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Worship Experience Director
Newspring

Wichita, Kansas
Church Description *
“What do you think are the core elements that make a great song?” So begins Senior Pastor Mark Hoover, and a lively forty-five-minute discussion over a casual lunch ensues about old music, new music, and primarily the type of music that would move people towards Jesus. He asks this question because of his desire to continue the legacy of Newspring and to not grow complacent with all that has happened over the last decade.

Newspring is a church of 6,500 in Wichita, KS. It is the second largest evangelical church in the state of Kansas, but it wasn’t always this way. “Mark and the leaders guided the church through dramatic change a little over a decade ago,” says Administrative Pastor Mike Edens. “It was a somewhat typical Baptist church in those days.”

It is anything but typical today. Newspring is a church that creates joyful, relevant, irresistible environments led by skilled staff and dedicated volunteers. They do this to achieve their purpose in helping others make an eternal connection with Jesus Christ. The purpose is evident from the smiles on the newly re-made Guest Services team, into the halls of vibrantly themed children’s spaces, and all the way to the stage in both auditoriums.

When you are by far the largest church in your city, what do you do? “We cannot stop reaching people; we cannot stop reinventing and trying to help others know Jesus,” says Pastor Mark. God has blessed and grown this church in surprising ways, but they actively believe God is just getting started. A major remodel and an additional auditorium for seating at optimal times has been added in the last 18 months.

There are hundreds of thousands of unchurched people in Wichita, and Newspring will do all it can to reach them.

Position Description *
“We have a lot of charismatic personalities who love what they do,” says Mike. This includes three full-time worship leaders, as well as two part-time music directors who will fall under the leadership of this new hire. This team needs a next level leader.

“I think of our growing Hispanic population and a changing demographic around our neighborhood,” says Pastor Mark, “and I realize we are doing a narrow bandwidth of style. Are we singing great songs? What makes a great song great? What stirs our people, and can we broaden artistically? Those are the questions we need the next leader to help us answer.”

The right candidate could be one, or a combination of, the following:

  • A musician and producer first
  • A worship leader second (or not a worship leader at all)
  • Potentially “set to the side” and possibly considered “irrelevant” at a very young church
  • Potentially spent time in the studio
  • Has a proven record of getting the most out of musicians and singers from off-stage
  • Knows how to coach and lead creative-minded people
  • Ministry could be a second career
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