I’m a volunteer worship leader, and I love it. Sure, it would be great to be able to do it for a living, but my church isn’t big enough to support that, and I’m blessed to have a career that pays the bills well enough for me to invest as much time in my church as I do.
I know it’s often considered to be in poor taste to talk about money, especially what someone is getting paid, but I was very curious to read Mike Kim’s post 3 Types of Worship Leader Salaries. He begins with a rundown of what a worship leader actually does, and it might be eye-opening for some:
- hours in service & soundcheck
- song selection
- secretarial work (copies, chord charts, etc.)
- maintain equipment
- recruit musicians
- develop worship leaders & musicians
- build team dynamics (fellowship etc.)
- pastoral meetings
- special services
- be anointed, creative, relevant, spiritual, and bring the glory!
That’s a pretty big job! Mike then discusses the different pay levels that he would find appropriate for the worship leader, the worship director, and the worship pastor. What’s the difference between them? You’ll have to read Mike’s post to find out.
PS: In fairness, although I’m technically a volunteer, the elders of my church give me a generous Christmas “bonus” each year, for which I’m very, very grateful. 🙂