The Worship director is a jubilant lead worshiper who initiates, coordinates, and oversees the worship ministry. This includes but is not limited to, our weekly worship, implementation of the mission, vision, and values of FRC, crafting the themes for each service in conjunction with the lead pastor and worship planning team, and working with the worship technician in the training and nurturing of worship team members and projection/sound technicians while also working with various groups throughout the church to use music and the arts for worship and presentation.
To ensure that each and every worship service creates an inviting and worshipful atmosphere for believers, those returning to faith, and those new to faith, and is led in such a way that all ages have an opportunity for an authentic encounter with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. FRC leadership desire that each participant leaves the worship service challenged to live for Jesus. We need a more energized, experiential worship service to accomplish our goals to grow spiritually and numerically and to reach millennials.
- Creative communication
- Ability to connect to, communicate with, and solicit from people
- Likable, joyful, down to earth
- Confident, yet humble
- A clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and a vital, growing personal relationship with Him.
- Experience in leading worship, vocalists, and musicians, and a sense of calling to serve in this kind of ministry role. We long for a worship director to energize our worship and make it to flow beautifully using the best of old and new, skits, creative elements, multiple worship participants for prayer and other elements, and preparing smooth worship transitions.
- A proficiency in both singing and playing drums, guitar, piano, and/or other musical instrument with the ability to lead a congregation while playing. This includes an understanding of, and love for, both traditional and contemporary music and worship styles.
- Have the verbal and musical ability to segue between songs, weaving them together and providing musical interludes at appropriate times for worship, so that the flow of the service is uninterrupted.
- Can lead in soliciting new musicians and vocalists. We want to expand our participants.
- Possess the musical capability and leadership skills to teach and train worship team volunteers.
- Is supportive of and loyal to staff members and the church body.
- Exhibits a spirit of cooperation and teamwork and is teachable.
- Become a member of FRC and participates in church activities on a consistent basis.
- Willing to sign employee beliefs and conduct covenant
- Lead and work with the worship planning team and lead pastor to plan, create, organize, and implement the weekly worship services.
- Oversee and coordinate all musical and creative elements of the worship service.
- Organize and lead weekly rehearsals. This includes a rehearsal during the week, and a warm-up/review prior to the Sunday service, in addition to any other rehearsals necessary.
- Integrate the children and young adult ministries into worship as appropriate (i.e – kids choir at Christmas, youth praise team, etc. . . .) .
- Recruit and select worship team volunteers. Oversee and coordinate the volunteer schedules on a weekly basis. Volunteers should be utilized at various times for singing, skits, prayer, readings, and any other aspect of the service.
- Work in conjunction with the audio and projection screen volunteers to provide a consistent, quality sound mix and to organize visual aspects of the service and create any visual presentation necessary.
- Work with the decoration team to provide seasonally adjusted, fitting banners and décor.
- Look to empower volunteers with significant responsibilities as necessary and bring out the best in all team members.
- Stay up to date with U.S. trends in worship music and various worship styles, explore new ideas for corporate worship, and be open to change and the shifting of responsibilities as growth and ministry develop.
- Volunteer in other aspects of the life of the church as you feel called. This includes leading a small group.
- Any other additional duties as agreed upon by the lead pastor, worship planning team, and elders.
Time, Compensation, Other Information
- This position will be part-time paid position, with compensation to be commensurate with experience. The competitive salary will be negotiable per experience and skills.
- The Worship Coordinator will report directly to the lead pastor with additional accountability to the personnel team and elders. A formal review and compensation adjustment will occur annually.
- The worship director will lead worship 50 Sundays per year, plus special services such as Thanksgiving, Christmas candlelight, Maundy Thursday/Good Friday, etc. . . .
- 2 weeks paid vacation per year.
To apply, or for more info, please send a resume and your contact info to: [email protected]
It sounds like we're in similar situations. I graduated from Trinity in '09, and have been serving at Visalia CRC in CA for 2 years as well. I feel extremely blessed to have 'inherited' some really good organists who have been doing what you're talking about for some time now. So, while I haven't had to really work very hard at getting the organists to play along I think I might have a little bit of perspective.
One reason leadership might be having a hard time understanding is all of the functions of the organ. I think most people hear the words 'organ' and 'praise band' used in the same sentence and they picture an overpowering pipe-organ/brassy sound on top of the guitars, drums, etc... Whereas it really helped me when one of our organists showed me all the Midi functions, and different pads they can use as background support rather than the typical pipe organ-hymn leading sound we're 'used to' hearing. I know it helped me when I realized that an organ can be used much like a keyboard - which obviously is a widely accepted addition to a praise band.
