SOLW Praise Warriors
Our worship team exists
to edify and encourage the body of Christ within this church as
part of the music ministry. Springs of Living Water Church
is founded on the love of Christ that causes us to worship God.
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; 1Pet 2:5) and set the atmosphere for the
preaching of the Word of God with the ultimate goal of changing
lives into the image of God (Rom 12:1,2; 2Cor 3:18). Music is only
a tool for achieving this purpose.
The following are a list of criteria indicating the preferred
qualifications for a member of the worship team at
Springs of Living Water Church[i]:
Before you can be a
“worshipper” you must first have accepted Jesus Christ as your
personal Lord and Savior.
Worshipper - To qualify for the
worship team, one must be a worshipper. Every member, musicians
and vocalists alike, must have a love for praise and worshipping
Committed member of this church
– Our Praise and Worship ministry team is not the right of the
talented but a privilege extended to the committed and faithful. -
We are open to receiving special music from those who are not
committed to this body of believers but the regular, ongoing and
leadership nature of this ministry requires a strong commitment to
the people and leadership of this church.
Spiritual maturity - As stated
earlier, this is a leadership type ministry and, hence, is
ordinarily not a place for new or immature Christians. - Everyone
in the worship ministry is a leader of worship.
Musical expertise - The musicians
and vocalists need to be skilled enough to follow a service which
is led by the Spirit of God. We don’t want to limit what God will
do simply because we can’t handle it musically. -
Note that the standard of
musical proficiency required may vary as the church grows.
Time commitment – Church services (i.e.
currently Wednesday & Sunday), Rehearsals, preparation before each
meeting and ministry are mandatory. Also, a personal praise and
worship time outside of service are expected. In addition, there
are seminars, special retreats, and more. - The worship ministry
requires a fairly large time commitment.
- 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.
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. These individuals are highly
encouraged to share their musical gifts in other ways (i.e.
sermonic preparation, church musicals/plays, etc) with the body.
does not automatically make someone a top candidate for the
Worship Team Guidelines
This list explains what is expected of the
people once they are a part of the Praise and Worship ministry
Probationary period - There will ordinarily be a three month probationary 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 directive is to ascertain who
is genuinely interested in helping lead worship for the glory
of God, and who wishes to be on the team for other reasons. In
addition, this period allows time for the individual and the
rest of the team to gel spiritually and musically.
- All team members are required to attend the weekly rehearsals (Sat
@ 2:00pm). Whenever the team is scheduled to minister at a
service, they are required to be in attendance. Missed
rehearsals must be communicated to one of the Co-leader(s) and
excused before the meeting. If a rehearsal is missed, the
Co-leaders will decide if the person will serve for that
week's services. It is your responsibility to gather missed
material. It is also you responsibility to keep abreast of
engagements, rehearsal changes, etc.
Other functions – Springs of Living Water ministry team will be expected to lead
worship by request and for other special retreats and
meetings. On occasion, the individual schedules may prevent
attendance and need to be communicated to the Co-Leaders of
the team as well as the Executive Pastor. You must stay for
the entire service that we are ministering at, unless you have
received approval for leaving early with the Co-leaders prior
to the service.
Commitment to being spiritually prepared to minister - Our spiritual
preparation has a direct effect on our effectiveness as a
ministry team. We need to come ready not only to sing and play
music but to worship the King and minister to His people. The
essential element in this ministry (or any other for that
matter) is our relationship with the Lord. Without a close
relationship to the Lord, the worship team will NOT be
effective regardless of the musical proficiency.
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.
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. Stagnant spiritual
lives mean a stagnant worship team. Encourage and challenge
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. Our heart attitude should not be to shine
forth our own technical skill but to use that skill to enhance
the team as a whole. Worship ministry is a team effort.
Insulting looks, words or other divisive behaviors toward
others on the team will be dealt with by the Co-Leaders and
could lead to being sat down or removal altogether.
Dress standard - It is expected that members of the worship team will present
themselves at services in a manner both glorifying to God and
acceptable to the human eye considering that they are in an
‘up-front’ ministry. A Springs of Living Water Praise and
Worship Team requirement is that on Sunday services all Ladies
when serving do NOT wear pants. Wednesday nights are more
casual. Blue jeans are OK, as long as they are in good shape.
When ministering out or other serving engagements the Sunday
service requirements are expected. A few exceptions are made
due to a special service (e.g. Friends and Family or Dress
Down night services) and will be communicated accordingly.
Questions about acceptable clothes for different occasions:
When in doubt, first check it out with one of the Co- leaders.
Punctuality - Accurate
timekeeping will assist the goal of the worship team. Team
members who continually disregard starting times for
rehearsals and serving will be put on probation. If it is not
possible to make a rehearsal on time, it is considered polite
to notify the Co-Leaders in advance.
Be a leader-As part of the
worship team, your responsibility is to lead the group in
worship. You should be
among the first to raise your hands, clap, etc.
Also as songs call for other acts of worship such as
jumping or shouting you should do so with zeal and excitement.
We’re not on stage to sound pretty but to lead others
in explosive, powerful worship.
Let others see the joy God has put in your heart by
The Executive Pastor, in cooperation with the Minister of
Music and Co-Leaders, reserve the right to the final
decision concerning entry into the worship ministry at
Springs of Living