In your own church or when visiting a church, you may have wondered who are those spirit filled vocalists/musicians and how did they earn the privilege to usher in the Holy Spirit? Well, the Worship Members exist to edify and encourage the body of Christ within the church as part of the music ministry. The Church must promote the love of Christ that causes one to worship God. The goal is to praise and worship God, not just in when we meet but with our lives so that ‘the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart’ are acceptable to the Lord (Ps 19:14). Within a meeting, the goal is to bring the congregation into the presence of God (2Ch 7:1,2; 1Pet 2:5) and set the atmosphere for the preaching of the Word of God with the ultimate goal of changing lives into the image of God (Rom 12:1,2; 2Cor 3:18). Music is only a tool for achieving this purpose. This starts in the hearts.
The following are some helpful tools indicating some preferred qualifications for a Worship Member:
- Christian – Before one can be a “worshipper” one must first have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
- Worshipper - To qualify as a Worship Member, one must be a worshipper. Every member must have a love for praise and worshipping the Father.
- Committed member of the church – The Praise and Worship ministry member is not the right of the talented but a privilege extended to the committed and faithful. – There may be openness to receiving special music from those who are not committed to the body of believers but the regular, ongoing and leadership nature of this ministry requires a strong commitment to the people and leadership of the church.
- Spiritual maturity - As stated earlier, this is a leadership type ministry and, hence, is ordinarily not a place for new or immature Christians. - Everyone in the worship ministry is a leader of worship.
- Musical expertise- The musicians and vocalists need to be skilled enough to follow a service which is led by the Spirit of God. One does not want to limit what God will do simply because one can’t handle it musically.
- Time commitment – Church services, preparation before each meeting and ministry are necessary. Also, a personal praise and worship time outside of service is necessary. This can be in the form of seminars, special retreats, experiencing other worship services, and more. - The worship ministry requires a fairly large time commitment.
- Support of family - It is important that the individual’s immediate family members are willing to accept the necessary time commitment and be a support to the individual.
- Ability to flow with the team- Some people are very gifted musicians and/or vocalists, but for one reason or another (vocal range, musical style, etc) they have trouble flowing with the team. These individuals are highly encouraged to share their musical gifts in other ways (i.e. special music, poetry, sermonic preparation, etc.) with the body. Musical proficiency does not automatically make someone a top candidate as a Worship Member.
As serious as this all may sound, is as fun as this can and will be. This is not about perfection but about excellence. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”(Mathew 5:16) Be Blessed and continue to be a Blessing my brothers and sisters in Christ.