Tag: Musicians/Worship Leaders

Director of Music Ministry

Pineville United Methodist Church (PO Box 3, Pineville, NC 28134) is seeking a Full-time Director of Music Ministry

Seeking a person of faith to lead the music ministry at a medium-sized congregation. Responsibilities include contemporary and traditional music groups, children’s and youth music. Bachelor’s degree in music or commensurate work related experience required.  Flexible work schedule negotiable.  Applications and full job description available on-line at www.pinevilleumc.org or contact the church office, 704-889-2022 and churchoffice@pinevilleumc.org
Deadline April 16, 2017

Tom Stinson-Wesley, tstinsonwesley@pinevilleumc.org, 704-889-2022


Organist/Music Associate

Wesley United Methodist Church at Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA is seeking an Organist/Music Associate.

Purpose: To glorify God and to nurture faith within the congregation and community by working
with the Director of Music and Worship to plan and execute a comprehensive ministry
of music, worship, and arts involving all age groups in the church. Specifically, by
providing working as a collaborative artist to provide rehearsal and performance
accompaniment and/or directorship for the music ensembles of Wesley church; playing
the organ for all services; concertizing; and working to support music in the community
through music ministry in a variety of forms.

Hours: Part-time job (20 hours +/- per week)
Usual number of Sunday services: 2
Number of other weekly services: 0
Number of annual occasional services: 6
Usual total number of weekly rehearsals this musician will be directly involved with: 5
Adult: 3                                                Youth: 0
Children: As needed                       Handbell: 2                         Instrumentalists: 1

Reports to: The Organist/Music Associate reports to and is under the supervision of the Director of Music
and Worship. All staff are ultimately under the supervision of the Senior Pastor and relate
to the Staff Parish Relations Committee, which is responsible for all church staffing
decisions in consultation with the Senior Pastor (hiring/firing/salaries, etc.).


Worship Planning and Participation

  • Work under direction of the Director of Music and Worship in worship planning.
  • Work with the Director of Music and Worship to provide music for all sanctuary services.
  • Select and perform a variety liturgically appropriate, high caliber organ literature for all traditional services
  • Assist in the selection of hymns, anthems, etc., for Sunday worship
  • Work to synergize with the Director of Music and Worship to design creative worship and music experiences
  • Support and lead congregational singing from the organ with an emphasis on creative and vibrant expressions of worship through music
  • Participate in various worship services throughout the year and cooperate in planning services.
    (Ash Wednesday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, community services, etc.)
  • Provide organ/piano music for all weddings and funerals held at the church, consulting with wedding couples or families as requested. For these services the organist will receive an additional fee as specified by the organist through the church policy (currently $400 per wedding). The services of another organist may be used with the permission of the regular organist. (NB: St. Simons Island is a major destination wedding location; Wesley hosts 10-15+ weddings per year, which can serve to augment the regular pay of this position by an estimated $4,000-6,000 annually.) Memorial Services are offered free of charge to church members, but honorariums are often given.

Music/Arts Education and Enrichment:

  • Collaborate with Director of Music and other related staff to encourage, organize, develop, expand, and elevate Music/Arts education, enrichment, and opportunities at Wesley, including beginning new ensembles and music/arts experiences as guided by the interests of the candidate
  • Support community music/arts
  • Assist all assigned ensembles through rehearsal accompaniment, acting as a collaborative artist and seeking to bring the highest caliber of musicality to the groups we have at Wesley
  • Assist in recruiting, motivating, and leading in all aspects of sacred music and creative arts in the lift of the church
  • Cooperate with St. Simons Island community-based organizations in music experiences and opportunities.
    Accompany annual performances of Handel’s MESSIAH with orchestra, hosted at Wesley.
    (This pays separately from the Wesley salary.)
    2. Accompany the community chorus in residence at Wesley (unpaid).
  • New Ensembles we would like to offer:
    Youth Choir; expanded graded Children’s Music Program (choirs, handbells/chimes, Orff instruments); instrumental ensembles (i.e. woodwinds, brass, strings, recorders); additional adult vocal ensembles (Chamber Choir, small ensembles, early service choir, etc.)
  • Offer regular organ concerts at Wesley (at least one concert annually)


  • Work with the Director of Music to assist in the comprehensive administration of the Music Ministry at Wesley.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Music, oversee regular maintenance for the organ and pianos


  • Must feel called by God to the ministry of sacred music through organ performance and working as a collaborative artist, and feel led to work in a church environment.
  • Must demonstrate a capability, willingness, and desire to actively participate in the life and ministry of the church
  • Must be a team player with other program staff persons, demonstrating flexibility in all areas of ministry. Must be able to integrate into the culture of Wesley UMC at Frederica and bring value to the congregation and staff. Wesley has a team approach to ministry and worship planning.
  • Must be a self-starter, a good communicator, friendly, engaging.
  • Must be proficient in organ technique, musicianship, and a supportive accompanist and collaborative artist; knowledgeable and experienced in playing for religious, traditional, and ecumenical worship services.
  • Must be of excellent moral character.
  • Must have experience planning and coordinating music appropriate to the liturgical calendar and the scripture texts/sermon of the pastor.
  • Must desire to maintain high levels of personal music and performance skills.
  • Must be able to contribute to, and implement, the vision for music and the arts at Wesley, seeking to synergize with the Director of Music to form a collaborative team responsible for the total Music and Worship program at Wesley.


