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& Music Department Guidelines
to the online edition of the music department of "Christian
Renewal Church", St. Simons Island, GA. This is the online edition
of the guidelines/vision statement that is used in our music department.
At the request of fellow worshipers and churches, I decided to make this
information available. I feel that it really helps to have a clear understanding
and vision - this helps to form a department and team. Also, guidelines
make it clear what is expected of a participant, and what they can expect
remember - Vision is from heart of God. These are the qualifications and
guidelines that God has given to me for OUR church. Use them as a reference
point. Feel free to copy this information and edit it for use in your
own church. I'd love to hear your responses about this information. Just
send email to:
Fred F. McKinnon, Chief Musician
of Christian Renewal Church, SSI
feel free to review the mini-teachings on praise/worship by Fred McKinnon
in the "Aspects of Worship" Section
These teachings are helpful in equipping the body in praise and worship,
and can be downloaded for bulletin inserts!
Purpose, Vision, and Guidelines
Purpose and Vision
is our belief at Christian Renewal that the music 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
- actually as a part of the Levitical priesthood of Christ's church. 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.
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.
vision for the Christian Renewal Music Department is to maintain a musical
program of excellence. We desire to have a praise/worship team(s), including
singers and musicians, choirs for special performances, dramas, and live
recordings of praise/worship. Special programs for younger children will
also be available at times.
GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS:
is very important that those who participate in the Music Team(s) feel
that they are "called, appointed, and anointed" to the ministry
must be born-again believers of Christ, and their lifestyle must resemble
that of a born-again Christian.
must be worshipers on and off the platform. Anyone who has difficulty
worshiping at home or in the congregation is not ready to be a leader!
Talent, Skill, and Auditions
auditions are not generally required, the musician and vocalists need
to have enough skill so that they can follow the Holy Spirit. Musicians
and vocalists should have open hearts to receive advice, correction,
training, and should be commited to becoming proficiently skilled at
their ministry. "Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the
singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it".
(1 Chronicles 15:22 NIV) One does not need to be a
professional musician to worship the Lord, but God honors the discipline
of additional practice and preparation. "Failing to prepare is
preparing for failure".
should be committed, members of the church who are dedicated to the
leadership and pastor(s) of Christian Renewal. This commitment includes
their prayers, regular attendance, and tithes/offerings. It is asked
that the commitment on the music team be considered a major commitment,
and that it not be frequently disregarded for other events.
Attendance and Puctuality
and punctuality are very important factors for being a member of the
music team(s). Rehearsals are required, and members should arrive ready
to work on the designated material. Poor attendance and punctuality
reflect a lack of discipline and respect for the Lord's ministry.
Dress and Attire
leaders, members must dress properly. Realizing that outward appearance
is not judged by God, we affirm that others may be offended by improper
attire. ". . . if eating meat offends my brother, I will eat
no meat". Consequently, members are encouraged to be neat,
clean, and appropriately dressed for all services. (T-shirts, old jeans,
sweats, short skirts, etc. are not considered appropriate for most services)
Let's go into the Lord's presence with respect. "All the Levites
who were musicians . . . stood on the east side of the altar, dressed
in fine linens . . . ". (2 Chronicles 5:12, NIV)
New Applicants and Waiting
most circumstances, new applicants to the music team will be required
to attend several practices and rehearsals before "taking the platform".
Additional reading may also be required, at the discretion of the church
leadership. All participants are encouraged to read Exploring Worship
by Bob Sorge, Glory by Ruth Ward Heflin, and Called, Appointed,
Anointed by Janny Grein. An ongoing, accountability relationship
with the Minister of Music, or head of the Music Department, is also
Sound Engineers, Visual
Equipment Operators, Etc.
engineers and visual equipment operators are important members of the
music ministry. Visual equipment operators are asked to arrive early,
so that transparencies can be selected. These members should be quick
to respond when a transparency is needed. The sound engineers are also
asked to arrive early, and help the music team as much as possible.
Sound engineers must be alert and responsive, especially during the
worship, and should be ready to make adjustments with quickness!
Schedule Conflicts, Etc.
at any time, a member (including visual equipment operators, sound engineers,
etc.) cannot attend a service, rehearsal, etc. they must notify the
Minister of Music or office in advance if at all possible so that proper
adjustments can be made.
It is important to state that these guidelines are open to interpretation
due to unusual circumstances, events, etc. These instances will be determined
by the leadership of Christian Renewal. It is also important to state
that these guidelines apply to those who participate in the music ministry
on a regular basis, not those who participate in special programs, special
open communication is of vital importance. If at any time a member is
confused, discouraged, or unhappy with the way things may be happening
at a given time, they are encouraged to speak with the Music Minster,
Chief Musician, and other leadership. The only way to deal with hurt feelings,
resentment, confusion, etc. is to bring it out into the open so that the
Lord can work it out.
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