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Minister of Music

St John Baptist Church Columbia, Maryland, United States



3 years - 6 years



Commensurate with experience

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Music Ministry

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Tue Mar 24, 2020
Posted Date


Mon Feb 03, 2020

Job Denomination

:   American Baptist Church

Job Summary

Job Description

Minister of Music

Position Description


Job Summary

The Minister of Music will serve on the church management team and be responsible for developing and directing a diverse, vibrant, innovative, and multi-sensory corporate worship culture for a church congregation of 2K+ members. The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated track record of leadership in gospel music and ministry, be able to work as part of a cohesive team, be willing to devote full-time attention and service to SJBC, and have a commitment to Jesus Christ.


Personal Attributes

  • Strong belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • The flexibility to consider, assess, and implement new and innovative methods and programs to enhance the music ministry and the SJBC worship experience.

  • Effective planning, organizational, and leadership skills.

  • An internally motivated self-starter.

  • A heart and passion for teaching.

  • Flexibility and patience; high standards. and a spirit of excellence.


Technical Competencies

  • Able to carry out innovative ideas within the context of a team of staff and volunteers

  • Proficiency in organ, piano, voice, and music direction

  • Proficient as a lead vocalist

  • Skill in leading worship from an instrument (organ, piano and/or keyboard)

  • Skill in choir training and selection of appropriate music

  • Ability to both read music and play by ear

  • Familiarity with and knowledge base of traditional and contemporary worship music, as well as other music types and genres

  • Ability to choose music to enhance the spiritual message and blend songs together seamlessly

  • Supervise all aspects of audio/video provision

Experience and Training

  • At least three years’ experience as a Minister of Music or Director of Music at a large church (greater than 1,500 members)

  • At least 3+ years’ experience in Worship leadership at a large church (greater than 1,500 members)

  • Proven ability to recruit, build, train, and lead teams

  • Broad and deep understanding of the whole worship experience; purpose, individual parts, and how they work together

  • Familiarity with Baptist norms and protocols in the planning, organizing, and leading worship services

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, leadership, and administrative skills – including attention to details

  • Demonstrated verbal and writing skills

  • A track record of visionary Music Ministry leadership

  • Proven ability to work with adults and youth

  • Prior track record of involvement in multiple project management

  • Computer literacy appropriate to the demands of the position

Educational Expectations

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music strongly preferred

  • Ability to teach choral parts

  • Have formal educational organ and piano training


  • Assist in planning of execution of weekly worship services. Choose traditional and contemporary worship and hymns that engage the congregation and support the reading and preaching of God’s Word

  • Lead weekly rehearsals to prepare for three Sunday services

  • Develop, conduct, and coordinate related various music programs in the church for all age groups.

  • Direct the music for worship services, special occasions to include, but not limited to funerals, weddings and revivals

  • Develop and maintain a band of musicians proficient in percussion, lead and base guitar, keyboard, piano, organ and all instruments required to produce excellence in gospel music.

  • Recruit, teach and train musicians to serve the congregation as a team with musical skill and humility

  • Engage in on-going volunteer recruitment and management

  • Serve the congregation in other areas of strength, such as youth, outreach, etc.

  • Develop and administer an annual budget for the music ministry in accordance with the financial policies of the church

  • Monitor the purchase, maintenance, and replacement of all music-related equipment, supplies, and instruments

  • Play for Sunday worship services, all rehearsals and performances of choirs, soloists, and other musical groups as needed

  • Supervise all aspects of audio/video provision

  • Arrange for a substitute in the event of a necessary absence

  • Provide an engaging atmosphere for youth in worship

  • Accompany Senior Pastor with a choir(s) in response to external invitations

  • Schedule and maintain office hours on a weekly basis

  • Attend required staff meetings

  • Prepare and present reports in staff, leadership and congregation meetings as needed

  • Attend workshops, seminars, and conferences for professional development

Expected Hours of Work

This position is full-time with benefits.  Work hours could vary.  40-50 hours per week, with a few longer weeks every year usually around the holiday seasons and special events. Work is done both inside the office, sanctuary (Sundays and some midweek services), as well as off-site when necessary.


Commensurate with the position and prior work history


  • Generous benefits package provided (health, vacation and retirement contribution)


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