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Director of Traditional worship, Trinity UMC
Position reports to: Lead Pastor Status: Part-time FLSA: Exempt
Responses: Submit resumes to the SPRC at email@example.com
Job Summary: With the help of God, the Director of Traditional Worship is a ministerial position with overall responsibility for planning and leading traditional worship services within the church, specifically the 8:30 and 11am Sunday morning services as well as other traditional worship services as needed. This position requires a creative and organized individual who is proficient in traditional worship styles, can lead/direct choirs of all ages, select appropriate music for dynamic and engaging traditional worship service.
Hours Required: Approximately 20 hours a week to include planning rehearsals, choir practices and coordination with lead pastor and volunteers.
- Worship Leadership
- Plan, coordinate, and lead traditional worship services, including music selection, choir rehearsals, and service flow.
- Proficient both as vocalist and instrumentalist (piano and/or organ) in traditional music styles
- Create an atmosphere of worship through engaging music and spiritual leadership.
- Foster a worship environment that connects with and inspires the congregation.
- Music Selection and Arrangement:
- Select songs and hymns that align with the church’s mission and theology.
- Arrange and adapt music for the choir and congregation.
- Incorporate a variety of musical styles and genres to appeal to a diverse congregation.
- Worship Team Management:
- Recruit volunteer choir members and direct choir(s).
- Conduct weekly/regular rehearsals to ensure musical excellence and choir cohesion.
- Provide leadership and guidance to choir members.
- Work closely with Children’s, Youth Choirs and volunteers to select music, produce programs, and coordinate performances for special worship services and presentations.
- Attend monthly staff meetings, Worship Committee meetings, and other meetings as required.
- Collaborate with the Senior Pastor and other church staff to ensure alignment with the overall worship ministry.
- Work with the Director of Contemporary Worship and other musicians to foster a unified worship experience of Trinity UMC.
- Coordinate with the Director of Communications to promote worship services and events.
- Work with Director of Contemporary worship and Audio/Visual Technology to oversee the multimedia and sound teams and provide them with service layout instructions and information for multimedia presentations.
- Oversee the proper use, storage, inventory, and maintenance of the choir equipment and sanctuary musical equipment.
- Maintain compliance with copyright laws.
- Develop and submit to the Worship Team annual budget requests for the continued operations traditional worship.
- Professional Development:
- Stay current with worship trends, technology, and best practices.
- Pursue ongoing personal and professional growth in the areas of worship leadership and audio/visual production.
- A deep personal faith and a commitment to Jesus Christ and Trinity United Methodist Church’s mission and values.
- A higher degree in music is given preference.
- Experience in leading traditional worship services
- Excellent piano and/or organ playing skills as demonstrated for hiring audition.
- Experience in directing/managing choirs of all ages.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and congregants.
- A heart for worship and a desire to facilitate a meaningful worship experiences.
- Compassion: Genuinely cares about people; is concerned about their work and non-work problems; is available and ready to help; is sympathetic to the plight of others not as fortunate; demonstrates real empathy with the joys and pains of others.
- Manages conflict: Deals with problems quickly and directly; remains calm; steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; focuses while listening; settles disputes collaboratively and equitably; finds common ground and gets cooperation.
- Delegation: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly shares both responsibility and accountability; trusts people to perform; lets those who report directly finish their own work.
- Motivating others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; can motivate many different individuals and groups; empowers others; shares ownership and visibility; makes each participant feel valued.
- Organizing: Can gather and organize resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; can use resources effectively and efficiently.
- Planning: Accurately assess the length and difficulty of a project; sets objectives and goals; breaks down work into process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results.
- Managing vision and purpose: Articulates and supports the vision and mission of Trinity United Methodist Church; communicates a compelling and inspired vision for ministry; talks beyond the here and now to a larger sense of purpose; creates a compelling vision of possibility, hope and optimism; helps others to own the vision.
- Developing volunteers: Able to identify raw talent and recruit capable people into positions of responsibility; provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments for others to do; delegates appropriately; builds people up; maintains open and active dialogue with volunteers; communicates expectations clearly and holds people accountable.
