"A Worship Arts Ministry"
To "set the table" in preparation for the church
body arriving for corporate worship, and facilitate connecting
their hearts with God.
The key component is a team of people-united in purpose-where
each member has a yearning heart and love for God, a deep
love for people, and possesses artistic gifts and talents
to express that love.
God has not given us one set formula for worship. With numerous
accounts of a variety of worship expressions present in Scripture,
it is apparent God does not have a problem with variety. Therefore,
the "worship wars" we percieve to exist are the
result of our own preferences and... inflexibility!
For stylistic diversity, one has to look no further than the
hymnal. Hymns come from all different eras of history as well
as countries, and have been passed down for generations. They're
theologically rich, and extremely powerful musically. As Johann
Sebastian Bach did as "worship arts director" in
the early 1700's with hymns like "A Mighty Fortress is
our God" and "Now, thank we all our God", we
can use different instrumentation and incorporate various
styles of our time, as long as provide with theological substance
or capture God's majesty and spirit in ways spoken word could
We pray together about the church, our community, and each
other. I continually review what our purpose is as a worship
arts ministry, and share what will be communicated during
worship for the upcoming services. If the artist knows the
purpose and the message, then communication happens from the
heart rather than coming off as a performance. Rehearsals,
by the way, are powerful times. Rather than being a simple
drill of learning notes, it becomes a midweek worship experience!
Is responsible for the supervision of the ministry, planning
worship with a focus on music selection and other creative
elements, and leading vocal and instrumental teams-such as
choir, vocal teams, orchestra, worship bands.
Serves as worship leader, working closely with pastoral and
other staff in planning worship, events and concerts.
Selects ans supervises activities of associate music directors,
choir directors, worship leaders, instrumentalists, and other
Trains and equips each team member,worship staff, laypeople
and volunteers. Recruits members of the worship ministry teams,
soloists and musicians.
May direct the music groups or teams and even perform in worship
Supervises audio, lighting and media staff, volunteers.
Communicates the desired outcome so each member of the team
has a vision of the "big picture".
Carefully assigns tasks and responsibilities that match each
team member's gifts and strengths, provides a sense of value
and importance, and challenges the team member to grow.
Makes people feel valued, graciously leading others, and rallying
others to accomplish goals.
Continues to provide sharp focus on the big picture and priorities
when things get bogged down.
(excerpts from an interview with Todd Billingsley)