Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky., is prayerfully seeking a Worship Pastor to join our team and be part of equipping our faith family to live as passionate worshippers who lead more people to anchor their life and hope in Jesus.
WORSHIP PASTOR BASIC PROFILE
The Worship Pastor will be a mature disciple of Jesus who will faithfully model the life of a disciple, pursuing the rhythms of the Disciple’s Pathway. He will hold firmly to doctrines that match Living Hope’s Articles of Faith, and be able to use the Scriptures correctly and effectively in personal relationships and ministry.
He will joyfully embrace a commitment to lead a worship ministry that will make disciples who delight to live and spread the gospel of Jesus.
He will have a firm calling to local church ministry as a worship pastor, spiritual gifts that empower his leadership, and evident musical abilities (preferably with the ability to lead worship with guitar or from a piano). He will have experience in leading worship and worship teams in a church of at least 750 attenders in a multi-generational setting.
Finally, he will be a complement and necessary addition to our pastoral ministry team.
The Worship Pastor will be responsible for the leadership of Living Hope’s Central Campus Worship Center gatherings. This will include planning (with the Senior Pastor) worship gatherings that are deep in Biblical truth; saturated with the gospel; thoughtfully creative; musically excellent; personally engaging and interactive; rich and passionate with genuine, non-manipulative emotion; and motivating to mission.
On a practical level, this responsibility will include coordinating and scheduling musicians/vocalists; managing rehearsals; coordinating with the Worship Choir leader; coordinating with the Media Director; and partnering with worship leaders in our Next Generation ministries at Living Hope venues and campuses.
In accordance with Eph. 4:11-12 and our Great Commission mandate, the Worship Pastor will intentionally develop worship leaders and musicians for Living Hope ministries and Kingdom needs. He will purposely invest in any ministry assistants and interns; encourage, train, and resource worship leaders in our Next Generation ministry areas; and be the catalyst to develop a worship leader community that fosters a sense of encouragement, care, accountability, and joy among all worship leaders.
ABOUT LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH
Living Hope Baptist Church is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-venue/campus church with one singular passion: to be a family of disciples making disciples who lead more people to anchor their lives and hope in Jesus.
HISTORY & FEATURES
Living Hope was founded 41 years ago out of a sacrificial heart to pursue twin missional impulses: to reach the next generation with the gospel and be personally engaged with missions and outreach. Those things continue to shape our church’s life. Our Next Generation ministries (birth through high school) serve about 600 children & students each week, in partnership with their families through our Family Discipleship initiative.
About 35% of our annual giving is earmarked for local and global impact beyond our campus. Locally, Living Hope initiated and remains a primary supporter of Hope House, a community ministry that began by offering food, clothing, and financial assistance, and now focuses on gospel restoration through job training, addiction recovery support, and more. Our Recreation Center hosts and sponsors activities that reach many people, including county youth basketball leagues, archery, exercise classes, Next Level sports training, and more. Our Hope Center for Biblical Counseling serves our faith family and community with gospel-based counsel for those struggling with life brokenness, marriage and family struggles, addictions, and conflict. The Hope Center for Pregnancy will open soon to provide life-affirming and grace-giving counsel, services, and resources for expectant moms (and dads) in crisis situations. In 2016, our Redeemer campus opened to serve the northeast part of our county, and additional campuses are in planning stages.
Globally, we have 5 strategic global and national mission partners (East Asia, West Africa, Portugal, Southern Europe, and the Northern Plains, U.S.), and a dozen other mission relationships, to whom we send about 30 teams to serve each year. That work is subsidized and supported by the faithful giving of our people through a yearly Gift for Christ offering that to date has raised about $4 million above our ministry budget exclusively for global missions. The Lord continues to bring the nations to us, as we host 6 international congregations on our campus each week: Burmese (3 separate people groups), Nepalese, East African, and Chinese.
