First Presbyterian Church - Missoula, Montana

Known in this western Montana college mountain town for the fly-fishing family Maclean of A River Runs Through It fame, First Presbyterian Church of Missoula is today a growing, Christ-centered community of children, youth and adults called to surprise Missoula with Christ’s astonishing love. That means deepening our roots in the truth and mercy of Jesus, growing together in the joy of inter-generational relationships, and bearing tangible witness to our hope through showing up to serve our city. As our culture changes rapidly around us, we’re also committed to knowing our neighbors and ever adapting our way of being church better to speak the language of good news. As we seek to be faithful, winsome disciples, we’re grateful to partner with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (helping to build a new facility to house homeless families) and with Whitworth University (helping to build an onramp to Christian spirituality, community, and mission in Missoula). 

Worship at FPC

For the last three years, the FPC community has come together in one Sunday service of worship. As we have transitioned from two services to worshiping together we have held up values both for all-age participation in worship and for a variety of music guiding us through the church year. Worship is a part of our Forming ministry. As such we are asking the question of how our worship of the Triune God also cultivates Christ-centered, intergenerational relationships and sends us to take part in God’s mission of saving love for all. We aim to structure our worship with opportunities for active and meaningful participation by persons of all ages.  We have discovered gifts in mixing traditional beauty, informal teaching, movement, sharing, homemade video, drama, children’s leadership, and more. Our experimentation in worship over the last years has included (at different times) guitar, percussion, piano, organ, strings, bell choir, brass, chancel choir, and four choral section leaders for the nine months we worship in our sanctuary. Moving forward, we hope to continue the variety in our musical offerings. 


**During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to be flexible. As we now gather for in-person worship while also recording services for in-home participation, we are adapting again! At present we are leading with soloists and instrumentalists, but leading congregational singing or assembling the choir. 


Resident Worship Director Position 

We are seeking someone who has a love for Jesus Christ, a growing faith, and a passion for worship to answer God’s call to serve as FPC’s Resident Worship Director – coming to invest not only their skills but their life in our congregation.

Our dream is that a person serving in this position will gain experience designing and directing congregational worship and its music within a supportive church setting. As we continue to expand and experiment with how we worship God together, the Director will develop, schedule and coordinate worship leaders and musicians, direct our choir, and grow in other areas of interest and giftedness for ministry. 

The commitment is for two years (with possibilities beyond), beginning in the summer of 2020. This is a paid, fulltime position. Benefits include health insurance, optional dental coverage, a flexible spending account, paid time off accrual, emergency medical leave accrual, paid time off for designated holidays, and optional participation in a 403b retirement savings plan. Housing and meals will be provided within the home of a church family.  

Responsibilities of Resident Worship Director

  • Design, direct and coordinate worship in collaboration with the Pastor and Forming ministry in effort to make space for all worshippers to encounter the living God who sends them to surprise Missoula with Christ’s astonishing love

  • Recruit, train, nurture, encourage liturgists, worship leaders, and musicians of all ages to share their gifts in FPC’s worship

  • Pursue relationships to build ongoing community on behalf of nurturing one’s own faith and the faith growth of others

  • Plan special worship services as scheduled (Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving Eve, etc.)

  • Meet with the Pastor regularly for collaboration, planning and worship evaluation

  • Keep updated spreadsheet of upcoming worship services, elements and participants

  • Design and proof weekly worship bulletins, music sheets and slides

  • Communicate worship bulletin details and other logistical considerations to FPC staff weekly 

  • Become familiar with hymns/songs for congregational singing already known by the congregation while introducing hymns/songs that voice fresh expressions of congregational prayer

  • Select and prepare songs, hymns and special music for services of worship with particular attention to church year, scripture, sermon, and service theme

  • Coordinate and schedule instrumental and/or vocal leadership for all worship events, including mid-week worship services 

  • Rehearse and direct choir and/or other worship musicians

  • Recruit, supervise, schedule, train and mentor singers and instrumentalists for worship leadership

  • Administer and maintain musical libraries/files

  • Oversee copyright management and reporting in conjunction with the secretary

  • Oversee all instruments, audio equipment owned by FPC; with the Forming (Worship and Music Committee) provide for regular maintenance and periodic replacement

  • Maintain records for payment of musicians/instrumentalists 

  • Network with Missoula musicians and musical community (for hiring connections)

  • Record yourself singing/playing instrument to lead in recorded worship 


Qualifications of Resident Worship Director

  • Joyful desire to serve Jesus Christ through worship of the Triune God

  • Passion and relational energy to serve an intergenerational congregation 

  • Education/experience in the leadership of worship, to include strong musicianship and conducting skills.  

  • Can-do, team-player attitude

  • Organization, attentiveness to detail, ability to plan ahead yet be flexible to change and context

  • Clear verbal and written communication toward creating, growing and sustaining a vibrant worship/music ministry

  • Comfort using electronic communication (phone, e-mail, text). Comfort with word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, musical notation and projection software

  • Passage of background check and completion of FPC’s Abuse Prevention And Response Team (APART) training

  • Administer technology for production/publishing of recorded worship services

To Apply

Please send a resumé and a letter articulating your interest and experience to Dan Cravy, Pastor, at dan@fpcmissoula.org or First Presbyterian Church, 235 S Fifth St W, Missoula, MT 59801

Contact Us

Address: 235 S 5th St W | Missoula, MT 59801

Phone: 406.549.5144

Fax: 406.549.5145

Email: secretary@fpcmissoula.org



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