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Director of Music (Worship Leader)
SouthJersey Ministry • Sicklerville, NJ
Posted 11 days ago
Winslow Baptist Church
Winslow Baptist is a conservative Bible-centered, multi-ethnic fellowship of approximately 100 believers in Sicklerville, NJ. The Music Director is responsible for directing the music ministry and developing and maintaining the music program which is in keeping with the wishes, needs and resources of the church.
- This is a part-time position of 10-20 hours per week.
- The staff of the church works within a cooperative team setting and it is understood that the candidate will be a full participant in this team model. All staff members report to the Pastoral Board.
- The following is a general summary of responsibilities; actual responsibilities may change over time, to accommodate new programs or staff changes.
Specifically, the Music Director is expected to:
CONGREGATION and WORSHIP
- Lead worship regularly through a consistent effort to invite the congregation into deeper worship. Also serve as a master of ceremonies if necessary.
- Develop and support effective musical leadership in the church.
- Foster the spiritual life of the congregation and its members through music ministry in worship at the church and its outreach events.
- Provide leadership over all personnel and matters pertaining to the music ministries before, during, and after rehearsals, church services, and church sponsored events.
- Be familiar with the overall goals and vision of the church.
- Understand how the overall ministerial goals of the church influence the music programs, and help facilitate these goals. Also, work to integrate these goals by growing the depth of the worship for the whole congregation
- Assist with the selection of music for Sunday Services.
- Plan and prepare special music for events throughout the year, particularly Easter and Christmas.
- Oversee and facilitate communication among the church Ministerial Staff.
- Attend a weekly production/post-production meeting.
- Collaborate with the Senior Pastor on music and worship elements for all worship services.
- Work with the Senior Pastor to determine the appropriate mix of musical styles (gospel, contemporary, or traditional).
- Attend occasional professional development workshops to continue enhancing the quality of ministry in the music ministry.
- Administrate the organization of sheet music and projected music.
- Provide effective and appropriate weekly rehearsals for vocalists and instrumentalists.
- Track and report any copyright license usage for music services.
- Link with organizations, people, and resources in and beyond the congregation that are related with music within the church.
- Continue education in both music performance and theory.
- Exercise discernment and sensitivity to the needs of the people that make up the church so that music is appropriate to the needs and growth of the congregation (both musical and liturgical).
- May oversee development of new youth and/or children's choir.
- Other related duties.
- Since the position involves a good deal of independent task management, the candidate should be self-directed and efficient with good communication and leadership skills.
- Be skilled in music ministry direction and growing the ministry (personally and numerically) through personal rapport and team building efforts.
- Must be able to lead vocally, and preferably also play either keyboard or guitar.
- Must have the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages and musical backgrounds and subsequently effectively cultivate individual development.
- Should have an interest and knowledge of a wide range of music.
- Have experience on leading groups of 5-10 people and working with volunteers and committees.
- The ability to produce/arrange music that positively contributes to the congregation's worship experience.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- An undergraduate degree with a Major in Music or 3-5yrs equivalent level in directing music ministries and/or performance is preferred.
- Complete doctrinal agreement with the church Constitution and Articles of Faith is necessary.
Constitution and Bylaws of Winslow Baptist Church
This Constitution and Bylaws are made to:
1. Preserve and secure the principles of our faith.
2. Preserve the liberties of each individual member of the church.
3. Ensure freedom of action of independence from any religious body or organization.
4. Provide for orderly conduct of internal affairs, in dealing with others, and of governing church members.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
The name of this church shall be Winslow Baptist Church. It shall be affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and the Garden State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches.
II. Business Location
The address of the principal office of this church shall be: 642 Sicklerville Rd, Sicklerville, NJ 08081
Winslow Baptist Church is an ethnically diverse, dynamic church in a growing community. Our purpose is to facilitate an atmosphere of worship and fellowship for the entire family. We believe in community.
