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First United Methodist Church Dothan

Director of Music Ministry

Dothan, Alabama



Weekly Attendance: 730

Denomination: United Methodist

Location: Dothan, AL 


Bridge easter worshipAbout the Organization:

Spiritual Life at First United Methodist Church has flourished in the past century. Under the capable leadership of the clergy (see roster) and staff, combined with the generous and gifted support of the membership, F.U.M.C. is recognized as a vital influence in Dothan and the Wiregrass area. God has richly blessed First United Methodist Church and may F.U.M.C. continue to work to the glory of God.

We are motivated by the belief that the lives of all people are better if they have a conscious relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.

First United Methodist Church is a community of diverse, faithful people who are Reaching Out  in the name of Jesus Christ in the world.  You will find us to be a dynamic, Christ-centered family of faith abounding in opportunities for service, outreach, worship, fellowship, and growth.

At First Methodist, we continually strive for all things to be done to the glory of God.  Our hearts are big and our overriding mission is to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.  So whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just beginning to ask questions about God or a committed Christian who is intent on going deeper in the faith, you can find a home here.


FUMC COVER HUNTERAbout the Position:

The primary responsibility for The Director of Music Ministries is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Director will recruit, develop, equip, and lead various musical groups and musical group leaders. The Director is expected to collaborate with the clergy and program staff in church-wide and community ministries throughout the year. As a committed follower of Jesus Christ and spiritual leader, the Director will lead people of all ages to glorify God and strengthen their faith through various opportunities, styles of music, and worship. The Director should use his/her spiritual gifts, education, and experiences to lead in creative ways which encourages the church to grow beyond its existing ministries.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Director of Music Ministry:

christmas with the harborEducation

A bachelor’s degree in music is required. A master’s degree in Music, Music Education, Music Performance, or a similar study is highly preferred and a great bonus.


Several years of prior experience leading in a music ministry or as a Worship Pastor is required for this role.

Personal Characteristics

  • Someone with a pleasant demeanor is ideal for this role. A focus on building multi-generational relationships and excellent people skills are great for someone in this position.
  • Someone who can develop leaders, recruit volunteers and participants, and grow the ministry effectively.
  • The Direction of Music Ministry should have a strong work ethic.
  • Someone with youthful energy, drive & charisma.
  • Someone who has a strong, vibrant, growing faith, who is a Christ follower. Good leadership and discipleship skills are vital to this position.
  • Someone who is spiritually mature.
  • Someone who is a teacher / communicator
  • Someone who is fun…making joyful noise! The Music Ministry is a joyful and vibrant ministry, and the Director should be a reflection of that.

About the Location:

Dothan, Alabama, with a population of about 70,000 people, is a city with a small town feel. It’s easy to see why people love it.  In addition to being two hours from the beach, Dothan also offers affordable housing, low unemployment, and little crime. It’s a friendly town - even if you’re new, you’ll meet someone who considers you a friend or family - that’s the way of the South. Southern traditions run deep here - people are helpful, warm, and inviting.

For families, Dothan is an especially great place to live because of the education opportunities. Kids can attend one of the several magnet or private schools in the area for great classes with well-rounded extracurriculars, academics, and fine arts. For college students looking to move to Alabama, Dothan offers several higher education options, including Wallace and Troy Universities, as well as ACOM Medical Center.

Dothan also has 2 cutting edge hospitals, Flowers and Southeast Alabama Medical Center. These offer quality healthcare that is some of the best in the region. As a major employer for Dothan, the medical community brings a lot of diversity and experience to the area by way of healthcare employees. You’re in good hands in Dothan. 

Other major employers include city services, which accounts for more than half the city population and many other retailers and restaurants. Dothan is a hub for shopping and dining in the region and for many towns in a 50-mile radius.

On the weekends or downtime, recreational activities abound - league sports, great green spaces and public parks, and a winding bike trail are just a few of the ways to enjoy the outdoors and views in Dothan. The old airport has even been converted into a huge park. In terms of culture and entertainment, Dothan offers programs from the community theater, an orchestra, and a great dance company. Each of these entities brings fun entertainment and great opportunities for enrichment and learning.

Dothan, Alabama, although tucked away in the Alabama countryside, is a hidden gem and a great place to live.

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