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First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Wilson, North Carolina, seeks a versatile and collaborative Director of Traditional Music Ministries. The Director will direct choral and instrumental groups to minister to the entire congregation.

FUMC has a vibrant music ministry with a rich heritage in a large congregation in Wilson. This position includes playing the Petty-Madden Opus 24, 41-rank organ (1989), and directing the Chancel (adult) Choir, the handbell choir, and the children’s choir with the assistance of other accompanists and instrumentalists. The Director also leads music in weekly Chapel experiences for our Weekday School (preschool and kindergarten) and collaborates with our Contemporary Worship Leader.

The Director leads participants of all ages in music-making experiences, so that they may grow as faithful Christian disciples and gain skills to serve the church effectively as music leaders. The Director will be a part of a collegial staff team that coordinates worship and other ministries of the congregation. For more information, see the position description.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send a letter of interest and resume with three references to Mr. Ben Eisner, Search Team Chair, at

Director of Traditional Music Ministries

First United Methodist Church – Wilson, NC

100 Green St. NE

Wilson, NC 27893

Reports to:  Senior Pastor

Status:  Full-Time

Ministry Position Description:

The Director of Traditional Music Ministries leads all ages in music-making experiences so that they: will grow in understanding the Christian faith and music’s role in that faith, will develop and strengthen their relationship with God, will become better equipped for daily living as faithful Christian disciples and will gain basic music skills so that they may effectively serve the church as music leaders.

Results of Ministry:

There is a comprehensive traditional music ministry strategy and plan that aligns with the mission of FUMC.

Musicians are recruited, developed, and inspired to share the love of Christ through music and worship.

Rehearsals are scheduled, executed and effective at creating a well thought out and prepared plan for worship services.

Collaborative work with the ministry staff creates meaningful worship experiences around the United Methodist Lectionary inclusive of holidays such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc.

Various forms of music are incorporated to build a robust service including instruments, vocalists, etc. that assists with connecting attendees with God and each other.

Children and Youth of the church are led and engaged to participate in various music programs.

Coordination and collaboration occur with the Contemporary Worship Leader that ensure services are aligned with a common theme, purpose, etc.

Community outreach programs engage community members through musical experiences (Music at First series, etc.).

FUMC Weekday School has a fun and engaging music program.

Appropriate forms of communication (meetings, social media, email, blogging, etc.) are maintained with choir members, church staff and supporting committees.

An active participation in the worshiping life of FUMC is maintained through Sunday Morning Worship, Small Groups, and Special Events.

Active engagement in the body of the church is achieved by participating in activities, connecting with new and existing members and welcoming guests.

Regular maintenance is scheduled and performed on church musical equipment (various pianos, organ, hand bells, chimes, etc.).

Funerals, weddings, and other events performed at the church are supported (this may include night and weekend work).


A committed and growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord, demonstrated by a consistent witness.

A dedication to the church, promoting an environment of support and unity.

Experience in leading church worship through music.

Experience / Expertise performing on various instruments including, but not limited to, organ, piano, hand bells and chimes.

Interest in a wide range of musical experiences.

A bachelor’s degree in music is required, and higher education is preferred.

A passionate desire to lead Christ followers through musical experiences.

A familiarity with and commitment to Wesleyan theology.

An understanding and support of the United Methodist Church’s doctrine in all areas of faith and practice.

An ability to network, lead, and build a team, while working as a team member with church staff, Church Council, and other groups.

Familiarity and demonstrated ability with social media and electronic communications, and overall strong communication skills.

Demonstrated organization and time-management skills as well as the ability to handle multiple priorities at one time.

Salary is based on experience and/or educational background.


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