We believe that everyone is important. We believe that church should be a place where every person is valued and plays a valuable role.
Our goal is to reach our world by cultivating passionate disciples who lovingly carry the gospel to Winslow Township and beyond. We have a simple but effective four step process for spiritual growth. Utilizing large group initiatives, small group gatherings, and one-on-on individualized ministries, we enthusiastically embrace the challenge of changing our community for Christ, one life at a time.
Our mission is to win the lost and help people become fully functioning followers of Jesus Christ.
In the event of the dissolution of this corporation, all its debts shall be fully satisfied. None of its assets or holdings shall be divided among its members, but shall be irrevocably dedicated by the Deacons, to such other non-profit religious corporations as agree with the letter and spirit of this constitutional articles of faith, and in conformity with the requirements of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
I. Articles of Faith
1. We believe that the Scriptures, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, able to be understood sufficiently by all, and thus act as the final authority in all matters of faith and life. II Tim.3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:18
2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; Acts 5:3-4
3. We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, and that He is true God and man. He died on the cross for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and is now our High Priest and Advocate. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Hebrews 2:14; Hebrews 12:2; Romans 8:34
4. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost. Only through regeneration by the work of the Holy Spirit can man's salvation and spiritual life be obtained. Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:12; Titus 3:5
5. We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from man's works, and is possessed by any and all who have faith in and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9
6. We believe in a regenerated church membership: that is, persons old enough to understand their need for Jesus Christ and, of their own free will, accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Acts 2: 41-42; Romans 10:9, 13
7. We believe that baptism is by immersion and the Lord's Supper is a memorial to His suffering and death on the cross. These are ordinances to be observed by the church in its present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means for man's salvation. Acts 2:38, 41-42; I Corinthians 11:23-26
8. We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that His second coming inspires believers for dynamic and zealous life and service for Him while waiting for His return. John 14:2-3; Acts 1:10-11; Titus 2:11-14
9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting punishment and separation from God of the unsaved in hell. John 11:25-26; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 1:8-10
10. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. The church shall manage its own affairs and shall not be subject to any other religious body or organization. Acts 14:23; I Peter 5:1-3
II. Distinguishing Affirmations
1. We believe in the divine election of believers.Before the creation of the universe, God sovereignly chose some from among sinful humanity to be recipients of His grace in Christ and enabled these, by His Holy Spirit, to believe the gospel. These believers will be kept by Him in faith. Although the death of Jesus Christ on the cross was a satisfactory substitutionary sacrifice for all humanity, the death of Jesus is not believed by all and thus all will not be saved. Ephesians 1:4-5, 11; I Peter 1:1-2
2. We believe in the uniqueness of the Church. The Church is a new community of God's people which began at Pentecost and is to be distinguished from both the political nation of Israel and the Jewish ethnic designation. It is composed of all who individually trust Christ as their Savior, and thus have been regenerated and placed into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The Local Church is an autonomous congregation of immersed believers who are organized together on the basis of individual professions of faith in Jesus Christ and who observe two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper. The observance of these two ordinances are accomplished in symbolic ceremonies that memorialize the saving work of Jesus in the life of believers. Acts 2:37-42; I Corinthians 11:23-26
3. We believe that the Holy Spirit empowers believers to serve with a variety of spiritual gifts. Certain of these gifts, involving miraculous manifestations, evidently were intended only for the help and authentication of the apostolic generation and are not normative for today. I Corinthians 12:1-11; 13:8-10; Romans 12:6-8; I Peter 4:10-11
4. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to gather his church prior to the tribulation period. At that time, all church saints will be raised, glorified, and rewarded. At the close of the tribulation, Christ will return bodily as Messianic King to establish his millennial kingdom and to rule over Israel and the nations. Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:6
5. We believe women occupy an important role in the Church. We affirm both that the Scriptures clear teach the principle of male headship and that male headship is functional and not qualitative in nature. The genders were made to complement one another and both are brought to salvation in the same manner but not with the same roles. It is normative for qualified males only to hold the office of Pastor and to teach men in the church. Men should be the spiritual heads of their families. These roles will not be applicable in the new creation. Genesis 2:18; I Corinthians 11:3; I Timothy 3:11; 2:9-15; Galatians 3:28; I Corinthians 11:3
6. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal daysabout 6000 years ago and reject all forms of evolution as plausible explanations for human history. Genesis 1:1-31
7. We believe the biblical doctrine of separationencompasses three things: 1) The individual separation of the believer from all worldly practices that would dishonor the Savior (Romans 12:1-2; 13-14; 6:1-13; Galatians 5:22-26), 2) The corporate separation of the local church from all affiliation and fellowship with those who deny the verities of the Christian faith ( II Timothy 3:1-5; I Corinthians 5:6-11; II Corinthians 6:14-18) and, 3) The separation of church and state (Matthew 16:18; 22:17-21; I Peter 2:4-9). (See Statement Separation.)
