Helping people improve their relationship with God and each other by freely expressing our hearts to God and committing ourselves to leading the body into celebrative and intimate worship through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
To be a thoroughly biblical worship and arts ministry that passionately seeks God's manifested presence and leadership.
In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men. Acts 24:16 (NASB)
In every great organization, there is always a high degree of accountability. We believe it is a biblical principle as pointed out in Acts 24:26 as well as other passages in scripture. Without accountability to each other, we can become very "tunnel" visioned and unaware of blind spots in our lives or ministry.
...Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:8 (NIV)
We want to be a ministry that is consistent in everything we do. In our lifestyles, in our commitment to excellence, in the quality of presentations that we produce, in the worship times we lead, "consistency" must be one of the chords in the strand that brings these things about.
Encourage one another and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
We can encourage each other in many ways. As we minister together, there will be times that individuals will need encouragement just to make it through the day. Scripture also teaches that we are to encourage one another in "growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ." Encouragement will also mean that we pray for each other, write a note of encouragement or take the time to ask someone how they are doing and then have the time to listen if necessary. The objective of encouragement is to "build each other up" as it says in the passage in I Thessalonians.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Commit to serve faithfully in choir for one year
2. Faithfulness to Sunday AM/PM service
3. Sunday AM Music Ministry
a. Arrive in the choir room from 9:15am
b. Prayer at 9:15am
c. Assemble in the choir loft by 9:25am
4. Commitment to scheduled Choir Rehearsals
a. Weekly - Wednesdays at 7:40-8:45pm
b. Seasonal - See Dates/TImes on the Upcoming Calendar
5. Participation in Christmas/Easter/Non-Seasonal Events
6. Assist in welcoming and training new choir members.
1. Maintain a daily walk with the Lord & life of integrity
2. Stay alert to the choir schedule. Be sure to mark rehearsal & performance dates on your personal calendar. Please be prompt and on time for rehearsals, services, and events.
3. Communicate with worship pastor about concerns, schedule conflicts, and absences. Please record any planned absences on the sign-out calendar in choir rehearsal.
4. Be a positive choir member during rehearsals, services, and events.
a. Delight in the Lord & enjoy ministry with the church body!
b. Be a servant & stay focused
c. Refrain from unnecessary talking
d. Pray with other choir members before each worship service
e. Keep a Godly attitude!
CELEBRATION PRAISE TEAM
PURPOSE AND VISION
It is our belief at Second Baptist that the praise team is a vital part to the ministry of this body of believers. Consequently, members should view their function as Ministers of the gospel through music and song. Therefore, members should be responding to a call from God, our Father, to render this service as unto Him in a manner worthy of His calling. Membership on the music team (in any way) is a position of Christian leadership. The primary function then, is to lead, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the congregation at hand in true worship. "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 be pure of heart before God and others.
* One must be a committed member of this church and the Celebration Choir for at least three months before Auditions/interview. This time is for you to understand where we are as a body and where we are going with the Lord. This gives us time to see your heart of worship and also allows us to spend time together.
2. PROCESS OF BECOMING A PRAISE TEAM MEMBER:
*Auditions/interviews are held semi-annually. After this audition/interview, you will be approached by our leadership team and asked to join us on the praise team. Just because someone is a talented musician does not mean they are to be on the team. Also understand this is not a special club you are getting into, but a God-appointed position!
*There must be a recognized progressive lifestyle of worship in you. Because we all are constantly growing in the Lord, this does not mean you will be at the peak of maturity. However, worship will be very evident in your life.
3. OUR REASON FOR BEING ON THE PRAISE TEAM:
We sing to bring all glory and honor to our Lord! We must not do this for any other reason. If we are on the worship team for another reason (i.e. to draw attention to ourselves, to fulfill a dream of performing or as an outlet to show off talent), then we are cheating ourselves and robbing God. Praise is for Him and Him alone! (John 4:23-24) But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. (God is spirit and they that worship Him must worship in Spirit and truth).
4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PRAISE TEAM MEMBER:
We are to seek out what it means to be a praise and worshiper. Our heart's cry and desire is to learn how to come into the Father's presence at any time and at any place. For us to become the warriors the Lord has called us to be, it is then necessary to be son concentrated on Him there is no need to draw attention to ourselves or no desire for such.
A. Commitment to being spiritually prepared: Ready to minister when you come to a service or preparation time. This has a direct effect on the total effectiveness of the worship team. We must come ready not only to play and sing, but also to be effective ministers to and for our Father God.
B. Commitment to growing spiritually: This is a very important aspect of our everyday life. We should always be striving to grow in the Lord, both musically and spiritually. As a leadership ministry, we need to be committed to maturing in the Lord.
C. Commitment to musical preparation and expertise: We must work with our instrumental and/or vocal ability to become the very best we can be. This means a great deal of individual preparing with our instruments/voices. Please understand that the team can only be as musically proficient as each of the individuals on it.
D. Commitment to faithfulness: This can cover many areas. You must be faithful to say if you are not prepared for a service. The leader can discern most of the time, but it is your responsibility to say, "I need to sit out today." You need to call if you are going to miss a preparation time or if you are going to be late. Be dependable and committed. If you tell God you are going to do something, do it. We must have integrity.
E. Commitment to "Flowing" with the team: Our hearts should corporately reflect the Lord all the time. Look for ways to refer others to the glory of the Lord. Have a servant's heart in all you do and say. Be committed to edify, comfort and exhort the team always. Look for the best in everyone! If you do this, you will not have time to see their bad. Be a restorer, not a destroyer!
F. Commitment to communication within the team: Be open to allowing other members of the team into your life. When you're hurting, know you can find help within the team. When you're not hurting, know that someone else on the team needs you to be faithful to give of yourself to him or her.
G. Our Individual Preparation:
We are never to wait until group preparation to spend time with the Father. We are to continually spend time with Him. As a result, we will come to group preparation or any other service and will be ready in our spirit, soul and body to do what pleases the Father. We must understand this is something we will always be growing in, but we are to make a continual effort to improve our relationship with the Father, thus improving our relationships with others on the team.
H. Our Group Preparation:
We are to be faithful and committed to attend and take part in ALL group preparation times. These are times we will prepare as a team spiritually and musically for what God has called us to do.
A. Weekly preparation times: All team members are required to attend and come prepared to the weekly preparation time on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
B. Prayer: We are expected to pray for one another, our leaders and for the Worship services.
C. Our approach will be to look unified and professional.
6:30 - 7:30 Band & Vocal Rehearsal for the Praise team assigned for the coming Sunday in the Worship Center
7:30 - 8:30 Celebration Choir Rehearsal
Special Music - these singers participate as needed in our worship services. Audition required. Contact Robin Helm at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN'S CHOIR AND PRESCHOOL CHOIR
We are always on the lookout for folks who have a heart for children and music. These groups meet on Sunday evenings at 6pm. Contact Greg Gibson at email@example.com
AUDIO AND MEDIA TECHNOLOGY
Audio and Media Techs - This dedicated squad works behind the scenes in the main Sanctuary. Techs are needed to operate projectors, light board, and video cameras. Training is administered by our Media Director, Ryan Deese firstname.lastname@example.org We are always on the lookout for committed folks who love working with technology.
Music and Worship Rev. Richard Thompson
Phone: (803) 283-2015