A. Spiritual Preparation. You cannot lead appropriately in our worship bands without regular interaction with God during the week. We trust that your love for God and worshiping Him privately is what has brought you to lead in worshiping Him publicly. As leaders on stage who create an atmosphere of freedom in worship for the congregation, we encourage exuberant, invigorated expressions of worship (e.g. Ex. 15, 2 Sam. 6, and Rev. 5). God is simply too great to justify anything less. Your praying, singing, praising, and playing during corporate worship should always excite and encourage others to draw near to God in a similar manner.
B. A Lifestyle of Worship. Worship should permeate every aspect of the Christian life and should not be relegated to Sunday mornings. We trust that you are wholeheartedly committed to offering the entirety of your existence as a living sacrifice to God (Rom. 12:1). As a worship leader at the Open Door, all of your words, thoughts, actions, and relationships (both inside and outside of the church) should point others to Christ. By being selected to participate in this ministry, we believe that you are an individual of integrity and devotion to the Lord. It is our hope that you continue to grow and lead both Christians and non-Christians with your lifestyle of worship.
C. Musical Preparation. All band members should demonstrate intimate knowledge of music and song structures at the rehearsal, as this is essential to a successful and efficient practice. Musical excellence in practice is the best possible preparation for leading the congregation in worship. Unprepared individuals will inhibit the group’s progress at rehearsal. With adequate individual preparation, the band can focus on polishing and group dynamics at rehearsal, rather than individual parts.
D. Punctuality. Unless otherwise communicated, you are responsible for being setup, sound-checked, and ready to start by your respective call-times for rehearsals and services. Your punctuality is greatly appreciated and communicates to the rest of the band that you respect their time and commitment. If you realize that you will be late for any event, please notify your campus pastor or worship leader as soon as possible.
E. Open Communication. Open and honest conversation is essential to the success of our ministry. The ability to give and receive tactful, constructive feedback is of great importance. Allowing any issue to go unaddressed prevents us from being good stewards of the ministry to which God has called us. Such communication requires a good amount of flexibility and malleability. Your commitment to living out the fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) is beneficial and a great example for others to emulate.
F. Professionalism. By serving in ministry, you are not only a representative of this congregation, but you are a representative of Christ. We expect you to always work as if you are working for the Lord (Col. 3:23). Although this is a volunteer-based ministry, a professional level of musicianship and maturity is required. Like professional musicians, we expect you to know when to play and when not to play. We expect you to listen to what the other musicians are doing and know how to blend within that framework. We expect you to appreciate various styles of music, consistently work to improve your own musicianship, and to interact with other musicians and staff professionally and respectfully. Lastly, keep in mind that being on stage means that the congregation will see everything you do.
G. Gear. At Open Door, we are committed to musical excellence. This means that we provide a few pieces of professional gear to use (Drum Kit, Bass Amp & Cab, Behringer In-Ear system, FOH Board). We expect you to keep your personal gear in good repair. Guitars should have good intonation. Your amps and pedals/pedalboards should be in good working order. Cymbals should not have cracks. Personal Snare Drums should be well tuned.
You are also responsible for investing in your own set of in-ears. We recommend waiting until after your audition trial period is over. For more information about in-ears, talk to one of the worship leaders.
H. Re-Auditions: We believe that serving on a music team in a church is a privilege to enjoy, not a right to protect. We also believe that team members will have varying talent and ability levels. This means, every year we might ask you to re-audition. This allows us the opportunity to open up the team to new members, give existing members a break (if needed), and give opportunity for personal musical growth to team members that need to spend time in personal practice.