8. We believe that the Baptist distinctives and congregational polity best reflect our understanding of a properly organized NT local church.
B - BIBLICAL AUTHORITY - The Bible is a Divine Revelation given of God to men, and is a complete and infallible guide and standard of authority in all matters of faith and morals.
A - AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH - Each local church has the right to manage its own affairs.
P - PRIESTHOOD OF EACH BELIEVER - There is no need for a mediating priest to stand between the believer and God.
T - TWO ORDINANCES - Believer's Baptism and The Lord's supper
I - INDIVIDUAL SOUL LIBERTY - Every individual has the liberty to choose what his conscience or soul dictates is right according to scripture.
S - SAVED MEMBERSHIP - The person or persons must have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ, baptized by immersion, and committed to living a godly life and a life of service to the Lord Jesus Christ.
T - TWO OFFICES - PASTOR AND DEACONS
S - SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE - The civil government has no authority, influence or control over any aspect of a Baptist church.
III. Conduct Affirmations (See WBC Christian Life Handbook)
1. We believe that God's people must exhibit moral and doctrinal purity in accordance with God's word, both individually and corporately. Thus, believers are to behave wisely with respect to personal practices and institutional relationships. I Peter 1:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Galatians 5:19-21
2. We believe that all behavioral choices must be engaged in by faith by the believer. Behaviors that are clear destructive physically (smoking) or emotionally (gambling) should be completely avoided by the believer. While behaviors that potentially can become destructive (i.e. alcohol consumption, prescription medications, etc.) should be engaged in with prudence and caution in Christian liberty. I Corinthians 6:12; 10:31; Ephesians 5:18
3. We believe that church discipline is a vital aspect of healthy Christianity. Every member of the Local Church thus stands in the same level of submission to the imperatives of Scripture regarding their relationship with God, the Church, and fellow believers. Should church discipline need to be applied, its aim is always to be restorative and reconciliatory and never is the aim to be punitive in nature. Galatians 6:1; Jude 22-23; Matthew 18:15-17
IV. Cultural Affirmations
1. We believe in the importance of family. Thus, a person's first priority is to God, their second is family, and their third is the Church. Deuteronomy 6:5; Ephesians 6:1-4;
2. We believe in the sanctity of all life. We stand against all forms of injustice that seek to kill (abortion, euthanasia, etc.), enslave (prostitution, human trafficking, etc.), or manipulate people (domestic violence, child/elder abuse, etc.). Psalm 139:14-17; Ephesians 6:4; I Peter 3:7
3. We believe that all addictions are a form of sin and thus must be countered with self-control, biblical discipleship, and specialized counseling and/or treatment if necessary. Galatians 5:22-25
4. We believe that homosexuality and all other deviant forms of sexuality are in clear violation of Scripture and thus fall under the same disciplinary procedures. Thus, WBC will not perform a marriage ceremony for a same sex couple or any other deviant form of sexuality. Lev 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; I Corinthians 6:9-10
BYLAWS (see WBC Extended Bylaws and Polity Statement)
I. Church Governance
We are a congregational rule church which is the term used to describe a church that is ruled by a democratic form of government. While there are leaders in the church, such as pastors and deacons, no church decision is made without the corporate church's vote. Therefore, every member has the responsibility to attend and vote at/in all church meetings.
