Contemporary Worship Minister

Mount Zion Baptist Church


Denomination: Baptist – SBC

Weekly Attendance: 1,200

Location: Huntsville, Alabama

The Role: Contemporary Worship Minister

Meet Mount Zion Baptist Church:

Mount Zion Baptist Church was founded in September 1855 as a rural church in a farming community west of Huntsville, AL. Mount Zion has always been a spiritual light and leader in our community. Over the years, Mount Zion has grown from a small country church to a large suburban church, drawing people from a multitude of cultures, professions, and backgrounds.

Mount Zion is located in one of the fastest-growing areas of Madison County in North Alabama. Our congregation includes professionals (doctors, lawyers, scientists, et al), military (Redstone Arsenal is located on the southeast edge of our ministry field), and a wide array of engineers (mechanical, electrical, software, etc.). Mount Zion is a theologically conservative Southern Baptist church, holding to the doctrinal beliefs contained in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Mount Zion is located on 12 acres of land with approximately 110,000 square feet of building space. This space includes worship, education, recreation, fellowship, and administrative spaces. In order to accommodate all of the young families in our church, we recently developed a beautiful Family Life Park for children to play on and enjoy throughout the week. Mount Zion Baptist Church has a strong and thriving gospel ministry. Our annual budget has grown to over $4M and our pre-pandemic attendance is approximately 1200 people.

We offer 2 Blended Worship services at 8:30 AM and 9:45 AM, and a Contemporary Worship Service at 11:00 AM. Sunday school classes and childcare are available during these three worship services. Mount Zion has a rich family environment where people of all ages engage in worship and fellowship. Mount Zion has a thriving children’s ministry, education ministry, student ministry, and senior adult ministry. We offer a wide array of opportunities for those who are musically gifted. We have graded choirs for children of all ages, an orchestra, bell choir, and several singing ensembles for adults. Our church loves gathering for meals on Wednesday night in our Gymnasium (Christian Ministries Center), participating in Small Group Bible Study, and engaging in Discipleship Groups.

Mount Zion has a long and rich tradition of gospel ministry in our community and around the world. We call ourselves an Acts 1:8 church because we believe that the Spirit of Christ can empower us to reach our local community and the ends of the earth with the Gospel message. Our vision statement is, Living Sent to Make Disciples. At Mount Zion, we experience true life in Christ as we mobilize for the Great Commission. Corporate discipleship through Discipleship Groups and Sunday School is incredibly important to our church. Missions truly is the heartbeat of our congregation. In addition to designating 10% of our general budget to the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program, we participate in annual offerings for North American and World missions. By the grace of God, in 2020, Mount Zion gave approximately $895,000 toward the Cooperative Program giving, designated missions offerings, and community ministry programs.

Contemporary worship at Mount Zion began as a pilot ministry in 2012 to provide a venue for those interested in fresh expressions of worship. Over time, the service outgrew its space and required a second service. When that was no longer sufficient to accommodate the growing crowd, the two smaller services coalesced into one service in our main worship center at the 11 AM hour. We believe that the contemporary service has not yet reached its full potential. We look forward to all that God has for us as we love our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About the Contemporary Worship Minister:

The Contemporary Worship Pastor oversees all musical and technical aspects of the contemporary worship service. This position reports directly to the Executive Pastor and ultimately to the Senior Pastor. More than anything, we are pursuing a man who has a genuine love for the Lord Jesus Christ. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and engaging worship leader who can shepherd our contemporary service in singing in a growing repertoire of theologically sound worship songs. We believe that the ministry will continue to flourish under the leadership of a worship leader who has a strong stage presence and a humble heart. We need an individual who will shepherd the hearts of our contemporary worship team and bring out the best in the musicians around him through coaching and mentoring. We are also praying for an individual who can work effectively with student musicians. The ideal candidate will have a strong vocal ability and proficiency in, preferably, guitar and/or keyboard.

The Contemporary Worship Minister’s Responsibilities Include:

Lead, recruit, and supervise musical volunteers to promote excellent contemporary worship services.

Utilize Planning Center to schedule musicians.

Work with the Senior Pastor and other staff to promote the long-term health and growth of the contemporary service.

Participate in regular staff meetings, staff prayer times, and annual staff trainings to promote effective collaboration.

Collaborate with the Music and Media Minister to coordinate whole church worship experiences.

Perform general ministry duties such as visitation, outreach, and discipleship.

Oversee stage design and aesthetics as well as the transition of the stage between blended and contemporary service.

Work with ProPresenter 7 to input lyrics of worship songs and other worship content.

Collaborate with Senior Pastor on creative worship ideas.

Develop and manage a budget for the needs of contemporary worship.

Maintain regular office hours.

Coordinate with all aspects of media and technical support for contemporary worship (lights, light programming, mixing audio for room and live stream).

Plan worship and schedule musicians for Wednesday night student ministry.

Coach the student ministry bands in rehearsal and assist them in leading worship for Wednesday nights and special student ministry events.

Expand a repertoire of theologically sound worship songs.

Creating worship videos to promote contemporary worship at Mount Zion.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Pastor or Senior Pastor.

What You Bring:

Education & Experience

A minimum of 3 years of experience is required.

A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Proficiency in ProPresenter 7, Multitracks, Planning Center and Mac computers is necessary.

Candidate must have a high proficiency in leading vocally and instrumentally (keyboard and/or guitar).

Candidate must have a track record of effective leadership, judgment, and character.

Candidate must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Personal Characteristics & Qualifications

Mount Zion is looking for an individual with a strong love for Jesus, the church, and the Word of God.

Candidates must exemplify a deep and consistent walk with Christ through the Word of God and prayer.

This individual should have a strong stage presence that can effectively engage people in contemporary worship.

Mount Zion is looking for a man who can shepherd his volunteers with the love of Christ.

Candidate should also exemplify humility and a highly-disciplined work ethic.

Candidate must exhibit love and grace toward people in the church and community.

What it’s like to live in Huntsville, Alabama:

Huntsville is a wonderful place to live and raise a family! The beautiful climate gives you all the time that you will need to explore the Botanical Garden, farmers’ markets, minor league baseball at Toyota Field, and hiking trips to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The relatively low cost of living, in combination with the wide array of activities, makes Huntsville a fun place to live. Families in our area enjoy a great selection of delicious restaurants, shopping centers, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The emerging arts scene in Huntsville also provides exciting opportunities for those who love music and theater.

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