Who Are We Looking For?

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Mistakes can often be made when evaluating potential singers and musicians for praise and worship teams. The most common issues occur when leaders a) look only at the musical skill/competency of the individual or, b) give too much opportunity to someone with Godly character who doesn’t currently possess the musical competency needed to be successful.


  • Someone who is low in character and competency is not currently ready to serve in this ministry.
  • Someone who is high in character but low in competency is limited in what God can do through them.

  • Someone who is high in competency but low in character is unlimited in the harm he/she can do operating in the flesh.
  • Someone who is high in character and competency is unlimited in the good that God can do through them (Proverbs 22:29, Samuel 16:18).


What are the minimum competencies in this ministry?

All instrumentalists must be able to:

  • Read chord charts
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of the Nashville Number System
  • Properly tune their instruments
  • Comfortably & consistently hold steady time playing with a metronome
  • Comfortably play various rhythmic patterns in common time signatures (4/4, 6/8, 3/4)
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of basic rhythmic subdivisions (such as quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, triplets)
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of rhythmic accents
  • Comfortable learning instrument-specific parts by ear
  • Control dynamics while maintaining a consistent tempo
  • Follow the musical direction of the Platform Team Coach and/or Music Director
  • Not play during a song (or part of a song) if requested
  *Instrumentalists must own or have access to an instrument in good working order

Check one of the interests below for more details:
   

       
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Vocalists must be able to:

  • Consistently sing on pitch
  • Mimic specific vocal phrasing
  • Learn and sing specific harmony parts for given songs
  • Control vocal elements like volume and vibrato in order to blend with other vocalists
  • Confidently sing into a microphone in front of others
   

       
““Youth    

Drummers must be able to:

  • Properly utilize various types of sticks and sticking techniques
  • Demonstrate that they can play to the room
  • Comfortably play various beats in a variety of time signatures
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding and use of drum fills
   

       
““Youth    

Bassists must be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the note names of the strings
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of the bass guitar neck
  • Play various rhythmic subdivisions both with their fingers and with a guitar pick
   

       
“High    

Acoustic Guitartists must be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the note names of the strings
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of the guitar neck Utilize a guitar capo
  • Play all major and minor open chords
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of barre chords
  • Play different strumming patterns as called for by the given song
   

       
““Youth    

Electric Guitarists must be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the note names of the strings
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of the guitar neck, and be able to play competently in different registers of the guitar neck
  • Utilize a guitar capo
  • Play all major and minor open chords
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of barre chords
  • Demonstrate a good working knowledge of major and minor triads
  • Play different strumming patterns as called for by the given song
  • Provide rhythmic support to a song and sonic textures when called for
   

       
““Youth    

Keyboardists must be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of chord inversions and the ability to find different chord voicings
  • Play different rhythmic patterns as called for by the given song
  • Provide rhythmic support to a song and sonic textures such as pads when called for
WHAT ARE THE TIME COMMITMENTS?

Below is a typical schedule/expectation for a volunteer playing/singing at services on a given week:

Sunday – Wednesday (3.5 hrs)
-Listen to, practice, and memorize the music for Thursday rehearsal and service

Thursday Night (3.5 hrs)
-Monitor check, prayer, and rehearsal (4:00 pm-5:30 pm)
-Thursday Evening Service Responsibilities (5:45 pm–7:00 pm)
-Clean-Up and Post-Service Debrief (7:00 pm–7:30 pm)

Friday – Saturday (1 hr)
-Sharpen/review any musical parts for Sunday.

Sunday (6 hrs)
-Sound-check, prayer, and brief run-through (7:00 am-7:45 am)
-Sunday Morning Services Responsibilities (8:00 am-1:00 pm)

*This time breakdown neglects to list and is assuming that all serving time is a result of and occurs in conjunction with a team member’s growing relationship with Christ (daily time in prayer/reading the Bible, weekly consistency in life groups/weekend worship services.)
 

WHAT's the on-boarding process?


Phase 1 - Electronic 

1A) Prospective Team Member completes Electronic Interview.
1B) Prospective Team Member submits Electronic Skill Assessment Videos.
-After these two elements have been submitted, the Creative Arts Administrator will communicate with Prospective Team Member to setup next steps for on-boarding into ministry or collaborate on other serving opportunities.

Phase 2 - In Person

2A) Prospective Team Member completes in-person interview by the Platform Team Coach and 2-3 other team members.
2B) Prospective Team Member completes in-person Skill Assessment by the Platform Team Coach and 2-3 other team members.
-After in-person Interview and Skill Assessment, Platform Team Coach will communicate next steps with Prospective Team Member.

Phase 3 - Shadowing

3A) Prospective Team Member comes to experience a Thursday night rehearsal, gets to interact with the team, and practices with the band as time/specific instrument permits.
3B) Prospective Team Member meets with Platform Team Coach to debrief the experience and get setup with Planning Center/MultiTracks if Platform Team Coach deems Prospective Team Member is ready at this time.

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If not, thank you for your honest self-assessment. We are all in different stages in our relationship with the Lord and in the pursuit of developing the giftings Christ has entrusted to each of us. This specific ministry might not be something God is leading you to in this season, but he has surely called us all to play some part in the body.

As God’s word says, "
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.  Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” - 1 Peter 4:10-11

He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, in maturity to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” - Ephesians 4: 10-16