II. Church Membership
Membership of Winslow Baptist Church shall consist of people having made a profession of their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who, having been scripturally baptized by immersion, and are in agreement with the Articles of Faith.
Membership in the church may be attained by majority vote of the church in any of its regular business meetings and in one of the following manners:
1. By scriptural baptism by immersion after profession of faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
2. By transfer of church letter from another Baptist church.
3. By a statement of faith of their prior experience of conversion and scriptural baptism by immersion in another evangelical church of like faith and practice.
4. By restoration to the church membership after having been dropped.
Membership in this church shall be terminated when a member:
1. Requests a letter of transfer to join another Baptist church.
2. Is dropped from the roll of membership when he or she joins another kind of church. A letter of transfer is not necessary.
3. The member dies.
4. Is dismissed by a vote of the church due to reasons and circumstances provided in our policy for Church Discipline. The pastor and deacons will do all they can to counsel the member for restoration prior to action of dismissal or a request of the member to be dismissed from the church membership
D. Orientation of New Members
Candidates for membership and new members need to attend a Church Membership Class to learn and understand the privileges and responsibilities of belonging to the Lord's church.
1. Members in good standing shall have the right to a voice and vote in all church transactions and shall have the right and privileges to full participation in the life and work of the church.
2. It shall be the duty of church members to uphold the Articles of Faith, Constitution and Bylaws.
III. Church Officers
A. All church officers must be members of the church in good standing. WBC is administrated with the following offices: Pastors, Deacons, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Church Clerk. (See Extended Polity/By Laws for qualifications)
B. In case of vacancy in any office, except that of the pastor and staff members, the vacancy shall be filled by the church at a regular or special meeting as soon as possible after such vacancy has occurred.
IV. Church Committees
From time to time, WBC will utilize various committees to accomplish the Church's mission,
A. Committees are formed (called) by the Senior Pastor and are established for a finite period of time.
B. Committees are disbanded by Senior Pastor when the aforementioned goals have been achieved.
C. Committees have been utilized in the past for: clearing, search, financial, etc.
V. Church Meetings
A. Worship Services
The church shall meet regularly each Sunday morning for the worship of God, for preaching, instruction, evangelism. These meetings shall be open for the entire membership of the church and for all people and shall be conducted under the direction of the pastor or designated church officer in the absence of the pastor.
B. Business Meetings
1. Annual Meeting
The annual business meeting of the church will be held on the last Wednesday of March for the purpose of election of officers and approval of the church budget.
2. Special Business Meeting
A special called business meeting may be called by the pastor, and with other church officers, or by action of the church to consider special matters of significant nature. A one-week written notice or announcement must be given for the especially called business meeting.
VI. Church Discipline (see WBC Christian Life Handbook)
A. All members of WBC are subject to the same rules and standard of conduct (public and private).
B. Whenever a potential situation arises, all means must be taken to biblically resolve the conflict (The Matthew 18 principle of loving and direct confrontation must be employed).
C. All discipline is intended to restore the erring believer to a right relationship with God and their fellow believers. Thus, we believe discipline is to be ultimately reconciliatory and not simply punitive in nature.
D. The following are some of the possible disciplinary actions that may be taken: verbal warning, letter of reprimand, suspension from ministry/office, expulsion from membership (i.e. disfellowship).
VII. Amendments to the Bylaws
New Bylaws may be adopted or these Bylaws may be amended or repealed by the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the votes represented at a duly held meeting of the members.
VIII. Church Covenant
Having, as we trust, been brought by Divine Grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each other's happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other's burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines.
We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.