Director of Worship

Opening: Completed applications received
between September 20 and October 20, 2017

Employment: Full Time
Employment Date: Upon hire or as negotiated
Compensation: $50,000-$54,000 plus health and retirement benefits





The Covenant Church of Bemidji, MN, is looking for a full-time Director of Worship. Committed Christians with a bachelor degree and at least three years of experience directing worship in a multi-service, multi-format setting are invited to apply.


Our Director of Worship will work in partnership with our Lead Pastor to direct and enhance all aspects of our congregation’s worship life. She/he will effectively and creatively lead us to pursue Christ with passion in our worship services and to grow as worshippers of God in all of life. He/she will effectively administer all aspects of our worship ministry under the authority of the congregation through the Lead Pastor and the Leadership Team.


Musicianship capable of directing our modern worship band and leading worship from the platform is a prerequisite. Proficiency in sound, lighting, and visual technology is also necessary, as is a demonstrated ability to recruit and lead volunteers.


Our Director of Worship will work under the leadership of our Lead Pastor, and will contribute to the overall direction, health, and mission of our church through partnership with our staff and Leadership Team. Our successful candidate will either have or be willing to pursue ministerial credentials with the Evangelical Covenant Church.


To apply for this position, please complete the application linked through this webpage. We will not be engaging with resumes, cover letters, or other sent materials. Please look through the information available on this webpage, and, if you’re interested, complete the application.


Thank you!




We are The Covenant Church of Bemidji.


We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Covenant Church, a small and growing denomination of almost 900 congregations through North America. The ECC was born in the Swedish immigration to America in the mid-1800’s. Our roots are in solid Protestant theology and in the Moravian missionary movement that brought revival and spiritual life to Swedish people prior to their immigration.


We are a “free church” in that ECC congregations are independent, autonomous churches that voluntarily “covenant” to share resources and life together for the sake of greater missional impact. We are now a racially diverse denomination, with over 25% of our congregations being churches of color. This is intentional. It is our hope to better reflect the diversity of the Kingdom of God. And, we embrace and celebrate the ministry and leadership of women as well as men.


Bemidji is in the Northwoods of Minnesota, about four hours drive from the Twin Cities. We are the “First City” on the Mississippi River and the (true) home of Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox. With a population of about 45,000 in our county, 15,000 of whom live within the city limits, Bemidji is a regional economic, educational, and medical center for a wide region of northern Minnesota. We are home to Bemidji State University, Oak Hills Christian College, and Northwest Technical College.


Bemidji has an outdoor culture filled with wooded beauty and lakes; hunting, fishing, water sports, winter sports. Paved bike trails connect to other trails to provide hundreds of miles of riding.


Our church is a bit of an anomaly; a large church in a smaller community. Our weekly worship attendance is typically 650-700. We have two distinct worship services on Sunday morning, a reflective traditional service at 9:00AM and a celebratory modern service at 10:45. Additionally, a young adult service on Wednesday evenings is forming a solid core.


On Wednesday evenings, the church is hopping. A dinner and programs for children through adults serve as many as 400 people, many of whom do not attend a church on Sundays.


Our facility has been beautifully converted into a church from its former life as a lumber yard. It includes a 450 seat sanctuary and a full gymnasium. We have 14 full and part-time staff members.