Worship Director, 3/4 Time, Memorial UMC [Quarryville]

Position Summary: Do you thrive on musically creating spaces where people meet the living God, rejoicing when everyone can say there is a musical group where their gifts are valued and developed? Are you “musically bilingual,” where you’re as comfortable teaching the altos their choir parts on a Rutter requiem as you are helping the drummer get the groove right on Reckless Love? Are you a bridge-builder who loves helping people find the Holy Spirit’s work (and each other) in the fuller depth and breadth of Christian music?

We’re hiring a Worship Director who oversees all music ministries of the church and – alongside the pastor – draws us together toward the future of worship at Memorial UMC. There is one weekly blended service of worship (Choir, praise team, organ) with a warm-up rehearsal, midweek rehearsals, musical preparation, and mentoring other music leaders.

NOTE: If you can also musically accompany singers and the congregation (piano or organ), then this is a ¾ time position. If not, then this is a ½ time position and an accompanist will be hired separately.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and references via the online tool at https://memorial-umc.breezy.hr

Responsible to: Pastor; Staff Parish Relations Team

Qualifications, skills, and gifts

  • A heartfelt love for worship! A vibrant and growing personal relationship with Jesus, and a personal witness to his transformative grace in your life.
  • Comfortable up front in worship leadership that flows: Contexting and inviting people into worship moments, leading in prayer and scripture reading, encouraging congregational engagement, introducing unfamiliar songs as a teaching moment.
  • At least one year of experience leading a worship team of vocalists and instrumentalists.
  • Preferred: A degree in music – whether that is a music minor or major – or in the process of completing such a degree at a college or university.

Expectations

  • Maintains God-ordained priorities in life: Jesus Christ first, spouse and children (if applicable) second, and ministry third.
  • Treasures spiritual disciplines for growing in grace, values mutual encouragement.
  • Invests in and invites the lost to know Jesus Christ and to grow in Christian fellowship.
  • Dresses appropriately to the vocation. (No robe is worn during this service.)
  • Supportive of other church staff, leaders and volunteers.
  • Committed to the vision, values and beliefs of the church.
  • Passes all Safe Sanctuary-required clearances.
  • If you feel you need more musical preparation than average weekly hours allow, be willing to put in the practice time that your skills require.
  • An initial performance evaluation will be given within the first two months of employment. Thereafter, there will be an annual performance evaluation.

Compensation

  • Annual Salary estimate – $39,000.00 to include the above 3/4 time Worship Director + Accompanist position. Factors such as experience, ability to play multiple instruments (guitar, etc) and education and/or training will be taken into account.
  • Sundays off and paid vacation based on tenure. Other benefits include continuing education funds for coaching/training, and funds for mileage and reimbursable expenses.
  • Funerals and Weddings – Paid directly by the bridal couple or estate of the deceased according to established rates.
  • If interested, Worship Director may also use church facility to provide private music lessons.

Description of Duties

  • Music Leadership: Ephesians 4:11-13. Develop teams that serve the Lord by serving each other. Planning, preparing, recruiting, encouraging and working toward a vision. Work with the Pastor and relevant leaders to establish a Biblical, spirited, transformational and unified worship ministry year after year. This includes time in prayer and study with the Pastor.
  • Sundays: Serve as singing leader, Choir director/accompanist, Praise team leader.
  • Choir Director – 4-7 hours to lead Choir: Plan, choose music, arrange, keep music library, practice, and lead weekly rehearsal during Sept-May season.
  • Praise Team Leader – 6-9 hours to lead Praise Team: Select music, arrange music practice, keep music library, lead weekly rehearsals, and invest in developing musicians, singers, and praise leaders. Ensure band is able to play with excellence.
  • Accompanist/Instrumentalist – 6-8 hours: Select/arrange music, keep library, practice.
  • Oversight & Scheduling: 3-4 hours
  • Mentoring – Oversee and invest in music leaders (Kids Choir Director, Bell Choir Director, Youth Band Leader).
  • Scheduling – Manage scheduling for all musicians: Staff, volunteer, and guest.
  • Worship Planning – manage planningcenteronline.com Services – ensuring that materials are available for the teams.
  • Special Worship Events – Be available for weddings, funerals, and other services such as:
    • Advent evening service, Christmas Eve, Lenten evening service, Holy Week evening services, Easter Choir Cantata (Palm Sunday).
    • Outreach: Direct involvement with musical aspects of 3 – 4 major outreach efforts each year. Kids Christmas Musical / Night of Music, Vacation Bible School, etc. Smaller occasional efforts like Christmas Caroling.
    • Ocean Grove: Assist and accompany annual Ocean Grove Choir Festival group.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and references via the online tool at https://memorial-umc.breezy.hr