Contemporary Worship Leader Pianist or Guitarist

Grand Forks AFB Musicians

23 Oct 2021

Grand Forks AFB


Pianist or Guitarist



The successful candidate for this position will be a 1099 contractor with Music Ministry International and be responsible for the following:

1.1 The Contemporary Praise and Worship Director is to provide a non-personal service to support the 319th Air Base Wing Chapel. Duties will include but not be limited to: recruiting volunteer musicians and vocalists, ensuring volunteers complete a background check if working with youth under 18 years old, conducting musical training, and rehearsing with a Band and Praise Team comprised of volunteer musicians and vocalists for the purpose of leading a congregation in current contemporary praise and worship songs.

1.2 Place of Performance: Services will be located at Prairie Rose Chapel on Grand Forks Air Force Base (345 Tuskegee Airmen Blvd, Grand Forks AFB, ND 58204).

2. Tasks:

2.1. Support the overall Chapel mission by working cooperatively with leadership, staff members, and volunteers.

2.2. Support the Chapel leadership’s direction for worship service. Coordinate with Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain in the selection of music to include compiling a song list and providing it in advance of rehearsal/worship for review and approval.

2.3. Recruit, assemble, rehearse, and lead Praise Team in songs and musical segments during the Contemporary Worship Service.

2.3.1. “Recruiting”, done informally, will be led by the Director through social media, via Sunday bulletins, one on one conversations, and as a general service announcement.

2.4. Play music and lead congregation in worship songs (see more at 5.1.2 below).

2.5. Meet as needed and upon request with Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain, Band, and/or Praise Team in order to discuss pertinent musical issues related to the performance of duties.

2.6. Coordinate with the Chapel Staff to ensure all volunteers working with youth below 18 years of age receive a background check as directed by DODI 1402.5 Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services.

2.7. Be present at least 30 minutes prior to rehearsals and worship services in order to prepare and perform necessary duties related to leading a band and praise team in songs and musical segments. The normally scheduled weekday rehearsals should be no less than 90 minutes in duration minus pre-event set-up and post-event take-down.

2.8. Notify the Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain of anticipated delays and absences at least seven (7) days prior.  If absent, music director will find a substitute with name and contact information to support these requirements who meets the personnel qualifications in accordance with Paragraph 5.1.

2.9. Build a professional and working partnership with the service’s audio/visual technicians, who are setting up and working with Chapel sound equipment used for the worship service.

2.10. Provide musical support not exceeding 52 weekly rehearsals (52 Units), 52 Sunday worship services (52 Units), 8 special rehearsals (8 Units) and 8 special worship services (8 Units) for all 52 weeks each year. The Contemporary Worship Service will be held on Sundays from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays from 1730-1900 and are negotiable with the Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain per local needs inventory.  There are a total of up to 120 events each year.

2.11. Work an average of two (2) Units per week to include set-up, tear-down, rehearsals, working with volunteer musicians and vocalists, A/V technicians, planning, and directing Praise Team

2.12. Present a clean and professional appearance and dress appropriately for Chapel services in accordance with local Chapel Operating Instructions to be made available to the Music director upon request. Likewise, maintain work space, and storerooms in a clean, orderly and safe manner.

3.1 Personnel Qualifications: The Contractor shall provide personnel with the necessary
training and qualification to accomplish all requirements identified in this PWS. Resumes
will be submitted for validations of skill sets 10 days after bid consideration. In the event of
contractor turnover of employees, qualification summaries shall be submitted 14 days in
advance through the Contracting Officer for verification of key personnel skill sets.
Contractor shall have all of the following skill sets:
3.1.1. Possess a general understanding of the basic concepts of Christian doctrine.
3.1.2 Possess a minimum of two (2) years’ experience as a Praise and Worship
Musician and/or Director in a Contemporary Worship Service setting to include: Leading a Band, Praise Team, and congregation in songs vocally and
instrumentally (while playing a guitar, piano, or keyboard); Conducting weekly rehearsals with a Band and Praise Team; Recruiting, assembling, and maintaining a Band and Praise Team; Possessing a current repertoire of Contemporary music and songs.
3.1.3 Have experience and/or training in music with the proficiency to read music
(chords, primarily) and play the piano or guitar.
3.1.4 Willing to work within an interdenominational and interfaith setting with
chaplains and parishioners of diverse religious positions/backgrounds.
3.1.5 The contractor must submit the background check application to the
Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain according to Department of Defense
Instruction (DoDI 1402.5), Criminal History Background Check, within 5 days after
receipt of award. This requirement includes Federal NACI, State and Installation
Records Checks. All checks will be initiated and tracked by the 319 ABW/HC staff.
Because of public law and DoD 1402.5 regarding contractors that work with children
under the age of 18, contractor must favorably pass all background checks; inability
to do so will invalidate this contract.
3.1.6 The contractor must furnish a demonstration of playing an instrument while
singing as a core capability in directing songs for the Contemporary Worship
3.2 Core Working Hours. The Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain and Contractor
shall determine core working hours not exceeding 52 weekly rehearsals, 52 Sunday worship
services, 8 special rehearsals, and 8 special worship services for all 52 weeks of contractual
year. The Contemporary Worship Service will be held on Sundays from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.
Rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 PM and are negotiable with the
Contemporary Worship Service Chaplain per local needs assessments. (Contractor will be
notified at least seven (7) days in advance of exceptions to dates and times of rehearsals
and worship services.)

Interested Candidates are requested to forward their resume together with three references from individuals who can attest to the candidate’s good work and steadiness.  Candidates who do not possess the qualifications presented in Section 3.1 above  need not apply.  This is a part-time position with compensation based on budget and the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications..   

Apply directly at: (scroll down to “Grand Forks”).  Your application must include three (3) references including one priest or pastor who can attest to your abilities as they relate to this job posting.  References must include: name, title, organization, relationship to you, email address (necessary field) and phone number. Depending on security software, candidates are requested to monitor spam folders for further application communications from MMI.