Soma City Church - Worship Pastor

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  • Toledo, United States

Soma City Church - Worship Pastor

Job description

Soma (The Greek word for ‘body’) City Church exists to take the good news to those who are far from Jesus by pursuing meaningful, no-strings attached friendships with those close to them. Their goal is to be the most barbecue grilling, storytelling, fence hopping, meal sharing, risk taking, community dreaming, injustice fighting, party throwing, story celebrating friends in their neighborhoods and networks.

Simply put, their vision is to be the best friend the city of Toledo has ever known.

This opportunity is such a great chance for a strong relational and strategic leader to join a passionate team and lead alongside the Lead Pastor, Sammy Adebiyi. With a high value on being in community, authentic worship, relevant teaching, and bet-the-farm risk-taking faith, Soma City Church is all about Jesus, and they want to be known as lovers of Jesus more than anything else.

Church Description

The Leaders and ‘Storytellers’ at Soma City Church believe the church shouldn’t be a safe subculture for Christians, but rather risky, messy, diverse expressions of the gospel in motion. Like a healthy family, they believe church should be a place where people are known, names are remembered, and life-long friendships are formed.

Soma City Church started officially in May of 2016 in Toledo, Ohio, but God was at work long before that to bring together the leaders and vision for this truly unique faith community. The Lead Pastor, Sammy Adebiyi, was born and raised in Nigeria. He moved to Toledo as a college student and felt a call to pastoral ministry. He previously served in a local church and is a national speaker for Food for The Hungry and has toured with TobyMac, Skillet, Lecrae, Third Day and others. His teaching style is drawing a young and hungry demographic to the church.

Soma City Church is an Elder-led, non-denominational church with a pre-COVID average weekly attendance of 350-400. The location is in the city center, with worship gatherings in a mall movie theater where they also have an upfitted 3000 sq ft church office and auxiliary meeting space.

Position Description

The Worship Pastor serves the vision of Soma City Church by providing leadership to all music related operations and programming (including weekend gatherings, special events, kids, students and college environments). It is essential that the Worship Pastor be an enthusiastic follower of Christ and be able to lead talented people to create an environment where the church community can worship Christ and learn to follow him more closely. Soma City Church is looking for a flexible, high-capacity, strategic leader with a heart for embracing their diverse community and its unique expression. The ideal candidate is a developer. They love leading and being with people. They pursue potential, actively recruiting and finding ways to champion the gift and abilities of others. They advocate for their team and encourage growth. Though they have a current team in place, the new leader will have the opportunity to build and mold the worship ministry almost from the ground up.


Full-Time Position: Worship Leader

The Worship Pastor exists to serve the vision of Soma City Church by providing leadership to all music related operations and programming (including weekend gatherings, special events, kids, students and college environments).


  • Lead the music team programming for all weekend gatherings and SC areas of ministry.
  • Lead the production team (audio, video, lighting, media) programming for all weekend gatherings and SC areas of ministry.
  • Lead music and production team volunteers
  • Recruit, train and coach new volunteers
  • Coach current volunteers and oversee all scheduling and rehearsals
  • Develop & oversee all department meetings & rhythms
  • Provide volunteer care and community
  • Cast vision and set goals for department
  • Manage budget for the Gathering Department
  • Oversee purchase and installation of new equipment including stage design.
  • Oversee audio and/or video recording of sermons and relevant programming.
  • Oversee evaluation of all music related operations and programming.
  • Serve on creative and service programming team as music liaison (as needed)
  • Develop and manage effective and sustainable systems for all music related operations in the department.
  • Create an environment that serves the vision of the department.
  • Work with staff team re: special services and events that require music.


The successful candidate for this position must…

  • Give evidence of a life that continues to be changed by Jesus.
  • Exude a passion for the church’s mission, vision and core values
  • Be a skilled instrumentalist (preferably guitar) and a quality lead vocalist (strong listenable voice that can be easily followed).
  • Demonstrate a high capacity to build, lead and direct teams.
  • Be highly coachable.
  • Be willing to sign and promote the teachings in SC’s Statement of Faith.
  • Be highly organized.
  • Display an energetic and positive personality.
  • Have capacity to lead a congregation of people (small, mid or large) in an engaging and genuine worship experience.
  • Possess above basic knowledge of sound, video, lighting, audio and recording.
  • Have a working knowledge of how to use e-mail, Microsoft Office programs, Pro Presenter and other music related software.
  • Possess excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a related field (Music, Production etc.) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years of ministry experience, preferably in a mid-size to large church
  • Other potential roles for full time employee include:
    • Next Generation (Middle School + High School + College)
    • Graphic Design & Video
    • Admin


It is expected that the Worship Leader will:

1. Function within the expressed vision and values of Soma City Church

2. Function as a member of the Pastoral Staff of Soma City Church as directed by the Lead Pastor.