About the job
Denomination: Christian Church (Restoration Movement)
Weekly Attendance: 1,938
Location: Sparks, Nevada
The Role: Worship Pastor
Meet Summit Christian Church:
Summit is a Non-Denominational church located in Sparks, Nevada. Our church family is made up of people who come from all walks of life. Being in the top 20 unchurched cities in the US, many of our people were unchurched. Our common bond is that we’ve been transformed by God’s amazing grace. We embrace the adventure of walking with Christ and living in community. We know that doing life together can be messy. Yet we embrace the tension of messiness and spiritual growth. We strive to create worship environments that are high energy, messages that are relevant, and a kingdom growth mindset in our people. With that growth in mind, we are set to finish our 1,300 seat worship center later this fall. We know that our new facility, coupled with significant growth in the Reno/Sparks area, will result in one of the best seasons of ministry at Summit.
About the Worship Pastor:
The Worship Pastor supports the vision of Summit Christian Church by creating and designing powerfully engaging, Christ-centered, highly-participatory worship services that direct people toward life-changing encounters with God and His people. This can include incorporating creative elements (music, video, visual, lighting, sound, etc.) in worship. Leading their staff team and building a team of volunteers is key. The Worship Pastor will also help support other ministries and events within the church as necessary. This position works in a highly collaborative relationship with the Communications Team.
The Worship Pastor Will:
Support Summit’s Spiritual Pathway with your leaders and teams.
Cascade all pertinent information from informational meetings down to your leaders and teams.
Implement Summit’s Leadership Development Process with your leaders.
Oversee the Creative Arts and Technical Arts ministries.
In coordination with the Lead Pastor, cast vision for your team, for worship, and the church.
Plan, organize, and lead multiple weekly worship experiences (on campus and online).
Function as a primary worship leader and voice in shaping the worship culture at Summit.
Recruit, train, develop, schedule, and build worship teams to support various worship experiences and events. This will include providing opportunities for skills development and growth.
Manage direct reports to produce high-caliber worship experiences.
Bring helpful information and insights to move Summit’s mission forward.
Help protect guardrails and ensure we continue to move forward within those guardrails.
Attend all regularly scheduled staff prayer and planning meetings.
Operate as the team shepherd on and off the stage.
Invest time networking, reading, reflecting, and experimenting to shape worship experiences that maximize participation and engagement that brings life change.
Prepare and execute the use of backing tracks that enhance the quality of the worship experience.
Contribute creative ideas to the planning of series, events, and worship experiences.
Pour into other ministries, strengthening their worship experiences.
Utilize Planning Center (or equivalent) to administrate and organize worship teams.
Be clear, concise, and timely in communication.
Oversee your ministry budget.
Provide input and proposals for new worship and Audio/Video/Lighting (AVL) needs.
Coordinate payment and reimbursement of special worship guests and musicians when applicable.
Shepherd our church family in various forms of pastoral counseling, including weddings, funerals, and any on-call responsibilities.
Demonstrate commitment to spiritual growth by spending regular time with the Lord.
Your spouse plays a vital role in your ministry and your journey, so we ask that you commit to attending worship together every week as a couple unless you are out of town.
Be a spiritual leader and shepherd to those in your ministry and within your sphere of influence. Be motivated to live as an example of Jesus Christ to those in the ministry, the Church, and beyond.
Have a lot of fun serving the Lord Jesus Christ!
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
Masters in appropriate purview preferred.
Ministry gifts of Leadership, Pastor/Shepherd, Administration.
Minimum of three years leadership experience.
Skills & Attributes
Work well with the Lead Team.
Listen well. Problem solve. Support the overall mission, vision, core values, and spiritual pathway of Summit Christian Church.
Hard-working and team-oriented.
Be a friend who speaks truth with love—doesn’t shy away from crucial conversations.
Willing to walk alongside other churches/organizations as needed.
Exceptional vocal and music ability.
Ability to lead teams.
Ability to train volunteers and develop leaders.
“Tech-savvy” with computers and AVL.
Experience with music production software.
Fun and engaging.
Church Leadership Qualifications
Agree to conduct yourself on and off the job in such a way as to honor Jesus, demonstrative of spiritual leadership, supporting the Code of Conduct policy, and a positive representative of Summit.
Strive for Summit’s Team Values of Health, Focus, Generosity, and Achievable Excellence.
Agree to the Summit Employee Handbook and Policies, without stipulation or contingency because of behavior.
Lead a Community Group.
Support Summit’s vision to live generously by giving at least 10%.
The job description will be reviewed at least annually.
The job description is intended to reflect the critical elements essential for performing the position. It is not to be construed to be any form of employment contract.
What it's Like to Live in Sparks, Nevada:
The Reno/Sparks metropolitan area is nestled against the Sierra Mountains, enjoying all four seasons in natural beauty and a wide variety of recreational activities year-round. It offers convenience with an international airport and a major interstate highway, but Reno/Sparks still maintains a small-town atmosphere. The historic town of Virginia City is a mere forty-minute drive away and world-class fishing at Pyramid Lake. The absolute hot spot for recreational activities is found at Lake Tahoe. Whether it’s summer water sports or winter resorts, it’s only an hour drive to Lake Tahoe.
Sparks, Nevada is a beautiful and family-oriented city located in the Truckee Meadows. The city of Sparks shares its beautiful valley on the eastern slope of the Sierras with its neighbors to the west, Reno. Together they have a population of just over 350,000.
Since the 1990s, Sparks has grown tremendously, offering residents and visitors a wide array of services and activities. Sparks was reported as the fastest growing city in Nevada between 1999-2008, and it continues to grow. Quality of life is cited as one of the main reasons people relocate to the Sparks area.
The region’s industrial areas provide many opportunities for a wide range of businesses to open or expand their operations in western Nevada, with excellent commercial and cargo air, surface, and rail transportation at one's doorstep. Home to the University of Nevada and one of the most highly-rated school districts in the state, the Reno/Sparks community is also honored to have several minor league sports teams, as well as a flourishing arts and culture scene. Victorian Avenue is famous for hosting many special events, including “The Rib Cook-off,” which draws the nation’s top BBQ chefs.
In addition to the regional draw is the expanding housing development. The Reno/Sparks area is experiencing impressive growth with housing developments going in all around Summit. With Summit being situated on a major thoroughfare, it is well-positioned to be the community church for the expanding community.