Open Positions

If you are interested in a career at First Presbyterian Church, please see the available positions below.


The primary role of the Modern Worship Arts Director is to serve as the worship leader of the modern worship service(s) (e.g., Vine) and to oversee, design and coordinate the creative and artistic elements of the modern worship experience at First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland. The worship shall be designed such that it honors the rich heritage of Presbyterian worship. The worship, message and music selections will emphasize the character, sovereignty, majesty and immanent presence of God especially as seen through the person and work of Jesus Christ.



  • A strong and growing relationship with Christ.
  • Engaging, creative, and imaginative worship leader skilled at crafting worship experiences that have theological depth and create an emotive space for congregational worship.
  • Excellent musician with a broad understanding of modern and traditional worship music styles and the ability to develop and utilize multiple visual and artistic components.
  • Proven leadership skills and an ability to think strategically and guide tactical execution of ideas.
  • Cooperative, team player with excellent interpersonal skills to work wellwith colleagues, volunteers, and congregants.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Performance, Music Education, or Church Music preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge and experience using technology for modern worship:
      • Worship planning and presentation software such as Planning Center and ProPresenter.
      • Ability to understand the basic use of digital mixing boards and other AV equipment.
      • Ability to understand video, lighting, and the potential use of other aesthetic components of the worship experience.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Select and arrange music for Vine worship service on Sunday mornings and other services or events, as needed.
  • Coordinate closely with pastoral leadership on incorporating liturgical elements into the Vine worship service.
  • Participate in the church worship planning meetings.
  • Lead the design and execution of the Vine worship service experience, together with the Senior ad Associate Pastor(s). This includes but is not limited to:
      • Choreographing the flow of the worship service
      • Lighting and stage design
      • Creative use of video production
      • Pre-worship and post-worship video and music
      • Coordinating with technical staff and volunteers to execute the technical elements during the service.
      • On-line worship experience components as part of the live-stream offering.
  • Lead, recruit, develop, schedule, and rehearse musicians for the Vine worship service.
  • Create motivating volunteer recruitment and training experiences and guidelines.
  • Provide training and rehearse youth worship leaders for youth meetings and activities.
  • Assist the Director of Student Life in preparing and selecting appropriate music for youth meetings and activities.
  • Coordinate and manage administrative functions of the Vine worship services:
      • Maintain schedule of each Vine service in Planning Center.
      • Manage song content in ProPresenter.
      • Coordinate set up and teardown of all stage equipment.
      • Manage copyright licensing for songs (CCLI).


The Modern Worship Arts Director will report to the Senior Pastor. This position will also work closely with all pastors, the Director of Fine Arts Ministries, and the Technical Director.


Work Hours

This is a full-time, exempt position requiring work on nights and weekends.


Performance Review Period

A performance evaluation will be conducted annually by the Senior Pastor.

Contact Elena Nicholas at or call 863-686-7187 if interested.

Summary: relational

The Special Needs Ministries Coordinator (SNMC) will be the primary coordinator and shepherd of all the Special Needs Ministries. The SNMC will coordinate all activities, volunteers, related training, and shepherding related to the Special Needs Ministries. This includes but is not limited to the Sunday Mini-Miracles Classes, the weekly Shine On class, the monthly Buddy Break program, the annual Night to Shine Prom, and the quarterly Keep Shining Worship Experience.

The SNMC will also be responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere consistent with the mission and vision of the Special Needs Ministries Committee. The mission of the Special Needs Ministries Committee is to strengthen FPC as a community of belonging for people of ALL abilities. The goal of our program is to provide and grow worship and ministry opportunities for individuals with differing abilities and their families.



  • Experience and demonstrated skill at providing care for people who are experiencing the unique challenges these programs are designed to accommodate
  • Heart for ministry with people facing these unique challenges and their families
  • Skilled in working with and leading volunteers
  • A strong Christian faith and a desire to share it with children, youth, and adults
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Special Education preferred or equivalent certifications)
  • Current certification in CPR and First Aid


The SNMC shall work under the direct supervision of the Associate Pastor of Outreach and the Session through the Special Needs Ministries Committee (in partnership with the Evangelism Council).

Work Hours

Work hours will average 15-20 hours per week.

The SNMC will be present on Sundays from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays (during the school year) from 5:00-8:00 p.m. to manage Mini- Miracles Program, Children’s Ministry Inclusion and Youth Ministry Inclusion. Additional hours will be once a month Buddy Break, annual Night to Shine Prom and its planning meetings. The SNMC will also coordinate the Mini-Miracles Camp each summer. The SNMC will also perform outreach as needed, and shepherd relationships & support with families as well as SNM leadership teams. The SNMC will meet as needed with the Associate Pastor of Outreach and with the regular meetings of the Special Needs Ministry Committee.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and lead the volunteers, leaders, and teaching staff for the various special needs ministry programs

      • Educate, recruit, and train adults and youth to support individuals and families involved in special needs ministry

      • Ensure consistency and continuity with FPC volunteer policies and procedures, including background checks

      • Schedule and supervise volunteers and/or paid caregivers

  • Direct Ministry Teams of each of these FPC programs:

      • Sunday Morning: 8:45–12:30(First Kids & Kids Etc.): Mini Miracles 1 & 2, Inclusion

      • Wednesday Kids Club 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. during school year: Mini Miracles 1 & 2, Inclusion 
        Youth Ministry Inclusion/Integration

      • Summer Ministry Programs coordinated with Children’s & Youth Ministry

  • Facilitate the Ministry Teams of these Outreach (gateway) programs:

      • Shine On (weekly plus)
      • Buddy Break(monthly plus)
      • Keep Shining (quarterly)
      • Night to Shine(annual plus meetings)
      • Shine Bright(annual with group home residents)
  • Develop and carry out regular communication plans with families, staff & volunteers, and church ministries which interact with SNM
  • Coordinate with Director of Children’s Ministry for consistent curriculum and make modifications and accommodations as needed for individual children. (school year & summer programs)

  • Maintain the following documents:

      • Up-to-date information and contact forms

      • Pertinent encounter notations

      • Inventory and procurement of supplies

      • Financial reports to SNM Committee

      • Accurate budgets for the Special Needs Ministry

  • Attend Special Needs Ministry Committee Meeting and coordinate agenda with Elder

  • Attend church staff meeting, as needed.

  • Maintain strong relationship with Little Shepherd’s Preschool

      • Coordinate the use of shared space and equipment.

      • Explore the viability of including students of different abilities in preschool classes.

  • Be responsible for other activities as directed by the Associate Pastor of Outreach.

Professional Development

Stay current through Disability Ministry readings, videos, social media networks, and conferences.


Performance Review Period

Annual performance evaluation will be conducted annually by the Associate Pastor of Outreach.

Contact Elena Nicholas at or call 863-686-7187 if interested.
Custodian Job Description

Contact Bill Dague at or call 863-686-7187 if interested.

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The mission of First Presbyterian Church is to make and mature disciples for Jesus Christ.

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