GOOD SAMARITAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Title: Music and Creative Arts
Hours: Part-time, 10 hours weekly
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church is a growing community of open-minded
Christians who seek to do what Jesus taught us: to include, love, and serve all
people without exception. We are a new church without walls, and we meet in
places where we can serve and be with our neighbors. We seek to build a diverse fellowship, and we
welcome all who want to ask deep questions and put faith into action.
As we begin
moving toward regular Sunday worship services in fall 2016 (projected), we seek
a Music and Creative Arts Ministry Director who can lead us in developing and growing the imaginative,
expressive side of our community. We would like our worship and music to speak
to and more deeply nourish our passion and call as servants, and we seek to
shape our music and worship with integrity and excellence as we establish a
different kind of church.
is a part-time (10 hr/week) position, but will likely expand to 15-20 hours per
week in the fall of 2016.
with the Vicar to choose and prepare high quality music that enables good
congregational singing and that speaks to our mission and to the different
liturgical seasons. (Note: in the Episcopal Church, the clergy-in-charge has
final responsibility for and oversight over all music and liturgy.)
and overseeing a great volunteer group of instrumentalists and vocalists for
one service on Sunday mornings, and using paid vocalists and instrumentalists
on occasion to boost and enhance the worship experience.
leading music for worship, and teaching our people how to sing.
with the Vicar to plan and create a worship ambiance and atmosphere that is, at
once, simple, beautiful, experiential, reverent, and joyful, and that both
nourishes and inspires our members into action. Creating ambiance includes
everything from projections and backdrops to fabrics and textures to music and
hands-on prayer stations. Simple means that a team you oversee can easily set
up and tear down week by week, as we worship in a local school.
Coordinating a team of volunteers that plan and
implement components of audiovisuals, art, and beauty to supplement our worship
and gatherings. (As a church without walls, we welcome creative flourishes that
provide texture and pizzazz to enliven the spaces in which we meet.)
all music-related activities (rehearsal scheduling, charting, publicity, etc.)
and coordinating with lay leaders/volunteers for other aspects of the ministry.
candidate has a strong commitment to excellence in liturgical music and
hymnody. She/he will lead strongly on keyboard, guitar and/or vocals (if you
play something else, too, let us know!), with a broad musical range that is
centered in traditional Christian hymnody and liturgical service music
(currently, this comprises the majority of our worship experience).
However, we also
want our candidate to help us embrace and explore the diversity in other forms
of music, and we seek to include a broader range of styles/genres that
complement our traditional focus, including:
updates of traditional Christian hymns (Sutan Stevens, Welcome Wagon)
Christian worship music (Gungor, Aaron Niequist)
music (e.g. Taize chant)
secular music (when appropriate)
ability to put
down an instrument and teach people to sing an old spiritual a cappella, maybe even with different
haven't thought of!
As well, the
candidate will also need other artistic skills, or the resources/ability to
recruit and coordinate volunteers with such skills as:
Powerpoint or other projection-based design
Fabrics and textures
Experience on one or more worship-planning software (MediaShout,
candidate will need to be:
Committed to a
"church without walls" concept (radically inclusive, not focused on a
building but on people and serving others)
building a diverse community of people at different places on the Christian
Able to initiate and manage multiple projects simultaneously in dynamic
Able to work well
both independently and in teams
and arts ministry experience in a congregation or church-plant context or
similar musical leadership experience
Demonstrated leadership skills
Must pass a
criminal background check and Oxford Documents screening
satisfactorily complete Safeguarding God's People and Safeguarding God's
Children online courses prior to beginning work.
Samaritan Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis are very
committed to diversity. We strongly encourage all qualified applicants,
especially people from racial/ethnic minority groups, to apply.
Our ethos is adventurous, flexible, authentic, open, fun,
welcoming, and willing to try almost anything once. We are not looking for a
rock star, or a diva, but for someone who enjoys leading God's people in
worship and helping people discover the countercultural joy of singing together
and using creativity to express unspoken aspects of the Holy One.
know someone who might be? Send an email to gray0goodsamaritanbrownsburg.o_rg
with ALL of the following (1) a description of your style, repertoire, and
experience; (2) a short resume including references and your contact
information; and (3) audio or video links to samples of your music/music