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First Presbyterian Church

Contemporary Worship Leader

First Presbyterian Church
Salem, Oregon, United States

Date Posted: 05/28/2010
Categories: Media/Technology - Worship Pastor
Denominations: Presbyterian -- PCUSA
Church Size: 501 to 750
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
Contemporary Worship Leader
Position Description

Education: B.A. in Music or equivalent experience
Job-Type: Up to Full-time, depending on candidate
Church: First Presbyterian Church
770 Chemeketa St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Church size: 600+ members, 300-320 attend our blended worship service each Sunday
Direct reports: to Senior Pastor, works with Music Minister and other staff
Salary: Up to $45k, if full-time, with the right skills and experience
Benefits: Negotiable

How to Apply: Forward cover letter, resume, and a short statement about your Christian faith via email to, and a video of yourself leading worship to the above address (770 Chemeketa). A link to a video of you leading worship online would also work.

First Pres Salem is a downtown church right across from the capitol mall in Salem, Oregon. Willamette University, the oldest university in the western United States, is only a few minutes’ walk from the church, and Salem lies right along the gorgeous Willamette River. All types of recreation at the beach or in the mountains are easily accessed from Salem, and we are about an hour's drive from Portland and Eugene, OR.

Church's Mission Statement: Celebrating and embodying God’s transforming love, we will fearlessly live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, while we serve the least of these, as a Christ-centered community of faith.

Job Duties:
[1] Plan, organize, and carry out musical, technological, administrative, and creative elements for a newly launching contemporary worship service in the Fall of 2010, including preparation of media and implementing it during worship.

[2] Craft engaging order of worship elements (prayers, music, drama, creative arts, scripture, testimonies, transitions from one element to the next, etc.) to support primary text, topic, and practical application. Understands scripture and can communicate scriptural concepts in worship and rehearsals, can assess theological soundness of lyrics. Open to diverse theological perspectives. Commitment to your own personal spiritual growth (prayer, bible study, spiritual formation, healthy lifestyle, giving of time, talent, and treasure).

[3] Lead by example, organize, rehearse as needed, and equip volunteer vocalists & instrumentalists for leading worship (prepare them for excellence when they participate in worship, recruit, retain, develop performance skills, equip, train them musically, care for, schedule musicians and technicians well in advance, motivate, disciple). Involve as many people as possible with different levels of ability and experience while maintaining a high quality of musicality.

Job Knowledge:
[1] Entrepreneurial spirit and vision to create, sustain, and grow a spiritually sound and musically strong contemporary worship service from the ground up.

[2] Strong keyboard and/or guitar skills, along with strong vocal ability, and able to take leadership role during worship as needed to draw others into worship and sense the presence of God. Infectious passion to serve Christ through music in worship, with energy, presence, and drive, and able to engage the congregation fully during worship.

[3] Strong music arranging and writing skills, able to write musical arrangements for voices and instruments that strengthen the message of the song and themes of the worship service. Reads lead-sheets, chord charts, and scored music.

[4] Maintain repertoire of familiar songs that have singable range/rhythm, not too complex, and introduce new songs taking care to teach them well.

[5] Familiar with a broad range of contemporary music styles and can work with different instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a broad range of styles that appeal to different generations and people with varying degrees of church background. Well-versed in the trends of contemporary worship and music.

[6] Knowledge of and fluency with audio, visual, and media technology. Knowledge of Pro Presenter or comfortable with media software desirable, familiarity with Finale (or other music notation software).


[1] Works well and collaborates with the Senior Pastor, church staff, worship teams, to evaluate past worship services and events, and plan and implement future service and events.