Director of Worship Arts at Third CRC (Kalamazoo, MI)


Primary Task

To plan, promote, and lead Third’s worship and visual arts ministry in blending historic and contemporary expressions that are creative, Reformed, Spirit-filled, and missional.

Training and Qualifications

College degree and experience in ministry leadership required. The candidate must become a member of Third within the first year of service.

Desired Qualities and Abilities

  1. Leadership—able to work collegially with musicians, artists, and other leaders, and pastorally with a diverse congregation. Ability to also effectively lead and delegate, while building a strong team environment is a must.
  2. Theologically Grounded—demonstrates a solid grasp of historic principles and contemporary issues in Christian worship; familiar with Reformed creeds and confessions; supportive of Christian education; can articulate a mature faith.
  3. Musically Trained—understands music from a variety of genres and generations. Also, has vocal and instrumental musical excellence—can lead with at least one instrument (guitar and/or piano).
  4. Administratively Competent—is organized, has excellent time management and scheduling skills, and can prioritize short- and long-term worship planning responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Oversee, resource, and lead at weekly worship services at Third.
  2. Plan, implement, and coordinate weekly worship in consultation with the Lead Pastor—including special worship events, i.e., Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, VBS, etc.
  3. Recruit, develop, and direct musical and technical groups via weekly rehearsals to assist with the responsibilities of worship leading.
  4. Delegate and supervise the coordination of worship volunteers, i.e., instrumental, vocal, choral, décor, technical, etc.
  5. Manage and oversee audio and video equipment, instruments, and music—including managing copyrights, maintaining a song library, and maintenance of equipment.

General Responsibilities

  1. Directly accountable to the Lead Pastor; meet regularly for mentoring and oversight; participate in an annual review; other duties as assigned by the Lead Pastor.
  2. Participate in weekly staff meetings and specified ministry team meetings as requested by the Lead Pastor or Council.
  3. Be present for 48 Sundays per year and delegate leadership in your absence; maintain a visible presence at other congregational events.
  4. Work collaboratively with other ministry staff and Council to pursue the vision, mission, and values of Third.
  5. Set vision, goals, and strategy for all ministry teams under their supervision; develop and oversee ministry budget; work in collaboration with communication personnel to communicate content across all platforms.
  6. Participate as a member of the Worship Arts team for ministry review, planning, and evaluation of events, frameworks, methods, etc.


This is a 32 hours per week, exempt position with benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Rev. Derek M. Zeyl at [email protected].

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