Music Advert

This is an exciting role for a mature Christian to develop musical worship across a diverse church. It would suit a versatile musician with strong technical skills. S/he must have excellent team skills, emotional intelligence, and a broad and passionate vision for the power of musical worship to ignite faith in Jesus.

Job Title        Worship Pastor at St James Muswell Hill

Context          Full time 40 hours per week, including Sundays
                        Occasional evenings or Saturdays as required with time off in lieu

Salary            £28,000 - £31,000 without accommodation provision
                       £21,000 - £24,000 (depending on relevant experience) with suitable local accommodation provided, including payment of council tax

Our Team

You would be joining a committed staff team in an enthusiastic and Christ-honouring culture. We work hard, care for each other, have fun, and try to be straightforwardly loving and honest. You’ll have been recruited because of your gifts and character, so you won’t be micromanaged, although you’ll be clear on what’s expected of you. You’ll be encouraged to rest well and take all your time off. As a team we rely on each other to do our various ministries, and we have high standards. We dream up new ideas all the time, and if you’re coming on board, we can’t wait to hear yours.

The staff team at St James exists to equip our members to fulfil the church’s Values and Vision, of bringing God glory by Planting in Partnership.

And you’d be living in a vibrant and fun part of north London, with high values for creativity, and easy access to the centre.

Purpose of Job

To lead and encourage the congregations and our other groups to worship God and encourage each other by the use of music, played and sung to a professional standard.

At St James, we have morning and evening services. The morning has a mixture of contemporary, middle of the road and more traditional music, including use of the recently restored organ. The Gathering, our evening service, has a wholly contemporary feel.

Reporting to        The role currently reports to the Vicar


The role will entail contact with children and young people.

St James is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are expected to share this commitment.

You will need to attend all relevant safeguarding training and work according to our safeguarding policy.

This post is subject to initial and continuing satisfactory enhanced DBS checks.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Passion for God and his gospel
  • Solid understanding of the role of music in corporate worship
  • Experience of leading sung worship in both solo and band settings
  • Ability to sing and play lead instrument (either guitar or piano/keyboard) to a high standard
  • Familiarity with different musical styles in sung worship, including contemporary, middle of the road, traditional, and popular hymns
  • Ability to arrange songs for different instruments in the band setting
  • Strong team worker working with volunteers and staff members
  • Good administrative and organisation skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of leading in a larger church, or larger settings e.g. festivals, conferences
  • Ability to play another instrument in contemporary band setting
  • Reading sheet music and scoring parts
  • Experience with innovative technologies in musical worship e.g. the use of patches and stems through Mainstage, Ableton Live or similar
  • Working in or with choirs
  • Composer of new songs in worship
  • Experience of training and pastoring teams

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) that the post-holder is a practising Christian. Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

We envisage that someone with the right willingness and sensitivities will be able to grow into the role. Applicants who feel that they do not meet any the desirable criteria are still encouraged to apply.

Current Range of Music Ministries
The following is a current list of areas that the job holder will have direct responsibility for championing, recruiting, and developing. The list is not exhaustive, and the job holder will be expected to periodically review effectiveness and consider alternatives if needed. There will be other occasional duties as assigned by the line manager.

  • Set the vision for our sung worship on Sundays and any other all-church midweek meetings, paying particular attention to the words to be sung
  • Lead the worship regularly at services and events, and ensure that there is always a leader assigned to every service
  • Oversee and collaborate with members of staff or volunteers to produce a healthy range of contemporary (e.g. Hillsong, Sovereign Grace Music, Worship Central), middle of the road (e.g. Townend & Getty, Graham Kendrick) and popular hymn music on Sunday mornings and other relevant occasions, which may include scoring parts for individual instruments e.g. cello, violin, clarinet
  • Continue to develop the contemporary feel of the evening service, The Gathering
  • Discover and arrange suitable new songs for us to sing, with our active encouragement in composing and/or recording new material
  • Recruit, train, develop and deploy musicians and worship leaders from within the Host team meetings for the musicians to encourage a biblical vision for worship, and develop their musical gifts
  • Participate in service planning meetings, draw up agreed service orders and communicate the outcomes to worship leader assigned to service
  • Oversee the care and maintenance of musical equipment in the church and centres
  • Work with the children’s and youth department and other musicians to oversee provision for their groups and events, and develop the Youth Band. This includes supporting weekends away and training events

You will have

  • An allocated budget to spend, in order to develop our ministries
  • An office at the church, with secure storage for instruments
  • The support of regular Heads of Ministry Meetings and other relevant pastoral meetings
  • Regular time with your line manager, the Vicar
  • Opportunities for further training and development

We would love to see your contribution in shaping the role as well, bringing your unique gifts to the team and the church.

Summary of Benefits

Salary and Housing Offer
The job holder will be offered the choice to have a salary of £28,000-£31,000; or to be paid £21,000-£24,000 and be housed by the church in one of our available nearby properties in central Muswell Hill.

The housing offer will normally depend on your household and will be self-contained (i.e., not a lodger, or sharing with a church family). The church will also pay the council tax for the property.

St James will make contributions to your pension, currently 3% of your salary.

Holiday Entitlement
5 weeks (25 days) plus the additional days between Christmas and New Year to allow for the church office to close completely.

Training, Development and Support

The role will be demanding from time to time, but equally rewarding; and so the job holder receive ongoing support both from within the church staff team, and externally from Christians undertaking similar work in other organisations.

The job holder will be expected to undergo safeguarding training, and in discussion with the line manager, be proactive in finding appropriate training courses.


We encourage all potential applicants to get in touch with the line manager, Chris Green, for an informal chat, ( Tel 020 8051 3153).

We also invite you to visit our Sunday services, to see our current music provision in action.

To apply for this role, please email by 13th January 2022 for an application pack.

Please note that applications without the form will not be considered for the role.

Interviews in week commencing 24th January 2022

Click the link to download the Job Description.