Worship Team guidelines
Purpose and Vision
It is our belief at FRC-Kingdom Builders that the Praise & Worship team is a vital part to the ministry of this body of believers.
Members of this team should view their function as ministers of the gospel through music and song. Those who serve on the Praise & Worship Team, therefore, should view their role as a calling from God.
Membership on the Praise Team (in any way) is a position of Christian leadership.
• The primary function, then, is to lead the congregation in true worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24)
• We emphasize that our purpose and calling is that of leading others into the very presence of the Living God.
• There is no calling issued for “performances” and “showmanship” – only true praise and worship. Therefore, members must strive continually through prayer and example to have a pure heart before God and others.
The vision for the Worship Pastor and Senior Pastor is to maintain a musical ministry of excellence.
• We desire to have a praise/worship team, including singers, musicians & choirs for special performances, dramas, revivals and special services.
Guidelines and Requirements
It is very important for those who participate in the Worship Team to feel that they are “called and anointed” to the ministry of worship.
• We believe in the operation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the order of service at Kingdom Builders.
Participants must be born-again believers of Christ, and their lifestyle must resemble that of a born-again Christian.
• Participants must be worshipers on and off the platform. Anyone who has difficulty worshiping at home or in the congregation is not ready to be a on the platform leading others in worship.
3. Talents and Skills
Although we recognize the importance of a pure heart, the musician and vocalists also need to have enough skill so that they can follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
• Musicians and vocalists should have open hearts to receive advice, correction, training, and should be committed to becoming proficiently skilled at their ministry. “Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it”. (1 Chronicles 15:22)
One does not need to be a professional musician to worship the Lord, but God honors the discipline of additional practice and preparation. “Failing to prepare is preparing for failure.”
Worship Team members should be supportive of Kingdom Builders’ vision for the region and to the leadership of its pastors and other leaders. This commitment includes their prayers and encouragement as we fulfill God’s call for this ministry to this region.
• Those who commit to serving on the Worship Team are asked to commit to rehearsals and they are expected to do their best to make sure other commitments do not interfere with their ability to serve on the Worship Team. However, we understand that family is important and encourage balance in our life.
Each Team member is encouraged to attend scheduled practices and The Gathering, which currently meeting every 1st and 3rd Saturday, unless otherwise communicated. Practice “always” begins with prayer at 2 p.m. and is a vital component in becoming a spiritually strong and united team. Because we value the importance of family, prospective Worship Team members should not join the team without the full support of their family.
5. Attendances and Punctuality
Attendance and punctuality are very important factors for being a member of the Worship Team.
• Weekly rehearsals are required, and members should arrive ready to work on the designated material. • Poor attendance and showing up late for rehearsals demonstrate a lack of discipline and respect for the Lord’s ministry.
• Those who are unable to attend rehearsals should not expect to participate in The Gathering the following Saturday unless prior arrangements with the worship pastor have been made.
As leaders, members must dress properly.
• Although we recognize that God does not judge us by outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7), we also realize that proper attire adds a level of excellence to the worship experience.
• Consequently, members are encouraged to be neat, clean, and appropriately dressed for all services.
“All the Levites who were musicians . . . stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linens . . . “.
(2 Chronicles 5:12)
7. New Applicants and Waiting Periods
• We constantly seek to expand our Worship team.
• Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to set up an appointment with the worship pastor (Lea Ann Beacham) to discuss the guidelines and expectations presented in this manual.
• The prospective Worship team member will also have a brief and informal audition at this time.
• New applicants to the Worship Team will be required to attend several rehearsals before “taking the platform.
• Additional reading may also be required, at the discretion of the church leadership.
8. Schedule Conflicts, Etc.
• If at any time, a member (including visual equipment operators, sound engineers, etc.) cannot attend a service, rehearsal, etc. they must find their own replacement and notify the worship pastor in advance if possible so that proper adjustments can be made.
9. Sound Engineers, Visual Equipment Operators, Etc.
Sound engineers and visual equipment operators are important members of the worship ministry.
• Visual equipment operators are asked to arrive early so they can operate the slides while the Worship Team rehearses.
• These members should be attentive at all times during the service and ready to make changes “on the fly” where necessary. The sound engineers are also asked to arrive early, and help the Worship Team as much as possible.
• Sound engineers must be alert and responsive, especially during the worship, and should be ready to adjust quickly. * It is important to state that we intend for the information in this manual to serve as a guideline, but we realize that exceptions will occur.
These exceptions will be determined by the leadership of Kingdom Builders.
* It is also important to state that these guidelines apply to those who participate in the Worship Ministry on a regular basis, not those who participate in special programs, special music, etc.
10. Lastly, open communication is of vital importance.
If at any time a team member is confused, discouraged, or unhappy with the way things may be happening at a given time, they are encouraged to speak with the worship pastor, senior pastor, or other leadership.
• The only way to deal with hurt feelings, resentment, confusion, etc. is to bring it out into the open so that the Lord can help us work through it as a team.
Schedule: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday: 2:00 p.m. for set up. Saturday – 3:00 p.m.
Special Services such when invited, etc.