At Valley Ranch Baptist Church (‘VRBC’), our mission is inviting diverse and disconnected people to passionately follow Jesus together. For almost 35 years, VRBC has been shining the light of the gospel into our local communities of Valley Ranch and Coppell, the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond. God has blessed us with a beautifully diverse community, but many of our neighbors are tragically disconnected from God and each other. Our greatest joy is to see people transformed and united by Christ’s grace for His glory.
Ministry at VRBC is organized around four priorities: Worship, Grow, Serve and Invite. Far from just being words on a website, those four priorities drive our programming as we engage with God together in worship, gather around God’s Word in small groups, serve our community and world in tangible ways, and invite all those around us to follow Jesus with us.
Four principles guide the planning of our worship services at VRBC:
Crafted for Engagement – We intentionally design our services to help people of all backgrounds connect with God and each other in meaningful ways.
Driven by the Gospel – The good news of Jesus is the driving force and thematic center of every service.
Designed for Development – Our services are purposefully crafted to help facilitate the spiritual growth of participants.
Intentionally Inviting – We plan worship services that are accessible and appealing not only to Christians, but also to those who don’t yet know Jesus.
Musically speaking, our services represent the diversity of our congregation and community. We utilize a number of different styles, including modern worship, modern hymns, traditional hymns (in both traditional and newer arrangements), Black gospel and more.
About the Worship Pastor
The Worship Pastor at VRBC is a spiritual and organizational leader responsible for leading all aspects of the corporate worship life of the church. They will serve as a pastor to the congregation and to all members of the worship team, leading and inspiring them to live lives that reflect their worship of Jesus. Primary responsibilities include the planning, leading and coordinating of all corporate worship services; recruiting, developing and shepherding worship volunteers; leading all aspects of worship service production; and supporting worship for all ages in the church.
As a member of the VRBC Staff, the Worship Pastor will work collaboratively with other staff members and lay leaders to accomplish the mission God has given us. As a member of the Senior Staff Leadership Team, they will have the opportunity to speak into the overall direction of the staff and church as we passionately follow Jesus together. The Worship Pastor’s response to who God is and all He has done for us is to honor and glorify Him through their life and ministry.
The Worship Pastor will
Plan, coordinate, lead and evaluate weekly corporate worship services that are consistent with the church’s mission and values. This includes all musical elements, as well as verbal worship leading, scriptures, prayers, stories, videos, announcements, creative elements, and other content as needed.
Serve as the “executive producer” of all weekly services and other special services/events.
Convey a confident yet humble pastoral presence in corporate worship services, leading both musically and verbally.
Work with the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor and other staff members to plan creative and engaging worship elements for each sermon series and to perform long-range worship planning.
Recruit, develop and train volunteer teams (instrumentalists, vocal worship leaders, and production teams), equipping and empowering team members to use their God-given gifts for his glory.
Invest spiritually and personally in the lives of members of the worship and production teams, leading them to passionately follow Jesus together.
Lead all aspects of the church’s Production Ministry, including Sunday morning sound, video, lighting and live stream, video editing and production, and other requirements as necessary.
Plan and lead midweek band rehearsals and weekend sound check/dress rehearsals.
Strategically lead all other musical groups, either personally or through key volunteers as needed.
Support all audiovisual needs of the church including purchasing, maintaining and evaluating equipment and working with volunteers as needed.
Oversee and work closely with the Communications Team to coordinate all visual elements (electronic and printed) of worship services.
Support the worship life of the VR Kids,VR Students and VRBC Español ministries by collaborating with the Children’s Pastor, Student Pastor, Adult Pastor and other volunteers to provide effective worship experiences for these groups and worship training as appropriate.
Participate fully as a member of VRBC and the staff team by embracing the mission and strategy of the church – Worship, Grow, Serve and Invite. This includes leading an Adult Grow Group, being an active participant in church events/gatherings, serving regularly, engaging in pastoral care, contributing financially to the church and attending staff meetings.
Serve as a member of the Senior Staff Leadership Team, which meets regularly to discuss and address strategic and tactical issues related to the church and staff.
Serve as the primary point of contact and coordinator for all events in the Worship Center (weddings, funerals, other large gatherings), particularly including all musical and production elements.
Set and monitor the progress of short and long term personal and professional goals to build the effectiveness of the VRBC Worship Ministry within the mission and vision of the church.
Develop and manage the Worship Ministry budget.
The ideal candidate will
Be a committed follower of Jesus, striving to reflect the character of Christ.
Possess a clear call to Worship Ministry.
See themselves as a pastor whose primary purpose is to love and care for the church and community.
Possess strong musical skills. They must be able to lead vocally with excellence and have a solid understanding of theory, harmony, sheet music/chord charts, and arranging for a band. Strong instrumental skills (guitar and/or keys) are preferred.
Have a strong appreciation for and willingness to lead in a variety of musical styles, including modern worship, hymns (both classic and modern), and Black gospel.
Be a skilled recruiter and team builder – identifying the gifts of people in the congregation and community and empowering them to use those gifts to bless the church and bring glory to God.
Be an excellent leader – able to organize, inspire and manage multiple people, teams and projects to accomplish the mission of the church.
Be flexible and versatile – the Worship Pastor must be able to effectively serve and lead in many different arenas: technical, artistic, musical, relational, spiritual and more.
Be proficient in worship-related technologies such as Planning Center, video/audio editing, loops/tracks, live-streaming, audio/visual technology, and lighting.
Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills along with strong relational skills.
Be able to manage numerous projects and priorities at the same time with excellence and grace.
Have an undergraduate degree.
Have at least 3 years of experience in a worship leadership role.
About Coppell/Valley Ranch
A community with a small-town feel and big-city conveniences is just one way to describe the Coppell/Valley Ranch area. Consistently rated as one of the best places to live, raise a family, and attend public schools in Texas by Niche.com, Coppell/Valley Ranch is situated near the heart of the DFW Metroplex.
In quaint Old Town Coppell, you can spend Saturday morning shopping for local produce at the Farmers Market, grab some lunch at one of the local restaurants, enjoy boutique shopping, and then relax while participating in family-friendly events at the brand new Arts Center. The community of Valley Ranch, located within the larger city of Irving, shares many of the same features as Coppell, and portions of the community are zoned for Coppell ISD. The Sound at Cypress Waters is one of the newest, fastest growing areas in Coppell/Valley Ranch for restaurants, nightlife and outdoor concerts.
The Coppell/Valley Ranch area offers easy access to world class entertainment, fantastic restaurants, professional and recreational sports, and plentiful parks and green spaces. More importantly, it is home to thousands of people who have yet to experience the joy of following Jesus. If you’d like to be a part of helping make that happen, we’d love to visit with you!