WorshipCurrent Staffing was created out of a need for up-front transparency in the hiring process of worship music ministry leaders.
Great worship is essential for the church’s survival. Strong partnerships between churches and leaders result in worship ministries that are the backbone of the local church.
Language around worship is no longer universal. What does “contemporary” mean when it comes to worship? Is it only referring to music? And if it is, what’s your idea of contemporary? There are still worship leaders that are using music from the ’80s as the basis of their contemporary services. Others could be streaming the latest Christian radio hits and filling the room with smoke machines. Language isn’t any more universal than theology is from church to church.
The Christian church continues to splinter over theology. That makes it hard to know the kind of church that a job seeker is applying to work in. Too often, there are differences that are deal-breakers for either the church or the seeker. That leads to long interviewing and hiring processes, most of which are already lengthy due to the church’s team/committee approach.
Here’s a perfect example from our founder’s personal experience:
I remember my recruiter called to tell me about a position that was the “perfect fit.” The more I heard about it, the more I agreed. It pulled from almost every part of my experience, from creating a new type of worship gathering to helping lead the church’s academy of arts. And they could even pay what I was needing to live and continue to pay off my student loans!
After a couple amazing conversations, I was in. But then a few questions came up, from a ministry standpoint:
– What is their theology of communion?
– What is their position on women in leadership?
– What is their stance on the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in their church community?
My recruiter said, “Honestly, I’m not sure. Let me get back with you.”
My next phone call was the recruiter saying, “This isn’t the job for you.”
Disappointing? Yes. What was more disappointing is that these hot-button issues (which often divide churches) weren’t even part of the discussion between the church and the recruiter.
What about churches that can’t afford to work with a recruiting firm? At what point would these things have come up? Or would they?
W. Zachary Taylor
Founder, WorshipCurrent Staffing
At WorshipCurrent Staffing, we take a multi-denominational approach with our work. We support the worship ministry of Christ’s church in its diversity and uniqueness in its communities of faith. Your worship matters to us, regardless of the specific style or theology that you bring to the table.
We highly encourage each church employer and job seeker to be transparent about their own experience and theology, so that strong ministerial partnerships are formed through the use of this site.
WorshipCurrent Staffing is here to help you find your best worship music leadership now!