PASTOR & SEARCH TEAM:
When searching for a new worship pastor or worship leader, you must dive in and get familiar with all the aspects of the job description. So often, the pastor, staff or search team do not understand the complexity of the position. They know the end result they want, but don’t fully grasp all it takes to put together the worship experience.
For instance, the worship pastor is usually responsible for many parts of the service.
- recruiting the band
- rehearsing the band
- preparing all the parts for instrumentalists
- determining what is to be memorized
- communicating with the pastor and media team
- finding new songs to teach the congregation
- determining a balance of worship songs that fit the church
There is a musicianship knowledge that is required for being able to both communicate and lead the instrumentalists and vocalists.
- a reasonable understanding of each instrument
- comprehension of the level of musicianship of each instrumentalist
- the singing range of all vocalists
- knowing the ability of vocalist to sing harmony or not
If you are responsible for looking for the next worship leader for your church, talk to other worship pastors in area churches. Ask them to tell you about their week and what it takes to get ready for Sunday. Doing your homework early will help you put together the job description and expectations for the person you want to be your next leader.
Once the information is gathered, write a sample job description and let other worship leaders review it. The end job description may not be as detailed, but this process will help the pastor and search team better understand the details it takes in preparation to make Sunday look and feel very natural, which leads to a stronger worship experience for everyone who attends.