Welcome

Welcome to a special family and ministry – the Family in Christ Music & Worship Ministry. May God bless you as you join us in this leadership ministry. It is our prayer that this instrumental family will be a real blessing to your life and that you will be a blessing to our lives and ministry as we serve Him together.

Purpose & Values of the Music & Worship Ministry

Purpose

The Worship Ministry at Family in Christ exists to exalt Jesus Christ and, through His power, ignite a passion for the presence of God.
 

Core Values

  1. We exist to worship God and practice His presence. (Ephesians 1:12; Romans 12:1)
  2. We are gifted, called, and set aside to lead in Worship. (Numbers 8:14-16a; I Peter 4:10)
  3. We are a family committed to building one another up in Christ. (Hebrews 10:24)
  4. We are a people of prayer. (Psalm 34:15)
  5. We are called to excellence. (Colossians 3:23)
  6. We are called to reach out to the lost. (Luke 19:10)
  7. Unity within the music & worship ministry is essential. (Ephesians. 4:3; Matthew 18:15-20)
  8. Authenticity of worship leaders is vital. (Matthew 15:8-9)
 
It is important that we realize that we are Worship Leaders in a very real sense. It is our calling, not only to lift up our praises to our God, but to lead others to His very throne in worship. What an awesome and exciting responsibility!
 

The Call To Excellence

Because of our purpose, because of our high calling, because we represent none other than the ALMIGHTY GOD and our SAVIOR – we are called to a ministry of EXCELLENCE! He gave His best to us and therefore deserves our best. Thus the Family in Christ Music & Worship Ministry motto: ONLY OUR BEST FOR OUR LORD. We are serious about our commitment to God and to our ministry. What a fruitful and fulfilling experience the Worship Team will be for you as you give your best to the Master Musician!
 

What Is Our Role In Leading Worship?

We are Worship Leaders, leading the congregation to focus upon God’s worth and leading them in responding to His worth. It must be understood that we are not mere performers. Such is the purpose of musicians in the entertainment industry. There is nothing wrong with entertainment, but our calling is much higher. Our role is to glorify God, not ourselves. Often people have this mistaken notion that the musicians perform and the congregation is the audience. Not true. God is the audience, the congregation as a whole is the “performer” and the musicians are the “prompters and facilitators.” Is this so unusual? It was musicians who led the Israelites into battle, musicians were vital to the temple worship, musicians announced the birth of Jesus, and musicians are prominent in the Revelation account of glory! We are important, and we should not take our calling lightly.
 

What Does This Understanding Of Worship Mean To Us As Musicians?

We are compelled to be prepared to lead in a manner worthy of the One whom we are celebrating! We will purpose to live holy lives, spending time with our Lord in the Word each day, so that the Holy Spirit can use us as His instruments. We will always have our music well prepared, fit for the King; not perfect, but the best that we can bring. By doing all this, and with the Spirit’s power, we will be dynamic musicians leading a dynamic church toward dynamic worship to our dynamic Lord!
 

Qualifications

In any area we use our God-given gifts an abilities, there can be defined a number of characteristics that will help us excel under that particular role in the Body of Christ. The following characteristics could be considered qualifications that we look for in Worship Team members. You may possess these qualifications in varying degrees, but we ask you to closely examine yourself to see if the Worship Ministry is the appropriate area in which to use your gifts. In doing this, consider Romans 12:4 “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” And 1 Corinthians 12 :18, “but in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
 

Involvement and Support

You must be a faithful participant in the life of this congregation as demonstrated by your attendance and involvement, regularly attending Sunday morning services, and special all-church events. Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
You must have the ability to cooperate with others, serving for the greater good of our church, sensitive to the will of God, and supportive of the FIC community and leadership. Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” This means demonstrating a willingness to hold this ministry with an “open hand”, leaving up to the Lord and the leadership all questions regarding the scope of your involvement.
 

Spiritual Maturity

A Worship Team member, with the help of the Holy Spirit, leads the congregation in worship of God. You must be a Christian example, accountable to others as they look to your life and behavior, maintain and grow your personal walk with God, resolve conflict utilizing Biblical principles, and model to others how to encounter God in worship. For these reasons, the Worship Team is ordinarily NOT a place for new or immature Christians or non-believers. To serve on the Worship Team you must have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
 

Spiritual Growth

As a Christian example, you need to engage a commitment to continue maturing in your spiritual walk by growing in grace and knowledge in the Lord. This is as important on an individual basis as it is with the team. Nurture your growth through the Word, through prayer, through faith, and through fellowship.
 

