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First Baptist Church Valdosta

Minister of Music

Valdosta, Georgia

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Denomination: Southern Baptist

Weekly Attendance: 408

Location: Valdosta, Georgia

The role: The Minister of Music will seek to create an atmosphere of celebration and reverence to God through the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church. 

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Meet First Baptist Church of Valdosta

First Baptist Church of Valdosta actually began in Troupville over 150 years ago. The first settlers came to South Georgia in 1821. On June 21, 1840, a Missionary Baptist Church organized at the home of James O. Goldwire. First Baptist was originally constituted under the name of the Little River Baptist Church. 

The coming of railroads necessitated a move to a new town, Valdosta. In 1860 to 1861, members dismantled their church building, including the church bell, and moved to the corner of Valley and Ashley Streets. About two years later, the building was wrecked by a storm, and for the next three to five years worship services were held in a school house. In 1863, the minutes refer to the church as the Baptist Church of Christ. From 1865 to 1907, it was called the Baptist Church of Valdosta.

In 1896, a lot on Toombs Street between West Central Avenue and Valley Street was purchased and construction on a new church building began. After four years, on November 18, 1900, the church was dedicated debt free, to the glory of God. Other buildings added were the Sunday School annex to the sanctuary in 1926 and the Children’s Building and the Langdale Chapel in 1956. Our present Children’s Building was constructed in 2006 and the old Children’s Building was renovated into adult education space in 2007. It was dedicated in honor of Mac Weaver, our Associate Pastor for over 43 years.

On January 10, 2016, our new Family Life Center was dedicated to the glory of God with an emphasis on carrying on the ministry of God from “Generation to Generation: G2G.” The modern building includes a youth facility on the second floor and a large fellowship hall which is used for 8:44 contemporary service, concerts, banquets, church family meals, and much more.

MISSION - Love God, Love Others, Love the World

About the Minister of Music

The Minister of Music will seek to create an atmosphere of celebration and reverence to God through the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church. 

The Minister of Music will also lead and/or direct the Church Music Ministry to include choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists, praise teams, and all phases of the Music Ministry. 

The Minister of Music will foster an atmosphere of multi-generational involvement through recruitment, training, and outreach in and through the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church.

The Minister of Music is responsible to the Senior Pastor for the development of music programs for worship services and the promotion of all church Music Ministry. The Minister of Music will give priority to personal and spiritual growth through Bible study and prayer and guide his family to be active and involved in all church functions and ministries, setting an example for the rest of the congregation.

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The role will: 

  • In conjunction with the Senior Pastor, give oversight and guidance to the Music Ministry of the church.

  • Assist the Senior Pastor in planning, conducting, and evaluating worship services of the church.

  • Plan, organize, direct, and promote a Music Ministry to serve all age groups.

  • Develop and implement a plan for improving congregational singing.

  • Be responsible for enlisting and training music leadership, including sound and technical support.

  • Give direction to a Music Ministry plan of visitation and enlistment.

  • Be involved in any church-wide outreach programs, as well as regular hospital and prospect visitation.

  • Prepare and administer all Music Ministry budgets.

  • Maintain and develop personal musicianship and performance skills.

  • Keep aware of current trends in music methodology, materials, and denominational organizational changes.

  • Be available to give musical guidance to all organizational leaders of the church.

  • Provide guidance and supervision to all musicians.

  • Supervise the selection of new materials in conjunction with various choir directors and music leaders and groups.

  • Set up and maintain the music library.

  • See that accurate, up-to-date enrollment and attendance records are maintained for all musical organizations using church software (On Realm).

  • Supervise the maintenance of all musical instruments.

  • Provide musical growth opportunities for groups and individuals active in the Music Ministry.

  • Advise in the selection of music and musicians for weddings, funerals, and other special services as requested.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor.

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What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as music or Bible. Candidates with a master’s degree or seminary training are highly preferred. 

