Hiring a worship leader/pastor is the most important hire you will ever make.  know, you don’t think you can afford one.  Truth is, you can’t afford not to hire one. So drop whatever or whomever you have to and hire one.

Here is a good job description.



Position Objective: To provide pastoral leadership to the worship ministries of (your church)

This should reflect whatever mission or vision statement that you have.

Position Description: The worship pastor will be the “producer” of each worship service and special programs.  Although the senior pastor is the “director” in terms of setting the theme and overall direction, the worship pastor will oversee and coordinate all the details that a service encompasses. The worship pastor must be a visionary who is creative in leading people to God.  The worship pastor is a leader who can communicate a direction in a way that inspires those around him/her to join in the pursuit of that vision.  This position is a pastoral one that therefore requires the individual to serve not solely as a musical or performing arts director but also as a shepherd to the people who serve in this ministry.

You need to build this around this person being able to build a team.


  1. A clear testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and a vital, growing personal relationship with Him.
  2. Commitment to moral purity.
  3. Commitment to the mission, Vision, and worship philosophy of (your church).
  4. Demonstrated excellence as a worship leader, i.e. has grown a music ministry over the past few year?


  1. A pastor as well as a musician.  This does not mean ordained.
  1. A heart for the spiritual formation of those in the congregation and the worship ministry.
  2. Relational skills and an enthusiastic presence for leading a large church in worship.
  3. Skilled in choral, vocal, and instrumental direction.
  4. Skilled in organization, administration, and interpersonal relationships.
  5. Skilled in the use of technology in worship and in the use of sound, lighting, computers, Power Point, and video projection.
  6. Ability to incorporate other art forms as needed.
  7. A self-starter
  8. A team player with a positive attitude.


  1. Maintain an authentic and growing walk with Jesus Christ through the ongoing spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, personal worship, fasting, confession, and fellowship. 
  2. Spend time developing relationships with lost people so as to be personally effective in pursuing the Great Commission and helping the church to do the same.
  3. Build the necessary teams to carry out the worship areas of (your church).
  4. Plan the corporate worship services of (your church) in consultation with the Senior Pastor and do so with prayer, conceptual forethought, theological accuracy, and musical appropriateness.  Ensure that all the musical and technical aspects of the service advance the theme for the day.  Oversee song and choral selection, media preparation and presentation, sound and lighting enhancements, and coordination of all instrumentalists, vocalists, and dramatists.
  5. Serve as lead worshiper in all worship services.
  6. Direct all weekly activities and rehearsals necessary to facilitate worship in services.
  7. Provide pastoral care for the worship teams and choirs.
  8. Develop and oversee a drama team and ministry.
  9. Introduce our worship teams and choirs to worship training provided by other ministries, books, and conferences.
  10. Plan major seasonal and/or outreach musicals/dramas two to three times per year.  Find and plan other ways to use music and drama to reach out to the community evangelistically.
  11. Oversee the worship department budget, organization, and volunteers.
  12. Build contacts and relationships with local musicians, studios, and clubs for both evangelistic and staffing purposes.
  13. Set annual goals for the worship ministry that are in line with our vision and then evaluate how those goals were attained or modified during the year.