by the Senior Pastor. • Engages in continuing education opportunities. • Performs other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor. Skills, Talents, Gifts and Qualifications: • Music degree with an emphasis in Church Music, Music Education, Performance, or Worship Arts. • 10 years of experience directing a church choir or proven track record in developing excellence in a traditional church choir. • Theological understanding of worship and church ministry that brings Glory to God through the ministry of music. • An appreciation for the varied denominational backgrounds of our members. • Ability to direct vocal and instrumental ensembles. • A commitment to a ministry team approach to church staff and volunteer relationships. • Demonstrates Christian character as expected in a leadership role. • Preferred: Ministry credentials through The Christian & Missionary Alliance or other like-minded evangelical denomination. • Preferred: Strong organ and piano skills. The Village Church (TVC) is a congregation located in the Shell Point Retirement Community (SPRC), Fort Myers, FL – the largest continuous care retirement community in Florida. SPRC is owned by The Christian & Missionary Alliance, a theologically conservative protestant denomination, although residents have religious backgrounds in more than 25 Christian denominations, several other religions, and no religion. The Village Church is an accredited church in The Christian & Missionary Alliance, although its membership and leadership represent the diversity of Christian denominations in the community. About twenty percent of TVC attenders do not reside in the SPRC. TVC is a separate corporation from SPRC with its own board, ministry vision and mission, though the 1,000-seat church worship center is a multi-use facility which it shares with SPRC. The Village Church is a vibrant senior congregation with attendance ranging from 500-600 in the winter season to 300-350 in the summer. It is estimated that another twenty percent watch the services on Shell Point Television in the assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, or in their own residences. Staff includes a Senior Pastor, a full-time associate pastor, two part-time assistant pastors, a Director of Spiritual Services (chaplain for the health care facilities), a Media Production Manager, and a Media Production Technician, in addition to the position herein described. The ministry emphasizes strong expository preaching, excellence in music, extensive small group Bible study fellowships, outreach into the SPRC, service in the greater Fort Myers community, and a strong emphasis on international ministries. The operating budget of TVC exceeds $1,000,000, with an additional $500,000 given to missions annually.
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