Worship and Music Lay Job Opportunities

Worship and Music Lay Job Opportunities 2017-09-21T09:27:53+00:00

Position Title: Principal Pianist

Congregation Name and City: Maple Grove Lutheran Church, Maple Grove

Brief Position Description and How to Apply: Maple Grove Lutheran Church is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Principal Pianist. Candidate must be highly skilled and able to play a broad and eclectic array of musical styles within a blended service – both contemporary and traditional music – one service each Sunday at 9:30 AM. In addition to Sunday services, the Principal Pianist will play for festival and seasonal services.

Along with the ability to sight read 4-part hymns and piano accompaniment, the candidate must be able to groove along with chord charts (un-notated) and a rhythm section. The ability to sing both lead and harmony vocals are strongly preferred but not essential.

BA in Music is preferred but exceptions will be made for the right candidate.

Compensation will be determined based on demonstrated skills, experience, and education. Cover letter and résumé must be sent to Pat Balder at musicdirector@mglc.org.

Part-time or Full-time: Part Time

Application Deadline: November 11, 2017

Contact Person: Pat Balder, musicdirector@mglc.org

Posted on 9/21/17

Position Title: Pianist

Congregation Name and City: Cross of Peace Lutheran, Shakopee

Brief Position Description and How to Apply:  Pianist wanted for 1-2 Sunday per month, at two worship services (8:30 and 10 am). Also, to accompany weeknight choir practice.

Part-time or Full-time: Part Time

Application Deadline: October 14, 2017

Contact Person: Rev. Stephanie Espinoza, stephanie.e@crossofpeace.net, (952) 445-5479

Posted on 9/21/17

Position Title: Keyboardist “encounter” Service

Congregation Name and City: Brooklyn United Methodist Church, Brooklyn Center

Brief Position Description and How to Apply:  Experienced, professional keyboardist wanted for a band of millennials for the Sunday “Encounter” worship service. Vocals a plus. One rehearsal and one service per week. Band plays latest Christian Contemporary music. Paid position. Must be comfortable in mainstream to liberal Christian community. Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 763-561-1684 ext. 118, 7200 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

Part-time or Full-time: Part Time

Application Deadline: October 31, 2017

Contact Person: MJ Anderson, music@bumc.org, (763) 561-1684

Posted on 9/21/17

Position Title: Cantor

Congregation Name and City: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mahtomedi

Brief Position Description and How to Apply:  To lead music on Sunday mornings and help rebuild the music ministry. A cantor is the “chief singer” that leads not just a choir, but the whole faith community in song.

First Christian describes itself as a faith community that is open, active and loving. We welcome all to feast at God’s Welcome Table and we mean that. First Christian of St. Paul is an Open and Affirming Congregation, meaning that we extend open arms to people from diverse backgrounds including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. No matter who you are, if you want to follow Jesus Christ, we are happy to have you join in the journey.

We Need a Cantor Who Will:
• Coordinate with the pastor and musicians the planning and implementation of a comprehensive music /creative ministry for the congregation and community.
• coax reluctant worshippers to sing with joy and gusto
• employ various kinds of music in worship- old-timey hymns, Taize meditations, contemporary music, and so on.
• know how to play piano, organ.

Send me a resume to dsanders@fccstpaul.com. To learn more about the church, please go to fccstpaul. Full job description >

Part-time or Full-time: Part Time

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017

Contact Person: Dennis Sanders, dsanders@fccstpaul.com, (612) 568-4576

Posted on 8/30/17

Position Title: Director of Children’s Music

Congregation Name and City: Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake

Brief Position Description and How to Apply: Shepherd of the lake Lutheran Church is a large congregation located in Prior Lake Minnesota. We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America providing worship, education, discipleship opportunities and programming in line with the teachings of the ELCA, and rooted in our mission, Growing in Faith, Living to Serve.

We currently have an opening for a Part-Time Director of Children’s Music and are actively seeking candidates.

Summary – Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church is a vibrant, large and young congregation which desires to grow a program of excellence in Children’s Music. We are seeking a creative, passionate candidate who would find excitement in partnering with us to grow this program. There are 400 children in preschool through fourth grade, and this is an exciting opportunity to develop a unique ministry to and with our children and their families. An ideal candidate would constantly look for ways to expand, create new opportunities and grow the Children’s Music Ministry. The Director of Children’s Music is responsible for fostering the celebration of faith through music by performing the following duties.