- Interpersonal relationships: Relates well to all kinds of people, inside and outside of the congregation; builds appropriate rapport; builds effective and constructive relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is regarded as a team player.
This is a part-time position, and the Director of Traditional worship will report to the Senior Pastor, depending on the church’s organizational structure.
Franklin Baptist Church Organist Position
Franklin Baptist Church, Franklin, VA
(Part-time) Pay scale is based upon education, experience, and musical ability (22k-26k/year)
Franklin Baptist Church is moderate, traditional, Christ-centered community of faith in Franklin, VA affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We are seeking an experienced organist/accompanist to work with our Associate Pastor-Music and help provide leadership for our worship services on Sunday mornings through accompanying the congregational singing and choir. We have a 3 manual Moller Pipe organ in addition to a Steinway Grand Piano and Harpsichord in the Sanctuary.
We require a musician for Wednesday night choir rehearsal (7PM) and Sunday morning service (11AM) in addition to extra services per year (i.e. Lent, Holy Week, Advent, Christmas Eve) as well as funerals and weddings as needed.
Responsibilities and Duties Include:
- Work with the Associate Pastor-Music in providing accompaniment for worship services, choir rehearsals, and other special musical services throughout the year.
- Ability to select and prepare appropriate music reflecting the appropriate tones and moods of seasonal worship (e.g., Lent, Easter, Advent, and Christmas) for specials and solos.
- Support the church’s worship environment through the well-prepared execution of music presented by the choir, soloists, and special musicians.
- Perform special preludes, offertories, and postludes to enhance spiritual environment.
- Attend and accompany choir rehearsal under the direction of the Associate Pastor-Music.
- Provide musical support for weddings, funerals, and other special services as needed.
- When absent on Sunday, working with the Associate Pastor-Music, obtain a substitute organist.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Demonstrated ability to inspire and perform church music with excellence.
- Strong organizational skills and congenial personality.
- Ability to collaboratively work as a member of a unified spiritual team.
- A degree in music is preferred but not required in lieu of experience.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume to the Associate Pastor, Jeremy Poplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
Yorktown, VA, Full-time (30 hours per week), Base Pay – Hourly
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, a Christ-centered community of faith in Yorktown, VA, is seeking an experienced full-time (30 hours per week) organist and choir director.
We require a musician for one Saturday evening and two Sunday morning Masses, major Catholic holy days (i.e., Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday), and for other special liturgies.
Responsibilities and Duties
· Lead music program to support liturgy with consideration of liturgical seasons, pastoral messages and congregational participation.
· Ability to select/recommend appropriate music reflecting the appropriate tones and moods of seasonal worship (e.g., Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas).
· Perform special preludes and postludes to enhance spiritual environment.
· Ability to plan and coordinate.
· Lead/rehearse choir (Adult and Youth Choirs).
· Partner with pastor and Liturgy Committee to support the needs of our liturgical celebrations.
· Able to obtain and incorporate additional orchestra instruments for specific high Holy Masses.
· Provide musical support for weddings, funerals, and other special liturgies.
· Prepare worship aids.
Qualifications and Skills
· Demonstrated ability to inspire/perform/lead church music program of varied genres (i.e., classical, traditional, contemporary).
· Strong organizational skills; leadership competencies; congenial personality
· Ability to collaboratively work as a member of a unified spiritual team.
· Undergraduate Music Degree preferred, not required in lieu of experience.
Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume to email@example.com.
Director of Music
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Point, Virginia is seeking applicants for the position of Director of Music. The successful applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience. They should have a working knowledge of MS Office products and preferred to have bilingual English/Spanish skills. This position is responsible for overseeing the music arrangements for all parish liturgies. This is a 20 hour per pay period (bi-weekly) part-time position with flexible hours to include nights and weekends, which became available December 4th, 2023. If you are interested, please submit a completed Diocese of Richmond employment application with a cover letter to Robert S. Ryalls, Business Manager, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 207 W. Euclid Blvd., West Point, Virginia 23181 or you can submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 31st, 2024
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