Why We Love This Opportunity
Calvary Church is a group of people from all walks of life and ages who are hungry for something more. They believe that the good news Jesus preached is more than a ticket to heaven. They believe that Jesus transforms lives. Everything they do here is designed and intended to help people live as Jesus did.
They desire for worship services to reveal the living Jesus and enable, create spaces and teach people to respond to Him in adoration. Every Sunday should be another moment to encounter the One who can take dead things and make them alive. The new Senior Director of Worship & Arts will have the privilege of continuing to lead Calvary Church toward this end.
Calvary Church is a 130-year-old church, rooted in the Reformed faith, that identifies its mission as “joining with Jesus to transform lives.” In 2014, the current senior pastor came and began a five-year journey of leading the church through a season of discovering its identity for the next chapter of its life. This season of discernment has led Calvary Church to become a church that helps people live the life Jesus lived. This focal point has led them into starting two new campuses, implementing changes in Sunday morning worship and, most importantly, has become the lens by which they make decisions.
The Orland Park campus hosts two worship services (both identical) each Sunday. Services can’t be categorized here with labels like, “contemporary” or “traditional.” Instead, each week there is a mixture of ancient and new, high-church liturgy and low-church spontaneity. Sometimes the church sings hymns acapella, and other times they raise the roof to the newest praise song. They may recite the Apostles’ Creed together, or experience a moment of corporate prayer. The goal of the gathering is not entertainment but to help facilitate encounter. Calvary Church will use all the riches of the Church to help make that happen.
Several years ago, Calvary Church did the hard work of dismantling the Worship Ministry as it was and began building something new from the ground up. The last Senior Director of Worship & Arts did a phenomenal job of building the new ministry. They are now looking to the next phase to see it grow and flourish into adulthood. Instrumentation tends toward a modern 5-piece band (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keys, drums) with a small group of vocalists. Occasionally, a choir and/or other instrumentation is utilized to supplement the rhythm section.
The Senior Director of Worship & Arts will oversee all aspects of the worship ministry on the Orland Park campus and. This person will also provide oversight and support to the Campus Worship Pastors on their other two current (and any future) campuses. Calvary is looking to infuse greater levels of creativity and authenticity into corporate worship in a way that is joyful and engaging to all generations. The Senior Director of Worship & Arts will have the opportunity to lead the congregation toward increased freedom and genuine expressions of worship while also continuing to “raising the bar” of excellence in their musical execution.