Christian Witness and Example

Have your highest aim to publicly confess Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Be an example for believers in conversation, in you, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. This involves being a witness inside and outside the church walls in you attitude, appearance, and behavior.
So any time during your Worship Team involvement, should you feel that your personal life is not reflecting what our ministry and church is about or what Christ would have, we ask that you voluntarily step down and pull yourself from ministry. We also encourage you to seek council with a Pastor and/or leader in working to restore your relationship with Christ, the Worship Ministry, and the church body.
 

Availability and Support of Family

Involvement in this ministry needs to take high priority in your life without detriment to family, school, and work. It is also important that your family members are willing to accept the necessary time commitment and be supportive concerning your role on the Worship Team.
 

Spirit of Cooperation

Worship Team members must encourage and support other members of the team and those with whom you serve. We should build up one another and have the responsibility of eliminating any word or action that is not constructive to our team. Therefore, think twice before speaking. Don’t overemphasize skill, but rather total dependence on the Lord.
 
In Worship Ministry, there is always the specific temptation of “the lure of the stage” – the flashy need to be out front. We need to look at our team as not just a collection of separate musicians but as a single unit with a single purpose. You must maintain a teachable spirit, open to insight and constructive criticism from others. Our heart attitude should not be to shine forth our own skill and opinions, but to enhance the team as a whole.
 
This includes maintaining an attitude of positive encouragement and embracing the overall direction and vision of the church as revealed to church leadership. We are to submit to each other and to our leadership, out of respect for each other as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 13:17 “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
 

Musical or Technical Ability

As a Worship Team instrumentalist or vocalist, you need to be skilled enough to follow a service which is “led by the Spirit.” We don’t want to limit what God will do simply because we can’t handle it musically. You must also be comfortable being seen and heard as you contribute to leading worship. Consider the following basic abilities:
 

Instrumentalist need to be able to

  • Perform well with others
  • Learn new material quickly
  • Demonstrate suitable ability on an instrument
  • Play from sheet music, chord charts, or by ear

Vocalist need to be able to:

  • Perform will with others
  • Learn new material quickly
  • Demonstrate suitable range, pitch, and blendability
  • Sing from sheet music, chord charts, or by ear

Policies & Procedures

Attendance

Our ministry can only be as good as our attendance. If we miss rehearsals, we’ll not be as effective. If we miss a worship service, the ministry is weakened. Of course there will be times when one must miss, so each member is simply asked to do his/her best in scheduling around the ministry schedule. The point is, we are called by God Himself to be in this ministry, and we are called to a ministry of excellence. When we are motivated by that calling, being absent is no problem. When you must be absent, please inform Tony (303.466.7770 tony@familyinchrist.com) as soon as possible. If a member is unable to attend on a Thursday night rehearsal but is available to play on Saturday and/or Sunday, this will be acceptable as long as you make previous arrangements with Tony and that you come prepared.
 

Before Rehearsal

  • Have your music prepared and practiced.
  • Be familiar with the map as written out on the Cue Sheet and have your music marked accordingly.
  • Music should be in cue sheet order.
  • Arrive at rehearsal 15 minutes early to set up, tune, warm up, and fellowship.

Rehearsal

Currently our Worship Teams rehearses on Thursday evening from 7:00 until 10:00pm, Saturday evening from 4:00 until 4:30pm. Then again on Sunday morning from 8:00 until 8:30am.
 

Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Come prepared to work in a spirit of praise and worship.
  • Come prepared to have fun and build one another up in the Lord.
  • Practice at home. Rehearsals are not for practicing individual parts.
  • Have your music ready and in order before rehearsal.
  • Have a pencil or pen at your music stand.
  • Keep chatter and noise to a minimum.

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Etiquette

  • Come prepared musically and spiritually to lead in worship.
  • Start time for Saturday night is 4:00pm with rehearsal, and start time for Sunday morning is 8:00am.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up and warm up your instrument.
  • The weekend Worship Team is expected to play at all services.
  • Sing with the congregation if you are not playing.

Website

We use the Slack.com website to organize all of our weekly worship sets including date, band, order of worship, lead sheets, a music player, helpful video links, and downloads of the mp3’s. You may also comment on the current set of music or chat with friends. This is a protected site and requires a username and password.