Worship Leader Addendum

Worship Leader Addendum

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Employment Page: Worship Leader

Please answer the following questions in a separate document and attach it to the email being sent to jobs@adrianfumc.org. Please attach other documents requested below.

  1. What is important to you in regard to congregational singing? Explain your thoughts on how to best make sure the congregation’s experience of singing is enjoyable and edifying. Please address (at least) the following in your answer:
    1. What constitutes a ‘singable’ song?
    2. How might you handle songs that are rhythmically complicated, or melodies in which the original artist took liberties on the recording?
  2. Describe the process you use to teach new music to members of our house worship band, SoulStation. Please consider the following in your answer:
    • There are varying degrees of musical skills amongst the band members. Not everyone comfortably reads and follows notated music.
    • Rehearsal is one evening a week, and the time before worship on Sunday morning is only 35-45 minutes in length, including set-up, sound-check, problem-solving, and song run-throughs.
    • SoulStation consists of instrumentalists and vocalists.
  3. What is your expectation in regard to members of SoulStation learning and practicing music outside of the group rehearsal?
  4. While it’s not the pastor’s need or inclination to micromanage the work habits or output of the Worship Leader, the effectiveness of worship is ultimately his responsibility. With that in mind, are you willing to work under the direction of the pastor as a servant leader?
  5. If the pastor wanted to incorporate a song/chorus into worship (eg., as part of the Communion liturgy) with which you are not familiar, and for which there is only notated music, generally speaking, how long do you think it would take to learn it so that you would be comfortable leading the congregation in singing it?
  6. 1-10, how comfortable are you leading/playing from a lead sheet (only melody and chords)? What is your principle instrument with which you would lead the congregation?
  7. Please submit congregational song choices for a four-week Advent series. Here are the guidelines to bear in mind.
    • The 4-week series is entitled, “Making Our Way Home”
    • The series Scripture is Luke 2:3-5 – “Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David’s city, called Bethlehem, in Judea. He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.”
    • The overarching theme for the whole series is JOURNYING BACK TO GOD. The idea is that Advent can be a time when we recommit ourselves to being a follower/disciple of Christ. It also plays on our popular cultural theme of families traveling “back home” at Christmastime – with all the struggles that usually entails.
    • The main Scripture passage for each week:
      • Week 1: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (focus: v. 11)
      • Week 2: Philippians 1:3-11 (focus: v. 9 [and 10-11]; see also Luke 3:3)
      • Week 3: Zephaniah 3:14-20 (focus: v. 20)
      • Week 4: Luke 1:39-45 (focus: v. 41)
    • Starting in week 2, one or two of the songs should incorporate a recognizable Advent/Xmas carol. The other songs can be thematic. But each week we would add at least one more Xmas song/carol.
      • it can be sung as a traditional carol, but led by the band.
      • it can be a contemporary version/arrangement of a traditional carol (eg., “O Come All Ye Faithful/We Adore You” CCLI #7100948)
      • it can be a CCM Xmas song that incorporates a traditional Xmas carol tune or refrain into the song (eg., “Joy To the World (Unspeakable Joy)” CCLI #5607039
    • Please choose 4-5 songs for each week, and include the following:
      • Song Title
      • CCLI # if the song is listed on CCLI Song Select
      • The key in which you believe the congregation can best sing it
      • If it’s not a traditional Advent/Xmas carol (or an obvious CCM Xmas song), one sentence about how it fits into either the overall theme, or the day’s theme, or the theme of Advent.
      • For each Sunday, indicate the order in which you would sing them. Be sure to specify which is the OPENING and CLOSING SONGS.
      • If the song is not available on CCLI Song Select, then either indicate where a notated copy of the song can be found or attach a scanned copy of the song to the email.
    • NOTE: If you do no have personal access to CCLI Song Select, please contact Pastor Drew and explain your situation. Be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached.