About First Baptist Church of Asheville: Located in downtown Asheville, the nearly 200-year-old congregation is nationally renowned for excellence in worship and musical arts. Worship style is traditional-liturgical, with increasing attention given to sharing the gifts of indigenous and classically-trained local musicians.

Open position: Interim Music Minister

Requirements: Advanced degree in choral or church music preferred; extensive knowledge of church music literature; spiritual commitment to leading music as an act of worship. Preference given to applicants with experience working with churches/church music programs.

Hours: Contract duration is 15-20 hours per week for up to one year; presence on campus required for Wednesdays for worship planning and choir rehearsal, and on Sundays for the morning worship service; participation in wedding/funeral services when available.

Compensation range: ~$3,000/month, commensurate with experience, plus travel expenses

Principal Function: The Interim Minister of Music will be the primary leader of a comprehensive ministry of music that encourages, models, and leads the church’s worship of God.  The interim will also help facilitate the congregation’s transition to a full-time Minister of Music by upholding the church’s standards of excellence in worship and musical traditions.

Duties:

  1. Participate with the senior pastor, organist, and other ministers in the preparation of all regular worship services of the church. Provide music consultation for all church activities as requested. Supervise and administer appropriate ministry budgets.
  2. Prepare for weekly rehearsal and worship leadership as assigned to the Adult Choir and Instrumental Groups.
  3. Aid the organist as he coordinates invitations to choral and instrumental groups/soloists from congregation and community, and as he serves as Interim Staff Liaison to the Congregational Worship Council.
  4. Collaborate with the organist in providing support and direction to standing committees as assigned by the pastor in conjunction with the ministerial staff.
  5. Recognize the inherent pastoral nature of church leadership and choral conducting, and aid the ministerial staff in identifying pastoral care needs among music ministry participants.

The Interim Minister of Music is immediately responsible to the Senior Pastor, and ultimately to the church through the Personnel Committee.  All staff ministers affirm and live by the “Covenant of the Ministerial Staff.”

Start date: On or near Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Interested applicants may submit a résumé by email to interimmusic@fbca.net no later than Dec. 1, 2021.

Interim Minister of Music Search Committee:  Leesa Brandon (Deacon Chair), Laura Bratton*, Susan Burns, Jess Chapman, Cliff Christian (Personnel Chair), Mary Cunningham (Finance Chair), Debbie Goodwin*, Charlie Glazener, Deborah Kloos*, Ronnie Lipe, Patrick McMurray*, Theo Schleider, and Bobbie Short.   

*Additions to Personnel Committee for Interim Search