Global Force Worship Team Guidelines


Purpose and Vision

It is our belief, at Global Force Church, 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 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 program of excellence. We desire to have a Praise/Worship Team, including singers and musicians, dramas, live recordings of praise/worship, and an audio/visual team of excellence. Special worship songs/programs for younger children will also be available at times.

Guidelines and Requirements

-Calling

It is very important for those who participate in the Praise Team to know that they are called to the ministry at hand & anointed because of Christ power flowing through them. His power removes burdens & destroys yokes of bondage.

-Lifestyle


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. (Romans 8:5-8)


-Talent and Skill

Although we recognize the importance of a pure heart, the musicians and vocalists also need to have enough skill so that they can follow the Holy Spirit & Worship Pastor. 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.”

-Commitment

Praise Team members should be actively involved at Global Force Church and dedicated to GF's vision and to the leadership of its Pastors and other leaders. This commitment includes their prayers, regular attendance, and tithes/offerings. Those who commit to serving on the Praise Team 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 the Praise Team on a weekly basis. Because we value the importance of family, prospective Praise Team members should not join the team without the full support of their family.

-Attendance and Punctuality

Attendance and punctuality are very important factors for being a member of the music 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 Praise Team the following Sunday, unless prior arrangements with the Worship Pastor have been made. If a team member isn't ministering during a service (due to a missed practice or a sabbatical/period of rest & prayer), unless sickness, travel or family emergency deems it necessary to miss, service attendance is expected. The status of a “leader” is the same @ all times.  Each team member is expected to exemplify a life of worship whether on stage or in the congregation.

-Attire

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 tank tops or sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, old jeans, sweats/hoodies, short skirts, tight or revealing clothing, Hats (Ball Caps), old tennis shoes (or flip flops on Sun), 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 Team. Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to set up an appointment with the Worship Pastor to discuss the guidelines and expectations presented in these guidelines. The first step the prospective member will need to complete, is the Global Force Church 101 & 201 course which is offered every 8 weeks by Eldership. These courses will provide a detailed summary of what Global Force Church is about (our mission & core beliefs). You must be in agreement with our vision and mission, and be willing to faithfully attend services over a 12 week period. The prospective praise team member will also have a brief and informal audition after the 101 course & the 12 week attendance period have been completed. New applicants to the Praise Team will be required to attend several rehearsals (at the Worship Pastor's discretion) before “taking the platform.” In addition, prospective team members will volunteer/serve as interns in various areas at the discretion of the church leadership.



-Schedule Conflicts, Etc.

If at any time, a member (including visual equipment operators, sound engineers, etc.) cannot attend a service, rehearsal, etc. they must notify the Worship Pastor/Media Director in advance if at all possible so that proper adjustments can be made.

-Sound Engineers, Visual Equipment Operators, Etc.

Sound engineers and visual equipment operators are important members of the music ministry. Visual equipment operators are asked to arrive early so they can operate the slides while the Praise 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 music team as much as possible. Sound engineers must be alert and responsive, especially during the worship, and should be ready to make adjustments 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 Global Force Church. Lastly, 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/Senior Pastor. The only way to deal with hurt feelings, resentment, confusion, etc. is to respectfully address the leadership so that the Lord can help us work through it. Do not negatively discuss Praise Team issues/concerns with other team members or non-team members. Gossiping or sowing discord is never acceptable among the body of Christ, especially in those serving as leaders. (Proverbs 6:16-19) It will not be tolerated in the Praise Team & is grounds for immediate dismissal. Kindness should be the rule for everything spoken. (Proverbs 31:26)


-Weekly Schedule

Wednesday's
Practice: 5:30 p.m. & immediately following service 

Sunday's Practice:
9:00 Musicians/9:15 Vocalists (Arrive prepared w/ music/instruments, ready to rehearse.)

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Media & Sound Team: Craig Gray, Earl Crabtree, and Cody Collins

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