"Come let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." Psalm 95:1
The purpose of the OAG Worship Team is to edify and build up the body of Christ by creating an atmosphere of worship. Our goal is to motivate the church into a deeper level of corporate worship every time we come together. We want OAG to be a place where people are free to be themselves in their worship to God, where they can experience God and prepare their hearts to receive from God’s word. We are called to play our part in the worship experience by being a bridge to the presence of the Lord through musical excellence and sincere worship.
Talent and Skill
- Although we recognize the importance of a pure heart, the instrumentalists and vocalists also need to have enough skill so that they can flow with the leader, when the Holy Spirit moves in a different direction. “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” (Psalm 33:3)
- Instrumentalists and vocalists should have open hearts to receive advice, correction, training, and should be committed to becoming proficient in their musical area. “Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.” (1 Chronicles 15:22)
- Just as the worship leader has responsibilities to create worship sets and gather music, the musicians and vocalists have a responsibility to go online and review the music before the Wednesday night rehearsal. 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!” “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
- Worship team members should be actively involved at OAG and dedicated to OAG’s vision and to the leadership of its pastors. This commitment includes their prayers, regular attendance and tithes/offerings.
- Those who commit to serving on the worship team are asked to commit to weekly rehearsals and they are expected to do their best to make sure other commitments do not interfere with their ability to serve on the worship team on a weekly basis.
- Because we value the importance of family, prospective worship team members should not join the team without the full support of their family.
Attendance and Punctuality
- Weekly rehearsals are required, and members should arrive on time, ready to work. Poor attendance and showing up late for rehearsals demonstrate a lack of discipline and respect for the Lord’s ministry.
- Those who are unable to attend rehearsals should not expect to participate on the worship team the following Sunday unless prior arrangements and communication with the worship pastor have been made.
Sound, Video, and Tech
- Video volunteers are asked to arrive early so they can operate the lyrics while the worship team rehearses. These members should be attentive at all times during the service and be ready to make changes “on the fly” when necessary.
- The sound engineers are also asked to arrive early, and help the worship team as much as possible. Sound engineers must be alert and responsive, especially during the worship, and should be ready to make adjustments throughout the service.
New Team Members
- We are constantly looking to expand our team. Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to set up an appointment to discuss the guidelines and expectations presented in this manual. The prospective worship team member will also have a brief and informal audition at this time.
- New applicants to the worship team will be required to attend several rehearsals before “ministering on the platform.”