Celebrating Music, Love & Action – The SoulFest, will be held August 5-7, 2021 in the picturesque mountains and lakes region of Gilford, New Hampshire at Gunstock Mountain Resort. Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering 8,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers. As New England’s largest Christian music festival, SoulFest has become a summer staple to numerous families throughout the New England Area.
This summer, UniteBoston is hosting a series of four backyard concerts throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. This collaborative space invites Christian artists and budding songwriters to share the songs, poems, artwork, and dances that have emerged out of the challenges of this past year. Our hope is that these concerts will restore bonds of friendship, justice, and resilience, bringing renewal to the body of Christ and our surrounding communities. We’ve lamented, we’ve grieved; now it’s time to come together to rejoice and RENEW.
1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you.
Dates & Locations:
Saturday July 10th | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Dorchester
Thursday July 22nd | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Medford
Saturday July 31st | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Roxbury
Sunday August 29 | 6:30 to 8:30pm | Dorchester
We are grateful for friends of UniteBoston who have graciously opened their backyards for us to host these concerts. Because of the limited capacity of these spaces, we are requiring registration. Click here to register via Eventbrite. After registration, you will also receive an email with the specific address of the backyard concert.
Also: We welcome all artists and creative-types to participate in the open mic portion of the concerts! Click here to sign up to share a song, spoken word poem, dance, or visual artistic piece during the open mic series. We seek to create an environment that is welcoming to people of all skill levels.
Please help us to spread the word to colleagues, friends, and neighbors – a great way to do this is through the Facebook event. All are welcome!
Calling all songwriters, poets, and music lovers! Unite Boston is partnering with REUNION Christian Church to bring you Songwriter’s Guild, a monthly meeting of creatives to explore the craft of songwriting and work towards bringing original worship music to the Greater Boston area. We invite creative people of all types to join us as we discuss writing, recording, and the heart of worship. Our goal is to create a network of worship leaders and artists who will work towards writing songs that churches all over Boston can sing together. Join the guild and find out more about our vision for our large and diverse community!
Email Bailey Kolapudi <email@example.com> to receive the Zoom link!
Are you passionate about crafting excellent worship experiences that create an atmosphere for bringing life-changing encounters with God? Do you understand that worship is holy, not a gig or where you can prove your abilities? Are you current on the latest trends and movements within the church and do you have a vision for where God might be calling our congregation and musicians to grow in new expressions of worship? If so, then Grace Chapel is looking forward to talking to you! Here is a packet with the opportunity profile for our worship leader position at Grace Chapel in Lexington.
About the Role
Grace Chapel is looking for an experienced, full-time Contemporary Worship Leader to join our staff team at the Lexington Campus. In this role you will lead with skill and wisdom to help craft engaging, excellent and God-honoring in-person and digital/online worship experiences that proclaim the uncompromised message of the Gospel. You must care that people understand why we worship and not just how we worship. This role will report directly to the Lexington Campus Pastor and indirectly to Grace Chapel’s Pastor of Worship Ministry.
Meet Grace Chapel
Grace Chapel is a non-denominational, multicultural church that welcomes everyone, no matter what your faith background or where you are on your spiritual journey. Our mission is simple – discovering life with God for the good of the world. We are fully committed and passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus.
We’ve been around for quite a while – since 1948 in fact, when four families in Lexington, Massachusetts met weekly in a home for a time of worship, Bible study, and prayer. These families had a heart and vision for reaching and serving people in the growing western suburbs of Boston. Since we incorporated in 1956, we’ve grown from a few dozen people in a rented space in Lexington to 4,000 people coming together for Sunday services and midweek programs in-person across five campuses (Lexington, Wilmington, Watertown, East Lexington, and Foxboro) and online. Our worship services are casual, innovative, contemporary, and upbeat and we offer great Sunday morning programs for kids and teens at all our locations. Learn more about Grace on our website at https://www.grace.org and about the Lexington campus at https://www.grace.org/lexington/.
The Role Will:
-Collaborate with Grace Chapel’s Senior Pastor, Pastor of Worship and Pastor of Digital Ministry to design, plan, and produce in person and online Sunday worship services and other events.
-Oversee and regularly lead worship at the Sunday contemporary service and take ownership for the atmosphere created. Create an experience that connects with a younger generation and multi-cultural congregation, promotes authentic worship, and proclaims the uncompromised message of the Gospel.
-Deliver high-quality worship teams on the platform and provide opportunities for new people to grow and develop. Effectively lead and prepare musicians at rehearsals.
-Work closely with the technical and production teams as well as the Lexington campus’ Classic Worship Leader and the Worship Leaders at all campuses.
-Implement a solid leadership structure at the campus by recruiting, training, and developing worship team members, inspiring them to create, and nurture their gifts.
-Build worship sets, and help with creative elements, and video moments that add to the communication of the services.
-Provide organizational leadership and accountability for the campus worship ministry, including planning, budgeting etc.
-Continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus and bring that to the worship ministry and platform.
-Participate in the staff life, responsibilities, and activities of Grace Chapel as available.
