A worship pastor (sometimes referred to as a “worship leader” or simply a “pastor”) serves their church and its congregation. Some larger churches have more than one pastor, and in this context the worship pastor is generally responsible for leading each week’s worship service. This job includes writing and delivering sermons, as well as many other weekly responsibilities. These include selecting hymns to be sung during the service and coordinating with any bands/musicians who work with the church, and often attending practice with these musicians as well. Worship pastors are often expected to be available to their congregants for many types of pastoral care; in a given week, this could include events which range from weddings and baptisms to graveside services and grief counseling.
This variety of duties also requires that the worship pastor operate in any number of environments, from outdoors in a cemetery to a personal office. In most cases, worship pastors are expected to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as pastoral studies or theology; a relevant master's or doctoral degree may be required or preferred as well.
Worship Pastor Tasks
Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.
Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
Teach through precept and by example.