Weekly Attendance: 120
Location: King of Prussia, PA
The Role: Director of Worship and Youth
Meet Harvest Bible Chapel:
Harvest Bible Chapel Philadelphia began as a church plant of Harvest Bible Chapel of Chicago. Matt and his wife Miranda moved to Chicago in 2010 to join the training center for four months of intensive training in church planting. During that time, God made it clear He was calling the Townsends to plant a church in the Northeast, a place known for having hard soil for new churches and especially for the gospel. They went with a simple mission, to make the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ known and advance the great commission in the hearts and lives of others.
Matt and Miranda moved to the King of Prussia area to begin the work of building a launch team in early 2011. Harvest Bible Chapel Philadelphia (HBC) launched in September of that year in the Middle School of Upper Merion. The first few years were dedicated to establishing key ministries, hiring key ministry leaders, establishing offices, assisting other church plants, and overcoming common early church-planting hurdles. During this time, HBC invested heavily in its worship ministry and saw great fruit from its efforts. Engaging, vibrant, life-giving, Christ-exalting worship became a key marker in our identity as a church very early on.
In 2016, God opened a door to plant its first international church and assist in relaunching a church in North Jersey. In partnership with Vertical Church Columbus and Derek Ward of Barbados, Harvest Bible Chapel Barbados was planted in 2017. Both Vertical Church and HBC Philadelphia have sent mission teams down multiple times to share in the work of establishing a healthy, vibrant, life-giving church on the island.
In 2018, God opened a door to help launch a church in the inner city of Philadelphia, a Christ-Centered Church, in partnership with the Great Commission Collective. The church struggled to gain footing for two years and closed when the pandemic hit in 2020.
In March of 2020, the pandemic hit, and all groups that met at the Middle School in Upper Merion (King of Prussia) were kicked out due to virus concerns. During the summer of 2020, Swedesford Road Church (SRC) kindly opened its doors and allowed HBC to meet on Saturday nights for worship. It was a challenging season requiring extended endurance as the ground beneath the church moved quickly. Yet, in the midst of incredible change and adversity, God was faithful.
During that time, God stirred in the hearts of the leaders at SRC and HBC to consider joining forces for the sake of the mission. Through much prayer, discussions, and the counsel of others, the leaders of SRC and HBC agreed to join forces and become one church. The staff, leaders, elders, deacons, and DNA of Harvest will take the lead in the new merger, but a new name will be decided. The merger will become official in September of 2022.
As we consider the future of our ministry and the mission of reaching our community and making disciples, we recognize that vibrant worship and a solid youth ministry are key to accomplishing our goals. We pray God brings us the right person to help us reach our community and disciple our people.
About the Director of Worship and Youth
Harvest Bible Chapel is looking for a Director of Worship and Youth who will grow both ministries to the next level. We seek someone who genuinely loves the Lord, is passionate about serving the body of Christ, and will use that as a catalyst to develop and oversee the Worship and Youth ministries at our church, as well as the graphics, media, and branding.
The Director of Worship and Youth Responsibilities Include:
Work closely with the Senior Pastor in preparation of weekly worship services
Work willingly within the church staff team
Plan, rehearse & implement all musical, vocal & technical facets of the worship service
Plan all worship elements for special events such as training weekends, Men’s / Women’s Events, etc.
Oversee auditions of new instrumentalists, vocalists & audio-visual ministry volunteers
Recruit, organize, and train multiple worship teams, bands, and media teams
Recruit, audition, and schedule special music soloists and groups
Encourage and involve church musicians not participating in the band
Oversee, manage and staff all areas of excellent audio-visual ministry, including volunteer training
Nurture diligently personal relationships within the worship and church media community through personal encouragement, training, fellowship, small group participation, and phone calls.
Plan and manage an annual ministry budget
Supervise future worship and church media support staff
- Oversee other tasks as assigned.
Primary teaching role to junior and senior high students. Preach Sunday services as needed
Continue education and professional development through books, conferences, and classes
- Cast vision that compels students to live out the 7 W's
- Cooperate with other staff and directors to ensure the pastoral care of the congregation
- Recruit, train, and motivate teams of leaders to implement ministry strategy for junior and senior high students
- Project and manage an annual ministry budget
- Build relationships and regularly communicate with parents of students
- Be available to meet with students and parents to address specific needs and concerns as they arise and as opportunity allows
- Aid students in connecting with the larger ministry of the church
- Network with other area youth pastors
Design, develop and maintain the church website
Direct, edit and produce short video productions for worship services, functions, events, and evangelism (such as testimonies, short clips from church life, newscast, God at Work Videos, announcements, etc.)
- Manage, operate, maintain and recommend purchases for all church media equipment, including sound, video, website, podcast, computers & software as needed
- Recruit, train and lead/or manage a team of volunteers for A/V ministries, including sound, video, recording, CD/DVD distribution, and interactive web connection
- Oversee and direct social media engagement through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc and build teams to produce content
- Raise up a communications manager to condense weekly sermons into blog posts to be posted weekly and tweet 3-5 quotes from the sermon on Social Media
- Raise up creative teams to brainstorm ideas and implement plans for special occasions such as Fall Kick-off, Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Retreats, etc.
- Manage the church’s web “footprint” by ensuring our presence in Google Searches and other such places
- Manage awareness campaigns that broaden the church’s presence and footprint in the community
What You Bring:
Education & Experience
Undergraduate degree required
Seminary degree preferred
Personal Characteristics & Qualifications
A strong, growing relationship with the Lord
- An eager passion to serve the body of Jesus Christ
An ability to develop healthy, thriving, interpersonal relationships with teens, parents, and staff
- A team player, self-starter, and gospel-driven worker
- A genuine passion for worship and team leadership
What it's Like to Live in King of Prussia, PA:
The King of Prussia area has fantastic schools and is just a quick commute into Philadelphia. It’s an excellent place for families to live, with a high quality of life. Large employers that bring business to the area include UGI, Universal Health Services (UHS), Vanguard Group, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. One of the best parts about this area is the location: you can be at the Jersey Shore or Pocono Mountains in an hour, while downtown Philly is just 30 minutes away. It is a wonderful suburb of Philadelphia to raise a family.
Fall in love with Philadelphia, the first World Heritage City in the U.S and the second-largest city on the East Coast. Visit Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Liberty Bell, two of 67 National Historic Landmarks, in a walkable, charming, colonial neighborhood with cobblestone streets.
Renowned for its arts and culture, Philadelphia is a city for art lovers. The Barnes Foundation is the world's largest private collection of post-impressionist art, more than 200 galleries within the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Enjoy the urban outdoors in Philadelphia's lively and walkable Center City District by joining a walking tour of many of the almost 4,000 murals in this city, known as the Mural Capital of the World. You also do not want to miss out on a famous Philly cheesesteak or explore the city's dynamic dining scene offering restaurants and bars in Center City to whet any appetite.
Philadelphia is not only the birthplace of America but also of American medicine. It is steeped in science history and is home to the nation's first hospital, medical school, children's hospital, college of pharmacy, and medical library. It's no wonder the Brookings Institution has called Philadelphia one of the top “Knowledge Capitals” in the U.S. and Europe.
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