First Free Rockford

Director of Contemporary Worship



Why I Love This Opportunity

Becky Ykema


First Free Rockford is a vibrant multi-generational church that has a legacy of missional ministry throughout the region. The next Director of Contemporary Worship will get to shepherd a committed team, lead worship in a world-class auditorium, and partner with a great ministry team. Rockford is a little over an hour’s drive to downtown Chicago but has its own thriving community. The cost of living is low, making Rockford an incredible place to put down roots and build equity.

About This Organization

Mission: To bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Vision: To see all generations go, tell, and show the love of God in the city of Rockford and around the world.
First, Free Rockford’s culture is shaped by growing relationships with God as they worship, grow, and serve together. They offer five different Sunday worship venues with various musical styles. 90% of the church is in Life Groups and other small communities, deepening their relationships with God and friendships with each other. They also have a thriving Children and Student program!

First Free Rockford is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), an association of autonomous churches united around ten theological convictions that form the basis of what they believe.

Position Description

The position of Director of Contemporary Worship Ministries exists to oversee and coordinate the music ministries of the Contemporary services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the worship arts of the contemporary services, including music selection, personnel development, artistic expressions, etc.
  •  Oversee the planning and programming of (along with the Senior Pastor) the weekly contemporary worship services.
  • Recruit and train band members (both musically and spiritually).
  •  Oversee the rehearsing of all bands for the weekly contemporary services.
  • Oversee the media/ technical area of the contemporary services.
  • Oversee the financial budgeting and expenses of the Contemporary Worship Ministries.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • A skilled musician (on guitar or keys) and vocalist.
  • Some demonstrated experience in programming Ableton.
  • Experience in designing and leading worship.
  • Ability to lead a team of people both spiritually and with task completion.
  • Undergraduate degree preferred formal Biblical training a plus.

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