“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16)
The mission of City on a Hill is simple, profound, cosmic and bold, “To know Jesus, and to make Jesus known.” City on a Hill seeks to serve this mission through Christ-centered, Bible-based, disciple-developing, mission-minded, culturally-connected, spirit-saturated and mercy-ministering worship.
City on a Hill has matured, under God, to be a complex, vibrant ministry organisation. In just five years, the community has grown to around 1000 people who gather across three Sunday services, and through the week in over 40 community groups. In 2013 City on a Hill's first church plant, City on a Hill – Geelong will commence, with plans for further plants and partnerships to develop in the years to come. City on a Hill is led by Lead Pastor Guy Mason, who, together with a team of full-time and part-time staff, lead and direct the various ministry teams across the church.
Significantly, at our fifth birthday in October 2012, the leadership of City on a Hill launched a three year strategic plan for the community entitled, 'City Steps', which lays out the Identity, Vision, Mission and Goals of City on a Hill for the next three years.
Since the beginning of City on a Hill, the music ministry has been one of our distinctive features. This feature has grown from strength to strength during each move and development in the ministries of City on a Hill. Now, with three services, a recorded album, an expansive network of musicians, leaders, technicians and writers, the music ministry has moved to a new level of prominence and importance to the identity of City on a Hill.
City on a Hill is currently seeking to appoint a new Music Director to grow and oversee all aspects of City on a Hill’s music ministry.
The Music Director will excel in the areas of competence, character, and culture. Their competence will be displayed through their creative ability both as an individual musician and as the leader of the music team, while demonstrating a keen eye for detail and excellence. Additionally, this person will require the ability to strategically grow, develop and coordinate City on a Hill’s expanding music ministry, as well as having a good working knowledge of and experience with production technology and equipment.
Their character will be evidenced through being servant-hearted, disciplined, and dedicated, pursuing holiness and exhibiting a godly lifestyle through their relationships with their family, with the people they oversee, and with the people to whom they are accountable. Furthermore, the culture they seek to cultivate within the music ministry will grow out of a deep understanding and personal ownership of City on a Hill’s vision and mission.
The Music Director will work closely with the Lead Pastor (LP), Guy Mason, regarding vision and direction, and will report directly to the Executive Director for Ministry & Services (XD-Min), Neil Castle.
The Music Director will be expected to demonstrate the Godly life of a Christian leader:
- Fulfilling the calling of a pastor/elder as laid out in 1 Timothy 3, in character, life, relationships, and Godly leadership;
- Identifying and discipling Gospel-minded leaders to work amongst the ministry of City on a Hill;
- Living a committed, prayerful life of dependence on God;
- Providing a wise and Biblical witness to all who are placed under your charge;
- Above all, in so much as the Spirit allows, providing a witness to the non-believer and encouragement to the believer, through your life in Christ.
The Music Director will have oversight and responsibility for overseeing, coordinating and developing the music and production ministry in all respects:
- Bands: developing and growing the individual bands
- Production: oversight and coordination of all aspects of production including sound, lighting and vision
- New and existing volunteers: recruiting, auditioning and training
The Music Director will be responsible for the following key areas:
- Recruiting, identifying, and building excellent musicians from the City on a Hill community into bands;
- Building strong, Biblical fellowship within the musicians;
- Oversight of musician training including instrument, preparation & performance aspects;
- Identifying and sending musicians to outside, expert training conferences or camps where they will give the most value.
Music & Performance
- Embedding a culture of excellence in music leadership for the congregation;
- Identifying the most helpful, edifying, encouraging and above all, Biblical music for congregational singing and item performance in our meetings;
- Coordination of music choice for each meeting with the content, mood, and themes of the teaching program;
- Overseeing and encouraging a vibrant Biblical music writing culture within the musicians.
- Development, cultivation, embedding and critique of distinctive 'City on a Hill sound;
- Oversight of appropriate sound-desk mixing in each event & meeting space (within the Sound Safety Policy).
- Growing the public ministry of City on a Hill Music
- Engaging in peak music conferences (Christian or secular);
- Overseeing the production of City on a Hill songs and records;
- Developing a web-based delivery platform for City on a Hill song information played at each meeting, and City on a Hill music downloadable content;
- Building networks with like-minded and scaled Music ministries in Melbourne, nationally, and internationally.
Additionally, the Music Director will contribute to the following tasks and responsibilities:
- They will have a key voice in the planning and creative development at all City on a Hill meetings, events and conferences.
- They will also maintain strong relationships with key partners, stakeholders, venue operators in and for City on a Hill.
Key Skills & Gifting
The successful Music Director will be able to demonstrate most or all of the following features in their life, experience, skills and conduct:
- A committed, authentic, and tested faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour;
- A Godly, mature, and consistent life which adorns their confession of faith;
- Proven experience in the successful management of few-month to year-long projects in a similar scale organisation;
- A sacrificial, gracious, efficient and well-regarded inter-personal leadership style, ideally demonstrated in their leadership of ministry leaders in an equivalent organisation;
- A track-record of loyalty to the leadership, identity and vision of an equivalent organisation;
- Excellence in professional skills such as time-management, efficiency, work-capacity, written and verbal communication, organisation, and team-membership.
Applications have now closed.