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First Baptist Church Aberdeen

Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth

Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Denomination: Baptist - American Baptist

Weekly Attendance:  115

Location: Aberdeen, SD

The Role: Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth

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Meet First Baptist Church Aberdeen:

Founded in 1882,  First Baptist Church of Aberdeen has been serving the community of Aberdeen, SD for over 100 years. First Baptist Church is a loving, welcoming church which strives to glorify God in all it does. The mission of First Baptist Church is to help people find and follow Jesus, and this is exemplified in everything they do. If you are looking for a place to call home, First Baptist Church Aberdeen is ready to welcome you with loving hearts and open arms.

About the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth:

First Baptist Church Aberdeen is searching for an Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth! If you have a heart for the Lord, His people, and the ability to lead worship and teach this might be the position for you. We are a church with a rich history and a bright future. Theologically we major on the majors and minor on the minors. We recently hired a new senior pastor whose desire is to revamp and grow our congregation spiritually and numerically. His vision for growth heavily involves the use of worship as a means to direct the congregation into a deeper relationship with the Lord and to disciple the next generation to follow Christ. Our church's mission statement is "Helping people find and follow Jesus" and we believe the right person, in this position, will help unlock our potential to do so!

Our ideal candidate, first and foremost, is one who has a fervent relationship with Jesus Christ. You will need to be aligned with our church's statement of faith (link found below). You will need to have the ability and know-how of working within a team built on trust. You will need to be a responsible individual who can work under minimal supervision. You will need the ability to work with volunteer musicians and youth workers. You will need to know how to cultivate worship services that engage the congregation and the ability to teach youth lessons that are in alignment with the Great Commission. We want a leader who is in tune with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help foster a culture of worship in song, but also by the way our members live their lives.

As we grow, we expect your position and influence to grow as well. We are looking to create an excellent Sunday morning service to draw the community in and keep the community coming back. Upon the success of Sunday, we will spill into the rest of the week with the creation of midweek community groups and the creation of a Sunday evening service that will be aimed at younger adults. We hope that the person we hire will be with us for the long haul and grow with us, eventually seeing this dual position become two separate positions that you would choose one or the other. Here, you will have the opportunity to grow in your calling as a pastor and leave a lasting impact on this church, God's kingdom, and all for the glory of God.

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The Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth's Responsibilities Include: 

Weekly Goals

  • Worship planning for our weekly Sunday Service.

  • The recruiting, training, and scheduling of musicians and singers.

  • Prepare all music and distribute music sheets to worship team before weekly practice.

  • Hold a weekly worship practice in preparation for Sunday’s service.

  • Oversee aspects of AV/Production as it pertains to the sound for Sunday worship.

  • Develop and maintain a catalog of music while staying current with new music.

  • Lead the Wednesday night youth group.

  • Approximately 70% time on Worship and 30% on Youth

Seasonal Goals

  • Help launch a Sunday evening service aimed at younger adults.

  • Take youth group to winter and summer camp.

  • Help the senior pastor plan outreach events.

  • Plan quarterly nights of worship.

  • Participate in special holiday services.

  • Serve as a member of the Music and Worship Committee as well as the Christian Education Committee.

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What You Bring: 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Associate Pastor of Worship and Youth:

Education & Experience

  • 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university that pertains to this position, required

  • Seminary degree, preferred

  • 1-2 years leading worship in some capacity, required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Required proficiency in playing the guitar and singing

  • Skilled recruiter/gatherer

  • Ability to relate to the older generation

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Warm, relational

  • Good communicator

  • Trustworthy, responsible

  • Self-starter

  • Team builder

  • Faithful, available, trainable

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What it's Like to Live in Aberdeen, South Dakota: 

As the third largest city in South Dakota, Aberdeen offers the charm of a small town with the amenities of a larger city. Aberdeen’s strong community spirit, high-performing schools and colleges, family-friendly recreation, and vibrant economy continue to attract visitors, residents, and business to our city.

It is a place where entrepreneurs can prosper and solid values survive. Brown County is also one of the most productive agricultural counties in South Dakota. In recent years, the area has been transformed from a trade center serving family farms to a regional agricultural center with ever-expanding grain terminals, processing facilities, and ethanol plants.

We believe Aberdeen is a great place to live.  We have all the seasons, low crime, 1 university (Northern State University), 2 hospitals, 3 sports complexes in the city, hunting, fishing, great parks, sports-oriented, and a strong private and public school system.

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