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Pequea Church

Worship Leader

Pequea Church
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 06/05/2013
Categories: Music Ministry - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Brethren
Church Size: 351 to 500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Position Summary: The Worship Leader will shepherd and develop the artists by providing musical worship leadership at the worship service by:

  1. Creating an inviting, worshipful atmosphere, a space in which people can meet with God
  2. Leading the congregation and the members of the worship ministry in growing their own relationships with the Lord through worship
  3. Mentoring a team of worship leaders who rotate in giving leadership (beyond “just filling in when the main worship leader is out”)


  1. Lead and train others to lead the musical worship for the worship service
  1. Be prepared to lead congregational singing with the worship team [or alone]
  2. Utilize a mix of new, current, local, and traditional songs staying current on US trends in worship music
  3. Be able to read scripture and pray as needed
  4. Be available for special services including funerals, communion services, love feasts, etc.
  5. Build positive social dynamics and quality music
  6. Lead an efficient, well-organized, and fun weekly Worship team rehearsal to work on music for the upcoming service, new music, arrangements and parts, and goals, with input from the group member
  7. Help less experienced participants become knowledgeable of their instruments and roles
  8. Strengthen the individuals on the team by helping them grow in their spiritual formation
  9. Meet regularly with the Director of Technical Ministries to plan worship service details
  10. Be responsible for a consistent, quality sound mix by giving regular Timely Specific Feedback to the techs
  1. Lead the Worship Team
  1. Work in a team relationship with the Director of Technical Ministries [audio, video, and lighting]
  1. Communicate with the Lead Pastor on a regular basis to discuss worship themes and maintain a trust-based working relationship
  2. Cooperate with the Church Board, and Staff to enrich the worship ministry of church and promote cooperative relationships among its many people in ministry
  3. Participate in staff meetings and training as well as Denominational training events.
  4. Establish a creative planning team to design worship services and special creative elements, i.e. drama, faith stories, spotlighting announcements, etc.

Philosophy: The Worship Leader must provide leadership in three areas: Organizational Leadership, Team/Event Leadership, and Support Leadership.  Initially, these areas will be small and all handled by one person, but for the ministry to grow, the responsibilities must be spread out among others. The worship leader must always be looking to empower others with significant responsibilities. Leaders who are primarily “doers” always limit growth.

  1. Organizational Administration: Long-range Plan, Create Structure, Set Goals & Budget, Personnel Issues, Mentor Leaders, Meet with Leaders, Pastoring Teams, BIC Cluster group for worship leaders
  2. Lead Events/Train People: Lead Worship, Lead Rehearsal, Training Events, Mentor team members, Worship Teams, Provide Resources
  3. Administrative Tasks: Work with Technical Ministries, Chord Charts, Schedules, Licenses, Communications 


Roles: We believe that a great worship leader embraces and grows in these roles: [used by permission by Kelly Ballard,]

  1. Theologian – one who handles the Word of God well, who maintains faithfulness to Truth
  2. Host – one who shows hospitality, builds rapport, works toward connectedness, and interprets the moment
  3. Shepherd – one who provides pastoral care, safety, and direction to those following
  4. Prophet – one who gives clarity and purpose, who interprets the voice and emotion of God
  5. Architect – one who designs the service plan to share the Christ Story
  6. Coordinator – one who functions as the glue, looks for synergy, develops unity, and fuels chemistry
  7. Psalmist – one who creates beauty, builds huge musical dynamics, uses the arts to their fullest



Personal Christian Walk:

  1. A trusting relationship with Jesus Christ that is clearly exhibited in the leader’s life – you just get the sense that they know God intimately
  2. Seeks after and follows the leading of the Holy Spirit, does not walk in the fear of man, and walks in authority



  1. Skilled Instrumentalist [preferably guitar and/or piano] – a true musician
  2. Lead quality vocalist – a strong, listenable voice to be easily followed
  3. Ability to bring the out the best in team members
  4. Prior experience in church or para-church worship ministry is required
  5. Basic knowledge of sound, video, lighting, audio recording and editing is helpful


Spiritual Gifts and Passions:

  1. Leadership [the ability to influence]
  2. Servant [the heart to help others wherever is needed]
  3. The Psalmist [one who loves to sing]
  4. The Minstrel [one anointed to play]
  5. The Worshipper [one who is wholly given to Another]



  1. Joyful submission to Godly authority
  2. Friendly, open, honest, seeking community, encouraging, with good chemistry with existing teams
  3. Must be a person of integrity
  4. Must have healthy relationships with his/her spouse and children and their support for involvement in this ministry; not enslaved to debt (except for personal residence)
  5. Leaders are expected to participate in the shared life, personal growth, and accountability of a small group.

Organizational Skills:

  1. The ability to maintain quarterly schedule for him/herself, the Worship team members, handle details related to worship planning and be prepared with planning ahead in worship, using Planning Center Online.
  2. The ability to organize and communicate clearly and consistently.


  1. Compatibility with the doctrine of this church and support the mission and vision of the church.


The buzz about this worship leader will sound like this: (we’ll call him or her “Sam”)

  1. Sam’s driven by relationships not by performance and has created a tribe that serves with excellence
  2. Sam’s very trained, but humbly seeks what God is currently doing at Pequea
  3. Sam’s not just a worship leader, Sam is a worship MINISTRY leader
  4. Sam may (or may not) be the most creative person, but is able to LEAD the creatives
  5. Sam thinks like an high-level manager – always thinking ahead, taking care of details, and leading people
  6. Sam’s able to administrate: either detail oriented or people oriented and able to project manage efficiently
  7. Sam doesn’t feel like being good at everything is necessary, but rather is great at getting the best from the teams
  8. Sam hates silos and loves teaming up with people to get something done
  9. Even though Sam’s really talented, it’s clear that Sam is a true shepherd
  10. Sam is so teachable, and though Sam has plenty to be proud about, is just the most approachable, unpretentious person


Average total weekly hours 30 hours with up to 4 Sundays off and 2 weeks of paid vacation per year. Other benefits include continuing education funds for training/coaching. Mileage and hosting.


Weekly Time expectations:                                    Three-Quarter Time

Sunday Worship Service(s)                                                       4.0 hours
Weekly rehearsal                                                                         3.0 hours
Prep work for worship leading                                                  7.0 hours
Weekly Worship Creative Team meeting                            3.0 hours
Meeting with Pastor                                                                    1.0 hours

Training/Mentoring                                                                     6.0 hours

Administrative duties                                                                  6.0 hours                 

Average total weekly hours                                                     30 hours



A one-year renewable term; appointed by the Lead and Executive Pastor in consultation with the church board



Executive Pastor. Shall be evaluated annually by the Executive Pastor


If you have any questions regarding this position, feel free to email