The most frequent question I am asked by those who are considering music and worship ministry as a possible vocation is “Can I get a job?” Fortunately, the answer is a resounding “yes” — there are many positions open and they are diverse and often flexible. At a time when some other fields find it hard to secure positions, our field seems ripe with possibilities for finding employment. While position descriptions continue to change as churches transition, positions are available for those who want to serve.
Diverse Positions and Skills
Never before have the position announcements been so diverse. The combinations of skills that churches are seeking are broad – contemporary band leadership, organ playing, choral directing, guitar, keyboard, technology, sound reinforcement, graphic design, media, arts management, etc. Often times, the combination of skills are non-traditional and reflect the particular needs of the local congregation rather than the usual skills of people who may be preparing for this vocation. Position announcements often reflect the need for immense flexibility and continued preparation for skills that may need shoring up.