Job Description

Church Description

Located in the growing southwest suburbs of Kansas City, Kaw Prairie Community Church is a young, energetic, and inclusive community church, affiliated with two denominations for accountability and mission (ELCA and PCUSA). Our mission is to change lives with Jesus' love--and we do that striving to trust Jesus, grow as disciples, and bless others with our lives.

We offer meaningful worship both in-person and online. Indoor in-person worship resumes January 6, with families worshiping together and receiving communion in the first part of the service, and children then leaving for an age- segmented family ministry program while adults hear a relevant message and sing the closing song(s). The messages are Bible-based and topical, the services are vibrant and contemporary, and the ancient sacraments and occasional hymnody connect us to the saints who've gone before. We’re particularly excited about the post-pandemic chapter ahead, with its new opportunities to share the Good News and great peace of Jesus in an increasingly distracted and diverse culture—and we’re eager for a teammate who wants to add their gifts to the effort!

Job Description

Sunday worship is the weekly heartbeat of a healthy congregation, so the Worship Director will provide inspiring worship and worship department leadership at Kaw Prairie by

  • being a humble, faithful Christ-follower personally
  • providing the spiritual, musical, and program leadership necessary to develop artists and multiply teams
  • providing a high-quality, engaging worship experience on Sundays, midweek, and in occasional special events

Job Responsibilities

  • Model a life of discipleship for the congregation by humbly and joyfully following Jesus, in a way authentic to your personality
  • Lead weekly worship and occasional public performances (worship nights, festivals, parade floats, etc) in an engaging way—integrating both modern and historical musical forms
  • Coordinate with pastors in selecting music that correlates to sermon themes and seasonal emphases, introducing new music to augment the familiar
  • Recruit, organize, direct and develop volunteer musicians, a paid sound tech, and other AV volunteers
  • Schedule and lead rehearsals, coordinating times with tech staff, and occasionally, with other staff as needed
  • Supervise and grow ministry volunteers and paid support staff
  • Recruit, organize, and lead a WILD student ministry band to develop talented students as musicians
  • Create and maintain weekly and special service plans in software and communicate schedules to team
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, worship planning team meetings, and occasional church-wide special events
  • Connect with and have a presence among congregation members on Sunday mornings in person and online
  • Participate in the life of the congregation
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to consistently lead excellent worship in an engaging, spiritually authentic way
  • Skillful musician, able to teach and improve the performance of both instrumentalist and vocal team members
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and develop musicians and tech team members
  • Working knowledge of sound systems, and ability to maintain and evaluate music and sound equipment with help of paid sound/tech staffer

Passions, Skills, and Abilities

  • Eagerness to grow the Kingdom of God by growing the local church and serving the community
  • Eagerness to embrace the church’s culture and mission
  • Experience with some liturgical elements of worship
  • Proficiency with Planning Center Online and Proclaim software
  • Proficiency with MS Office and virtual conferencing software
  • Ability to encourage artists and teams to work toward common goals • Ability to lead/direct instrumental and vocal ensembles
  • Ability to improve others’ skills on particular musical instruments
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to be good-humored, friendly, flexible and borderline awesome :-)

Hours: 20 hours a week

Reports to: Director of Ministries Kim Manson

Supervises: Paid Sound Tech, occasional guest musicians, and volunteer tech teams Compensation: $22/hr or more, commensurate with skills and experience

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and useful media links to [email protected] and [email protected]

To learn more about the church, feel free to contact any of our lead staff:

About Kaw Prairie Community Church (ELCA-PCUSA)

Located in the growing and increasingly multi-cultural southwest suburbs of Kansas City, Kaw Prairie Community Church is a young, energetic, and inclusive community church, affiliated with two denominations for accountability and mission (ELCA and PCUSA). We're all about changing lives with Jesus' love—with a 3-fold path to living out God's purpose: trusting Jesus, growing as disciples, and blessing others with our lives. We're led by our founding pastor and supported by a dedicated, experienced team of elders.

We aim to offer warm welcomes, great ministries, and thoughtful, energetic, ancient-future worship, on campus and online. We worship together and take communion in the first 25 minutes, then children depart with teachers to the children's wing for an age-segmented educational program while adults hear the message and close the service with the final song(s). Messages are Bible-based and real-life relevant-- sometimes exegetical, sometimes topical. The services are vibrant, casual, and largely contemporary, with occasional hymnody or liturgical elements to connect us to the saints who've gone before us in following Christ, and point us outward to bless the world he died to save. Our staff works hard, laughs often, grows leaders, trusts one another, and tries new things when existing things aren't working--and we’re eager for a teammate who wants to add their calling and gifts to the effort!

Position Filled
Experience Required
1 – 5 years


Education Required
Bachelor’s degree

Date Posted
1 year ago
Lenexa, Kansas


Church Size
350-500 people

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