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Tacoma: Mason UMC – P/T Choir Director

Job Title: Choir Director at Mason United Methodist Church (UMC) Tacoma, WA

Reports to Pastor Susan Boegli and the Staff Parish Relations Committee

Position Status: Part time; approximately 6-8 hours/week, including choir rehearsal and Sunday Morning Service. Salary commensurate with experience.

This job posting will close September 1st. During the interview process, we will ask you to meet with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and lead an informal practice with members of our choir.

If interested, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references. You may send care of the Staff Parish Relations Committee to, subject: Choir Director Application, or mail to Mason United Methodist Church, Attention Staff Parish Relations Committee, 2710 North Madison Street, Tacoma, WA 98407.

The Church Choir Director leads and directs the choir during all worship services and all seasonal and special services. They are also responsible for scheduling choir rehearsals, selecting appropriate music, and working with the organist.

· With the Pastor or worship team, select and plan choral, small group or individual special music for each service.
· Select and schedule hymn leaders to lead worship or serve as the hymn leader.
· Lead Rehearsal of the Choir for their active participation and leadership role in the scheduled Sunday Worship Service or special/seasonal worship service. Rehearsal times to be determined. In the past, hours have included a weekday evening rehearsal at 7pm for 1-2 hours and a Sunday morning rehearsal at 9am before the 10am service.
· Select choral anthems to be sung by the choir. Music should be appropriate for use in the service and, if possible, follow the theme or the lessons appointed for the day. Music selections shall be made in consultation with the Pastor whenever possible and given to the accompanist well in advance of their rehearsal and performance by the choir.
· Perform duties in the position in a cordial and cooperative manner.

· Familiarity with worship and a wide variety of church choir material.
· Carry out the above expectations to the best of their ability.
· Substitute directors for rehearsal or performance and the compensation will be the responsibility of the Choir Director.

Education and/or Experience:
· A choral director degree is preferred, but not required. We will also consider college/university students pursuing their degree in music education or related degree.
· Prior experience as a choral director is preferred. Please include practicum experience if you are working on your degree.
· References supporting performance as a choral director.

Dependability is essential; tardiness and excessive absences will not be tolerated. Immediate termination will occur in cases of intentional verbal, physical or emotional abuse or neglect of any child, parent, or church member.

Mason United Methodist Church (UMC) is located in Tacoma’s Proctor District. We are a welcoming church and accept all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, race, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. With our location and size of our facilities, we host several organizations and events in the Proctor Community. We expect our staff to be respectful of the beliefs of others. Mason UMC will respect the beliefs of our staff. We do not ask our staff to make a statement of faith or require participation in religious practices or services. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including a booster shot.

We look forward to meeting you!

First UMC, Port Angeles: P/T Youth Director

First United Methodist Church of Port Angeles seeks a part time Youth Director to develop and oversee all activities of the Youth Program for ages 6th grade through college. The position will report to the Senior Pastor and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.

This position will work approximately 20-24 hours per week. Standard Hours are flexible, but will include Sunday mornings and some evening/late afternoon meetings, as necessary. The compensation will be $20-$25/hour based on experience.

For more information and to learn how to apply, see the full job description.

Trinity UMC (Ballard, WA): P/T Choir Director

Trinity United Methodist Church’s Choir Director supports the worship experience, spiritual growth, and creative potential of a small, progressive Christian church in Seattle’s Ballard/Crown Hill neighborhoods. Our future choir director will help lead a talented and diverse choir in a bi-monthly choral anthem, a choir retreat, a Festival of Light/Christmas concert, and an additional commitment during Holy Week.

Trinity’s choir was amongst those selected to perform at the Lincoln Center in 2016.  We’ve included a few links to previous performances. The choir has not been performing since March of 2020, but there are still several committed and talented members of our choir eager to participate again.

Key Responsibilities for this Position Include: 

● Recruit, train, lead and direct the choir and ensembles from the choir.

● Research, select, and procure liturgically relevant choral music for weekly Sunday service and other seasonal worship events under the supervision of the Pastor.