  • A./B.M. in Music (organ emphasis); or currently enrolled in a Music Degree program with keyboard or organ emphasis; or, at a minimum, significant experience
  • Significant experience as a church organist/accompanist
  • Submit to criminal background check for Safe Sanctuaries policy and abide by South Georgia United Methodist Church Sexual Ethics Standards (provided upon request)


  • Master’s Degree in Organ and/or Sacred Music (M.M. or M.S.M)
  • Music Director experience (choral ensembles, handbells, instrumental, or children)
  • Experience in administration of a Church Music Program
  • Experience in administration of a Concert Series
  • Significant performance ability and experience
  • Equally gifted in piano as well as organ


The Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and job assignments. Additionally, as a resort area church, we host 10-15+ weddings per year, which can serve as additional income for the organist ($4,000-6,000). Other income opportunities are plentiful in our community, as well.

Other benefits include, Books/Music Allowance, Continuing Education Funds, and Professional Memberships Allowance.


We are seeking a high caliber organist/accompanist who can assist in taking the musical components of our worship and arts programs to the next level. The position and responsibilities are ultimately flexible to the qualified candidate.
The most qualified candidate will be an outstanding organist with wonderful accompanying and service playing skills, including service improvisation and creative hymn playing.  In addition to great playing skills, the candidate will be an organized administrator, and willing to work as a strong collaborative partner with the Director of Music and Worship, the clergy of the church, and with its members with the goal of elevating the worship experience at Wesley through the arts and music program.

Application: Reviews will begin on a rolling basis and continue until a candidate has been selected. Ideal employment start date is Summer/Fall 2017.

Questions and Submissions:

Christopher Goodson



  • Detailed resume/CV
  • List of references, both professional and personal
  • CD/DVD/Youtube video, etc. reflective of candidate’s work
    (e.g., audio/video of rehearsals, services, concerts, etc.)
    Please include at least one entire worship service within the last 6 months, as an example of service playing abilities
  • Brief statement on philosophy of worship and music ministry
  • Representative repertoire list from, at least, the last 12 months

Church website:         http://www.wesleyssi.org         
Music Ministry Page:


Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, North Carolina is seeking a part-time organist/pianist. This person will work closely with the Pastor and Choir Director to plan and provide meaningful and engaging worship. It is expected that they will play for: Wednesday evening choir practice, traditional Sunday worship service, special services such as Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday, as well as occasional funerals and weddings.

Please submit cover letter and resume to rhyneheightsumc@outlook.com.

Accompanist/Piano Player

Vanderburg UMC (Mooresville, NC)is seeking an experienced part time accompanist and piano player. Job duties include, attending choir practices for Chancel Choir, children’s choir (9 months/year), and others as needed.  Playing for two services on Sunday mornings, working with pastors and Choir director to plan worship services on Sundays as well as liturgical evening services as needed and special services such as funerals as requested.  Please send resume and cover letter to: boatdocone@yahoo.com

Organist/Choir Director

Vanderburg UMC in Mooresville is seeking an experienced part time Organist/Choir Director.  Duties include, teaching and leading Chancel Choir, Children’s Choir, other special music for 2 worship services; attending choir practices, working with pianist/accompanist; assisting pastors with worship planning, long term planning for worship as involves the vision and mission of the church, attending Staff meetings as possible, playing organ for worship services, special liturgical evening services and others such as funerals as needed.  email resume with cover letter to: boatdocone@yahoo.com.  

Director of Music

Myers Memorial United Methodist Church (301 S. New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054) is seeking a Director of Music

Open date to begin: Sunday, July 2, 2017

Negotiable, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Job Summary: The Director of Music plans, directs and oversees the music ministry of the church to enhance worship and advance the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Director of Music shall interact cooperatively and professionally with Pastor, Staff, church leaders, church members and the public to promote the mission of the church. The Director of Music reports to Senior Pastor.

Minimum Qualifications:

– A Disciple of Jesus Christ and familiarity with United Methodist doctrine and theology.
– Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred in a music discipline
– Ability to direct musicians, play the piano and sing. Organ experience preferred.

Hours: Full Time (minimum 30 hours/week)

Essential Functions:

– Direct and/or accompany chancel choir, including rehearsals.
– Oversee children and youth music ministry, praise team and hand bells.
– Work closely with Sr. Pastor on worship planning and appropriate music selection.
– Recruit, equip, and empower volunteers while shepherding them in their Christian faith.
– Attend and lead rehearsals as needed for various music groups
– Participate and assist with planning of special services, including funerals and weddings
– Scheduling various music groups to participate in worship, including scheduling special rehearsals as needed.
– Manages church music budget and special fundraisers.

Other Responsibilities:

– Attend program staff, Worship Arts Committee, Church Council and other pertinent meetings as scheduled
– Oversee maintenance of all church music instruments.

Core Competencies:

– Highly developed communication skills
– Relational
– Team Player
– Creative
– Shows Initiative
– Passionate
– Authentic
– Organized

Church phone: 704-864-3222
Contact person: Rev. Sally Queen, pastor@myersmemorialumc.com