Calvary Baptist NYC

Worship Pastor

New York City, New York

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Denomination: Non-Denominational - Unaffiliated Baptist

Weekly Attendance: 450

Location: New York City, New York

The Role: Worship Pastor

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Meet Calvary Baptist Church NYC:

Calvary began in 1847 as a small church in lower Manhattan, meeting in different locations and moving uptown with the growth of the city, where it eventually arrived at its current site on West 57th Street in 1883.

While Calvary Baptist is not affiliated with any particular denomination, it is committed to being a partner with hundreds of like-minded churches and Christian ministries all over New York. Indeed, its strategic central location in midtown remains both a beacon and a hub for spreading the gospel.

The church has a rich heritage of faithful and dynamic preaching. In his autobiography, Billy Graham spoke fondly of Calvary on multiple occasions. At the beginning of the legendary 1957 Crusades, he wrote, “First thing I did the next [Sunday] morning, .... Ruth and I went to church at Calvary Baptist on West 57th Street across from Carnegie Hall to hear John Wimbish preach.”

This legacy of faithful Biblical preaching is one of Calvary’s three distinctives.  The others are its astounding diversity and its unique location.

And what a location it is! Calvary is situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park, set between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and perfectly situated for public transportation access from all five boroughs and the surrounding suburbs.

This central access has made it possible for people from all walks of life to come together to hear God's Word and connect with one another in fellowship and in service. It’s difficult to describe Calvary’s diversity; you must experience it! It has people from every state in the U.S., people from every ethnic background, people in every profession including students, the homeless, the retired, entertainers, families from the Bronx, singles from Brooklyn, immigrants from Queens, and business professionals from Jersey and Staten Island. It’s inspiring to see a church composed of every people, tribe, language, and nation committed to reaching out to a world of every people, tribe, language, and nation!


About the Worship Pastor:

The ideal candidate for this position would provide pastoral leadership in the coordination of the music ministry and other components of the regular worship gatherings. He would maintain a standard of excellence, align with Calvary’s mission statement, and fully support the disciple-making process. The Worship Pastor would provide leadership for the worship department and work cooperatively with the entire pastoral team, making every effort to maintain excellence both musically and spiritually, to glorify God and encourage His people.

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The Worship Pastor Responsibilities Include:

  • Support the leadership of CBC, contributing to the spirit of unity among the staff and congregation.

  • Music Ministry Administration

    • Collaboration with the Senior Pastor in planning, preparing for and leading all worship services.

    • Preparing and maintaining an annual expense budget in cooperation with the church’s Finance and Operations Manager.

    • Oversee, train and schedule performing organizations for church services and special events.

    • Coordination of all professional and volunteer music ministry staff.

    • Unless otherwise directed, schedule all instrumentalists and vocalists for worship services and special events.

    • Oversee maintenance schedules for all church musical instruments.

  • Music Ministry Leadership 

    • Select literature for, rehearse and conduct or oversee The Calvary Choir.

    • Maintain a library of choral and instrumental music.

    • Organize and conduct or oversee vocal and instrumental ensembles to enhance the worship services and special events.

    • Work cooperatively with members of the Communications/Technology staff and volunteers to provide excellence in sound, lighting, and multimedia resources for worship.

  • Worship Arts Administration and Leadership

    • Provide general oversight and coordination for all productions and events related to the arts including, but not limited to drama, concerts, workshops, and seminars, to encourage the use of creative arts in worship and Christian service.

    • Assist in pastoral duties as requested. Teach biblical worship and discipleship.

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What You Bring:

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate Degree in sound theological education is required; Seminary Degree is preferred.

  • 5-7+ years of ministry experience is required, with significant experience related to the responsibilities of a Worship Pastor.

Skills, Knowledge, and Personal Characteristics 

  • Provides overall worship ministry leadership and vision.

  • Has a deep understanding of traditional and modern worship practices.

  • Strong proficiency in music, drama, visual arts, and technical arts.

  • Knowledge of sound, video, and lighting equipment and systems.

  • Provides excellence in music performance and leadership. 

  • Mentors and develops musicians, raising them up into positions of leadership. 

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Organizationally proficient and able to prioritize, schedule, and coordinate work tasks and projects.

  • Exhibits a spiritual maturity and experience that qualify him to provide sound and integral leadership to this area of ministry. 

  • Demonstrates personal discipleship, evangelism, a prayer life, emotional intelligence, and serves as a model of integrity and servanthood for others.

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What it's Like to Live in New York City, New York:

Everyone has a different picture of what it’s like to live in New York City, based on the thousands of films and television shows that portray the city on its constant backdrop in every news broadcast, or its culture and influence that are inseparable from American history. Simply mentioning New York sports teams or highlighting its iconic places like Times Square, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Wall Street, the World Trade Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue, the Statue of Liberty, United Nations, etc., bring a myriad of images to mind.

Families who move to New York City discover that it is both larger - and smaller - than they would have imagined. One’s neighborhood becomes a home, and yet, traveling from one point in the city to another can seem like traveling to another continent. New York’s mass transportation system, the largest and most complex in the country, is essential for Manhattan dwellers.

Calvary’s central midtown location is situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenues on busy W. 57th Street, across from Carnegie Hall and two blocks south of Central Park. Having been in this location for over 135 years, Calvary is in the middle of an exciting building project to construct a brand new facility on the site, nearly doubling its previous usable space. The new building will be set between some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and most importantly, it has optimal access by public transportation from all five boroughs and the surrounding suburbs.

According to the mission’s agency, Global Gates, “if the more than four million individuals from unreached people groups in Metro New York were counted as their own city, it would be the second-largest city in the U.S., larger than Los Angeles…One-third of the top 100 unreached people group communities in North America most in need of missionaries are in Metro New York.”

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