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We're Looking for an Associate Music Minister
by Tom Goodman
June 13, 2014

We're looking for an Associate Music Minister!  By posting this to our LeaderLines readers, it gives you a chance to pray about this important process.  You should also forward this newsletter to anyone you think may be interested.

Gene Chappell has served as our Music Minister for 37 years, and we're beginning a transition plan that will free him to focus more on church administration and senior adults, as well as Second-Half Ministry, our newest church program.

The first step in this process is to find an Associate Music Minister who will plan, rehearse, and lead the worship services.  While becoming the Associate is not a guarantee to become our next Music Minister, we will hire and mentor the Associate with that aim in mind.

We consider this an ideal position for a well qualified musician with a call to congregational ministry who is anxious to be mentored.

You can find out more about the position at www.HillcrestAustin.org/AssociateMusicMinister.

Here is some information a candidate will want to know:

The City:  Austin, Texas, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.  It is home to several tech firms, universities, and state government agencies.  The growth has brought energy and more consumer choices, but it has also brought crowded roads and higher rents/mortgages.

The Congregation:  Hillcrest has served the city for 85 years (in its present location for 40 years).  The campus is 8 miles north of downtown.  It is a multigenerational church, and it is not unusual on a given Sunday to celebrate one couple's baby dedication and another couple's 60th wedding anniversary.  We consider this a strength.  We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention nationally, and with both the BGCT and SBTC on a state level.  Our statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, and a candidate will need to affirm it.  You can read it at our website here.

The Worship Service:  On Sunday mornings we average 370 in our newly renovated auditorium.  Children and youth participate in the service.  We use a variety of orchestral and praise-band instruments, as well as choir and auditioned singers for a unified 25-minute music program prior to the sermon.  We aim to blend the best of traditional and contemporary music, using songs familiar on Christian radio as well as historic hymns.  We believe that musicians should pursue excellence toward the prayerful aim of drawing the congregation in to engagement with God.  The service is filmed for a television broadcast on public-access TV.  We would like to develop a live "internet campus" in 2015.

The Position:  The Associate Music Minister (AMM) will plan, rehearse, and lead the worship services under the supervision of the Music Minister.  The services the AMM is responsible for include the weekly Sunday morning service, as well as special music events throughout the year (examples include our Good Friday service, our "Night of Christmas Praise," and occasional church-wide fellowships).  Areas of responsibility include:

  1. Prepare and lead the worship services of the church, including but not limited to:  planning the order of service; preparing and scheduling the instrumentalists, choir, ensembles, and soloists; communicating with those who prepare the bulletins, slides, and other inserts the congregation will need; and communicating with the audio-visual technicians.
  2. Incorporate existing ensembles and choirs into the Sunday morning worship service on occasion.  This includes our senior adult choir, youth ensemble, children's choirs, and handbells.
  3. Work with the Music Minister in administrating the worship program, including but not limited to:  making a budget and staying within it, managing an inventory, and keeping a calendar on all worship services and special music events.
  4. Be responsible for setting up and breaking down the equipment for each service, and ensuring that the stage and wings are free of clutter and in good order.
  5. Other duties as specified.

To ask about the position or to submit a resume, write to AMM@hillcrestaustin.org.

Tom Goodman
Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church

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