First Baptist Stephenville

Music & Worship Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Mike Haight


Exciting days are ahead as First Baptist Stephenville continues to be a steady and stabilizing force that is always ready to serve its community where needed. The church displays its desire to benefit the community through countless individual acts and numerous organized benevolent programs each year. First Baptist Stephenville also has an active and intentional presence on the campus of Tarleton State University, which is located less than one mile from the church facility. They are reaching hundreds of college students weekly. To better serve the community, the church is embarking on a massive renovation project involving updates to its children’s and preschool ministry wings, the worship center/auditorium, and community gathering spaces. This opportunity is perfect for a Music & Worship Pastor who desires to come alongside a talented staff team and committed congregation to help them reach this community with the gospel.

About This Organization

First Baptist has been a part of the Stephenville community for 165 years. The church has grown to a membership of 1,207 people with an average attendance of around 500. Still, no one can quantify its positive impact on the surrounding community. This multigenerational congregation takes its mission seriously to “love God, love people, and make disciples.” Over the next three years, they will invest significantly in training disciple-makers, mission efforts, and intentional ministry to the students of Tarleton State University. The people of First Baptist Stephenville are relationally genuine and generous.

First Baptist is a multigenerational and diverse congregation that values a blended style of musical worship. They are a singing church that enjoys new expressions through song while also incorporating modernized arrangements of timeless hymns. A modern band and a small group of front-line vocalists drive the music. A worship choir has also been an important part of the musical culture here. The church appreciates musical worship that is unifying and inclusive, with the goal of participation as opposed to a performance that considers the congregation as spectators.

Position Description

The Music and Worship Pastor’s responsibility is to equip others for service through music and worship to build up the body of Christ. The new leader will be responsible for the church’s musical and production (audio, video, and lighting) efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage the Media/Tech Director, musicians, and other related contractors.
  • Coordinate and contribute to pastoral leadership as a team player.
  • Develop a culture of worship among all efforts on campus, off campus, and online.
  • Create a pipeline to make disciples who use their musical gifts and talents to grow the body.
  • Strategic planning of worship services and other activities that fulfill the church’s vision of loving God, loving people, and making disciples.
  • Develop ministries that grow believers on and off campus in using their musical gifts and talents.
  • Fulfill administrative responsibilities concerning facilities, budgets, risk management, special events, and security in Music and Worship areas.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with the experience and maturity to lead this diverse congregation into a fresh approach for the future while honoring the legacy of its past.
  • This leader should be able to articulate vision clearly and help others understand the “why.”
  • The successful Music & Worship Pastor will be a “people-person” who builds bridges through relationships.
  • This leader should seek to develop and empower people to operate within their gifting.
  • A team player who collaborates with others and understands how worship ministry fits into the church’s overall vision is essential.
  • This person should have a teachable spirit but also be a confident and pastoral leader with proven musical skills and sound biblical background.

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