Are you passionate about helping people encounter the person and power of Jesus through music and song? Do you have the musical skills and experience to lead our committed team of worship leaders and band members? This is an exciting role for a mature Christian to lead and develop this vital aspect of our ministry. You will be joining a dynamic and supportive staff team who, together with our amazing church family, are committed to playing our part in the spiritual and social transformation of our town.
Purpose of role: To be responsible for the coordination and development of our worship team members and leaders; able to lead sung worship themselves; providing the practical and creative direction for our times of gathered worship including seasonal and mid-week stand-alone events.
Report to: The Associate Vicar
Location: An office will be provided at Christ Church with computer and phone.
Hours of work: Full time – 37.5 hours per week (or would consider min 30 hours per week), including Sundays. A certain amount of flexibility in the timing of work hours will be needed including some evening work.
Salary: Depends upon experience
Our current worship team consists of over 30 people ranging from internationally known musicians to young gifted musicians who are just starting out. Our team comprises a wide range of singers and instrumentalists. We are looking for someone to expand and develop this ministry as well as working with others on the staff team to develop fresh initiatives within the town and wider community.
Areas of Responsibility:
To be a full member of the staff team and attend staff meetings and prayer times
To take overall responsibility for leadership and strategic development of our worship team
To develop our current musicians and encourage new musicians to join the team
To offer practice sessions to bring the various teams of musicians closer together
To oversee and develop the sound desk and audio teams to support the worship in the church in conjunction with the Production Manager.
Recruit, train and organise volunteer teams for worship on Sundays and sometimes midweek.
Explore new opportunities for extending the worship ministry (such as a festival choir, a youth band, working with other creatives in the church in the areas of drama, art or film).
To be the ‘in-house’ worship leader for some services.
Providing musical direction to bands, working alongside worship leaders.
Providing musical arrangements for contemporary bands and orchestral instruments using musical notation if required.
It would be helpful to be able to play more than one instrument.
Wider church ministry
At Christ Church we enjoy working as a team and there is plenty of opportunity for the worship director to develop other areas of interest and ministry.
You will have a strong personal faith and be willing to become a regular member of Christ Church, committed to our vision.
You will have a desire to reach out to all ages through music and to share with them your passion for Jesus.
You will have an ability to inspire and envision volunteers and be an advocate for worship ministry within the wider church.
You will have experience of managing teams of volunteers.
You will be a competent musician with good musical experience
You will be familiar with how to direct music in a broad range of styles.
You will be a good communicator, able to articulate a vision for worship.
You will be sympathetic to our Anglican, evangelical and charismatic context
You will complete an enhanced DBS and promote the church’s policy for safeguarding and work with our Church’s PSO in maintaining and implementing appropriate child protection procedures.
Essential skills required:
Previous experience of leading a team of musicians in the church context.
Able to provide a confident vocal and musical lead
Experience and confident ability in leading congregational worship
Competent to lead and play with guitar and/or keyboard
Ability to offer musical direction to musicians and other worship leaders as well as providing musical arrangements.
A working knowledge of sound engineering and sound desk
Good leadership skills with the ability to recruit and train a large and diverse team.
Good organisational skills and the ability to work under pressure to achieve deadlines.
A working knowledge of both old and new worship resources and songs
Good IT skills, proficient use of Microsoft Office, apple products and a range of Social Media platforms, and music software as used by the team.
A good working knowledge of AV software and hardware.
A strong interest in the theological foundations that inform our worship practices.
Ability to provide arrangements using musical notation for orchestral instruments.