At Edenton Street United Methodist Church, we are constantly striving to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Our staff is no different.
Director of Gathering Worship
Position Title: Director of Gathering Worship
Position Location: Raleigh, NC
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Reports to: Pastor of The Gathering
Position Supervises: Gathering Band
ABOUT THE GATHERING AT ESUMC
The Gathering is a worshiping community within the communion of Edenton St United Methodist Church, sharing common vision, values, and habits of discipleship. Our community is grounded in the rhythms of Christian liturgy, discipleship, and mission, and lives with curiosity and wonder for how God is calling us to improvise in the Spirit that we might live in Christ for the flourishing of our neighbors. We welcome and rejoice in all who visit with us because hospitality and surprising friendship are at the heart of our life-together in God.
The Director of Gathering Worship leads a vibrant ministry of discipleship through the work of musical direction, training and coordination of Gathering liturgical and A/V teams, and creative collaboration with the laity, staff, and clergy of ESUMC. Additionally, the Director of Gathering Worship is expected to actively participate in the life of the larger ESUMC community, including involvement in programs, retreats, and events not specific to the Gathering. Spiritual maturity, competency in and curiosity for ancient and modern practices of Christian worship, and exceptional giftedness in leading and teaching music ministries are the marks of this position. This is a full-time salaried position.
- Lead worship during The Gathering weekend service(s) – currently Sundays at 10:30am
- Function as primary worship leader and primary lead vocalist at the Gathering contemporary worship service
- Partner with pastors weekly to order a contemporary worship service that is: in harmony with the preached text/theme; dynamic in structure and execution; relevant to the concerns of the congregation and world; and, consistent to the season of the Christian year
- Actively participate in weekly worship planning and reflection meetings
- Set-up of liturgy slides for Sunday worship services and work alongside The Gathering A/V team.
- Oversee band recruitment, management, and discipleship
- Serve as the spiritual leader of the band leading both regular musicians and volunteers in a vision of worship rooted in discipleship to Jesus
- Coordinate and lead weekly rehearsals for band and volunteers on a consistently designated weekday and on Sunday mornings
- Recruit, audition, and train band members with diverse gifts and experiences within and outside the congregation
- Ensure worship band is present and actively participates in worship service
- Design and execute a protocol for finding, hiring, and paying guest musician(s) in collaboration with the Pastor of The Gathering and Parish Engagement team
- If not able to be present for Sunday, ensure guest worship leader is adequately prepared to lead The Gathering band and congregation
- Work with Pastor of The Gathering and Parish Engagement team in executing vision of The Gathering committee
- Serve as resident expert of latest and best practices related to Christian contemporary worship
- Execute and collaborate with members of The Gathering committee to envision worship, staging and technical needs
- Cultivate Lives of Worship
- Leverage spiritual and musical gifts to facilitate lives of worship beyond Sunday mornings
- Actively participate and lend gifts for worship and beyond in various ministries, retreats, and events of the larger ESUMC community
- Report to and perform other duties as assigned by Pastor of The Gathering and Parish Engagement team
- Disciple of Jesus Christ
- Three or more years of related experience working in the field of Christian contemporary worship leadership with strong musical gifts and expertise in at least one instrument; preferred guitar or piano
- Actively participate in meetings identified as necessary by the Pastor of The Gathering
- Publicly advertise and hold consistent weekly office hours
- Experience playing with and leading bands
- Demonstrated ability to present effective and compelling messages to individuals, groups, and the congregation in formal and informal situations
- Demonstrated success leading, managing and working with diverse groups of people
- Willingness to connect with the church parish and greater Triangle community.
- Ability and desire to learn new technology and systems; experience with Google Drive, Notion, Planning Center Online, and ProPresenter is preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills and desire to collaboratively work with persons of diverse ages and backgrounds
- Must be available to work a flexible schedule with specific hours devoted to rehearsal and Sunday morning worship
All applicants should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Edenton Street United Methodist Church is a large church in downtown Raleigh. Our church is over 200 years old, but we are looking for someone young at heart to lead our Children and Family Ministries with creativity, adaptability, openness, and joy! We are looking for a Director who will be passionate about not only engaging our current children and families (from birth and baptism through fifth grade) but who also desires to spread the love of Jesus to children and families in our parish who aren’t yet engaged.
The ideal candidate will be equally grounded in theological depth and evidenced-based approaches to children’s needs or someone who is willing to strengthen their knowledge in this space. He or she will be devoted to growing our community and cultivating an embodied sense of belonging and belovedness in children. A gifted storyteller who brings a sense of fun to the teachings of Christ would fit right in with our community.
We believe faith is more often caught than taught, and so we desire a Director who will speak to a current relationship with Jesus. Our leader should be a role model who empowers others with a contagious faith and love. The right person for this job dreams of coming alongside parents to help them rear children in a way that honors Christ and fulfills a professional calling.
An education and background in Christian Education and/or Early Childhood Education and a robust understanding of United Methodist theology and/or a willingness to learn and grow in that regard is a must. This is a full-time and in-person position.
Interested candidates may apply here at Indeed.com, or send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “children”.
The Organist is a part-time (12-15 hours a week) position. The Organist is responsible for sharing organ playing responsibilities with the Director of Music and Worship Arts for the Sanctuary services. The Organist is responsible for accompanying the Chancel Choir and playing all weddings and funerals. The possibility of additional leadership responsibilities and compensation based on the candidate’s prior expertise, qualifications, and desires exists.
The organist is responsible to the Director of Music and Worship Arts.
- Bachelor Degree of Music preferred; Degree or coursework in Organ/Church Music preferred.
- Minimum of three years of experience as a service/church organist.
- Excellent and consistent hymn playing and accompanying skills, in addition to strong sight-reading capabilities on piano and organ.
- Basic conducting experience with choral/instrumental ensembles and ability to lead effective choral sectional rehearsals.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to use (or learn) church planning and communication software.
- Ability to interact with all levels of the organization and membership in a professional and courteous manner. Maintain an enthusiastic, flexible, and supportive approach to working with church members and staff in an environment with multiple changing priorities.
- Ability to foster and encourage the musical and spiritual development of lay leaders and musicians.
- Demonstrate a positive and teachable attitude while maintaining an ability to take direction and instructive guidance.
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently and exhibit self-initiation and completion of responsibilities.
Responsibilities (approx. 12-15 hours a week)
- Share organ playing responsibilities on the Létourneau organ (Op. 112, 2008) with the Director at the Sanctuary Services, including special services (Christmas Eve, Holy Week, special liturgies, etc.). More information about the organ may be found here.
- Accompany the Chancel Choir on the piano and organ (Thursday night rehearsals and Sunday mornings).
- Participate in the annual Music and Worship Arts Camp (August).
- Serve as organist (first right of refusal) for all weddings and funerals, for additional compensation. Obtain a substitute organist in consultation with the Director if unavailable.
- Working closely with the Director, plan and submit music for liturgies as liturgically appropriate.
- Schedule PTO with the Director of Music and Worship Arts. Obtain a substitute organist in consultation with the Director and notify the Director of provisions made. Absences should not conflict with any major church musical event or service.
To apply, interested candidates should submit a resume or CV, three references, and a video or recording of their playing (and conducting, if available) to Dr. Filippa Duke, email@example.com.