PHILOSOPHY OF WORSHIP
Worship is the term we use to cover all the acts of the heart and mind and body that express the infinite worth of God. We sing songs, bring offerings, hear and obey God’s Word, and reorient our lives based on God’s infinite worth. Declaring and living lives that display God as our ultimate treasure is no small thing. It is the goal of creation (Isaiah 34:7), the command of all human activity (1 Cor. 10:31), the highest call of music (Psalm 150), the invincible purpose of Christ’s return (2 Thes. 1:10), and the ultimate declaration of all humanity (Phil. 2:9-11).
All elements of our worship are selected to enable the worshipper to communicate with God and to bring Him glory. Guided by God’s Word, we know that “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kinds of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
Our services are planned with the needs of the believer in mind, while maintaining sensitivity to those who may be investigating the claims of Christ. There are many ways in which individuals may worship. The style of worship is perhaps one of the most sensitive issues within churches today, since it is usually based on personal preference rather than biblical conviction. Since worship is to be God-centered, we discourage anything that is self-centered and strive to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
Although our worship style may be different than you are accustomed to, we strive always to align ourselves with solid biblical principles. At Harvest Bible Chapel, we believe worship is not something to be viewed, and we deliberately encourage congregational participation. You may see things in our worship and fellowship with which you are unfamiliar or initially uncomfortable. Many of us have also experienced this, so we can appreciate how you might feel.
WORSHIP MINISTRY PRIORITIES
Sunday morning worship serves as the catalyst for walking with and working for Christ daily.
GOSPEL CENTERED: We remember Jesus Christ crucified and risen again, according to the Scriptures, is the means of our fellowship with God and is of first importance in worship planning. (1 Cor 15)
BIBLE SATURATED: The content of singing, praying, welcoming and preaching must conform to the truth of Scripture. God’s Word is the ground of authority. (Isaiah 40:8)
SPIRIT AND TRUTH: Worship services must bring about clear thinking about spiritual things, and seek to kindle hearts with deep and strong emotions toward God. (Matthew 22:37)
REAL: Worship services will seek a radically personal encounter with God. There will be no pretense or posturing. There will be no flippant, superficiality. We will pursue reverence, passion, and wonder. (Psalm 96)
DISTRACTION FREE: We will seek to lead God’s people to a Christ-centered focus and to eliminate horizontal distractions.
PROGRESSIVE AND RELEVANT: Although the biblical content of our music is our first priority, we will seek to worship in new, creative, and relevant forms. (Psalm 98:1)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What about clapping our hands?
Clapping expresses joy and rejoicing and is a universally accepted sign of approval. It also represents an outward expression of our appreciation to God. (Psalm 47:1)
What about lifting our hands?
When we lift our hands to God, we are exalting His character and expressing personal humility, surrender and dependence on God. (Psalm 134:2; Psalm 63:4; Psalm 141:2; 1 Timothy 2:8)
Why is praise sometimes enthusiastic?
God’s message of salvation is “good news” and one way of showing appreciation is through celebration. It was David that danced with ‘all his might’ before the Lord in 2 Samuel 6:14.
Why are there periods of silence?
Silence in worship services is often used to hear God’s voice in a time of reflection as well as to show respect and awe for the person of God. (Isaiah 28:23; Habakkuk 2:20)
What about the use of video during worship?
We have found that this element used at appropriate times in worship is a helpful tool in expressing and illustrating worship and testimony. (Matthew 13:34)
WORSHIP MINISTRY INTERVIEW & AUDITION
You will also need to participate in a Worship Ministry Interview & Audition with members of the Worship Ministry Leadership Team. During this time, we will explore your calling, background, and leadership role as part of the Worship Ministry. We will highlight the requirements and other considerations defined in this packet as well as the purpose and vision of the Worship Ministry. The interview is also important to the Worship Ministry Leadership Team in exploring your spiritual gifts as well as your musical or technical experience and skills. The information gathered from the interview and audition enables the Worship Ministry Leadership Team to determine how you might fit into the ministry.
Your interview and audition will incorporate the following components:
An observation of how a typical rehearsal is run
A discussion of the Worship Ministry Information Packet. Please bring your packet to your interview.
A discussion of the Self-Evaluation Form (to be given at rehearsal)
A discussion of the Worship Ministry Commitment Form
A discussion regarding your Worship Ministry Application Form
A short audition where you will demonstrate your vocal, instrumental, or technical ability and sustainability. (Instrumentalists are expected to bring their instrument. You will be sent an email with a copy of that Sunday’s music in order to prepare.)
These are key items we look for in those who are interested in the Worship Ministry:
CONVERSION: those who have repented of their sin and have come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way as Lord and Savior.
CULTIVATING: those who are in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and working on developing intimacy with Him through the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, and accountability.
CHARACTER: those who want to glorify God through stewardship of their gifts, servanthood in the attitude of ministry and a teachable spirit at all times.
COMPETENCY: those who have musical and/or technical aptitudes and desire to grow in excellence as they improve those abilities.
COMMITTED: those who have attended Harvest Bible Chapel for a minimum of three months, gone through Harvest101, and show an aspiration toward membership. Those who are prepared to demonstrate commitment to meetings, practices, maintaining team relationships and to the support of Harvest DeKalb.
CHEMISTRY: those who are able and desire to work as team players in a team ministry and respect lines of authority.
COVENANT: those who read and sign the Harvest Bible Chapel Worship Ministry Commitment Form.
Instrumentalists, vocalists, and technicians need to be skilled enough to follow a service, which is led by the Spirit of God. We don’t want to limit what God will do simply because we can’t handle it musically or technically.
INSTRUMENTALISTS must be able to perform well with others, learn new music quickly, demonstrate suitable ability on an instrument, follow along with a click/metronome and able to follow chord charts, and be able to change keys without great difficulty.
VOCALISTS must be able to perform well with others, learn new material quickly, demonstrate suitable range and accurate pitch, distinguish and sing different musical styles, sing straight tones, and hear and adjust their voice to blend with others.
TECHNICIANS must be able to work well with others, learn new media quickly, and demonstrate a basic knowledge of, or ability to learn, the technologies use.