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Worship Musician



About Us

Chinese Community United Methodist Church (CCUMC) is a 132-year-old congregation located in the heart of Oakland’s historic Chinatown. CCUMC is made up of two parallel ministries serving our Chinese language and English language worshiping communities. We are looking for a talented worship musician who is fluent in multiple worship styles to serve the needs of our English language community.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Support the church’s weekly English language worship service through excellent preparation and performance of church music. The English Ministry worship musician may not be needed when the congregation holds joint services between the English and Chinese ministries.
  2. Facilitate congregational singing and worship through leading and accompanying hymns and other worship songs at the direction of the senior pastor.
  3. Plan, select, and prepare preludes, postludes, and offertories at the direction of the senior pastor, according to the needs of the worship services.
  4. Plan, select, and prepare worship songs and hymns as necessary at the direction of the senior pastor.
  5. Serve as accompanist for ensembles and soloists when needed.
  6. Play for weddings and funerals, as requested (and upon availability), with the ability to receive additional compensation from the parties involved.
  7. Maintain an accurate account of piano needs and maintenance, and notify the senior pastor when piano maintenance is required.
  8. Assist the senior pastor in finding a substitute for Sundays when not available.
Required Qualifications
  1. High degree of competence on the piano and the ability to accompany groups and individuals.
  2. Experience in church worship and familiarity with church music and hymnody.
  3. Ability to play traditional hymns, modern worship songs, and anthem accompaniments.
  4. Flexibility to play in different musical styles, including traditional and contemporary styles.
  5. Ability to read chord charts and lead sheets.
  6. Willingness to rehearse sufficiently to maintain a high quality of music.
  7. Sensitivity and the ability to interact with a variety of people.
  8. Ability to take direction and work as a team member.
  9. Ability to communicate well and in a friendly manner with the church leadership and members of the congregation.
  10. Desire to maintain a constant program of self-improvement.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Ability to sight read and improvise.
  2. Knowledge of basic music theory and ability to perform simple transpositions or reharmonizations.
  3. Ability and willingness to lead congregational prayer.
  4. Ability to introduce worship songs and hymns with a few words about their theological significance.

The English Ministry Worship Musician is accountable to the senior pastor. This individual will need to notify the senior pastor a minimum of three weeks prior to planned absences (preferably as soon as known) to allow for scheduling of a substitute musician. The applicant will be requested to sign forms allowing Chinese Community United Methodist Church to perform a background check; all results must be favorable. An annual performance review will be done. Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, please contact Steve Chan at 925-285-4021.

Contact: Steve Chan

Address: 321 8th St. Oakland CA 94607

Phone: 925-285-4021



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