A worship director serves as the producer of a religious institution’s services and programs and develops an experience to help church members worship God. He or she establishes programs that adhere to the church’s mission and manage all the aspects of the church’s services. Worship directors also help coordinate volunteers and staff.
A worship director manages the planning and execution of a church’s worship services and ensures that services adhere to the church’s mission. Worship directors collaborate with those who work on the institution’s services, such as choir members, musical staff and other worship leaders. They work with pastors to establish plans for the institution’s ceremonies and special occasions, including Easter and Christmas.
Additionally, the worship director conducts weekly rehearsals in preparation for weekly services. He or she also assists with the coordination of volunteers and children who participate in worship functions. Depending on the church, the position may be full or part time, and weekends and evenings are generally required.
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Worship Director Salary
A worship director’s salary depends on experience, location and the size of the church. Sometimes in larger churches, pay can be affected by there being more than one worship director employed. In these cases, salary would be dependent on their role within the church. Worship pastors, who earn a comparable wage to directors, make a median salary of $42,461, according to PayScale.
To become a worship director, one needs at least an associate degree. However, some churches prefer candidates with a bachelor’s degree. A background in Christian studies, pastoral ministries or a related area can help those advance their career. Previous ministry experience is also advantageous for a worship director career.
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