Fox Valley Church (foxvalleychurch.org) is located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, and is a congregation within the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) with an average worship attendance of 500.
Fox Valley is currently seeking a new Worship Pastor/Director to collaboratively work with Fox Valley leadership, to hone vision for the worship ministry, and to invest in and grow a strong team of volunteers that supports it. Currently, an interim director
is temporarily leading the ministry, which delivers two identical worship services on Sunday mornings (at 9:00 and 10:45 AM). Gifted and committed volunteers participate in all aspects of the ministry, from music leadership to sound and lights. While the church
has faithful, dedicated volunteers that consistently embrace a desire for excellence, there remains much to be done and the next leader will not lack opportunities to grow and develop the worship ministry into a thriving, exciting component of Fox Valley Church.
The worship ministry at Fox Valley Church not only aims for excellence in musicianship and in execution of Sunday morning services, but also values building a body of believers that is highly relational and spirit-led as they gather together for worship.
The next Worship Pastor/Director will embody this commitment to excellence in all aspects of worship arts, including musically, creatively, and technically. At the same time it is critical that this leader possess a desire for building personal connectedness
through relationships within the ministry and the congregation.
The next Pastor/Director will be called upon to walk closely with volunteers, empower and encourage them, help identify worship ministry gifts, and incorporate peripheral participants into a more central role in the ministry. Furthermore, a positive connection
between the Worship Pastor/Director and the church family will be built through establishing meaningful and authentic relationships. Fox Valley Church has a culture that is highly relational, and once those valuable relationships are established with volunteers
and congregants the Worship Pastor/Director will realize even greater involvement and enthusiasm around the ministry.
The incoming Pastor/Director at Fox Valley will also be called upon to build new relationships through the process of recruiting, developing and growing a robust volunteer team. While highly committed and skilled volunteers consistently give their time
and talent to the ministry, intentional efforts must be given to inviting new people to join the worship team. The ministry will benefit from additional people serving in various roles (band, sound, set up, slides, etc) and the next leader will be called
upon to rally and inspire interested and gifted people in these areas.
The next Worship Pastor/Director at Fox Valley Church must be a highly relational leader that not only interacts well with people, but also brings a demonstrated capacity for volunteer recruitment, retention, and training. This individual will exude a love
for worship and a love for God’s people that will attract new volunteers and encourage existing ones in a way that will inspire and build momentum. He or she will show their love for the Lord as they lead by example. Developing people and nurturing volunteers
to establish a strong base in the ministry will be critical in moving the worship ministry forward. Additionally, the next Worship Pastor/Director will be committed to excellence in all areas of worship ministry. Discovering and communicating the right balance
between relationship and excellence will be crucial to the success of the next Worship Pastor/Director at Fox Valley Church.
The church is eager to welcome an organized leader who will hone and strengthen the vision for the worship ministry. This vision will inspire volunteers and the congregation in a way that creates excitement and energy – drawing people into God-honoring
worship experiences that prepare them to hear and respond to God’s Word. This vision and approach will also include strategies to recruit, train and retain volunteers so that people are encouraged, equipped to serve, and enjoy being part of the worship ministry
The right candidate will be motivated by the complexities that arise in a multi-service worship setting, and will have the ability to manage and delegate well. The dynamic of this environment calls for a leader who enjoys assessing effectiveness, troubleshooting
problems and addressing challenges before they loom large. This individual will be able to ensure the effective execution of the technical, creative, and musical aspects of the worship services.
The ability to communicate in a variety of ways will be an essential skill for the Worship Pastor/Director at Fox Valley Church. This effective leader will understand and practice strategic, thoughtful and well-timed communication as a means of ensuring
a smooth flow of ministry. He or she will also view communication as an essential means of facilitating healthy alignment within the overall ministry of the church and, as an active participant, at the staff leadership table. Frequent, healthy communication
will be crucial in worship preparation and planning with the Senior Pastor and within the Worship Ministry as weekend service details are developed and implemented.