RiverLakes Community Church, Bakersfield, CA
Associate Pastor of Worship & Arts
RiverLakes Community Church is a large multigenerational church with an informal small church feel. RiverLakes Community Church has a rich history in Bakersfield that spans more than 80 years. The church started as a missionary Sunday School in 1930, and in 1944 was incorporated as Fruitvale Union Church. The name was changed five years later to Fruitvale Community Church. In 1999, the church moved to its present 25- acre campus strategically located in northwest Bakersfield. In 2012, Pastor Cary Nack was called to be the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church. In the past year, RiverLakes has seen hundreds of changed lives, more than a hundred decisions for Christ, several baptisms and an annual outdoor Easter service that draws over 5,000 attendees. With new leadership, a renewed vision, and a passion for spreading the Gospel, RiverLakes is poised for exciting growth.
The church's mission is to be a body of believers called to glorify God by declaring the gospel, maturing believers, and giving their lives away for Jesus Christ’s sake. To further this mission, RiverLakes is hiring an Associate Pastor of Worship & Arts who will be responsible for the development and leadership of a large and growing area of ministry at RiverLakes Community Church. The Associate Pastor of Worship & Arts will work closely with the Senior Pastor, as well as other members of the Worship & Arts team, to plan and execute all Sunday worship services at RiverLakes Community Church.
RiverLakes Community Church is a contemporary style church that has a spectrum of ministries to build up believers and reach out to the wider community. RiverLakes Community Church offers four service options on Sundays, all on their campus in Bakersfield, CA. All four of the services feature the same music and message. The services are programmed to be 75 minutes in length, and include music, prayer, teaching, and giving. IMAG is used on two large screens, and creative video elements are often part of the service.
The ideal candidate will have five years of experience leading contemporary worship in a large church environment, with a proven ability to engage people in vertical, spirit-filled worship. They will be fluent in current contemporary worship music styles (e.g. Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong Live, Jesus Culture, and Passion). A track record of recruiting, training, and managing volunteers as well as a scripturally based philosophy of worship is a must.
Bakersfield is at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley of California, located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles. It has grown from a population of 70,000 in 1970 to a current population of over 350,000—making it the 9th largest city in California. Bakersfield is one of the cities in the United States with the most clear days, averaging 191 sunny days a year. The two major economic drivers are oil production and agriculture. Kern County is the most productive oil county in the U.S., and the fourth most productive agricultural county.