● Plan performances of music for Sunday Services from September through June.  The number of performances per month will be determined by the Pastor, and Choir Director.  Performances to include the full choir, smaller ensembles of choir members when the full choir is not performing, or performances of special music by others.  The expectation is that the choir director will be present for these performances.

● Lead weekly choir practices September through June with extra rehearsals for seasonal performances at the discretion of the Choir Director.

● Plan special performances of the choir to include, but not be limited to the Festival of Light concert (Christmas) and Good Friday.

● Manage the “Choir Fund,” which may be used for non-budgeted items needed by the Choir and/or as a funding base for special Choir-related performances/events.   Money for this fund is raised through donations at the yearly Festival of Light concert and expenditures must receive Pastor approval.

● Provide ongoing care and nurture for the choir members.

● Participate in bi-monthly one-on-one meetings with Pastor.

● Work an average of 7-10 hours per week, including time at Sunday service performance and rehearsals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

● Demonstrate enthusiasm for and enjoyment of creating music as a part of worship.

● Understand that the music program is an integral part of the ministry of TUMC and strives for excellence.

● Create musical experiences that engage and excite the choir members as well as the entire congregation.

● Demonstrate strong choral music directing skills.

● Comfortable altering lyrics to be gender inclusive.

● Serve as a positive role model.

● Reliable, punctual, and a self-starter.

● Demonstrate excellent people skills and sensitivity when working with staff, volunteers,and members of the congregation.

● Affirm TUMC’s Values (identified below) and our Joy and Justice value system.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Formal training in choral conducting, music leadership, or music education, or equivalent experience.

● At least two years of experience as a choir director.

● Experience with a variety of musical genre.

TUMC’S Values:

● God as a loving, compassionate presence deeply involved in the repair of creation

● Grounded Biblically, rooted in heritage, guided by reason and open to change through new experience

● Emphasis on contemporary examples of Christ-shaped faithfulness, and those who role model this faithfulness

● Environmental care and faithful stewardship of the Earth

● A community where it is understood that “family” has many meanings and configurations, all worthy of respect and affirmation

● Trinitarian theology that is open to partnership with all faiths

● Jubilee as a theological focus

● Welcome and affirm sexual minorities

● Social responsibility

● A safe place to have fun and receive blessing

● Hospitality as the Christian way

● Lifting up women’s and minorities’ stories 

● Tolerance

● Nonviolence


Each staff member is required to:

● Pass a background check.

● Sign TUMC’S “Safe Sanctuary Policy”.

● Provide references attesting to the knowledge, skills, and abilities described above.

● Participate in an annual performance review.


This part-time position is compensated at $1250 per month for the 10-month performance season.

Send Cover Letter of Interest and Resume to:


Trinity United Methodist Church
Attn: SPRC/Choir Director Position
8500 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Summer internships with GNTV

Summer internships with GNTV

GNTV, a United Methodist-related, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) audio-visual production ministry, is looking for summer interns who can help us run their amazing events (they have been a partner for our annual conference sessions in the Greater Northwest Area since 2020). GNTV prefers applicants with a background in one or more of the following: audio production, sound reinforcement, video image magnification, video capture, video editing, or presentation graphics.

These paid internship positions include a significant amount of travel. GNTV supports approximately 30 events during a typical summer at venues across the United States. Responsibilities include loading and unloading equipment before and following events, installation, configuration and operation of audio, video and lighting equipment at events, supporting our partner’s programs, and various post-production duties for video and audio. COVID-19 vaccination is required for all staff.

GNTV is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is accepting applications for this program until March 13, 2023. More about the positions can be found on the GNTV website.

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Sand Point Community UMC (Seattle, WA): P/T Orgainist

Sand Point Community United Methodist Church in NE Seattle, Washington, is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Organist/Accompanist. Read more in job description below.

Please email a cover letter and resume to

Mission Statement:

We are an inclusive, caring community – committed to Christ’s work, seeking spiritual growth, and lovingly responding to the needs of God’s world.