I think it is also highly dependent on who exactly the organist is. Some organists may not be willing to explore these other functions, and uses. Our organists really enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the 'contemporary' songs, and I often get very positive feedback from the congregation when we're able to incorporate the organ into those songs. For one, it can certainly enhance the overall sound when done well, and secondly, many members appreciate us trying to get as much use out of the organ as possible. Another possible reason to encourage this is our ever-present need to use our volunteers' time well - having an organist play for a service, but only on 2 hymns is asking a lot of them for really a minimal level of participation.
Lastly, I think song choice is key. There are some songs that an organ just isn't going to be able to 'keep up with' due to the nature of the instrument. I find a lot of the older "Praise and Worship," Maranatha/Vineyard types of songs are easier for the organ to jump in on, as well as some of the newer hymns by the Gettys.
Hopefully some of this helps.
Hi, I am an organist at the same church for more than 40 years now, we used to have a praise team once a month, no organ. The last couple of years the praise team is leading the service and I play with them on the organ and the keyboard every service (no MIDI). The organ is ok with all the songs, sometimes the organ only provides a base sound, some songs just sound better on the keyboard, and of course you can play different sounds on them, from flute or violin to trumpet or bagpipes, we are having a great old time with it. We just moved the organ console from the rear balcony to the front so that I am with the team, the keyboard is placed so that I can play it from the organ bench, even play organ and keyboard together. So, don't let them say it don't work before you give it a chance for a while, to me that is a reverse of us oldies who didn't want praise songs. And of course the band could not play during a praise song and let the organ do it if it is one that is written more in a hymn like way, that is a difficult one 'cause they would be just standing there, just singing. Good luck, God bless your efforts, John.
I have been the Worship Leader at our church for the past 6 years. Initially we too used the organ for hymns and the keyboard for praise songs. This meant that I would schedule a keyboard player and have an "on call" organist to be ready if the music led itself to organ. Three years ago we had a fire in our sanctuary and the organ was destroyed. This allowed for the - replace the organ or not discussion. Many in the congregation felt the organ was not used enough to replace it, however since the insurance money was a "use it or loose it" we purchased a new organ with a Midi. Once the new organ was installed we strongly encouraged our keyboard players to learn to use the Midi and within 6 months the keyboard was packed up and moved to storage. The organ is used every week and for every song either with organ sounds or Midi sounds. Worship band stays primarily the same each week: guitar, brass, flute, piano, vocalists, organ and bass. There are some of the organists who use the foot pedals and some who do not, and it's ok either way. Weeks the organ player is not strong on bass sounds we have a strong bass player. Even our die hard "worship band" players realize that the sound quality of the organ and the Midi is far better than the keyboard ever did. A normal worship service includes 3-4 hymns and 5-6 praise songs. Even our most senior organist will play "fill" on the praise songs as long as there are a few hymns that the organ can really be used. Replacing an older organ is too costly for most churches, but checking to see if your current organ can be retro-fitted with a Midi would be a good investment.
It is great to hear from churches that are working with what they have and bringing new sounds out of "old" instruments. It seems like a unique form of stewardship to reimagine what we can do with what we already have!
It's hard to say a definite "yes" or "no" on whether or not to use the organ for some of the more contemporary sounds because each organ is so different and, more importantly, (as Jeremy has already noted) the organ players differ so much.
At our church we have a old Wurlitzer. As the story goes, it once accompanied silent films! It sounds pretty good as "bed" of chords for other instruments, ie, keyboard, guitars and the rest of the band. We also like including our trumpets or violin or flute or other "band" instruments when available.
Several things to consider.
1. The most instruments that are playing, the less each has to play. Aim for a total of 100%, not having each instrument playing 100%. Recently, I heard an organist accompanying a trumpet playing the melody line. The organist also played the solo line, disrupting the solo. Like a good jazz combo, all the players need to learn to listen to each other and know when they featured and when they are the back up to someone else.
2. Rhythm. I think it is really important for the instruments to feel and communicate a clear beat and rhythm together. Typically, organists (and some pianists) rely on melody and a strict silent beat to keep everyone together. But playing with more instruments requires a more obvious beat. And in my opinion, a rhythm (from a djembe, shaker, bass, piano or many other choices) is a great way to help the congregation sing well.
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