Contemporary Worship Leader


Contemporary Worship Leader

Position Type

Part-time / 15-20 hours per week



Reporting to

Senior Pastor

Church Denomination

Southern Baptist

Church Size

251 to 350 with 550 active members 


The Contemporary Worship Leader will provide leadership and oversight for contemporary worship at First Baptist Church of Madison. This person will maintain primary responsibility over the preparation and execution of music, including singing and playing an instrument; production elements of the worship service; and the recruitment, equipping, and leadership of volunteers within the music and production areas. Additionally, this person will work closely with the Senior Pastor and Traditional Music Minister to interact effectively with ministry leaders, volunteers, and staff members to define and implement ministry objectives. 


  • Clear testimony of a life that has trusted in and is walking with Jesus Christ.
  • Agreement with our church’s beliefs and doctrines.
  • A heart to lead people in worship, beyond simply leading the music.
  • Experience planning, preparing, and leading worship services.
  • Skilled in vocal and instrumental direction.
  • Proficient in playing an instrument in the worship band (ex: guitar, keyboard) and quality singing voice.
  • Possesses an engaging stage presence.
  • Has experience with the use of technology in worship such as lighting, worship software, sound systems, video projection, etc.
  • Team player with good relational skills and a positive attitude
  • Self-starter who strives for quality.


  • Lead the congregation in worship and direct the flow and elements of the service.
  • Develop a weekly order of service in coordination with the ministry team and communicate it in advance to the members of the band and tech team.
  • Direct a weekly rehearsal with the worship band that both prepares for a quality performance on Sunday and develops new music to be introduced to the congregation in future services. The worship leader ultimately chooses the music, but it is important that he/she seeks input from the band members on song choices.
  • Ensure that the stage set-ups, lighting, sound system, video systems, and worship presentation software are working properly and ready for the service
  • Build the worship presentation on ProPresenter for each week’s service, including announcement graphics, countdown videos, and song slides.
  • Oversee the design/decoration of the stage to keep it fresh, orderly, and connecting with the current season or emphasis of the church
  • Recruit and/or develop new musicians, singers, and tech team members sufficient to carry out the weekly needs of the service and prepare for future needs
  • Develop a yearly budget for the contemporary service and follow the financial guidelines for purchases.
  • Engage in the body of the church as an active member by joining a Bible study group, seeking to make connections with members beyond the worship stage, and supporting the vision, mission and ministers of the church
  • Works under the guidance of the Senior Pastor.
  • Leading the congregation verbally (including stage greetings, prayers, transitions, and singing) to help people praise and connect with God through worship

Physical Demands

    • Must be able to comprehend and carry out verbal and written instructions.
    • Must be comfortable around loud music, hot lights, electrical equipment and wiring, human foot traffic and congestion, stage congestion.
    • Job requires a substantial amount of standing, moving up and down stairs, and walking.
    • Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds and carry 50 yards.
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