Our desire is that we would always operate from the overflow: overflow with the presence of God, with love, in actions as you walk in your anointing, and in identity. When we do so, we are secure enough in who God says we are that we can confidently pour out and give ourselves away wherever needed.
We seek to be excellent in what we do. Be proficient, educated, and knowledgable in all things related to the technical aspect of your job! The goal is not perfection, but you should always be looking to improve.
We define followership as focus and servanthood. Our focus is first and foremost on Jesus: what He is saying and doing, both in our lives and the corporate setting in which we are operating. From there, we can focus on the leader in the room, whether it be the worship leader, pastor, or the MC.
The second aspect of this "followership" is servanthood. Be humble and ready to adapt to whatever is asked. Focus on what is happening around the room: watch the worship leader, pay attention to the moment, and change your pace to match what is needed.
Rehearsals and sound checks
Half of what we do is prepare for the event we are helping with! If you have a scheduling conflict during that time, make sure to let your team leader know so they can plan accordingly. Additionally, we ask that you show up to rehearsal ready to work. This time is precious and ends up being an on-going training time as well as preparation time for the event. There is always something to do… so please look for something productive or ask how you can help.
WHAT IS OUR VIEW ON SPONTANEOUS WORSHIP?
We believe that there is immense value in allowing the congregation to respond to God in a way unique to the current moment. When and how to lead a moment of spontaneous worship is defined by two questions: what is God saying, and how can I help this congregation get there? Practically, this can change based on the people you are leading. The more diverse our audience is (for example, Sunday vs. ADS), the more care we need to take in leading spontaneously. Sometimes, God gives us something that everyone needs to sing and sometimes He gives us something to intercede for off of the mic. Some good questions to ask before you lead a moment are, "Do I feel anxious or confident? Will this serve as a benefit or a distraction for the majority?" Ultimately, we can't box the voice of God into a formula, so our bottom line is always to lead with compassion for the people.
WHAT POSTURE IS APPROPRIATE?
Posture is a primary factor in helping people engage in worship. A worship leader chooses their posture based on the people that they're leading. We all have our own style and respond to God in a unique way, but as leaders we choose to restrain or stretch ourselves based on the needs of the congregation. Within our context at Antioch College Station, we know a few factors: we are in the bible belt, not everyone coming in the doors watches Bethel videos on Youtube, and our church is consistently around 40% new people (have been here less than a year). With a room full of newer people from historically conservative church backgrounds, it is helpful for us to lead with these considerations:
- They are consistently learning how to worship based on us. Our posture should invite them into freedom.
- Your face speaks the loudest. Joy and freedom are in your eyes and smile. We'll never ask you to fake it, but a leader must be willing to push past their own personal barriers to lead with joy and freedom, genuinely.