Our commitment to make disciples who make disciples is built into our culture and life at many levels. We maintain a network of multiple discipleship environments, including Rooted (our initial gateway discipleship experience for all), Sunday School for children and students, Next Generation ministries, Adult Bible Fellowships, short-term training courses through our Equip Academy, and about 100 Connect Groups (8-15 people who share life and pursue growth like Jesus) for students and adults that meet in homes across our community during the week.
DEFINING PRIORITIES AND VALUES
All these activities and ministries serve a GOAL: to reach and disciple 1% of the unreached people in our community in the next 3 years. This includes both the nones (those with no faith identification) and the dones (those who have been engaged, but have dropped out).
Our VISION is to be a family of disciples who make disciples.
Our MISSION is to lead more people to anchor their life and hope in Jesus.
How will we accomplish that? Our STRATEGY is to lead people to pursue life as a disciple of Jesus by following the Disciple’s Pathway: worship (to live as worshippers); connect (to live as family); serve (to live as servants); equip (to live as learners); and multiply (to live as missionaries).
The desired OUTCOME is a multi-generational church that is living hopeful and being helpful in our community so that others join our family of disciples who make disciple who lead more people …
Under Jesus, Living Hope is governed by the congregation, led & protected by elders, shepherded and equipped by pastors & ministers, cared for & helped by deacons so that Jesus’ mission is lived out by the members.
Living Hope chooses to partner with local, state, and national bodies of the Southern Baptist Convention in the areas of evangelism, national and global missions, education, and cultural witness.
Living Hope currently has about 2500 covenant members.
For more info, go to www.livehopeful.com.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN/WARREN COUNTY
Bowling Green/Warren County, Ky., is the economic, social, medical, and educational hub of southcentral Kentucky. Located on Interstate 65, 45 minutes north of Nashville and 2 hours south of Louisville, Bowling Green’s population of nearly 70,000 makes it the third largest and fastest growing city in Kentucky. The MSA (metropolitan statistical area) surrounding it has nearly a quarter of a million people.
Because of Western Kentucky University and the city’s status as a federal refugee center, the population is surprisingly diverse. Large communities of Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, and Hispanic people are part of the community. One of our local high schools has identified nearly 30 non-English languages spoken in the homes of their students. There is a Bosnian Muslim mosque, and other world religions gather, as well.
Bowling Green has a strong and diverse economy that remained stable even in recent national economic challenges. Western Kentucky University is a major regional institution nearly 20,000 students strong that exerts a powerful influence on the life and energy of our community. In addition to WKU, Bowling Green is home to the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant and the Corvette Museum. (Yes, that hole was filled in!) The world headquarters for Fruit of the Loom, Minit Mart, Russell Brands, Camping World, Houchens Industries and more call BG home, along with dozens of small businesses.
When you leave work, there’s still a lot to do in and around Bowling Green. Of course, all the WKU Hilltopper teams are followed in season. The outdoors is a major part of life in this area. Several state and national parks (including Mammoth Cave) are within a few minutes’ drive, along with several rivers and large lakes. Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, rock climbing, and other outdoor sports are popular. There’s lots of public park space in Bowling Green, as well as a city-owned water park. Team sports (baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, football, etc.) are pursued with passion. The Bowling Green Hot Rods are a single-A minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. An in-line hockey league is gaining in popularity, probably helped along by the rise of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. There’s even auto racing at Beech Bend Speedway.
Other aspects of Bowling Green life include the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC), which hosts concerts of all styles, Broadway shows, comedians, and more.
Fountain Square Park is in the center of a revitalized downtown area that hosts events and festivals all year. It’s hard to find a weekend without some special community event, from fun runs to Soapbox Derby racing to disc golf and more. While several locally owned restaurants are simply delicious, we also have one of most every franchise!
The Medical Center at Bowling Green will soon become a regional teaching hospital for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and along with other hospitals and clinics, provides excellent medical care for the community. Our public schools – both Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Public – are simply excellent. Private education is also available, including Bowling Green Christian Academy. In addition to WKU, BG is also home to the South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College.
Bowling Green is a great place to live and raise a family. A great place to call home.
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