Purpose and Vision
It is our belief at Northview Christian Fellowship that the Praise & Worship team is a vital part to the ministry of this body of believers. Members 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 & Worship Team 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.
” Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD “.
Psalm 150: 1-6
Guidelines and Requirements
Team Members :
- Praise and Worship leader
- Back-up singers
- Instrumentalists (Keyboardist, Pianist, Guitarists, Drummer, others)
Required Character Traits
- 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 leader.
- In their personal lives, team members will be expected to live by the highest standards of moral purity, ethical integrity, corporate unity, and personal charity. Onstage, they should conduct themselves in a spirit of professionalism, reverence and joy.
- Members must be a worshipper. Every member, musicians and singers alike, must have a love for praise and worshipping the Father.
- Membership on the worship team is a privilege, not a right. It is very important for those who participate in the Praise & Worship Team to feel that they are “called, appointed, and anointed” to the ministry at hand.
- Members is not to showcase their talents or to draw attention to themselves in any way. Rather, it is to selflessly and inconspicuously direct the hearts of those they are leading toward God in worship.
Musical Talent and Skill
- 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.”
- Although we recognize the importance of a pure heart, the musician and vocalists should have open hearts to receive advice, correction, training, and should be committed to becoming proficiently skilled at their ministry.
“Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy”. Psalm 33:1-3
- Members should be actively involved at NCF’s vision and its leadership. This commitment includes their prayers, regular attendance, and tithes/offerings.
- Those who commit to serving on this ministry are asked to commit to weekly rehearsals and they are expected to do their best to make sure other commitments do not interfere with their ability to serve on a weekly basis.
- Because we value the importance of family, prospective member should not join the team without the full support of their family.
Attendance and Punctuality
- Members will be expected to be punctual and faithful in their attendance to all weekly rehearsals and worship services. If they need to be absent, they should give the worship team leader sufficient notice so that any necessary adjustments can be 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 professionalism to the worship experience. Consequently, members are encouraged to be neat, clean, and appropriately dressed for all services.
- Inappropriate dress for regular worship services includes T-shirts, old jeans, sweats, short skirts, etc. “All the Levites who were musicians . . . stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linens . . . “. (2 Chronicles 5:12)
New Applicants and Waiting Periods
- We constantly seek to expand our Praise & Worship Team. Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to attend our regular music training every third Sunday afternoon of the month.
- New applicants to the music team will be required to attend several rehearsals before “taking the platform.”
Open communication is of vital importance. If at any time a 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 or members of the church leadership council. 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.
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