Are you a worship leader, church member or pastor who might wonder why your church worship ministry exists? I thought that sharing the statement I operate my worship ministry in might help others and that your feedback might help me, so I am going to put this out there.
The purpose of the worship ministry is to serve the congregation of Neighborhood Church by providing environments for regular public worship expressions that are biblical, meaningful and transcendent.
- Serve the congregation: Worship ministry is about serving the needs of the congregation first, not the needs of the staff, worship team members or any other individual. This is measured by the following question: What does my church need to help them worship?
- Providing environments for public worship expressions: The worship team or ministry provides a place, time and context for our regular local church gathering for the explicit reason of expressing worship. This is measured by asking the question: Have we given the congregation an opportunity to speak to God and hear from God in a grand way each week?
- Biblical: The values the filter our worship expression must be guided by whether the content of our worship has biblical foundation. For instance, singing, teaching, praying, giving and more can be found in scripture as expressions of worship. This is measured by asking: Is what we are doing, saying, singing or experiencing in worship within what the scripture teaches?
- Meaningful: Another way to frame what we desire to see in our worship expression is to be relevant or meaningful. Even though this is a moving target, we must be able to engage people at some level where they are at in order to lead them. This is measured by this question: How does what we are expressing in worship make sense, relate to real life and reflect the spiritual temperature of the congregation?
- Transcendent: Our expression of worship must have some mystery and wonder. God is transcendent, so the hope is that some of this trait of God would manifest itself among us. For example, I have heard people share that they were healed in some way during our time of worship or that they had a significant encounter with God that was more than a musical, emotional moment. Here is a question to evaluate this point: How have we seen God manifest his healing grace in our people in our worship expressions?
I would like to share more, but I hope that some of you out there would dialog a bit with me on these introductory points. Worship is inexhaustive as a subject matter since worship itself is an eternal activity and our very purpose for being. However, the hope here is to bring some clarity to what we can and cannot expect of a church worship team. Can leading worship really be that simple?