About the job
Position: Worship Director, Full Time
First Baptist Church in Waverly, Ohio, is looking to hire a worship leader to direct our worship band and help oversee the Sunday morning services. In addition to leading worship, the staff member would be expected to contribute in other ways based on their area of gifting. We are looking for someone with strong vocal and worship leading skills while playing guitar or keys. We would like to see the ability to lead a band in both administration and practice while also developing new musicians. Formal music training and experience leading vocal ensembles is also a plus. Starting salary package is negotiable, based on education and experience, with an approximate range of $45,000-$60,000 per year.
Setting: Waverly is a small town in southern Ohio with a population of about 5000 in town and 15,000 in the surrounding areas. Waverly sits in the transition between central Ohio and Appalachia. The area is quite diverse socio-economically – populated with both affluent, middle-class families and families living in poverty or very poor conditions. First Baptist is an established church continuously striving for improvement to better reach our community for Christ. The average attendance is currently about 180 (220 pre-Covid) in two Sunday morning worship services. The congregation is getting younger while remaining an inter-generational church. Several families even have 4 generations that attend.
Philosophy of Ministry: We believe worship encompasses all of life… our attention, affection, and allegiance all declare what we worship. However, we also recognize the importance of the specific act of gathered worship. Excellence in music is very important to us and to our community. Ideally, we would like to maintain intergenerational worship that has a balance of styles allowing everyone to worship together. Regardless of style, our corporate worship should be focused on Christ, proclaiming the gospel to both believers and non-believers.
Education / Experience: Looking for someone with experience leading worship in front of a large group, leading a band in practice and organization and training others musically. A worship or music education would be ideal, but not necessary.
Other Areas of service: This position is full-time and as such, at least 40 hours of work per week are expected. We expect the actual worship direction would only be 20-25 hours per week, therefore we would like to see this individual help fill another smaller role in the church or community. This is open for discussion and can be tailored to a candidate’s gifts, experience, or desires to learn. Possibilities include youth work, administration, communications, recreation, missions, etc.
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