What is the Harvest Training Center for Worship?

The Harvest Training Center for Worship is an 10 week worship residency at Harvest Bible Chapel’s Elgin Campus in the suburbs of Chicago. By God’s grace, Harvest Bible Chapel has grown under the leadership of Senior Pastor James MacDonald from a group of eighteen people in 1988 to multi-campus church. At the end of 2012, 88 churches have been planted or transitioned by Harvest Bible Fellowship, the church planting ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel.


What is the purpose of the Harvest Training Center?

The purpose of the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting is to train and equip godly, gifted men and women to become effective and fruitful worship leaders.


How is this different from a worship degree program at college?

HTCW offers training that has direct application to music ministry today and to Harvest Bible Fellowship churches specifically. Our goal is to instruct students in 3 areas: HBC philosophy of Worship, Biblical Theology and Practical application of music knowledge. We are a fellowship of Harvest Bible Chapels with many opportunities for practical application. At the completion of our program, you should understand the D.N.A. of Harvest Bible Chapel and understand how to deliver on our expectations for high impact, dynamic worship services. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion. We also desire to help our students by facilitating relationships with our Fellowship pastors who are looking for worship leaders. We offer on-going mentoring and coaching after graduation from our very experienced worship pastors and trainers.


What does a typical week look like?

The typical week includes four days of instruction (Tuesday through Friday) covering various weekly themes. Significant ministry involvement is also expected on the weekends and some evenings, including opportunities to lead worship. Occasional field trips take us out of the office for one or more days.


Is there homework?

Not homework, per se, but there are required reading assignments. Residents are also expected to be part of a small group and participate in various worship leading opportunities throughout the week.


How long does the program last?

10 weeks in the summer. Start date is June 2, ending on August 3.


How many residents do you accept?

The Harvest Training Center for Worship is highly specialized. In order to maximize the amount of personal attention each resident receives, we admit only a select number of qualified men and women each year.


How much formal musical/theological training is required?

We desire a worship degree from an approved college or university or that you are working towards this degree. Preference is given to those who possess a worship degree and have worship leading experience. Exceptions may be made for candidates with significant ministry experience and who demonstrate exceptional musical and leadership gifts.


Can residents work in addition to training?

Due to the rigorous nature of the program, it is not feasible for residents to work in addition to their studies.


Does Harvest Bible Chapel belong to a particular denomination?

No. We are a conservative, evangelical, non-denominational church. We believe in planting autonomous local Harvest Bible Chapels with their own pastors and elders.


Where do residents live?

Harvest Bible Fellowship has dedicated apartments from a nearby complex rented for Training Center residents.


Do you provide health insurance?

Not at this time. We can assist you in finding an affordable plan, if you desire coverage while in the program.


Where are you located?

The Harvest Training Center is located at the Elgin Campus of Harvest Bible Chapel (1000 North Randall Road, Elgin, Illinois, 60123). Being located inside the church provides easy access to all ministries and leaders of the church. We are in a suburb of the greater Chicago area, with interstate access to the city.


How do I apply?

Complete and submit the online application. Additional documentation and reference forms are to be downloaded and completed as needed, then assembled into one completed package to be mailed to Harvest Bible Fellowship.


What happens next?

Submitted packets are reviewed by the leaders of the Harvest Bible Fellowship. Applicants are notified within a month if they may advance to the next steps, followed by a face to face interview.


How long does the application process take?

Decisions are generally reached within two months of receipt of application packets and initial contact.


Is there a deadline for application?

Yes. Since space is limited, applicants are encouraged to submit their packet as early as possible.


What if I apply to the program, but my plans change?

If your plans change, and you wish to remove your application from consideration, please notify us as soon as possible.


What if I have questions that are not answered here?

For more detailed information concerning classes, finances, etc., please contact Kevn Dekker, Director of Harvest Training Center for Worship, at [email protected] , or call 847-398-7005 x 3237.