Music Minister (Hamden, Connecticut)

Date Posted: 
November 13, 2020
Organization Name: 
Hamden Plains United Methodist Church
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Salary Range: 
$12,000 per year
Job Description: 

MUSIC MINISTER, Hamden Plains United Methodist Church

Position description, 01.02.20


Title: Music Minister

Mission: To coordinate the overall music ministry of the church as outlined

Hours: Less than full-time

Terms of employment: At will; specific work hours and time off as determined

Direct report: Pastor

Secondary report: Leadership Team (as Staff-Parish Relations Committee) and assigned liaison

Areas of responsibility:

1.     To understand that this position is a ministry and that music is an integral, not isolated, part of the overall worship experience.

2.     To be the primary resource for planning, playing and coordinating worship music, both Sunday worship and special services as agreed upon.   Such music shall include, but not be limited to, hymns, anthems, preludes, postludes, special music and instrumentalists.

3.     To play the organ (preferred) or electronic keyboard to accompany congregational singing, and to be able to read music.

4.     To direct the Chancel Choir according to an agreed-upon schedule, including a mid-week rehearsal and a pre-worship warm-up for each Sunday worship.

5.     To play at special services including Christmas Eve (2 services), Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  Up to three additional services may be required with one month’s notice.

6.     To select choir music appropriate to our choir’s size and voicing, working with lay volunteers in an advisory capacity.

7.     To consult regularly with the Pastor on music and worship planning.

8.     To cultivate the participation of children in the music ministry.

9.     To have right of first refusal for weddings and funerals, with honorariums for these apart from salary.

10.   To report maintenance needs for any musical equipment to the Worship Committee and Trustees.

11.    To manage the music budget and report expenditures quarterly to the Worship Committee.

12.   Assist, as requested by the Pastor or Worship Team, with special children or youth musical events.

13.    Along with the pastor and lay musicians, to grow the music ministry of the church in numbers, variety, and quality of music to serve God and the congregation. 

Evaluation: Probationary period reviewed 60 days from hire; reviews at 6 months and one year; and one year thereafter.

Concluding employment: 30 days notice.