General Statement of Duties
Provides professional leadership and coordinative functions in support of the music and ministries of the Church.
Distinguishing Features of the ClassAn employee in this class supervises, directs, and coordinates the music and worship ministry of the Church including coordinating and/or directing vocal and hand bell choirs, supervising instrumental groups and directing the musical worship for congregational activities. Work includes planning special musical ministries, worship services, and activities, supervising a part-time organist, and supplementing summer music ministry opportunities (such as VBS and Children’s Choir Camp). The employee serves as a part of a pastoral and leadership team and works with the Pastor and other staff to coordinate the music ministry of the Church with other ministries. Work involves strong public contact with volunteers and sometimes paid musicians and requires special creative abilities in coordinating the music ministry for the various established and special Church worship experiences. Considerable independent judgment and initiative are required in the performance of all duties. Tact and courtesy must be exercised in dealing with Church committees, volunteers, Church staff and members, community organizations, and the general public. Minister of Music will set goals with the pastor in support of overall objectives from the Deacons, in addition to personal objectives. Duties are supervised by the Pastor, and will be reviewed annually regarding progress against goals. Mid-year reviews can be performed at the request of employee to the Pastor.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
- Plans and leads musical aspects of worship services including hymns, anthems, solos, and instrumental groups.
- Supervises organist, pianist, and volunteer children’s choir leaders, and other volunteers supporting the music ministry; coordinates their time and effort for rehearsals and special services; trains volunteer choir leaders.
- Serves as director for most choirs, instrumental groups (includes handbells), and other musical ensembles formed in the Church; recruits choir and ensemble members.
- Researches and plans selections, purchase supplies and materials, maintains appropriate contact with ensemble members, prepares and conducts rehearsals.
- Directs and promotes special musical worship and ministries which includes finding materials, recruiting participants, and rehearsals.
- Coaches and works with soloists.
- Oversees maintenance of musical equipment, garments, and supplies.
- Manages and organizes the music library for the Church.
- Coordinates and counsels those using music at special occasions such as wedding and funerals, as needed.
- Responsible for outreach in music related areas.
- Handles publicity and information distribution to those involved in the music ministry
- Provides Church newsletter submissions as needed.
- Visits persons involved in the music ministry when they are in the hospital or at home in times of need.
- Prepares budget projections and requests for the music ministry.
- Coordinates summer music opportunities with children and youth ministries.
- Works in cooperation with other Church staff to coordinate and plan musical activities for special ministries and events.
Additional Job Duties
- May also serve as Church accompanist, or deliver sermon or children’s sermon in worship.
- Attends conferences, workshops, and other meetings for professional development and spiritual renewal.
- Assists with youth and children’s ministries as needed.
- Performs related duties as requested.
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of music theory, history, and hymnology as they relate to church music and worship ministries and activities.
- Extensive skill in instrumental music, handbells, and vocal music including organizing and directing others with these skills.
- Considerable knowledge of resources and professional literature and associations to support the music and worship ministry.
- Possess a working knowledge of a variety of musical instruments.
- Considerable knowledge of the aims and purposes of the Johnston Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of NC, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
- Ability to coordinate activities and work with a variety of groups and ages in the music ministry.
- Ability to interpret and communicate the Christian commitment through the medium of music.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Church members, music volunteers, and staff.
- Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and conduct the music related to the worship ministries of the church including true contemporary music at early worship service on Sunday and other services as requested by the Pastor and Board of Deacons.
- Ability to supervise, monitor, and evaluate and provide services on weekends, nights and at special functions.
- Ability to plan and organize activities with large numbers of participants and volunteers.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in decision making and in communicating the Church’s organizational structure, with staff, church members, and the public.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the community, church leaders, committees, staff, and the general public.
- Ability to express ideas effectively in oral and written form.
- Ability to establish work priorities, do follow-up tasks, and implement and evaluate ministries, activities, and services.
- Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, walking, talking, and hearing.
- Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force to lift objects.
- Must possess the visual acuity to work with musical scores, operate a computer, do extensive reading, and operate a motor vehicle.
Desirable Education and Experience
- Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with a major in musical arts or education and experience and skill in directing choral groups; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Graduation or progress toward graduation from an accredited seminary with training in biblical and ministerial knowledge; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Possession of CDLs or ability to obtain them for the purpose of driving the church buses.