The ideal candidate will have seven or more years of leadership experience in a church of a similar size and culture as First Baptist Church Valdosta, with prior experience leading worship, or as a Music Minister or Music Pastor. 

Personal Characteristics

  • Is a passionate Christ-follower who is spiritually mature, humble, and teachable.

  • Has a high regard for the authority of Scripture as our rule of faith and practice.

  • Is a gifted communicator.

  • Has the ability to mentor and develop others. 

  • Has fully accepted First Baptist Church of Valdosta’s doctrinal statement, values, vision, and strategy.

  • Has a zeal for reaching people for Jesus Christ.

  • Is engaging, is people-focused, is relational, and listens well.

  • Is assertive yet compassionate; has the ability to lead well in difficult situations, engage in hard conversations, and call people to accountability.

  • Is a passionate lover of music, an excellent musician, and a lover of all genres of music. 

  • Is relational to all generations, especially youth and kids. 

  • Is determined and directive. 

  • Is someone who expects and delivers excellence in everything they do. 

  • Has a genuine servant’s heart. 

  • Is committed, follows through, and takes initiative. 

  • Has a true heart for ministry and a pastoral heart. 

  • Is comfortable delegating tasks or asking for help as needed. 

  • Is flexible, yet inspiring and motivating, and able to cast vision and move a team towards that goal. 

  • Is a proven enthusiast and a meaningful change agent. 

  • Is a team player who works well with their team, the rest of the staff, and is able to cooperate and collaborate with the Senior Leadership or follow vision as appropriate. 

  • Brings biblical worship to life in all services, regardless of style. Introduces and nurtures an “ebb and flow” to the worship services while scripting and planning them, incorporating participation and inclusion from many different demographics, and producing excellent music. 

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What it's like to live in Valdosta, Georgia: 

Named one of six America's Friendliest Cities by Rand McNally and USA Today's Best of the Road contest in 2011, Valdosta is a vibrant and scenic city, where southern charm meets 21st century innovation. Valdosta is a city in and the county seat of Lowndes County, located on the southern border of Georgia, United States. Lowndes County had a total population of 109,233, according to the 2010 Census, and is estimated to have a population of 116,321 in 2018 (U.S. Census). As of 2013, Valdosta has a total population of 56,481, and is the 14th largest city in Georgia. 

Valdosta is famous for its notorious wakeboard facility, Valdosta Wake Compound, established in 2012. It has since then grown to be the main action sport attraction in Georgia. The compound is home to international events such as the world’s biggest wakeboard event: the Valdosta Yard Sale, a WWA pro athlete event. It also hosts an annual grassroots music festival, Wake Up Fest. Valdosta has a strong high school football tradition. The Valdosta High School Wildcats have one of the most successful high school football programs in the country with 913 wins, and six national championships. Valdosta is a transportation gateway, agricultural and manufacturing center, and a favorite stop on the major I-75 artery south into Florida. This location has made it attractive as a manufacturing center and shipping point.

Basic industries include wood products and turpentine manufacturing, food processing, and some tobacco, and there are activities in the area’s five industrial parks. Valdosta has some history and historical homes, buildings, and a handful of performing arts and cultural amenities. While Southern cuisine has reached new heights across the country, it has taken on a whole new meaning in the South. Sure, pimento cheese, fried chicken, barbecue, collard greens, and grits are still the backbone of true Southern cooking. But the bar has been raised in South Georgia. Get ready to savor new Southern culinary adventures on the menu in Valdosta. Surrounded by lakes and atmospheric views, Valdosta is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Hike through South Georgia wetlands, kayak the Withlacoochee, climb the 54-foot observation tower at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Center, or drive a ball through pristine greens. Take time to see the best Valdosta has to offer. Slide into the award-winning water park, view South Georgia gators from a 50-foot observation tower or feel your heart racing as you barrel down giant roller coasters. These attractions are sure to thrill. From artisan-inspired décor to upscale fashion, the downtown district has an eclectic mix of options. The Valdosta mall is another popular choice for apparel and fine jewelry. 

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