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Creative Arts Director (Worship Leader)



Church or Org Description *
ENCOUNTER is a thriving and missional church with a rich history and an ever-evolving influence in the Ventura California community. Committed to being a church who is defined by grace, over the past 6 decades, ENCOUNTER has celebrated tremendous Kingdom impact not only in Ventura County but around the globe as they have obediently reached out their hands to serve both across the street and across the world. This gospel-centered community believes that God is writing and rewriting stories in and through the lives of people who are fully surrendering themselves to His purposes.

ENCOUNTER has celebrated an exceptionally strong music ministry for many years. They have always attracted the greatest of talent in the area affording them the capacity to produce outstanding events attracting the masses as well as meaningful and high-quality weekend worship gatherings. This church has done a tremendous job over the years as they have continued to respond and creatively evolve with the current culture of music and artistry transitioning over the years to a “less is more” approach rooted in originality, simplicity, and modern expressions.

Position Description *
The culture of the worship and creative ministry at ENCOUNTER is very healthy. They have been led the past 5+ years by a dynamic, gifted, creative leader named Ryan Axtell who clearly has a pastor/shepherd’s heart. When Ryan stepped into the culture, ENCOUNTER was deeply wanting to move towards simplifying their programming away from a production/event-driven approach towards a “less is more” focus where the worship of Jesus is completely at the center.

The right leader will lead with a great sense of awareness and a shepherd’s heart to lead the team and congregation into genuine and participative worship. They will lead through a creative lens that recognizes the culture they are living and serving in with an awareness of how to engage the heart of those who attend across cultural and generational lines. Their ability to incorporate new styles of worship and creativity into what ENCOUNTER is already doing is of high value. This leader must possess the ability to “read the room” and pastor moments through exhorting/encouragement, speaking into moments as appropriate and leading the Church in more than just songs but a meaningful worship encounter.

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