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 7 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 available at 5:00 pm to unload the trailer and set up. 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 at 5:00 pm also 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.