First Christian Reformed Church of Byron Center is looking for a Director of Worship.
For over 100 years First Byron CRC has gathered for corporate worship and faithfully preached the gospel to those in Byron Center and the surrounding communities. Byron Center is a southern suburb of Grand Rapids with a rapidly growing population of around 17,000 people. It is a desired community to live in based on its schools, shopping, and small town community feel.
First Byron has a blended style of worship, singing songs from composers like the Gettys, Sovereign Grace, as well as using the Psalter Hymnal. We use a wide range of instruments from the organ to guitars and drums, with an emphasis toward the historic and old and yet a passion to find the quality songs of today. First Byron looks most of all for meaningful, rich, God-glorifying, Reformed, Biblically based lyrics along with fitting melodies. We strive to be Christ exalting and gospel centered in all our worship. First Byron has around 1100 members. We have robust numbers at both our morning and evening services, averaging approximately 800 in morning worship and 350 in the evening. The First Byron staff consists of 4 ordained full or part time pastors, a full time Director of Ministries, and a number of other ministry and support personnel. In 2000, we built a new sanctuary that seats about 800 people but remains warm and inviting.
Full time staff position to provide leadership for Sunday worship services, various music and worship ministries, and other pastoral duties based on need and the candidate’s gifting.
The qualified candidate will know and love God and his word and will be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. The candidate’s relationship with Jesus will be displayed by the following:
Mature in their Christian faith. They must have a strong knowledge of God’s Word with the ability to apply its wisdom in personal and congregational life. They must display the visible fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5)
A history of commitment to one’s local church through membership and service.
Agreement with the creeds and confessions of the Christian Reformed Church.
Leadership without performance. They must be humble and willing to learn. We are looking for a servant, not a performer.
Sensitive to the character of our congregation.
Skillful both instrumentally and vocally.
Able to draw upon the gifts of others and develop them—organize, coordinate, and motivate musicians and technical team members.
Creative and has the ability to blend music and instruments.
An understanding of and agreement with First Byron’s worship values and Philosophy of Worship statement.
Strong leadership skills with the ability to work independently.
Must become a member of First Byron CRC.
Key responsibilities (in relative order of priority)
1. Plan elements for worship services: picking songs, music, and developing other liturgical elements and developing them into an order of worship. All of this under the oversight of the Senior Pastor.
2. Serve as worship leader in Sunday services—musically, vocally, liturgically.
3. Coordinate and lead weekly rehearsals.
4. Coordinate and schedule music volunteers.
5. Develop presentation for services (slides with lyrics or other liturgical elements).
6. Maintain a strong prayer base for the music ministry.
7. Serve as a member of the staff and participate in pastoral staff meetings.
8. Administrate worship and music ministries—distribute music to volunteers, communicate schedules, work in coordination with office staff.
9. Work with sound team and techs with regard to maintaining and building music and/or technical equipment (computers, projection, microphones, sound board, monitors, etc.).
10. Research, develop, and teach new songs and music that have a Biblical, Reformed focus.
11. Continual study of Scripture and Reformed, Biblical view of worship.
12. Development and discipleship of other musicians and vocalists—recruit, equip, motivate, supervise, and shepherd music team leaders and musicians.
13. Serve on the Worship Committee.
14. Develop forecasts for annual worship budget or related matters and manage worship budget spending.
15. Work in conjunction with choir director, Sunday school staff, organists in worship planning to provide support.
- Experience and high level of skill in music and worship leading
- Good understanding of basic music theory and fundamentals
- Piano proficiency to enable teaching at rehearsals
- Bachelor’s degree in music (or equivalent experience)
- Guitar proficiency
- Formal theological training
- Potential Secondary Responsibilities (as gifts determine)
- Assist in prayer ministry
- Assist in small group ministry
- Assist in assimilation
The Director of Worship will report directly to the Senior Pastor and ultimately to the Council by way of the Executive Committee.
Full time, salaried position with benefits—salary based on job history and qualifications.