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Atlantic Shores Baptist Church

Worship Pastor

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 1,000

Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Role: Worship Pastor

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Meet Atlantic Shores Baptist Church:

Founded independently in 1981 by Pastor George Sweet, a graduate of Liberty  University, Atlantic Shores Baptist Church grew from one family to a large church with  an emphasis on outreach, discipleship, strong family values, and community. Today, the  church affiliates with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Southern Baptist  Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV). The church occupies 14.5 acres at one of Virginia  Beach’s busiest intersections. More than 1,500 people call Atlantic Shores their church  home.  

Atlantic Shores has a strong vision and track record for reaching the community and the  world. The church also has a long-standing reputation for large scale outreach events  like Hallelujah Harvest which consistently draws between 6,000 and 10,000 people to  our campus in the fall for the seasonal experience. The church family takes seriously its  mission to “glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples”  by creating disciple-making environments and strategies that include life groups, small  group Bible studies, the Shores Bible Institute, and intentional discipleship coaching  experiences. 

Atlantic Shores began its 40th year of ministry in October 2020 while at the same time  Dr. Ron Jones began his sixth year of ministry at the church as the fourth Lead Pastor.  At this strategic milestone in the life of the church, Atlantic Shores is reaching  FORWARD (https://atlanticshoresforward.org/)  to what lies ahead with plans for a major campus renovation, continued  ministry revitalization, and church planting initiatives at home and around the world.  

Something Good with Dr. Ron Jones is a daily radio outreach that extends Ron’s Bible  teaching for everyday life across the Hampton Roads area, the United States, and  globally. A large majority of new people who come to Atlantic Shores first hear about the  church on Something Good Radio. The church is enlarging its media outreach through  live stream and anticipates the soon release of Something Good Television (SGTV). 


About the Worship Pastor:

The Worship Pastor at Atlantic Shores Baptist Church is responsible for leading the  church family to worship God in spirit and in truth, and in a way that fulfills our mission  to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who go and make disciples.

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The Worship Pastor Will: 

  • Build upon the tradition of excellence in music and worship at Atlantic Shores while  leading the ministry into the future. 

  • Plan worship services as a coordinated effort with the Lead Pastor and his sermon  series.

  • Meet weekly with your worship planning team to plan services with prayer, creativity,  vision, attention to detail, and excellence. The worship planning team includes the Lead  Pastor/Producer and Executive Pastor/Producer.  

  • Lead worship that engages an intergenerational church family and community, drawing  from a variety of musical tools including band, vocals, praise choir, and orchestra. 

  • Engage the unreached community evangelistically through excellent music. 

  • Create an environment where gifted and talented musicians and vocalists desire to be  part of the worship ministry at Atlantic Shores. Draw them to your leadership and  shepherd them to lead the church family in worship with you. 

  • Recruit, audition, and rehearse musicians and vocalists, and build teams to involve  many people in the worship ministry of the church. 

  • Oversee and develop age-appropriate music and worship opportunities for children and  students. 

  • Oversee, develop, and provide leadership to the media and production staff. Other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor and Executive Pastor. 

Other Expectations

  • Pray for the people and families in your ministry and community. 

  • Attend weekly staff chapel. 

  • Develop spiritually through personal Bible reading, prayer, and Christian community.

  • Participate in the overall life of the church and in a life group. 

  • Participate in the life of the church financially by tithing. 

  • Be a team player and maintain the unity of the body.  

  • Enthusiastically support and live out the mission, vision, and strategy of the church. Wholeheartedly embrace the Statement of Faith. 

  • Abide by the Ministry Team Covenant.

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What You Bring: 


While education is not the primary consideration in the selection of the next Worship Pastor, the successful candidate will have earned, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree  from an accredited college or university.  The successful person will demonstrate a passion for lifelong  learning as well as personal and professional development toward a biblically informed  theology of worship in the local church. 

Experience and Skills 

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working in a setting committed to reaching the unreached with a high degree of creativity, passion, and  desire to make disciples who worship God in Spirit and in truth. The candidate will  possess strong music, presentation, and production talents. Also, the candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills in order to recruit and shepherd volunteers, build  teams, and gather people to serve in the worship ministry of the church.

  • Highly desirable qualifications: 

    • Past experience in recording and releasing worship albums. 

    • Proven success in worship that extends an intergenerational, multiethnic reach, with particular relevance to millennial demographic. 

    • Strong proficiency in multi tracking software, Ableton, Pro Presenter, etc.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a passion to follow the principles found in Scripture for living a life of service to God. 

  • Meets the qualifications of an elder found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. 

  • Gifted musician and vocalist with the ability to engage an intergenerational church family in God-honoring worship. 

  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and guided by a biblical set of ethical principles. 

  • A servant-leader who can create a unified vision for God-honoring worship. “Can-do” spirit who works well on a team. 

  • Chemistry with the people of Atlantic Shores that “fits” 

  • Capacity for leadership commensurate with a large church. 

  • High relational skills and an infectious love for people and God’s church. A doctrine and philosophy of worship that matches that of Atlantic Shores. A high loyalty to Jesus, the local church, and the community. 

  • If married, a family life that embodies biblical values of honor, trust, love, and Christ  centered parenting.

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What it's Like to Live in Virginia Beach, Virginia: 

Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia, as well as the 39th most populous  in the United States. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake  Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, 

known as "America's First Region," also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake,  Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller  cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads. 

Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year the city hosts the East Coast Surfing Champions as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship. It is also home  to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, multiple military bases, a  number of large corporations, and two universities. The city is listed in the Guinness  Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. It is located at the  southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex  in the world. 

Virginia Beach is only a four-hour drive to Washington, DC, and within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. Recently Virginia Beach was named the top overall mid-sized city in America by D Magazine. Virginia Beach is internationally recognized as one of the best places to live, work, and do business. This strength comes not only from the city’s strategic location, but also from its diverse mix of industry attractions, and people. 

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