Get A Job! - Finding A Worship Leader Position
As we start off this New Year, I know there are many worship leaders that are actively seeking employment either as a full-time or part-time worship pastor (or whatever the job title may be).
Here are a few thoughts I would like to share in hopes that it will help those of you looking for a "worship leader job":
1. Pray: Sometimes it's easy to assume that we're suppose to work in vocational ministry because we have a passion for worship leading. I've found that sometimes God wants us to work outside of the church and just serve our local church as a lay leader. Make sure you pray and know clearly that the Lord is calling you to seek a paid church staff position.
2. Plan: Okay, so you're pretty sure you're suppose be in vocational ministry. Now what? Before you go to Christian job search sites, I encourage you to lay out a plan.
-Make sure your resume is up-to-date and will stand out from the rest. Also, you must make your resume job-specific. Don't just use your resume from the corporate world and submit it to churches. You need to show how your work experience relates to the worship leader position you're seeking.
-Dedicate specific times during the week when you'll do the job search. It's easy to get distracted from your job search, especially if you are already working full-time. Sometimes it helps to leave your house and go to a coffee shop or the library so you can focus on the task.
3. Decide: Before you start the search, there's one more thing...you need to decide what your parameters are. Are you open to living anywhere in the country? Are you comfortable leading in any style of music from Israel Houghton to Hillsong to traditional? Are you open to full-time or part-time? What denominations are you willing to be a part of? What size church is ideal?
4. Search: Once you've done some thinking and know what you're looking for, you're ready to search. There are several job search sites you can utilize. Here are a few of them:
-YouthSpecialties.com (sometimes has worship leader postings)
-Craigslist (sometimes you can find church job openings here that you can't find anywhere else, especially if you're looking for opportunities in your local city)
These sites are great resources. In fact, I've received many calls and interviews, and actually got hired two different times from posting my resume on YouthSpecialties.com. However, your best resource is your network.
5. Network: Let the people in your network know that you are seeking a worship leader position. Your network can be your family, friends, acquaintances, social network friends, etc. Don't come off pushy or like someone wanting a pity-party. Share your enthusiasm and passion for serving the local church as a worship pastor. Don't mass email your network; instead send individualized emails. Better yet, call them personally.
If you don't have a big network, start by building it. One of the greatest joys for me in ministry is networking and connecting with so many different kinds of people. Don't just network with other worship leaders. Go outside of that circle and start connecting with businessmen, youth pastors, directors of non-profits, and even your friendly dentist. You just never know who God will use to bring about your next opportunity.
6. Publicize: If possible, create a place online where churches can get more information about you in one place. Your site might include:
-Video(s) of you leading worship
-A video introduction of yourself
-Songs you've written
-References or endorsements
-Links to all your social media presence
If you don't feel comfortable making all this information public, you can password-protect the site so only people you've given the password to can access it. If you have no idea how to build a website, contact me via Factor7 Agency and I'd be happy to help.
I pray that in 2011 God will open up doors in your life that no man can close and close doors that no man can open. Seek first His Kingdom; forget about yours. Seek His face, not just His hands. Seek His will for your life. Live like you'll die if you don't encounter Him each day. Keep your eyes on Him and see what He does!
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