Worship Leader

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Ava UMC is hiring a new worship leader for Sunday morning worship. Want to help build a community that expresses the rich tradition of faith in a modern way? Join the team!

If you have questions about this position, contact Matt Kerner (417-350-9806).

Modern Worship Leader Job Description

The Worship Team is responsible for working with the pastor to provide a worship experience that helps people connect with God.

The Worship Leader provides the primary musical leadership for the congregation, primarily for the modern worship service.

Status: Part-time, approximately 8-10 hours/week; Pay based upon experience.

Supervisor: Lead Pastor


  • Is a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ, committed to a Christ-centered lifestyle of continual spiritual growth.
  • Is willing to be an active part of the Ava UMC community.
  • Shows and earns respect as a leader and is able to work harmoniously with subordinates, peers, and congregants.
  • Possesses effective leadership communication skills—oral, written, electronic and listening.
  • Identifies, recruits, equips, trains & leads servants to excel in their ministry roles/responsibilities.
  • Keeps and maintains confidentiality.
  • Leads boldly to make the right things happen.
  • Seeks continual improvement in ministry.
  • Is positive in their attitude and relates well with people.
  • Demonstrates high energy and productivity.
  • Is a strategic thinker and aligns the use of their time with their ministry priorities.
  • Has a sensitivity to the larger purposes of worship and the needs of a multigenerational worship community.
  • Recognizes that music serves to help the church both proclaim and respond to the truth of God.
  • Seeks to move worshipers from the role of audience to the role of active participants.
  • Understands that the gospel invites a variety of emotions and reflects those responses in musical selections.
  • Understands the importance of traditional worship and how new songs and arrangements can coexist and breathe new life into historic music.
  • Is able to lead congregational music both vocally and instrumentally (ideally with piano and/or guitar).
  • Stays current with modern worship trends and music.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, schedule, resource and rehearse a diverse group of people to serve as musicians (both vocal and instrumental) who provide high quality music to lead the congregation in worship.
  • Lead in congregational singing both vocally and instrumentally or arrange for volunteers to provide this leadership.
  • Provide leadership for musical groups within the church.
  • Select music for worship (both hymns and modern songs) collaboratively with the worship team.
  • Actively participate in worship planning with the worship team.
  • Regularly introduce and teach new music to both musicians and the congregation.
  • Plan training for musicians to improve their ability to lead in worship.
  • Prepare music, charts, and projection lyrics for the band and congregation.

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