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Bethel Church

Worship Arts Pastor

Fargo, North Dakota

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Denomination: Evangelical Free

Weekly Attendance: 1500

Location: Fargo, North Dakota

The Role: Worship Arts Pastor

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Meet Bethel Church:

As you discover more about Bethel Church— from our history to our beliefs and to our intentional disciple-making ministries — you will see that we are a people who are actively seeking opportunities to reflect this mission. We believe that we are called to Love God, Love Others, and Serve the World. You will see that in our vision statement and values, but you will also see that lived out in worship, message, community, and servanthood at Bethel and Fargo.


About the Worship Arts Pastor:

This is a full-time pastoral position responsible to give overall leadership to the worship ministries of Bethel Church by providing guidance and vision in planning, conducting, and evaluating a comprehensive church worship ministry. Since this is a Christian ministry, any person holding this position shall fulfill the associated responsibilities in a personal and professional manner that provides a positive witness for our Lord Jesus Christ.


The Worship Arts Pastor Will: 

  • Serve under and with the Senior Pastor to serve the  needs and requirements of the worship ministry and to facilitate vibrant corporate worship.  

  • Oversee the planning, coordination, and leadership of all corporate worship services. 

  • Lead worship regularly as a part of at least one of those services. 

  • Provide leadership for the overall Worship Ministry,  including vision casting, staff and volunteer leadership, creative and strategic planning, and pastoral care for worship ministries participants.  

  • Plan, coordinate, and oversee a comprehensive budget for the Worship Ministry. 

  • Oversee the enlistment, hiring, recruiting, equipping,  and training of all personnel, both volunteer and  paid, to accomplish all tasks necessary to have an  effective, vibrant worship ministry.  

  • Oversee all “Special Event” and “Special Day” programs including Christmas and Easter. Programs  can include large scale Broadway-style musicals as  well as cantatas and other special services.  

  • Oversee the audio-visual needs of Bethel Church  and work with the Technical Director to make recommendations for system maintenance and stay current with technological needs and trends. This includes systems for  Worship Center, Family Life Center, Student Ministries, and Narthex area/Solid Grounds.

  • Serve with other ministries within the church as a creative consultant for their corporate worship and special events. 

  • Perform Pastoral duties as requested by the Senior Pastor in accordance with your giftedness.

  • Be on-call regularly in rotation with other pastors for emergency counseling, visitation, etc. 

  • Serve within the greater Bethel staff team for staff  meetings, projects, etc. 

  • Supervise worship ministry staff including full time, part time, interns, instrumentalists, and lay leaders. 

  • Mentor and equip younger worship leaders as the Lord provides at Bethel Church. 

  • Lead regular meetings with the worship council as  outlined in Bethel’s bylaws and as required by the Elder Board. 

  • Research and incorporate a wide variety of music to include in the Sunday morning experience such as: Adult Choir, Orchestra, Praise Bands, and Traditional and Modern Music.

  • Arrange and/or write music as necessary for corporate worship for praise bands, choir, orchestra, and seasonal ministries. 

  • Oversee leadership of or directly lead music ensembles of Choir, Praise Band, Vocal Team, and Orchestra (work with orchestra director to  ensure excellent rehearsal practice for orchestra).

  • Work with the Drama Director to facilitate drama ministry.

  • Lead announcements and other platform-related responsibilities as necessary on Sunday morning. 

  • Keep current with ministry trends through reading, seminars, discussions, and conferences. 

  • Continue personal and professional growth by being involved in mentoring/coaching relationships.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree is required - preferred field would be one related to Music/Bible/Theology.

  • Minimum of 5 years leading a mid to large church worship ministry preferred.

  • Must have a strong knowledge of musical worship styles and demonstrate a diverse repertoire of music. 

  • Knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of conducting choir, orchestra, and band.

  • Must be an accomplished vocalist and instrumentalist.

  • Must demonstrate strong leadership and creativity in planning, organizing, and implementing worship.

  • Must function well within a team setting and be highly collaborative and humble in approach. 

  • Must have proven skills of participating in or leading a large staff and a history of visionary leadership.

Personal Characteristics

  • Meets the qualifications for an Elder-Pastor as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.

  • Takes initiative to openly communicate with other staff members and is responsive to others in their communication.

  • Is personable, courteous, and responsive.

  • A team-player.


What It's Like to Live in Fargo, North Dakota: 

Fargo is one of the best-kept secrets in the upper Midwest, offering a small-city atmosphere with a big-city vibe. We are a diverse, family-friendly community with something for everyone. The Fargo-Moorhead metro area encompasses Cass County on the North Dakota side of the Red River and Clay County on the Minnesota side. Together we’re a thriving population of approximately 240,000, which includes almost 30,000 college students. We are home to two Universities: NDSU (15,000) and MSUM (7,000) and one 4-year Liberal Arts College, Concordia College (2,000). We’re also home to one community college (M State) and a satellite campus for another community college (NDSCS), as well as the home to one “for-profit” college, Rasmussen College. Our community values what college students bring to life here. 

The area is known for steady growth, outstanding quality of life, and a place to call home. When it comes to families, the Fargo-Moorhead is definitely top-notch. Many factors like low overall crime rates, clean environment, great schools and medical facilities, short drive times, and plenty affordable housing options make this an excellent place to raise your family. There are other not so measurable reasons too that are still just as important – reasons like friendly people, closely-knit neighborhoods, a great community, strong values, and a genuine interest and concern for others.

Fargo is a vibrant community for the arts. Art museums, local art galleries, on-stage theater and performing arts, a professional ballet, opera, and symphony...you betcha...we have it all! 

We are a community with an active downtown, plenty of nightlife, and an excellent local restaurant scene. 

The job market is vast, and we enjoy quick and easy commutes. An array of industries prosper in Fargo-Moorhead, including businesses representing technology, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and education. Some of our largest employers include Microsoft Business Solutions, Sanford Health, Bobcat Co., John Deere Electronic Solutions, Border States Electric, and American Crystal Sugar.

Education is top-notch in Fargo-Moorhead. With some of the best public schools in the nation, we are a regional center for learning. High-quality elementary and secondary education is a priority. Additionally, our private school network features everything from religious-based philosophies to Montessori programs.  There is also a network of homeschoolers in the community that meets monthly for activities at Bethel Church. 

If you love the outdoors, then you will love living here. Within 70 miles of Fargo, there are over 400 lakes, and North Dakota has more National Wildlife Refuges than any other state. There are also plenty of entertainment opportunities. West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo is the largest shopping mall between Minneapolis and Seattle. Sitting on 33 acres of land, Fargo’s Red River Zoo has over 600 animals, including red pandas. It also features a fully restored and operational 1928 carousel. 

Overall, Fargo, North Dakota is a wonderful place to live. Whether you are looking for a fresh new start or a city to call your forever home, this just might be the place for you!

For more information on the greater Fargo Moorhead area, visit https://www.fargomoorhead.org/.

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