To enrich and enhance the quality of the worship service. The organist/accompanist plays the church organ and pianos, as the music program of the church requires.

Areas of Responsibility:

1. Musical Responsibilities:

a. Provide appropriate and inspirational music (preludes, offertories, postludes, etc.), and leading congregational hymns and responses for Sunday worship service. Music should reflect varieties of Christian experience, the seasons and historical periods of the church year, and other special occasions.

b. Accompany the Choir at regular rehearsals and Sunday worship services; accompany soloists and other special groups during Sunday worship services, and for extra services as determined by the Music Director.

c. Play for additional worship services throughout the liturgical year (i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday)

d. Provide music for weddings and memorial services. The fee for these services is in addition to regular salary.

2. Related Work activities:

a. Coordinate and communicate weekly with the Pastor and Music Director.

b. Submit titles of music to be performed to the Office Manager each week for inclusion in the Sunday bulletin.

c. Secure necessary maintenance for the organ and church pianos. Submit budget for these expenses in the fall of each year. Maintenance is subject to yearly budget limitations.

d. Meet annually with the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the pastor for a performance evaluation, review the year’s activities, and review current contract.

e. The organist may access the organ for conducting private lessons with his/her students.  S/he needs to channel all teaching requests (dates/hours) for the use of the organ for teaching through the Office Manager, so as not to interfere with other groups’ meetings. If the pupil is under 18 years of age, the Safe Sanctuary Policy guidelines must be adhered to throughout the teaching session.  

f. The organist is expected to secure a substitute when on vacation or absent.

g.  The organist is expected to attend staff meetings as scheduled.

Reporting Relationship

The organist is employed by SPCUMC and is expected to work directly with the Music Director and Pastor.  The organist is expected to work collaboratively with the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

Position Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts in music is preferred or comparable experiencewith sufficient hours in organ study necessary to be proficient on the church’s instruments (organ/piano).

Conditions of Employment:

Works ¼ time – approx. 10 hours per week

There is a 3-month probationary period

Salary: Approx $16,000 per year

University Gathering UMC (Seattle, WA): P/T Worship Leader

Reports to: Lead Pastor, Rev. Paul Ortiz

Status: half-time, 20 hours per week

Salary: 30k annually

Job Summary: The worship leader facilitates and energetically leads music during Sunday worship services, incorporating a variety of elements and diverse styles (hymns, choral pieces, and contemporary worship) that focus on welcoming and inspiring the church community into full participation in the bold mission of God’s love and justice in our city. The candidate must be passionate about embracing anti-racist practices, and centering LGBTQIA+ spiritual needs and realities, as they minister to, and help us build, a diverse faith community in the University District of Seattle.

Essential Functions

  • Communicate with the pastor and worship team on theme/sermon content for the week to create a well-planned and prayerful worship service, choosing songs that would lead people most effectively and respond to God’s word and presence
  • Recruit/audition volunteer musicians, singers, and choir singers
  • Frequently invite others to increase size and diversity (gender, racial/ethnic) of singers and musicians
  • Coordinate and oversee rehearsals (usually before service on Sunday morning)
  • Lead music during the service through vocals and instruments (ideally guitar, percussion, and/or piano), including opening, offering, communion, and closing songs
  • Exhibits a strong presence of public leadership and public speaking as they invite and lead us into worshiping God on Sunday morning

Other Responsibilities 

  • Participation in weekly worship meetings (over Zoom)
  • Connecting, being available for meeting or answering questions/taking suggestions of congregants
  • Arranging, writing, transcribing recordings/writing out scores and charts as necessary
  • Update songs with exclusively male pronouns for God to use more inclusive language (i.e., she, they, Godself) when possible

Minimum Qualifications

  • Formal or informal musical training (can range from self-taught, to private lessons, to college degreed with a music background)
  • At least 1 year prior experience leading worship in a congregational setting preferred
  • Experience working with congregations comprised and supportive of the LGBTQIA+ community, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color strongly preferred
  • Ability to lead songs vocally and instrumentally
  • Knowledge of a wide range of Christian/spiritual songs that are diverse and relevant
  • Experience training and organizing musicians
  • Comfortable speaking and performing publicly
  • The ability to create goals and vision for the music team

Core Competencies

  • Public leadership
  • Detail-oriented
  • Passionate/Inspirational
  • Team building
  • Developing relationships

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to Pastor Paul Ortiz ( or (  Optional, feel free to include up to three YouTube/Vimeo links to services where you are leading worship for reference. All applicants will be considered equally even if links aren’t included in your application email. For qualified applicants, we will follow up with scheduling an interview.

