What is involved in a Music Minister Job

In this article I want to share with you the various duties and roles involved with a music minister job.

The Music Minister interacts with the church staff and leadership in directing, planning, and scheduling the music program.  The staff can include the head pastor, teaching pastor, Sunday school coordinator.  The goal of the music ministry should be to provide opportunities for spiritual growth for a church congregation through of music.  This is accomplished by organizing the church’s music ministry by directing singers and musicians in order to create an atmosphere of worship.

The Music Ministers works with the pastor and church staff in planning worship services of the church and is responsible for the selection of the music.  Together they will select the songs based on the message and scriptures relative the teaching. The music selected should follow the theme of the sermon.  Once a direction has been selected the Music Minister will coordinate the singers and musicians with the calendar and emphases of the church.

A Music Minister leads the singers and musicians. He selects who will sing and who will play instruments at given services.  He will also direct weekly band practices.  He will coordinate the performance schedules of music groups and individuals in the functions of the church.   The Music Minister will supervise maintenance of and additions to music library and equipment, including music materials, supplies, instruments and other music equipment for use in the church’s program.

A Music Minister coordinates the musicians and bands for special events such as weddings, funerals and holidays held at the church.  The music needs to be selected to enhance and the specific situation.  He must be aware of weddings and funerals to be held in the church. T he Music Minister plans the music for holiday services such as Easter and Christmas. He will coordinate specific musicians and bands and set the agenda for the rehearsals.

A Music Minister additionally gets the opportunity to teach a class or on occasion give sermons on the role of music in the church. He may have the opportunity to enter into Sunday school classes and share his love of music as a tool for worship.  He will also be responsible for training and use of instrumentalists and vocalists in groups or as individuals.

The Music Minister must have a self-awareness of receiving a call from the Lord for their ministry.  This calling should be confirmed by others in the Body of Christ.   A Music Minister needs a sprit that is teachable, and desires to grow as in individual and as a minister; In addition the Music Minister needs a proven ability to bring others into planning and decision-making process.  It is important that the Music Minister be faithful in seeking the Lord’s will and strive to keep Christ the vital focal point in life.


John Pape from El Cajon California, an independent, self-managed Christian songwriter who creates worship and praise music for seekers and believers in the church. His music ministry mission is to create songs that will encourage a closer relationship to Jesus. The songs are crafted to encourage Christians in their daily walk. The songs provide a positive soundtrack for people’s lives. John’s songwriting drive is to honor God though words and music. His experience has grown over several years of honing the art of songwriting. In addition to writing songs, John also uses his musical gifts to lead worship in local churches. Currently John is working on a project to release several new Praise and Worship songs that were written to build and encourage Christians in their daily walk. John has loved music all his life. His first musical experience was playing the violin at the Bostonia Elementary School Orchestra and singing in the Glee Club. During high school John got a guitar. This began a new venture that has continued to this day. Learning all he could about the guitar and music John became a very competent musician. The enthusiasm for this instrument led him to become involved with various rock bands. At first these groups played popular cover tunes. Eventually, John’s desire to express more artistic creativity led him to collaborate with others to write original music. Out of this a home recording studio was created and at the same time the songs were being performed with a music group. Most of the venues were at local San Diego establishments. John is also author of the book “Building a House of Worship”. The book was written as a guide to Christian church worship leaders to better minister to the people they serve as they use their gift of music. “Music is a wonderful thing.” says John, “It has the unique ability to invoke emotions without any words. Add Lyrics and the words meanings are enhanced tenfold.” John continued to say, “Music is such an integral part of life. I love the creation of a new song.”

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