-Fully support Grace Chapel’s mission, vision, and values: https://www.grace.org/about-us/church-overview/
What You Bring:
Musically – You have a quality singing voice and an engaging stage presence and you are highly skilled on at least one musical instrument. You have an appreciation for and are respectful of all worship styles and music genres. Having formal music training and an ability to write and arrange music is a big plus.
Worship Arts – You are passionate about crafting excellent worship experiences that create an atmosphere for bringing life-changing encounters with God. You understand that worship is holy, not a gig or where you can prove your abilities. You are current on the latest trends and movements within the local church and you have a vision for where God might be calling our congregation and our musicians to grow in new expressions of worship.
Leadership – You cast a compelling vision of the significance and power of great contemporary worship both in-person and online and can communicate in a way that inspires those around you. You are a team-builder and are extremely organized. You relentlessly recruit and develop talented volunteer musicians to serve the congregation with excellence and humility.
People Skills – You must be relational and have a heart for leading people in worship and not just leading a worship service. You create authentic community where individuals in your ministry are loved, encouraged, and supported. You see the importance of building and engaging diverse worship teams and a growing multi-cultural congregation.
Inspirational – With a strong platform presence, you model and lead heartfelt worship in an invitational style that draws people in, encourages participation, and points people to Jesus.
Excellence – You strive for quality and always bring your finest for the glory of God. You are constantly growing and looking for freshness. You encourage others to be constantly developing their gifts and trying new things and new ideas.
Technology – You have experience using technology in worship – lighting, worship software, sound systems, video projection, etc. You have experience recording audio and video tracks from your home. You can incorporate new technology and other art forms as needed.
Education & Experience
You must have demonstrated experience planning, preparing, and leading contemporary worship services. You must be gifted vocally and highly proficient on at least one musical instrument. You are skilled in vocal and instrumental direction. Formal music training and an ability to write and arrange music is preferable.
-A growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
-Energetic and enthusiastic with a strong desire to be part of a local church ministry team.
-Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
-Able to organize, pay close attention to details, and work effectively as part of a team.
-Proactive, flexible, and able to adapt to last-minute developments typical of church ministry.
What We Offer
Salaries at Grace Chapel are competitive for churches in this area. In addition, our benefit plans reflect our commitment to the health and welfare of our staff members and their families and are an important component of our compensation package. We offer generous health and dental insurance plans, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, three weeks of paid vacation per calendar year, nine paid holidays per year, ten paid sick days per year, and a generous retirement program.
These benefits are just the start. We also offer opportunities to learn and grow professionally, a fun work environment, a community that fosters inclusivity and diversity, and a team of co-workers who are committed and passionate about helping people find and follow Jesus.
You will find that our worship teams are made up of over 20 extremely dedicated and talented musicians and vocalists who help connect our congregation to Jesus through corporate musical worship. Most of these gifted individuals are volunteers. And our technical production and digital ministry teams that bring it all together are top-notch partners for our worship.
The Submission Process
If you sense that the gifts and experience God has given you are a good match for Grace Chapel and this position, we invite you to begin the application process. We handle all candidate information and conversations confidentially.
We are also requiring one video example of you leading worship in a live setting as well as a video of you playing your instrument and singing. The second video can be a simple video made at home on your phone. Applications submitted without videos will not be reviewed.
The incredible music that was produced at the Love Boston concert can be re-watched while you’re at work, cooking, or doing chores around the house!
On September 12, 2020 UniteBoston released our concert premiere entitled “Love Boston.” Amidst the challenges of today’s public health crisis and racial injustices, seven local Christian artists representing hip-hop, worship, soul, spoken word, and gospel genres united to share original artistic responses to the challenges we are facing as a city and nation. They challenged people to “love thy neighbor,” and inspired us in the action steps we can take forward together in this unprecedented cultural moment.
Featured artists include: Caleb McCoy, Shanell Alyssa, Ada Betsabè, Jen Aldana, Jeany Alcántara, Fugi, and Jalen Williams. Click here to meet the artists! Now more than ever, our souls need beauty and art that moves us toward faith, justice, and resilience, loving our neighbor, and toward Jesus in worship! Click on the artist names above to follow them & listen to more music by them!
While we missed having the opportunity to worship together physically in the Boston Common, the beauty of this year’s worship event is that all of the videos can be re-watched and shared. You can watch it while cooking, working from home, doing the dishes or folding the laundry, walking in the park, commuting on the subway, the list goes on and on!
Click here to watch the concert on Facebook – includes chat comments
Music only version of the concert
Lori Dupre created a progressive painting where the artists place their handprints over words like global pandemic, economic stress, and fear, replaced by words of healing and hope and a cityscape of Boston. This painting will be auctioned off at our concert premiere
Finally, we wanted to take time to thank our concert sponsors – the Emmanuel Gospel Center, Resurrection Church, Restoration City Church, Grace Chapel, Standing Ovation Entertainment, and the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, as well as everyone who contributed to our production costs! Also, thank you to everyone who donated to support the artists – The contributions for the artists totaled $1575, which will help to fuel and further their music ministries in this crucial moment! Thank you so much for joining into this united worship movement where people of every nation, people and language are coming together to worship Jesus! (Rev. 7:9!)