Rehoboth Church - Worship Group
The worship team exists to edify and encourage the body of Christ within this church. Our goal is to praise and worship God, not just in meetings but with our lives so that ‘the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart’ are acceptable to the Lord (Ps 19:14). Within a meeting, the goal is to bring the congregation into the presence of God (2Ch 7:1,2) and set the stage for the preaching of the Word of God with the ultimate goal of changing lives into the image of God (Rom 12:1,2). Music is a tool for achieving this purpose.
‘You are my servant, In whom I will be glorified.’ Isaiah 49:3
Criteria for the worship team
The following are a list of criteria indicating the preferred qualifications for a member of the worship team in this church.
1. Committed member of this church – should be a regular church attendee and committed to the church
2. Worshipper - To qualify for the worship team, one must be a worshipper. Every member, musicians and singers alike, Must have a love for praise and worshipping the Father.
3. Spiritual maturity - this is a leadership type ministry and, therefore, is ordinarily not a place for new or immature Christians. - Everyone in the worship team ministry must grow spiritually.
4. Musical expertise - The musicians and vocalists need to be skilled enough to follow a service which is led by the Spirit of God and should improve their skills day by day.
5. Time commitment - Practice sessions, preparation before each meeting and ministry are mandatory. The worship ministry requires a fairly large time commitment.
6. Support of family - It is important that the individual’s immediate family members are willing to accept the necessary time commitment and be a support to the individual. (Our personal commitment shouldn’t hinder the ministry you do for the lord or use them as an excuse for not being committed fully)
7. Ability to flow with the team - Some people are very gifted musicians and/or vocalists, but for one reason or another (vocal range, musical style, etc) they have trouble flowing with the team. Should be able to work with each other and be flexible within the team. Keep good relationship with each other to worship God in UNITY.
Worship Team Guidelines
This list explains what is expected of the people once they are a part of the Rehoboth church worship ministry team.
1. Trial period - There will ordinarily be a two or three month trial period during which the individual will attend practice sessions but will not play/sing with the team during services or other special functions. - The purpose of this is to discover who is genuinely interested in helping lead worship for the glory of God and who wishes to be in the team for other reasons. In addition, this period allows time for the individual and the rest of the team to gel musically.
2. Weekly practice sessions - All team members are required to attend the weekly practice sessions (Sun 1:30pm – 2:30pm).
4. Commitment to being spiritually prepared - Our spiritual preparation has a direct effect on our effectiveness as a Worship ministry team. We need to come ready not only to sing and play music but to worship the King of Kings and minister to His people. The essential element in this ministry is our relationship with the Lord. Without a close relationship to the Lord, the worship team will NOT be effective regardless of musical proficiency.
5. Commitment to musical expertise - We need to work at our instrumental and/or vocal ability to become the very best we can be. This means a great deal of individual practice (maybe even lessons) as well as playing with the team. Keep in mind that the team will only be as musically proficient as the individuals that make it up.
6. Commitment to growing spiritually - This too is as important on an individual basis as it is with the team. As a leadership ministry, we need to be committed to maturing in Jesus. Fruitless spiritual lives mean a fruitless worship team.
7. Commitment to “flowing” with the team - More than individual expertise, our musical goal needs to be the ability to “flow” with the team. We need to look at our team as not just a collection of separate musicians and singers but as a single unit with a single purpose. Out heart attitude should not be to shine forth our own technical skill but to use that skill to improve the team as a whole. Worship ministry is a team effort.
8. Dress standard - It is expected that members of the worship team will present themselves at meetings in a manner both glorifying to God and acceptable to the human eye considering that they are in an ‘up-front’ ministry.
9. Punctuality - Accurate timekeeping will assist the goal of the worship team. Team members who continually disregard starting times for rehearsals and meetings will be put on probation. If it is not possible to make a rehearsal on time, it is considered polite to let the worship team leader know in advance.
10. Prayer Meetings – All members must attend the 1st Sunday of the month early morning worship team prayer @ 5am and try attending all other church prayer meetings (fasting & Night prayer) to assist in worship and to grow spiritually.