WORSHIP TEAM EXPECTATIONS
We want worship to be simple and accessible. Singing to God with a sincere heart does not have or need to be complex. However, as it pertains to leading, there is a certain level of preparation, planning, and practice that goes into making each and every worship service simple yet effective. Because of this, there is a level of commitment that is required from the worship team that exceeds other ministries. This commitment can take on many forms. Here are a few practical areas where your level of commitment is most evident.
- Spiritual Preparation: Worship on a platform is the overflow of a lifestyle of worship and a heart that is well-cultivated throughout the week. Personal spiritual intimacy with Jesus is our FIRST priority. One hour on a Sunday morning is a mere .6% of a week. If the only time you “worship” is .6% of your week, something is wrong. We can only effectively lead people where we have gone ourselves.
- Musical Preparation: Rehearsals are infinitely smoother when everyone has listened to, practiced, and memorized the scheduled music. Being prepared also means having any gear or equipment that you intend to use on Sunday with you for practice (lyric sheets or chord charts are provided on Planning Center Online – however we do not put music stands on stage and encourage you to learn the songs by memory). Unless otherwise posted, you are expected to learn your parts exactly like the MP3, giving special attention to the tonal qualities of each instrument. For teamwork to happen effectively, we rely on you to play your part accordingly.
- Attitude: When ideas or suggestions are presented and received with a good attitude, the results are monumental for effective team building. If there are technical, musical or miscellaneous complications, keep attitudes positive and morale high. Be open to the constructive criticism of the worship leader or band leader. They are trying to pull out every bit of greatness in you they can find, so be patient and receptive of constructive feedback. If you receive feedback on something specific, it is because the worship leader is hearing or seeing something you may, perhaps, be missing.
- Punctuality: Everyone’s time is valuable. It’s important that everyone be punctual for rehearsals so that we can use our limited time as efficiently as possible. Arriving early is always a great idea. We are very serious about punctuality. Being on time is a respect issue. Tardiness communicates a lack of respect for your colleagues, for the church, and for the Lord. If an unexpected situation arises and you know you will be late, please communicate as quickly as possible with the worship leader.
- Dress: First Baptist has a very relaxed unofficial “dress code.” However, there are a few basic requirements. Shoulders, cleavage, and the mid-section should be completely covered at all times. Skirts are allowed but should come down below the knee. Any article of clothing with questionable text or graphics should not be worn. We want everyone’s focus to be on God. Anything that takes focus off of Him is a hindrance to our ultimate goal. Should your choice of clothing not meet this standard, you will not be able to lead until it has been resolved. This decision is up to the pastor or the worship leader.
- Flexibility: The worship leader always tries to give adequate notice of schedule or setlist changes. While it is not uncommon for these changes to take place, it is only done when necessary. It is recommended that you periodically check back with Planning Center to view any potential changes. It is also highly suggested that you download the Planning Center Services app to your smart phone in order to receive push notifications.