Worship Team Core Values
"Worship is about what we love. What we live for. It's about who we are before God."
~Bob Kauflin, Worship Matters
What Worship Leading Is:
Helping people connect with the purpose for which they were created-- to glorify the living God.
Pointing peoples' hearts towards the Sovereign One Who is greater than their trials and kinder than they could ever imagine.
Getting to display the matchless Savior Who died in our place, conquering sin, death, and hell in the process.
Watching in amazement as the Spirit of God transforms lives and gives people a fresh encounter with God's faithfulness, love, and power.
What Worship Leading Is NOT:
Simply playing songs while others worship. We must be entering into worship as well!
A platform to boast in your own ability. We boast in Christ alone!
Worship Team Qualifications:
Committed member of Grace Church:
It is important that you are regularly attending and participating in weekly services, not only when you are playing on stage. This helps ensure that you are submitted to the pastors and leadership here, and are on board with the overall vision of the church so that the leading you are a part of on Sundays and Wednesdays is alongside the pastors' goals.
We require that you attend at least one service per week, apart from your time scheduled on stage.
We must be skilled enough to follow a service that is lead by the Spirit of God. We don't want to limit what God will do simply because we can't handle it musically. This includes things like being able to flow into songs spontaneously, following the Worship Leader's leading, and most importantly, personally entering into worship while still executing the necessary parts you were given to practice.
Ability to flow with the team:
This is not a solo event, but a team effort! As a team, we must be able to blend together musically, as well as personally, in order to help cultivate a spirit of unity in the church.
Support of family:
Family always comes first! Because of this, it is necessary that your immediate family members are willing to accept the time commitment that is required, and will be a support to you as you serve in this ministry.
Practice times, rehearsals, and Sunday/Wednesday pre-service preparation is mandatory. This can also include special events and other things that don't occur on a weekly basis. You will need to be on time! Please allow yourself enough time beforehand to be set up and prepared to start at the following times:
Sunday Mornings-- Thursdays at 6:30pm, and Sunday at 7:45am
Wednesday Evenings-- Wednesday at 6pm
**Missing rehearsal for any reason other than family, sickness, or work related situations will usually mean you will not play the following service. This is for the sake of the team as a whole and for the overall excellence of the service. This decision will be made at the Worship Director's discretion.**
Access to schedule:
We send out our schedule via Planning Center Online, so internet access is necessary. Planning Center is available as an app for download on your phone, or you can use a computer.
Worship Team Expectations:
This is a leadership ministry. We are all seen as leaders and must live our lives as such. We don't ever want people who see us lead worship publicly to be surprised by the way we live our lives privately.
"But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV)
It is important to be at a level of maturity in your life where you can accept coaching and critique from our leadership and not take it personally. These are opportunities for you to grow, not to tear you down!
Support for the pastor's vision for Grace Church:
The pastor and the worship team work together to carry out the full vision of the Lord. The team has the support of the pastor and the pastor must have the support of the team. Unity is key in a worship service.
"For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many." (1 Corinthians 12:13-14 ESV).
Rehearsal is not practice:
Rehearsal is the time where we take what we've practiced at home and put it together with the rest of the team, not the time to still be learning your individual part. All gifts from God are intended to direct our attention to God and create fresh affection for God. This doesn't happen when we are unprepared or working on "honing our skills" in the middle of a service.
Worship Team Guidelines:
Drugs: Grace Worship has a no-tolerance policy on all illegal drugs, as well as the abuse of any prescription drugs not prescribed to you by a doctor.
Alcohol: Legally drinking alcohol is not prohibited, as long as you are over 21 and are not drinking to the point of drunkenness.
The biblical standard that Grace Church holds concerning a Godly relationship is between one man and one woman. This relationship, whether dating or married, must glorify God in the way that it is conducted. So for those of you that are married, conduct your marriages in a biblical manner (Ephesians 5:22-33). For those of you who are dating, you also should conduct your relationship in a godly manner by staying sexually pure, and maintaining physical and practical boundaries. An example of this would be not living together until you are married.
"...but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV).
Social media policy:
Grace Worship team members must agree to keep their posts on social media God-honoring and Grace Church honoring. Leading from the platform each week offers you great responsibility to leverage your influence, use it well, to benefit others and most importantly to honor Jesus.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16 ESV).
"And don't get drunk with wine, which is rebellion; instead be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18 TPT).
Worship Team Member Commitments:
Commitment to musical expertise:
While God can work through us in spite of our mistakes, incompetence, and lack of preparation, He commends skill and uses it for His glory. Moses chose craftsmen whom God had gifted with "skill and intelligence" for the construction of the tabernacle (Exodus 36:1). David chose the Levite Kenaniah to lead the singing "because he was skillful at it" (1 Chronicles 15:22). And David wrote that musicians are to "play skillfully on the strings" (Psalm 33:3). Skill matters to God, and it should matter to us too. Becoming familiar with and practicing the music makes it easier to worship on Sundays and Wednesdays instead of worrying about what comes next.
Commitment to the team:
It is important to look at the team as not just a collection of individual musicians, but as a community and family with one purpose. Our heart's attitude should not be to shine forth our own technical skill, but to use that to enhance the team and worship experience as a whole. There must be unity and humility in order to flow under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Commitment to being spiritually prepared to lead:
We need to come prepared not just to sing and play, but also to worship God and minister to His people. Your life outside of church should be one that is lived in intimacy with the Lord. Worship is not just singing songs to Him, but how we live our lives for Him.
Commitment to growing spiritually:
We must be committed to maturing in our Christian walk! We cannot allow ourselves to become stagnant, or our worship will also become stagnant. What is in our hearts is what is going to come out when we worship. With that being said, you are serving alongside a church and a Worship Director that care about you! We want to know how we can pray for you, because your life and relationship with Jesus is important to us and we want to help you grow. As your Worship Director, I will try my hardest to be open and transparent and I expect the same as you become comfortable with the team.
"Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good." (1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV).
We want you to know and understand that failure to follow this conduct and these policies could temporarily get you removed from the team. This is not a punishment, but we must be held to these biblical standards when leading from such a platform. And because we are all leaders, we are expected to live a life publicly and privately that is Christ-like on and off the stage.