CHI ALPHA WORSHIP TEAM COMMITMENT
Leading praise and worship requires an ongoing relationship with the Lord. The role of the worship leader [and team] is not primarily musical. It is, first and foremost, spiritual. You will not be able to lead worship effectively over the long term if you do not maintain a personal, worshipful relationship with God. You can not take people where you have not been. If you are not regularly involved in worshipping God in your personal devotion time, then you will ultimately not be able to lead others in worship. Your relationship with the Lord is what makes leading worship possible. Without that as part of your life, no amount of talent, practice, or mental and physical preparation will help.
- Tom Kraueuter, The Worship Leader’s Handbook
I. OUR COMMITMENT TO WORSHIP TEAM MEMBERS:
We’d like to begin by sharing what you can expect from the staff of Chi Alpha as a Worship Team member this year.
The staff of Chi Alpha devotes a significant amount of time, energy, and emotion to the training and care of our worship team members. We believe that as we encourage and teach you, you will be better equipped to lead in worship.
You can expect the staff to put good thought, prayer, practice and preparation into our rehearsals and Chi Alpha meetings. We want you to not only become a better musician and worship leader, but we want you to grow in your faith and knowledge of God. We will give you opportunities to grow as a musician and leader, and also opportunities to practice walking in the gifts of the Spirit during rehearsal and during large group meetings.
It is a priority for Chi Alpha staff to give the Worship Team Members under our care quality individual attention. This might be in one-on-ones, individual practice or lesson time on your instrument, or during fellowship times with the entire worship team. Our desire in these times is to care for you personally as well as help you grow as a musician.
II. THE WORSHIP TEAM MEMBER’S COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY:
As a worship team member you can expect to put in about 10 hours a week into your ministry. These hours would include individual practice of your instrument, rehearsal during the weeks you’re on the schedule, the weekly Chi Alpha large group meeting, and discipleship through one-on-ones. These numbers will vary depending on whether you’re on the worship schedule for the week. We hope the following will help you better understand the Worship Team Member’s commitment to the community.
Individual Practice: No good musician ever thinks that they are “good enough” to stop practicing. Practice outside of rehearsal is the only way you will improve on your instrument or voice. The Bible tells us to play skillfully before the Lord (Psalm 33:3) and we want to honor Him by giving Him the best we have. Worship rehearsal is not the place for your individual skills to develop; it is where we work on developing as a team. To that end you are expected to come to rehearsal with your individual part learned for each song. (i.e. any solos, fingerings, harmonies, etc. need to be figured out BEFORE practice).
Rehearsal: On the weeks you are scheduled to sing/play, rehearsal is mandatory. If you don’t attend rehearsal, you don’t play during large group. We use every minute of rehearsal, so please be on time and plan on staying for all of the scheduled time. Sound techs are expected to attend rehearsals as well.
Large Group Nights: On the weeks you are scheduled, you need to be at our large group meeting room an hour before our start time to set up and have a final rehearsal. Instrumentalists will be responsible for setting up their personal equipment and vocalists will be responsible for setting up the microphones and running cords. After your individual set up is complete, please help other team members finish their area. You are expected to stay in the room until sound check is completed. This is to ensure that we can be the most effective with everyone’s time. At the end of the night you are also expected to stay and help tear down and load the equipment.
On the weeks you are not scheduled we hope that you would be an example of a worshipper to the other students. Not that we worship for show, but we are aware that as a worship team member, our actions will be noticed by others. Please use the weeks you’re not up front to fully dive into worship.
Sound techs and Media team members are expected to arrive an hour before large group for set up and to make sure all the technology is running correctly.
We ask that you commit to one school year on the worship team.
III. THE SPIRITUAL LEADER’S COMMITMENT TO GOD:
Scripture clearly teaches us that those who are leaders in the body of Christ must live their lives by a careful standard. None of us are perfect; but we are all called to reflect the Lord Jesus as others follow us (1 Timothy 3:1-10). Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity” is especially applicable for the student leader. (1 Timothy 4:12)
As a worship team member, you are often the first and most visible part of Chi Alpha students will see. As such, we hold you to the same standards as other leaders in Chi Alpha. You may notice we use the term “spiritual leader” instead of “worship team member” in this section. These ethical standards are not something we just expect of worship team members. The student leadership and staff also live by these same standards.
Growing relationship with God: As spiritual leaders, it is important for us to keep our personal relationships with God a priority. We will endeavor to nurture lives of prayer, Bible study, confession of sin, and openness to God.
Dating: The leadership of Chi Alpha holds to the scriptural teaching that as believers we should not be yoked together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14). In other words, if we are in a relationship exploring the possibility of marriage, that person should share our belief in and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sexual purity: Whether we are in a dating relationship or not, we are called to carefully maintain our sexual purity. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7, we are to avoid all forms of sexual immorality, including pornography, premarital sex, homosexual acts, petting of any kind, and casual sexual encounters. We should also avoid the appearances of inappropriate behaviors, actions, and boundaries (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Alcohol: As believers, we have freedom to choose, within limits, what our relationship with alcohol will be. The limits we see Scripture creating for us are the following: excessive drinking is prohibited (Ephesians 5:18), the drinking age laws should be obeyed (Romans 13:1-2), and the weaker brother must be considered more important than our freedom (Romans 14). In light of this last exhortation and the current atmosphere at our campuses (UW-Green Bay & NWTC), it is expected that all spiritual leaders of Chi Alpha abstain from alcoholic beverages in an effort to live above reproach and not bring confusion to those who wrestle with this addiction.
Drug Use: We apply the same standards to drug use that we do to alcohol use. As all non-prescription drug use is illegal in the state of Wisconsin, Chi Alpha leaders are expected to abstain from using drugs not prescribed to them for a specific need.
Studies: We firmly believe that God has first and foremost called you here to your campus to be students. Therefore, classes, assignments, and exams should be made a priority in the worship team member’s life with the attitude that it is the Lord Jesus who receives glory as the calling as students is fulfilled (Colossians 3:23). The basic minimum GPA requirement for worship team members is 2.5.
Giving: It is suggested that every Student Leader give something each month (not to exceed 5% of their monthly income) to the ministry of Chi Alpha, and that each Student Leader would support at least one missionary of their choice at the amount of their choosing, in order to learn and practice investing and sowing generously into the Kingdom of God and to keep from becoming a lover of money.