Director of Music Ministries

9/9/2017

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT FREDERICA
Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Position Description and Church Information

Summary Job Description: 
We are looking for someone who feels called by God to the ministry of music, has demonstrated choir experience, exceptional enthusiasm and brings a creative, innovative spirit to our church and music programs.  We seek someone who is a natural communicator, embraces collaboration and will effectively challenge and grow our choir members and music participants. Our successful candidate must create an atmosphere where the worship service and the music ministry work together to glorify Jesus Christ and expand the faith of our congregation, as well as the larger community.

Primary Responsibilities: 
Oversee and manage an adult choir (35-45 members), two children’s choirs, adult handbell choir (5 octaves), men’s and women’s vocal ensembles, two Sunday morning traditional services and weekly adult choir rehearsal. Work collaboratively with the senior pastor, assistant pastor, organist, pianist and volunteer committees to present services that provide spiritual growth for choir members, congregations and the broader community.

Setting:  
Located on the Georgia Coast, Saint Simons Island is an extraordinary location, near Brunswick, Georgia, which combines the strengths of a resort area with an active year round population. The church is located near historic Fort Frederica and on the grounds once walked by John and Charles Wesley.

Congregation:  
Wesley boasts a vibrant congregation that takes tremendous pride on its music program and outreach to the local community. In the first 30 years, Wesley has grown into a church that feels like a family and where people care deeply for those who attend. The church has three services each week (two tradition, one contemporary) and an active Sunday School program.

Administrative Information:        senior pastor – Rev. Steve Patton
                                                        minister of pastoral care – Rev. Gene Yates
                                                       1000+ membership, 450 average attendance, weekly
                                                        annual operating budget - $1.7 million

Organ:  41-rank Zimmer pipe organ installed in June, 2005.  Over 2,500 pipes and a Trompette en Chamade.
Piano:  7-foot Yahama Concert Grand
Church Website: http://www.wesleyssi.org

Detailed Job Requirements/ Responsibilities: 

  • Lead, organize and develop adult, youth, children, vocal ensembles and handbell choir to support Sunday worship and overall worship planning in conjunction with the senior pastor or designee.
  • Select hymns, anthems, etc., for Sunday worship (and other special services like Easter, etc.) in collaboration with senior pastor and other members of church staff.
  • Broaden the exposure of various music genres in both the traditional and contemporary services in collaboration with the senior pastor and the director of youth, as required.
  • Actively participate with local community music organizations (schools, community music groups, local musicians) to expand the music ministry at Wesley and provide opportunities to grow our ministry within the community.
  • Provide rehearsal and education to adult choir, ensembles, and handbells, weekly, as well as rehearse and direct instrumentalists and vocalists for worship services.
  • Recruit, motivate and lead, if necessary, children, youth and adults in all aspects of congregational music and creative arts in the church.  Recruit and train and provide guidance to all those involved in the music ministry.
  • Plan and submit annual music budget to finance committee.
  • Liaise with senior pastor and worship committee to ensure meaningful, faith-based worship services.
  • Seek feedback on music program effectiveness and develop plans for growth and development to address issues and broaden music program.
  • Develop and oversee regular maintenance of organ and pianos including repair, tuning, etc.  Oversee care of choir vestments.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and attend other meetings, church council meeting, as requested.
  • Maintain a diverse music library.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum B.A. in Music or Choir Conduction
  • Three to five years of experience in choral direction in a Christian environment
  • Proficiency in organ, piano or other instruments
  • Successful criminal background check for Safe Sanctuaries policy and abide by South Georgia United Methodist Church Sexual Ethics Standards.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in Music or Choir Conduction, and/or Organ Performance
  • Strong vocal soloist
Desired Qualities:
  • Must feel called by God to the ministry of music and feel led to grow the congregation’s appreciation of music and worship
  • Must be creative, collaborative, energetic, and able to work with others in a loving, Christ-centered environment.
  • Must be able to recruit, direct, educate (as needed) choir and other music volunteers to enhance their music experience and their relationship with God
  • Must demonstrate leadership and strong organizational skills
  • Must possess the interpersonal skills to work with a diverse group of people within the church (staff, congregation, etc.)
Salary and Benefits:
  • Full-time position (~40 per week)
  • Salary is negotiable and will be based upon successful applicant’s experience and ability to fulfill the functions and skills listed herein.
  • Other benefits include:  Continuing education funding, professional memberships allowance, paid time off (vacation and sick) through accrued time in job
Application Package Requirements Contents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Detailed resume
  • List of references, both professional and personal (3 required)
  • Two video recordings of choral direction
  • One video recording of instrument performance (organ, piano, or other)
Submit application to musicsearch@wesleyssi.org.