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Harrisburg Baptist Church

Worship Pastor




Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Weekly Attendance: 1,000 

Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

The Role: The Worship Pastor for Harrisburg Baptist Church is someone who will fulfill the mission and vision of the church through the planning and leading of worship services.


Meet Harrisburg Baptist Church: 

Harrisburg Baptist Church (HBC) is a vibrant and influential Southern Baptist Church of 3000+ members with a rich history of life-transforming ministry. Blessed with excellent facilities, strategically located near to the residential, retail and business sectors of Tupelo, MS, close to multiple major college campuses, and in the center of one of the most desirable areas in the state, Harrisburg Baptist Church is poised for an exciting future full of hope for expanding God’s Kingdom in more powerful ways.

HBC is committed to making, maturing, and multiplying disciples who are faithful to Christ and His Word.  It is a caring, loving family of friends and a friend to the family. Harrisburg is committed to being a multigenerational church that reaches the diverse community where we live and serve.. The Harrisburg Church family includes people from many different ages, stages, and backgrounds unified in love for Jesus Christ and commitment to God’s Kingdom purposes. The staff and leadership of the church work hard to provide a focused environment that is  friendly and comfortable for people from all walks of life to worship, grow, serve, and go. 


About the Worship Pastor:

The Worship Pastor is responsible to the church, under the direction of the Executive Pastor for fulfilling the mission and vision of the church through the planning and leading of worship services.  This is done in collaboration with and subject to the leadership of the Senior Pastor. Other key duties include the development and supervision of a comprehensive music program, and special events and services requiring music.  These duties include the direct supervision of the music staff and volunteers involved in this ministry.  

The Worship Pastor provides leadership and oversight to all aspects of worship and music at Harrisburg Baptist Church.  This is a pastoral position that requires him to serve as a worship leader, a shepherd to those who serve in this ministry (choirs, musicians, tech, production, etc) and as a member of the overall ministry team. 

The Worship Pastor will: 

Work collaboratively with the Senior Pastor, other staff members, and the music committee to accomplish the vision, mission, goals, and strategic plans of the church through worship and the music ministry of the church.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee the music ministry of HBC.  (Worship, Choirs, Musicians, etc).

  • Lead the Worship Planning Team in crafting services that glorify God, yet also exhibits excellence in the execution of details.

  • Select hymns and modern songs that are theologically rich and awaken affections for God.

  • Cultivate a modern style of worship that is Christ-centered, word driven, and multi-generational.

  • Lead and implement the vision of the Senior Pastor for our worship services.

  • Partner with the Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor and Communications Director in the planning of services.  (Including the development of stage designs, seasonal decoration, and thematic elements).

  • Recruit, audition, and develop musicians and worship leaders.

  • Lead the staff in growing in their understanding of and appreciation for corporate worship.

  • Develop and effectively manage an annual Music Ministry Budget.

  • Disciple, shepherd, and develop all members of the Choir, Worship Team and Instrumentalists.

  • Attend to the personal spiritual growth of Worship Team members.

  • Identify, equip, and supervise the Pianist, Organist, paid Musicians, Music Associate, Music Secretary and interns. 


What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A degree in Music is preferred but not required provided that proficiency in necessary areas exists. 

  • A minimum of a seminary degree completed or in progress.

  • At least five years of experience on a church staff leading in the area of church music and worship.

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrate the qualifications of a deacon/elder/overseer set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. 

  • Possess the diverse skill set to perform each primary job responsibility satisfactorily.

  • Closely identify with the mission, values, vision, theology, and philosophies of HBC.

  • Be a mature Christian who is growing in his personal walk with the Lord.

  • Be a “team player,” where collaboration can exist between the Music Ministry and other ministries within Harrisburg Baptist.  

  • Be theologically driven over music preference, creativity, and style. 

  • Be passionate about leading in corporate and individual worship. Is a developer of worship leaders.

  • Have the proven ability to think strategically and work effectively with various worship models, styles, and paradigms.  

  • The proven ability to identify, train, lead, relate to and care for staff and cross-generation volunteers.

  • Be a leader of leaders and possess high integrity.

  • Be very relational and have a “no drama” personality.

  • Takes their ministry seriously, but not themselves.

  • Have a deep understanding of music theory and is motivated to continue to develop musical gifts.

  • Pursue personal growth.  Seeks personal growth in relationship with God, as well as growth in character and conviction.

  • Grows in ministry competency, best practices, and current trends.

  • Grows in biblical and theological competence and depth.

  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.


What it's like to live in Tupelo, Mississippi: 

From healthcare to education, tourism to economic development, Tupelo is a diverse, growing city that is moving confidently and energetically into the 21st Century.  Tupelo has a thriving downtown, a vibrant arts community, a business and shopping mecca that draws thousands to Tupelo daily. Tupelo offers top rated public and private schools, as well as home school options.  Tupelo is family friendly and a great place to raise children, offering activities ranging from sports, music, and dance. Recognized around the world as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, Tupelo draws 80,000 visitors each year that contribute to the city’s 46 million dollar tourism industry.  Tupelo’s Aquatic Center is recognized as a premier facility for swimming events. Tupelo also plays host to state-wide and regional tournaments in soccer, baseball and softball.  

A major part of this growing industry is the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway. Tupelo is the headquarters of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, a national park that stretches from Mississippi all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. As a rail distribution and manufacturing center, Tupelo has achieved several firsts, including the first city in the nation to provide its citizens with dependable, inexpensive electric power. Recognized five times as an All America City, Tupelo serves as a model city for the state of Mississippi, with each of its 38,000 citizens helping to offer a high quality of life and sense of community.

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