Our leadership style is one of modeling what we want to see our church walk in. Be ready to do whatever is needed in order to see our church “get there,” whether it be pulling them in with energy and dancing or humbly bowing at God’s goodness and mercy.
Relationally, we consider this team a big family. Throughout the semester, we will sometimes have team nights, part-specific hangouts, post-church Sunday lunch, or other random events. You will most likely get out what you put in, so be involved! Show up and have fun with us!
Please be ready to grow and develop your musicianship! Our church is part of a “training and sending” movement, so our desire is that your time on the worship team will better equip you for a lifetime of worship (whether or not that means leading). We want to help you develop your gifts and passions and steward them for eternity, but it requires effort and dedication on your part as well!
Rehearsals and sound checks
We ask that all band members do their very best to attend every rehearsal for their scheduled event. If you have a scheduling conflict during that time, make sure to let your team worship leader know so they can plan accordingly. Additionally, we ask that you show up to rehearsal knowing your part (vocalists, know your songs; instrumentalists, know your music!). This will help us run more efficiently during rehearsal and fine-tune our set rather than having to take time to learn each part!
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.