Worship Associates Job Description

Updated: September 2016


Worship Associates work with Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, Emrys Staton and Benjie Messer to create and lead worship and shape the monthly themes. Associates explore the qualities of excellent worship, receive training in worship leadership, and meet every other month to assess recent services and shape upcoming worship services. Each associate works with the worship staff on five to seven services a year, collaborating in three main areas: developing the focus of the service; bringing resources to the service; and conducting the service. Associates also help arrange and lead worship when the minister is out of the pulpit, and may develop and lead a worship service themselves.


The UUCP Worship Associate program is one of many such programs at UU congregations around the country. While this program goes by different names and takes different forms, the underlying premise is the same: Collaboration and shared ministry among clergy, worship staff and lay members produces vibrant worship that enriches the experience for everyone and draws new people to the congregation.


Worship Associates must be members of UUCP and demonstrate the following:

  • Interest in and ideas about enhancing worship at UUCP
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • A commitment to shared ministry
  • Ability to communicate effectively, especially through public speaking
  • Identification with UUCP as a focus in your personal spiritual life


Worship Associates are expected to make the following time commitments:

  • Saturday meetings every other month, for 2 hours
  • Sunday morning service leading approximately 5-7 times a year
  • One or two retreats each year (for team builidng, planning and training). These half day retreats will likely be scheduled on a Saturday in place of a regular meeting.
  • Time necessary to find appropriate readings and other sources, and prepare readings for service


Length of Commitment:

  • A Worship Associate‚Äôs term is two years
  • An Associate may apply for a second two-year term; if selected, they must rotate off for at least one term before applying for a third term.


If you have questions or comments, direct them to Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray at susanfrederickgray@phoenixuu.org or by speaking to a current worship associate. We welcome your input and ideas about worship.


Click Here for the Worship Associate Application