The goal of the Worship Ministries is to lead and assist the congregation of Christ Community Church in structured corporate worship during Sunday/Wednesday services and other events, and to encourage them towards and model for them a lifestyle of sincere worship that is consistent every day of the week.
What is worship? Worship is our entire being responding with praise for all that God is, glorifying Him through our attitudes, actions, thoughts, and words, based on the truth of God as He has revealed Himself. Therefore, worship is not an outward observance or ritual, nor does it require a certain location; it is a consistent, deliberate, active lifestyle devoted to solely bringing glory to God in every choice and area of life (1 Cor. 10:31).
Corporate worship is not a separate entity, nor is music “worship” in and of itself. Believers have the unique privilege and duty to worship the Lord together as the Body of Christ, outwardly expressing their adoration and gratitude to Him through collective activity such as prayer, Scripture reading, testimony, or songs of praise and worship. Corporate worship requires that the individual believer already be living in a continual state of worship; it cannot be something that “turns on” each Sunday and “turns off” after the conclusion of the service, but must be a visible outflowing of the constant state of the believer’s heart, as he/she continually offers his/her life to the Lord as a “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1). The mark of a true believer is worship as a lifestyle, visibly manifested in daily attitudes and actions.
The purpose of the Worship Ministries is to ultimately and entirely bring glory to God; their primary means of fulfilling this goal is by collectively leading and aiding members of the Body of Christ in corporate worship. Their motivation and desire is to point the congregation to the Almighty God, King, and Savior and to remind them of who He is and what He has done in and through them and others.
At various times of year the Worship Ministries include:
- Children’s choir (for 5 year olds through 6th grade)
- Choir (for Jr. High through adults)
- Vocal ensembles & quartets
- Praise Team
- Youth group praise team
- Sound ministry
- Slides ministry
We must ensure that all service elements are God-honoring, Christ-focused, reliant upon the Spirit’s work, and entirely consistent with Scripture and the doctrinal statement of the church. Only the Word of God in conjunction with the Spirit can change hearts and draw people to worship, so content must be our utmost priority.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you…” (Col. 3:16)
“Congregational praise begins with God and His glory, not man and his need.” – Eric Alexander
While remaining Christ-focused in worship, we as leaders must have a congregation-centric attitude. We must lead in a way that encourages the congregation to remain engaged, whether in corporate singing or in other service elements including testimonies, Scripture readings, and musical offerings. While still prioritizing theological content, we must strive to engage our members in a way that is neither archaic nor trendy; instead, we desire to be both culturally sensitive and consistent with protestant church heritage. We achieve this by ensuring our content is entirely Scriptural, and by discerning what helps the congregation sing and remain focused, while at the same time understanding that they are responsible to God for their attitudes in corporate worship.
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another…” (1 Thess. 5:11)
“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Eph. 5:19)
“…teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Col. 3:16)
“…our corporate responsibility before God and to each other is to sing together.” – Keith Getty
After pursuing biblical content and seeking to engage the congregation, we must finally pursue excellence in every aspect of our ministries. Our goal is not necessarily perfection, because we understand that we are imperfect vessels for service; and ultimately, seeking perfection can upset our balance of priorities. Rather, we desire our ministries- whether musical, technical, or other- to represent the purity, the integrity, the creativity, and the excellent greatness of our God. Excellence requires individual training, personal and team preparation, and often a certain amount of experience; we are personally responsible for being prepared to serve each week, and leaders are responsible to equip, communicate with and lead their teams effectively.
“…Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” (Ps. 150:2)
“Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” (Ps. 33:3)
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men…” (Col. 3:23)
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)