The Associate Pastor/Director of Worship Ministries is a leader who, in full agreement with Harvest’s doctrinal statement, organizes and empowers the Worship Ministries of Harvest; providing direction, oversight and integration to accomplish:
Harvest’s Purpose - God’s Glory Alone
Harvest’s Values - Reaching Up, Reaching In and Reaching Out
Harvest’s Motivation - A deep love for God and a sincere love for people.
This full-time position is responsible for oversight of all worship services at Harvest and for designing, developing and implementing a vision for leading the church in engaging, scripturally based and spirit-filled worship.
Leadership ability – work cordially with musicians, artists, volunteers and other leaders, and pastor a
diverse congregation, being sensitive to the many generations represented at Harvest.
Theologically grounded – articulate a theology of worship that demonstrates a solid grasp of historic
principles of scripture and be biblically mindful of relevant contemporary issues in Christian worship.
Musically trained – understand music from a variety of genres and generations, including hymns and
choruses while also keeping at the forefront of contemporary Christian music.
Outreach focus – implement a philosophy of worship which reaches people who need Christ by drawing
them into God’s house, as well as leading believers to a closer walk with Him.
Oversee and resource all worship services at the church.
Plan Sunday morning services in consultation with worship planning team.
Act as the primary worship leader on Sunday mornings, providing a strong stage presence and vocals as well as smooth transitions between service elements.
Supervise all paid and volunteer staff in Music, Worship & Fine Arts.
Personally direct Music, Worship & Fine Arts groups and recruit gifted people to serve alongside.
Build, manage and oversee multiple vocal and instrumental worship teams of high quality and expertise.
Oversee sound and video equipment and staff for all facility areas which include A/V equipment.
Manage instruments, music and equipment, including necessary maintenance, copyrights, and library.
Maintain worship ministry financial performance on budget.
Plan special and seasonal programs at Harvest, including staging and decoration planning of the Worship Center.
Negotiate contracts and riders for outside groups being hosted by Harvest or utilizing Harvest facilities.
Oversee & provide technical & staging support for all outside groups utilizing Harvest facilities.
Vibrant, growing relationship with Jesus Christ demonstrated in part by a commitment to personal times of prayer, worship, meditation and Bible study.
A strong marriage and family life, with full support of his wife, providing a visible testimony to the Harvest family.
Able to stay disciplined and diligent with both personal and professional time management; maintaining a balance between home and work life and being the spiritual leader to his children.
Participate actively in the life of the church by attending Sunday services, as well as prayer meetings and other special events as scheduling permits and generally supporting and encouraging the other ministries of Harvest.
Has a love and passion for God and His people.
True worshipper in private and public life. Spiritually, relationally and emotionally healthy.
Exceptional communication and organizational skills with adults of all ages and situations.
A passion for and a successful track record of team building through leadership, recruiting, training and developing adult volunteer staff.
Humble heart that balances musical excellence and care for others.
Servant, team-oriented approach to leading others as the lead servant.
Biblically manage team conflict.
Loyalty to other staff and a commitment to team playing and building.
Vision Casting and Planning:
Build a diverse team of staff and lay people whose purpose is to regularly pray for, encourage and provide constructive recommendations to the Worship Ministry Team.
Provide strategic direction of Harvest’s Worship Ministries through the formal development of a Worship Ministries Strategic Ministry Plan under the guidance of the Oversight Team.
Cast vision for all Worship Ministries at Harvest New Beginnings in a way that encourages them to complement one another and achieve synergy and effectiveness.
Keep abreast of current trends in Christian music and provide leadership in implementing appropriate new forms of worship.
Attend relevant conferences/training workshops to continually grow as a leader, a musician and a follower of Jesus.
Recruit, train and provide ongoing support and leadership of Worship Ministry directors, leaders and volunteers assisting in all areas of worship.
Prepare and provide oversight of the annual Worship Ministries budget.
Maintain an effective working relationship with all staff.
Communicate effectively and work with the Senior Pastor to determine the overall direction of Sunday services.
Recruit, train and mentor vocalists, musicians and sound/media team members to provide a visually and acoustically excellent worship experience, including spiritual mentorship.
Hold regular office hours and assist with other ministry needs as requested.
Attend all staff functions as assigned by the Senior Pastor or Executive Pastor including weekly staff meetings, specified pastoral prayer times and staff retreats.
Fulfill other pastoral duties as required (i.e. weddings, funerals, teaching, preaching, visitation, baptism, communion, etc.)
Our current campuses encompass approximated 75,000 square building feet with three different structures sitting on a little over 55 acres of property. Our staff consist of 7 Pastors, 2 Directors and numerous office and facility support people. We have over 60 different ministries within Harvest currently. Our current attendance is approx. 1,300 on Sunday (Worship Attendance) with 3 different services in addition to 250+ children .
The seed for Harvest was planted in the minds of a few families in the Oswego area who saw a need for a doctrinally sound church. In the fall of 1962, these families met to discuss the possibility of planting a church in Oswego.
We had our first service as Oswego Baptist Church on July 7, 1963 at Eastview School. Rev. Thomas Corkish, associate pastor at Claim Street Baptist Church in Aurora, was called as interim pastor. On January 1, 1964, Pastor Corkish became our first full-time pastor.
We purchased the Oswego Presbyterian Church and had our first meetings there in January 1966. The building was later demolished, and a new building was built in its place at the corner of Benton and Madison Streets in Oswego.
In 1992 the name was changed to Harvest Baptist Church and construction was begun on a new facility. In July 1993 we moved to our present location at the corner of Plainfield and Douglas Roads.
God has richly blessed our church with continued growth, and we are excited to see what God will do next through Harvest.
God's glory alone
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
1 Corithians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
REACH UP – Worship corporately & Walk individually
Worshiping together on Sundays through praise & worship, offerings, learning from God’s Word, prayer and ordinances. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some …
Walking individually, making personal worship a way of life – through personal Bible study, prayer, praise and worship – becoming a disciple. Colossians 1:10 Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
REACH IN – Connect with significance & Serve with purpose
Connecting in life-changing relationships – sharing burdens and blessings, being accountable, learning and growing through the good and bad times. Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to prayer.
Discovering where God has gifted each one and serving the body of Christ through the ministry that best expresses His gifts. Mark 10:43-44 … but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.
REACH OUT – Evangelize the lost and Disciple the saved
Evangelizing the lost on a personal level of sharing Christ with those God has placed in our lives, as well as, joining with other believers (locally and globally) to plant the seeds of the Gospel. I Corinthians 9:22 … I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some…
Being disciples and disciple-makers who love God with all their heart, soul and mind. Matthew 28:19-20a Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.
A deep love for God and a sincere love for people
Mark 12:29-31 … you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength … You shall love your neighbor as yourself.