University Gathering United Methodist Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. To learn more about the church, visit

Download this listing: Worship Leader Job Description 2022

A message to the PNW Conference from your Board of Ordained Ministry

A message to the PNW Conference from your Board of Ordained Ministry

Thursday, January 16, 2022

The PNW Board of Ordained Ministry takes seriously its role of identifying, nurturing and accompanying all who respond to God’s call to professional ministry. In 2016 our Board of Ordained Ministry adopted the following “Statement on Ministry Candidates, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity”:

We, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Pacific Northwest Conference, hold our clergy and candidates to the highest standards of faithful and holy living. For some time, our practice has been to affirm that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can live up to our high standards for fitness, readiness, and effectiveness in ministry. We will continue to give all candidates equal consideration, as we believe it is the most faithful way to do our work.

At this critical time in the history of The United Methodist Church, we believe it is important to state explicitly how we have been operating implicitly. We stand in solidarity with and fully support all of our colleagues and candidates in ministry who endeavor to transform our world through God’s grace.”

We have renewed our commitment to this statement several times since first adopting it, most recently at our 2022 Spring meeting. Since 2016 we have also developed Safe Harbor processes designed to aid clergy and candidates in other conferences who need a safe place to be in covenant community and live into God’s call to ministry.

As followers of Jesus and siblings who share this sacred commitment of supporting candidates for ministry, we grieve with all who are impacted by the recent vote of the Clergy Session of the Florida Annual Conference not to approve an entire slate of candidates for provisional membership because two of these candidates identify as LGBTQIA+. We grieve the harm done to these 16 candidates for commissioning but also the harm done to the many LGBTQIA+ persons inside the United Methodist Church and around the world. We grieve the harm done to the Body of Christ whenever people are marginalized, excluded, or devalued.

We plan to send a letter of support and solidarity to the 16 candidates impacted by the actions of the FLUMC Clergy Session and have reached to the Board of Ordained ministry of the Florida Annual Conference to send it to them. We have sent the following letter to the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Florida Annual Conference so share our grief, our support and our commitment to work together for better church.

By unanimous vote, the Greater Northwest Area’s Cabinet offered their affirmation and support of this letter and policy.

Dear BOM Colleagues of the Florida Annual Conference,

As members of the Board of Ordained Ministry in the Pacific Northwest, we write to you in love, in deep grief, and in solidarity. As boards of ordained ministry, we carry a sacred task to accompany and commend candidates along their path toward ordination. Thank you for your faithful commitment to this work. What transpired in the FLUMC clergy session horrifies us. In its callous and cynical rejection of your mindful work, the clergy session deeply harmed candidates who have shared their lives, calling, and their tenderest truths as they have sought to serve Jesus Christ through the United Methodist Church. It affects real life careers, but even more significantly, this harm is soul harm that will be carried for a lifetime.

We recognize the deep brokenness in our denomination, the hate that fuels anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric and actions, and the disingenuous behaviors of those who would see our denomination fail. We pledge to work for a better church, one that more closely aligns with the heart of grace we find and experience in Jesus Christ. We reach out to you and to your candidates to offer not only words of care and support; we offer our annual conference as a place of safe harbor for those candidates, should they choose such a pathway.

May God be with you in the days ahead as you work to bring healing to those harmed and as you continue the sacred work of identifying, nurturing and accompanying all who respond to God’s call to professional ministry.

As siblings in Christ and partners in ministry,

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

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