HEART FIRST WORSHIP
Jesus is at the center of our purpose as worship leaders
We know that our gifts and talents are for the sole purpose of giving God glory
FAMILY STYLE TEAM
We see all members of the worship team and sound team as valuable and essential in the body of Christ
We actively strive for UNITY through humility, respect, and forgiveness
We seek relationship within the team
We value and expect feedback
We come prepared both technically and spiritually before rehearsal
We respect the leader of our team and the team members with punctuality
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.