Worship Minister Position

Union Baptist Church in Hayes, VA

Union Baptist Church (UBC) 9254 Guinea Road, Hayes, VA is seeking a full-time Worship Minister to lead the worship team, choir, and congregation in various worship services. UBC worship emphasizes a blend of traditional hymns (Baptist Hymnal) and contemporary praise songs in a multi-generational setting.

The Job: We are looking for a full-time worship minister with a passion for God-centered blended worship and the ability to lead the church in worship through this new season of revitalization.

Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Weekly Attendance: 140 (2022)

Salary: $46,000-$55,000 (a large 4-bedroom parsonage is part of this salary for the first 2 years)

You can check our Facebook page to see what we have done and are doing presently: https://www.facebook.com/unionmeanshope 

About Union:

Union Baptist Church (UBC) is a multi-generational historic church with a long legacy of ministry in Gloucester Virginia. The church was the result of a preaching ministry in Gloucester that started in 1775 and resulted in Union’s founding along with another church in 1801. Over two centuries God has used Union to start 4 different churches in the area: First Morning Star Baptist Church, Providence Baptist Church, Gloucester Point Baptist Church, and White Marsh Baptist Church. The church remains an important landmark in the community and is one of the largest church facilities in the Peninsula. We are the starting point for the Guinea Jubilee parade. We host large Fall Fest and Easter Outreach events that range from 200-400 people. We also support and have a good relationship with the adjacent Achilles Elementary School with our kids’ snack pack program and have a very active food ministry for those in need. We have ample room for growth and opportunities all around us.

The church has been through many seasons in its long life. It once had a membership of 900 people in the late 1940s and for many years after, averaged 400-500 people. Over the past decade numbers declined to around 120-130 average Sunday attendance.

Union is now in a new season with Pastor Jared Berry, who came onboard at the beginning of November 2019. Attendance is steadily coming back up with a current weekly attendance of about 140 and baptisms every year. Pastor Jared’s vision for the church has been to refine and refocus the church on the Great Commission’s command to make disciples for the Glory of God. By making the church more welcoming to young families, better unified in our focus, and renewed spiritually; Union is reaching future generations with the Gospel. We also have refocused our efforts on reaching the digital generation by updating our website and starting online streaming, which has led to a lot of new opportunities and new visitors. Our Facebook likes have grown from 591 in October 2019 to 955 likes as of June 2022. The church has added over 17 new members and had multiple baptisms partly due to its new membership class. By God’s grace, we have also been able to pay off a ~$200,000 roof & HVAC repair loan in only 2 years. It’s a new season for the church and an exciting one. However, we need to fill the worship minister position to be going full steam. We need a minister of music who has the patience and vision to accomplish a revitalization that will take years, not months. 

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated mature Christian faith and commitment to the worship of God and doctrinal agreement with the Baptist Faith & Message (2000)
  • Must meet the qualifications of a Pastor / Elder as laid out in scripture
  • Minimum of undergraduate degree in related field like music or bible
  • Master’s degree and seminary training highly preferred
  • Creative media skills are highly preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in worship ministry (5 years preferred)
  • Experience leading and developing a choir
  • Ability to sing and read music
  • Desired: Ability to play instrument(s), self-starter

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Leading worship
  • Leading special events or holiday (Christmas and Easter) services
  • Building up and training the choir and worship team
  • Leading choir and worship team practices once a week
  • Music selection, organization, in coordination with the Pastor
  • Ministering to the worship team and church members
  • Manage music ministry budget
  • Oversee media presentation and creation

What life is like in Hayes, Virginia:

Our church is tucked away in southeastern Gloucester County at the head of a small, quiet peninsula which is home to those who have worked the land and surrounding waters for generations, as well as those who have made their homes here to enjoy the rural life. Our small portion of the County boasts an elementary school, a marina, a convenience store, several seafood businesses, and it is the epitome of our County slogan, “The Land of the Life Worth Living.”

Our county is diverse and has been growing rapidly in population and services over the last 20 years. Just a handful of miles up the road from our Church are modern subdivisions, town houses, shopping centers, a hospital, medical offices, a private campground, public parks and boat ramps, a public beach, public and private schools, a community college, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science of the College of William and Mary. Also in our County are many produce stands offering locally sourced produce and seafood, along with major supermarkets and a Super Wal-Mart. Yes, there is a Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Target less than 30 minutes from the church.

Driving around here you might see watermen in their workboats harvesting crabs, oysters, clams, or fish; or you might see farmers planting spring crops using state of the art technology or harvesting in the fall using huge combines. You might come across soccer and baseball diamonds with children at play, or you might see the High School crew team out rowing in the early morning. Driving out of Gloucester on U.S. Route 17, the main thoroughfare through Gloucester, you might find yourself stopped on the George P. Coleman Bridge to allow a Navy ship or submarine to dock at one of the Naval Installations up the river. You might also see Coast Guard vessels, barges, sailboats, jet skis, more workboats, and all manner of pleasure craft on the water, too.  Continuing across the bridge to Yorktown, you have endless possibilities for recreation, shopping, and visiting historic venues, all within a 5 to 40 minute drive. Historic Yorktown and its battlefields and Visitor Center, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, the Jamestown Festival Park, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA, the Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, the Mariners Museum in Newport News, the Air and Space Museum in Hampton, NASA/Langley in Hampton, just to name a few.

Right here in Gloucester County we have a Daffodil Festival every Spring to celebrate the flower that was once grown extensively here for export to Northern Markets, and we are home to Brent and Becky’s bulbs, a worldwide grower and shipper of daffodils and other blooming beauties. In the summer there are numerous fishing tournaments, and in the Fall the Guinea Jubilee, a family friendly, community wide festival celebrating the lifestyle of our own tiny peninsula takes place. Its motto is “Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Future.”

www.gloucesterva.info  Our Local Government’s website (find Parks & Rec and Library here)              

https://gets.gc.k12.va.us  Public School System’s website (find individual schools here)

www.gloucestervillage.com  Website of the Main Street Association

www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com  Website of local flower bulb business

www.rappahannock.edu  Website of our local community college

www.crownpointemarina.com  Website of the nearest marina to us

www.gloucestervachamber.org  Chamber of Commerce website

Send Resume and Examples of Work (if available) to: ubc_garrison@aol.com

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