Contemporary Worship Music Leader

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church

Job Description

At Cross of Grace we are a community of faith that welcomes everyone. If you have an interest in this position, please apply regardless of education level or experience.

This position is part-time (10-15 hours per week).

Compensation for this position will be commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions

Provide leadership for the weekly contemporary worship service, as well as special worship services including Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. 

Choose a combination of music, in consultation with the pastoral staff and other musicians, which enhances congregational worship. Music should be chosen from a variety of praise music, contemporary and traditional hymnody, and with a concern for the church calendar and lectionary. 

Choose music in advance of its use in worship, providing such selections to the pastoral and administrative staff per a predetermined schedule, for the sake of bulletin production and worship planning. 

Prepare music for, and rehearse weekly, with the worship band and vocalists. 

Arrange selected music for the worship band as needed. 

Ensure that selected music is covered by necessary copyright licenses. Reimbursement for music will be provided by the congregation. Any expenses in excess of $25/month should first be approved by the pastor or by the Worship and Music Team Leader. 

Invite, encourage and accommodate congregational Partners in Mission to lead the singing and /or add musical accompaniment. 

If needed, and when mutually agreeable, provide music for weddings and funerals, consulting with couples and families, as necessary. (Will receive additional compensation, as specified in the congregation’s statements of policy and procedure, for such services.) 

As needed, and when mutually agreeable, serve as a substitute musician for other Sunday and midweek worship services. (Additional compensation will be negotiated accordingly, if such substitutions are requested more than twice annually.) 

Participate in seasonal worship planning meetings with other musicians and leaders 3-4 times/year. 

About Cross of Grace Lutheran Church

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are a relatively new congregation, having been founded in 2001, so don't have a lot of the baggage that comes with older, long-established institutions. Our theology is undergirded by a reliance upon the unconditional love of God and we do our best to share that grace with no strings attached. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in and lead ministry at Cross of Grace.

Our worship life is influenced by our denominational affiliation, meaning we are guided by the lectionary and have roots in "traditional" liturgical worship. However, we are flexible, have fun, and don't take ourselves too seriously, incorporating contemporary, modern music, as well as a variety of instruments, into our worship ministry, including a vocal choir and two handbell choirs.

Experience Required
Entry Level


Education Required
High School Diploma

Date Posted
6 months ago
New Palestine, Indiana


Church Size
500-750 people

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