Worship Ministry Intern
WORSHIP MINISTRY INTERN
McLean Presbyterian Church (MPC) is seeking a worship ministry intern for the 2020-21 ministry year (August-May). This position is a part-time role and is a part of the full-time Capital Fellows program. The worship internship is designed for those exploring a calling to vocational worship ministry in the church. A strong musical background is required, and experience in worship leading is preferred. This person will work under the guidance of the Director of Worship as an integral member of our worship staff at MPC.
About Capital Fellows
Capital Fellows is an advanced leadership and discipleship program for recent college graduates (ages 21-25). Through graduate courses, a paid internship, one-on-one mentoring and many leadership and community service opportunities, fellows develop and apply their gifts in real-world situations while learning to integrate a Christian worldview into all areas of life. Capital Fellows is a unique opportunity to live and work in Washington D.C. and to be an active member of a supportive community that seeks to serve the city with the love of Christ. It is also a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the workplace while deeply exploring God’s design for us as workers and contributors to human flourishing. More detailed information about the Capital Fellows program, calendar, room & board, classes, fees, and the application process can be found at www.capitalfellows.org
About the Church
MPC is a growing congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. Our vision is to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples who make a difference through worship, community, and missions. God has grown our church by over 40% in the last several years, and we’re continuing to grow with now over 2,000 members. In addition to this growth within our own walls, we are currently overseeing 3 church plants in the greater D.C. area. We currently hold 5 Sunday services each week (not including our church plants) with multiple worship leaders and teams made up of over 100 volunteer and paid musicians. More information about MPC can be found at www.mcleanpres.org
About Worship at MPC
We describe our worship style as blended and intergenerational – using a combination of contemporary and classical instruments to accompany congregational singing of both traditional and modern hymns and songs. The worship ministry at MPC includes adult and children’s choirs, worship teams, audio/visual teams, and deacon service teams (parking, greeters, ushers, and communion set up). Along with traditional hymns, our congregational music repertoire includes songs from Keith and Kristen Getty, Stuart Townend, Sovereign Grace Music, Indelible Grace, Enfield, Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, and others.
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TITLE: Worship Ministry Intern
REPORTS TO: Director of Worship
UPDATED: November 2019 POSITION SUMMARY
The Worship Ministry Intern serves to enrich and deepen the spiritual life of the church by supporting the Director of Worship in the planning, administration, and execution of corporate worship gatherings of MPC.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assists Director of Worship with planning and executing corporate worship for Sunday morning, evening, and other special services
- Assists with communication and support for deacons in charge of worship ministry support teams: deacon on duty, parking, greeters, ushers, communion set up
- Serves as a regular member of the worship team, A/V team, and deacon service teams
- Assists worship staff with the formatting and printing of worship bulletins and projection slides for Sunday morning, evening, and other special services
- Assembles weekly worship music folders and copies for worship teams and choirs
- Assists with recruiting, training, and caring for worship ministry volunteers
- Assists in leading worship as able
- Participates in weekly staff devotions and monthly staff meetings
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Vibrant, growing, spirit-empowered relationship with God through Jesus Christ
- Support of MPC’s philosophy of ministry and worship (see pages 4-6 below)
- Experience in leading congregational worship – both vocal leadership, as well as guitar or piano driven leadership preferred
- Teachable spirit, willingness to learn and grow
- Inclination toward humble leadership and service to others
- Applicants must be between 21 and 26 years of age
- Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
- Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States
- Applicants must not be married or have children
COMPENSATION & CAPITAL FELLOWS FEE WAIVER
The paid internship through MPC is based on 3 full days (24 hours) per week. Compensation is in accordance with established MPC compensation policy and benefits as outlined in the MPC Employee Handbook and MPC Salary Administration Plan.
This is a unique position at McLean Presbyterian Church in that it is a staff position in this church and also a position in the Capital Fellows program. In addition to the direct compensation for this role, McLean Presbyterian also pays the cost of the Capital Fellows program, which would normally be $6,500. The Capital Fellows program fee, which is paid by the church for this role, covers all associated course fees (including advanced standing credit at Reformed Theological Seminary), all required books, retreats, conference fees, Roundtable meals and other program costs. Each fellow lives with a host family that provides a room and at least one meal per day at no cost to you.
INQUIRE & APPLY
For more information please contact:
Dr. Jeff Vogan Director of Worship McLean Presbyterian Church email@example.com
In addition to a complete Capital Fellows application, each candidate for this position is required to provide an updated resume, references, and one or two videos of themselves leading worship. On the application, please select “Worship Ministry Internship” on the first page. To apply online:
You’ve likely heard the old nickname for Presbyterians: “Frozen Chosen.” But don’t be fooled: the Reformed faith does not make you passionless about worship!
In fact, doctrine drives us to doxology. Knowing God’s grace and truth leads us to worship him.
Worship at McLean Presbyterian Church is pursued with great care and intent: it is based on a clear vision, rooted in a Biblical philosophy, and focused on a number of important priorities.
OUR VISION FOR WORSHIP
Meeting with God together as we glorify and enjoy him for who he is and what he’s done for us
A service of public worship is not merely a gathering of God’s children with each other, but before all else, a meeting of the triune God with his chosen people. In worship, God graciously calls us into his presence to hear him speak to us through his Word and Spirit; and in worship, God transforms us by his Spirit to more like Jesus as we respond to him in faith and obedience.
As we gather, we glorify and enjoy God for who he is: infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth – the very definition of everything beautiful, good, and praiseworthy. Even if he had done nothing for us, he would still deserve our worship. How much more then do we worship when we think of all he has done for us! God is worthy of great honor, glory, and thanks for the salvation he has so graciously accomplished for us through Christ and applied to us by the Holy Spirit.