Primary responsibilities

1. Leads and develops the Children’s Music Ministry (including choral and instrumental, ages pre-K through 4th Grade), establishing a strong collaboration with the Children’s Music volunteers. *
2. Selects, procures and prepares music appropriate to the skill level of the respective groups and the services assigned, including collaborating with Children’s Music volunteers in the selection of appropriate music. *
3. Coordinates the performance schedules of groups and individuals within the context of assigned service, event, or program (including choirs, Sunday School song, identifying, recruiting & mentoring leaders). *
4. Purchases and prepares adequate copies of music for choral, ensemble group and worship participants maintaining strict adherence to copyright laws and licensing requirements.*
5. Coordinates the collection and purchase of Children’s music and maintains the appropriate music libraries.*
6. Collaborates with the Minister of Worship and Music in teaching new liturgy, music and/or cultural diversity as identified.*
7. Provides worship service information to and collaborates with support staff in a timely manner on worship folders and event publicity.*
8. Maintains positive ongoing collaborative working relationship with Minister of Worship and Music surrounding worship planning.*
9. Seizes education opportunities to develop and maintain skills, knowledge and trends in related worship and music topics and personal growth in leadership and faith development.*
10. Serves as a role model for carrying out the mission, vision and ministries of SOLLC.*
11. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Primary Qualifications:

• Appreciation and acceptance of diverse music and worship styles and needs as defined within the SOLLC congregation.
• Knowledge and understanding of and experience in worship planning, Lutheran theology and vocal leadership and performance
• Organizational skills especially in planning
• Relational skills
• Competency as vocal artist and musician
• Minimal keyboard skills


Bachelor’s degree (B. A. / B. S.) from four-year college or university in Liturgical or Worship Music; or four to six years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Link to all employment opportunities at SOLLC:
All interested applicants please send your resume and required salary to:

Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church
Attn: Lisa Rentschler
3611 North Berens Road NW
Prior Lake, MN 55379

Part-time or Full-time: Part-time

Application Deadline: October 2, 2017

Contact Person: Lisa Rentschler, lisarentschler@sollc.org, (952) 230-2913

Posted on 8/30/17

Position Title: Worship Band Leader

Congregation Name and City: Lake Harriet United Methodist Church

Brief Position Description and How to Apply:

STATUS: Part-time (10 hours per week) Exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Music Ministries

POSITION PURPOSE: The Band Leader is responsible for leading the Shout Band at the 11:11am worship service on Sunday mornings and at Wednesday rehearsals. Support is also needed for the By Faith Youth Band at rehearsals and on occasional Sundays at the 11:11am service, as well as leading music for the weekly Wednesday Worship Lab service at 6:30pm.

The purpose of Lake Harriet UMC is to welcome, inspire, and nourish our community to be the hands and feet of God in the world. We are a Reconciling Congregation that welcomes people of all gender identities and sexual orientations to participate in the life and ministries of our church. Our core values include being inclusive, intergenerational, and serving those in need through social action and outreach. Our goal is to create a welcoming and hospitable environment to fuel growth for all ages.
1. Lead and accompany the Shout Band and other music as needed for the contemporary service.
2. Plan and prepare band music for weekly practices and worship. Choose music that reflects LHUMC’s theology and inclusive language policy.
3. Maintain and expand band music library as needed and within budget guidelines.
4. Coordinate music for the Sunday and Wednesday worship schedule with the Director of Music Ministries and Pastor(s).
5. Communicate with band members, youth, parents, and congregation in all communication mediums (newsletter, email, etc.)
6. Work with Director of Music Ministries and Pastor(s) on special music events.
7. Work with music leaders and staff to ensure a positive music experience with all participants in the music programs.
8. Confirm Safe Sanctuary guidelines are followed before, during, and after the practice time.
9. Meet with Director of Music Ministries regularly for worship planning.
10. Invite and welcome new musicians throughout the year.
11. Arrange for substitutes on vacation Sundays.

1. A heart and call for music ministry with all ages.
2. Bachelor’s degree in Music, Music Education, or Performance and/or experience leading a band.
3. Excellent keyboard and/or guitar skills.
4. Prior experience in a similar position, desired but not required.
5. Familiarity and experience with skill and age appropriate contemporary music and worship resources.
6. Ability to direct vocal and instrumental ensembles.
7. Use of sound judgment and maintenance of confidences, including implementation of Safe Sanctuary policies on all church sponsored events.
8. Ability to use music to deepen members worship experience and understanding.

1. Technical Expertise. Demonstrates the musical skills required to fulfill the essential responsibilities of the job; understands which skills are lacking and seeks to develop those skills; continually works to broaden knowledge and skill base.
2. Interpersonal Skills. Establishes good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; works well at all levels; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable; avoids communication triangles.
3. Team Orientation. Works cooperatively and helps foster a collaborative and supportive work environment with church leaders and members of the congregation and staff; contributes positively to the collective performance of the team.
4. Mission Ownership. Demonstrates understanding and full support of the mission, vision, values and beliefs of the congregation; can demonstrate those to others; consistently behaves in a manner that supports the mission and vision of the church in congruence with its values and beliefs.

1. Free use of building space for teaching music lessons.
2. It is understood that hired hours include practice time and finding music resources.
3. Submitted mileage for reasonable and approved expenses will be timely reimbursed.
4. Vacations are not to be taken on Christmas Eve, Holy Week, or Easter Sunday.

Part-time or Full-time: Part-time

Application Deadline: October 1, 2017

Contact Person: Jim Koon, jim.koon@lakeharrietumc.org, (612) 926-7645

Posted on 8/23/17