Thank you for applying to serve in the worship arts ministry! Musical worship is an essential rhythm for the Christian, and a key part of what the gathered church has participated in since the foundation of the church.
This application process is designed to learn more about your character and spiritual maturity (1 Timothy 3:10) as well as make sure that you understand the physical, relational, and spiritual commitment that makes worship ministry happen.
It is our goal to always:
- Grow closer to Christ and maturing in our understanding of God, and who we are in Him
- Improve musically/artistically/creatively
- Be accountable for our commitments
- Walk in faithfulness in light of how God has gifted us
During the application process (steps 1-4 detailed below), you are expected to:
Be actively engaging in church community (Sunday Mornings, Small Groups, etc)
Be giving financially to the church
STEP 1: THE APPLICATION
The first step in joining the worship ministry is to fill out this application at your earliest convenience. Return it to Worship Director by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, drop off your hard copy at the church during office hours, or bring it to your audition or the first rehearsal you are scheduled for.
STEP 2: PRACTICE MATERIALS
Upon signing up for an audition or being scheduled for a rehearsal, you will receive a Planning Center invite for a specific date. The link to that specific plan will include the recordings and chord charts needed to prepare for your audition or rehearsal. The songs are common songs played at our church. You will need to learn to play (or sing) them all the way through with no music sheets in front of you. Play/Sing your parts as similar to the recordings as possible.
STEP 3: ATTEND AN AUDITION OR REHEARSAL
These give you the opportunity to jump in and play a few songs with an established team or band. Private auditions are one-on-one and are available only when an open audition or rehearsal is unavailable. At both open and private auditions, you will play your prepared songs from “Step 2.” You will receive feedback on musical elements (tempo, pitch, style etc). After evaluation, you may or may not be asked to continue on to step 4.
STEP 4: ATTEND A CURRENT BAND OR TEAM PRACTICE
There are occasions we skip right to this step. You will be asked to sit-in on 2-3 weeks of an existing band’s practice so that you understand how we run our rehearsals, and be ready to work with other musicians. If more time is needed for fine-tuning, that will be communicated to you.
STEP 5: WELCOME TO THE MINISTRY!
Pending approval from the worship pastor, you will then be placed on the worship schedule. Make sure that if you are exiting other ministries at our church, that the team leader knows, and your role has been replaced and/or fulfilled.
REQUIREMENTS & COMMITMENTS
The following is expected from all members from the worship ministry.
Praying for the ministry you serve in is perhaps too obvious, and thus overlooked. It is all too easy to forget, or procrastinate when it comes to covering worship ministry in prayer, but we firmly believe that prayer is not optional, but an essential part of our service. Here is a short list of issues we need prayed for regularly:
-Leader and volunteer unity
-Receptive hearts, affection, and focus in the congregation
-Spiritual sensitivity, humility and focus for the leader and band
-Protection from technical issues / distractions
-God’s direction of our efforts
Attendance and Preparation:
Serving in worship ministry is a huge privilege and a serious commitment. We are dependent on each other to work together in our effort and responsibility to play skillfully, offering only our best to God. Because most of us are involved as volunteers, it is even more crucial that we respect each other’s time. Being late without notice is disrespectful towards everyone else involved. If for any reason you will be late/ absent, contact the leader as early as possible.
We all are also committed to many other things in our lives like work, school, families, etc... Please understand that signing up to serve in this ministry will mean that you will have fewer hours in your week to give to those other things.
Saturday Rehearsals: During the season where we have Saturday night services, rehearsals are held on Saturday’s at 3:00 PM (3:15 for vocalists) unless you hear from the worship leader that it’s at a different time.
When Saturday night services are not in effect, rehearsals will be held on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM.
Rehearsals generally run 1.5 – 2 hours long. This time is primarily committed to running through the songs we will be leading for the services at hand, but also may be used for learning songs for an upcoming weekend or writing/arranging new songs. There are some instances where we will rehearse early on Sunday mornings before services in place of Thursday nights.
Sunday Morning Sound Check: The sound check immediately before the Worship Service will be held at 8:00 AM (8:15 AM for vocalists). Sound check is not meant to be a time for new material, but review. This time is committed to answering any questions, addressing trouble spots in the set, adjusting transitions, and clarifying the road map from the previous mid-week practice.
Part of being involved with the Worship Ministry means you will be expected to learn parts and songs outside of group rehearsal time. It is essential that you follow through by learning the parts for the chosen songs before the practice, prior to the weekend you are playing in services. This ensures that the practice time is efficient, fun, and rewarding for everyone involved.
All members of the worship ministry are expected to not only worship on stage but also with their finances. Your giving should be joyful (meaning you’re happy to contribute to the kingdom work at our church), regular (meaning you have an established rhythm of giving at our church), and lastly sacrificial (meaning you can point to things or activities that you go without, so that you can make a bigger contribution in financial worship). Jesus pointed to money as one great barometer of our spiritual maturity and true affections, which is why we pay attention to this within our worship ministry.
Members of the Worship Ministry are required to be in regular attendance of our church’s worship services. It is not necessarily required that you are involved in a small group, but that you value community and are involved in church community opportunities. These things serve as a means of spiritual accountability and avenue for building relationships with those in the church. As always, if you have any questions about this, feel free to email email@example.com.
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