Each Sunday, it is our vision to truly meet with God together, glorifying and enjoying him for who he is and what he’s done for us.
OUR WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY
Content, Form, Style
This rich theology directly impacts how we worship together on Sundays. Because of our vision, we prioritize content, form and style – in that order.
Content. We approach worship by thinking first and foremost about substance: the content of what we sing, pray, read and speak. We don’t need the thoughts and opinions of men or women. We need God’s living word. So we seek to align and saturate the entire service with Scripture. Specifically, we seek to be Trinitarian (worship is enabled by and owed to Father, Son, and Spirit) and Christ-Centered (he is the mediator who brings us to God).
Content is the central priority that forms the foundation of our worship philosophy and priorities.
Content, Form, Style
Form. We have a set order or liturgy that we work through each week, which is designed to reinforce our content. Our liturgy rehearses the gospel story through each step of our worship service:
We start with a prayer of invocation and the call to worship. God deserves and demands our praise, so we ask him to empower us to worship, so that the service will bring glory to him and good to us.
We move to songs of adoration, recognizing that God is intrinsically worthy of praise.
We then move into a time of confession, assurance, and peace: having seen God and his greatness, we recognize our own sin – both corporate and personal – and are reminded of the gospel’s promise of forgiveness and the impact it has on us.
Then we move into the congregational prayer, where we recognize that the sovereign God who saves us also cares about the details of our lives, so we can take our concerns to him.
After the prayer comes the sermon, which is always a rehearsal of the gospel: different applications of Christ’s sufficiency and greatness.
And finally, we have the song of sending, the benediction and the dismissal. These pieces remind us that we don’t exist for ourselves. We are to take what we have received and learned and be salt and light to the world.
Each step of our service, each section of liturgy, is aligned with Scripture and reinforces the content of gospel truth, placing Christ at the center of our worship.
Content, Form, Style
Style. After content and form comes style. While content and form are far more important, unfortunately style (particularly in music) is the area that often causes debate within so many churches and indeed our own. We describe our style of congregational music as “blended.” Two further terms explain what we mean by this second term.
First: diversity. We want to sing the great hymns of our heritage and the best contemporary songs too. In our worship music we want to encourage one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as we sing to the Lord with all our heart (Eph. 5:19). We want to praise the Lord with all our voices, young and old (Ps. 148:12-13), and with a variety of instruments (Ps. 150), from organ to drum kit, from piano to guitar, strings, woodwinds, and brass.
Second: unity. We want to artistically combine and arrange for modern and classical instruments to play together in worship. We want our people to sing with united voices across generations and transcending personal style preferences in music – giving a beautiful illustration and testimony of our unity in Christ and our love and deference for one another as many members of one body (1 Cor. 12- 13). Diversity in songs, ages, and instruments + unity of instruments, voices, and hearts = blended worship.
OUR WORSHIP PRIORITIES
Relationship with God, Participation, Conviction, Freedom, Family
When thinking about worship, the vision is our starting point. Because we have a vision of meeting with God together as we glorify and enjoy him for who he is and what he’s done for us, we then structure our worship accordingly. When the pastors and worship staff sit down to plan our worship, the following priorities also influence our thinking:
Relationship with God. Corporate worship, at its core, is a meeting between God and his covenant people; therefore, we want to enter into every part of worship in light of God’s presence with us. If Jesus were to return and stand in the middle of our sanctuary one Sunday, it shouldn’t make a difference to our praise. Why? Because he is already in our midst! God is with us in worship not only by virtue of his divine omnipresence, but much more intimately, as our faithful covenant Savior. Engagement in worship is part of our personal relationship with the God of heaven and earth! This changes how we think about worship.
Participation. This priority is so central to how we think about worship. Worship is not a passive, consumer experience. It’s a dialogue between God and his people. In worship, God speaks to us by his word and Spirit, and we respond back to him in a number or ways – through various forms of prayers, singing, silence, posture, sacraments, offerings, confessions of faith, vows, and acts of commitment. The entire service of worship can be viewed as a holy conversation back and forth between God and his people. We want our people to be active participants in this holy dialogue.
Conviction. Grace-filled worship involves authentic participation and genuine emotion as we respond to God’s word and Spirit. When we are singing songs about the joy of the gospel, we want our hearts to feel that joy! Likewise, when we sing about the brokenness of our sin, we want to feel sorrow. This is not emotionalism, but conviction. The truth of the gospel ought to convict our hearts – this is a Biblical emotional response. We want to engage the head and the heart and so fully participate in worship.
Freedom. Believers around the world worship the Lord in so many different ways; when you have a relationship with God, you should feel free to respond in a way that is well with your soul. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor. 3:17). We want every person know the freedom of worshipping God regardless of circumstances of joy or grief, ease or struggle, fear or confidence, lack or abundance. Whether you want to smile, laugh, cry, say “Amen,” raise your hands, or bow your head, you should feel free to worship in a way that reflects where you are and what the Lord is doing in your heart.
Family. Within this small community, there is much diversity – diversity in style, tradition, preference, age, personality, and instinct. While one style may not be a personal favorite, each worshiper can value how it may facilitate participatory worship for other members of this family. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Where Satan is, there is division; division is his calling card. We are a family and we strive to love each other as such!
When we plan our Sunday services, these priorities, laid on the foundation of our philosophy and vision, drive the songs we sing, the prayers we pray, and each and every component of the service. We come together to be in the presence of God and to worship him in Spirit and in truth.
1020 BALLS HILL ROAD, MCLEAN, VA 22101
Dr. Jeff Vogan
Director of Worship McLean Presbyterian Church
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