Director of Music Ministry

Principal Function

Develop various music ministries within the church to support worship services, committee events, and other programs. Lead, instruct, participate in, and grow these activities to increase the Christian discipleship of Epworth UMC and its community.

Reporting Structure

The Director of Music Ministry is accountable to the Senior Pastor as head of staff and the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee.

Job Requirements

  • Have the ability to recruit, motivate, and teach volunteer musicians
  • Set high standards for quality of performance and inspire musicians to achieve them in leading worship
  • Encourage and respond to staff efforts to grow Christian discipleship in all aspects in regard to church programs, events, and related functions, especially as they relate to the music ministry
  • Be accountable and dedicated to working in a team environment alongside the ordained pastors, office and non-office staff, volunteer laity, and contractual employees in all related duties to promote the responsibilities stated herein

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, preferably scared music, is required. A Master’s Degree in Music or advanced certification in a related field (e.g., music education) is preferred.

Professional Requirements

At least 3 years of instruction and/or music leadership experience along with good interpersonal skills and experience working with groups.

Responsibilities of Employment

  • Responsible for the supervision, development, leadership, scheduling, organization, oversight, growth, and direction of the Epworth UMC music ministry, including Chancel Choir, organist, ensembles, handbells, vocal and instrumental soloists, guest musicians and all related rehearsals for such activities
  • Collaborate and work on schedule with the church organist, church staff, and volunteer music leaders regarding any applicable music ministry activities
  • Choose a variety of sacred music that is suited to our congregation and inspires it toward meaningful worship
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, worship committee meetings, and any other committee meetings as requested by Senior Pastor or SPPRC pertaining to music ministry
  • Assist office manager in developing communications applicable to the delivery of music activities as necessary
  • Oversee and assist laity volunteers and staff, if applicable, in the delivery of performances  by handbell choir,  instrumental ensembles, and any other program or activity as directed by the Senior Pastor
  • Schedule and lead preparation for specially designated musical events that follow the liturgical calendar or correspond with the tradition of Epworth UMC
  • Work in conjunction with the organist in terms of coordination, scheduling, choice of music, and rehearsals for all relative music ministries
  • Research, choose, understand, schedule private practice time for, and show proficiency inappropriate music for all music groups and activities, especially as relates to worship services, funeral services, special events, and/or requests by Senior Pastor
  • Recruit participants for existing music activities as well as instrumentalists and vocalists for special music services and activities as necessary
  • Develop, plan, and oversee the budget for all music ministry activities in accordance with Worship Committee
  • Oversee regular, preventative, or necessary maintenance for all music equipment and supplies, including but not limited to organ, pianos, miscellaneous instruments, robes, and choir suite
  • Communicate and respond as necessary with church staff, laity, and any other applicable parties in response to delivery of music ministry
  • Network with other musicians and church music ministry professionals to discuss ways and methods of improving Epworth UMC music programing
  • Maintain membership, licenses, and certifications in various organizations as applicable to the position

Physical Requirements

This position involves working in a wide range of conditions that are moderately

physically demanding. These may include but are not limited to: prolonged periods of standing, sitting, and working in front of a computer screen, and the need to move furniture, boxes, and the like up to 30 pounds.

Employee Status

Non-exempt, salaried employee, not to exceed 20 hours per week, approved annually by the Senior Pastor and SPPRC for inclusion in the operational budget approved by the Church Council.


Performance reviews will be conducted annually by the Senior Pastor and SPPRC.

Job Contact Information

Download the job application as a pdf.

Please send cover letter, resume, and application for employment to:

Patsy Harlow

Epworth United Methodist Church
3002 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707