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First Evangelical Free Church – Associate Pastor of Worship (Staff Elder)

1435 S. Pecos St
Las Cruces,

Position Type

Worship Pastor


Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)

Ministry Area


Avg. Weekly Attendance


Job Description

The First Evangelical Free Church (a congregation of ~125) has been serving Las Cruces, NM and the surrounding communities for over 50 years while enjoying a culturally diverse membership and robust worship experience that incorporates a wide variety of musical styles and worship formats. We are seeking a full-time associate pastor of worship to lead and inspire our congregation in Godly worship, administer audio-visual technologies, and serve beside our lead pastor and elders in general pastoral ministry and as able, preaching. Visit our web page at to learn more about our church.

*As a member of the elder team, join in serving as one of the spiritual leaders of the church, shepherding the flock and exercising oversight over all aspects of the body (1 Peter 5:1-4), particularly through the ministry of the word and prayer (Acts 6:4; 2 Timothy 4:1-2; James 5:13-16).
*As associate pastor, support and augment the ministry of the lead pastor for the equipping of the congregation toward fulfillment of the mission of First Evangelical Free Church (FEFC) through administration of worship services and as able, biblical instruction and discipleship opportunities.
*Reports to lead pastor first, then elder board, then the Congregation as a whole per the FEFC Constitution.
*Salary to be negotiated based on experience and education.

*The associate pastor and his wife, if he is married, by virtue of their call to serve at FEFC, shall be members of the church. As members, they must sign the membership covenant.
*Must be a mature man of true Christian character who submits to Christ as the head of the church (Colossians 1:18), is led by the Holy Spirit, and fulfills the qualifications for elders/ pastors/overseers in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 5:1-5 (please read these passages!).
*Successfully pass a background check as part of FEFC’s child safety protection policy.
*Must be licensed or ordained in the EFCA or willing to pursue licensure and/or ordination with the EFCA.
*Accredited Seminary Master’s Degree (or equivalent) desired with a successful history of worship ministry leadership experience of at least two years paid or five years unpaid experience.
*Be an excellent musician, singer, and communicator for large and small groups, able to lead and guide them into biblical worship.
*Be proficient in using and administering worship software (e.g., Planning Center, Proclaim, etc.), information technology, mobile devices, sound, lighting, and live streaming technologies.

*Skillfully lead the congregation during worship services through inspirational song selections, appropriate teaching, and consistent team preparation and participation.
*Organize and schedule worship services using appropriate software; coordinate worship teams.
*Recruit, disciple, and develop worship ministry and tech team volunteers.
*As able, share in Sunday preaching as much as desired up to one week per month.
*Actively participate in the body life of the FEFC (e.g., Join Equipping Ministry, Worship Services, First Community meals, Men’s Discipleship Groups, etc.).
*Fulfill the responsibilities of elder leadership as described in the FEFC constitution.
*Meet weekly with the pastor(s) for prayer, communication, fellowship, and planning/evaluation.
*Assist the Lead Pastor with counseling and visitation as needed or requested by the Elders.
*Other pastoral duties as necessary.

Instructions for applying
To apply for this position, please submit the following items via email to [email protected]. Before submission, please review our membership documents including the Constitution and Bylaws and the Membership Covenant to ensure your agreement with these documents. All necessary documents, including the job application, can be found at
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Completed job application from the webpage
4. Link to video of applicant leading worship (if available)

About our church
Our vision is to be a praying, compassionate community of believers, growing in the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, inviting, engaging, and discipling all people into a restorative, hope-filled life in the family of God. We are located in sunny Las Cruces, NM