Defining the role is crucial when preparing to search for a new worship pastor.
During this time you should outline 1) the role of the new leader; 2) the qualifications of the new leader; 3) what is important to you; 4) what is important for the church.
There is not one person who will have the leadership ability or musicianship strength to accomplish every role you have defined. Therefore, you must prioritize the roles. Place in order the most important tasks and the most important skill sets of the leader.
For most churches, the top task is the ability to lead the church in worship. Next is the ability to choose appropriate songs that are fitting for the musicians and songs that help the church move forward in worship. Also, high on the list is the ability to recruit musicians and rehearse them — in order to be prepared for leading worship each week.
Find a few trusted friends who will help you as you prepare for the search. Dedicate time to plan. Set a date (or a goal) to launch the search.
Your qualifications or expectations will likely change once you begin the search. That is to be expected. So, as things change, adjust your plan and redefine your expectations.
Remember, your search process is very public. Everyone, including your volunteer leadership and your staff will be observing your journey. They will soon be searching for new leaders in their ministry area. You are their example. Show them how to do it well.