As worship leaders, our mission is to create a musical, visual, and spiritual environment that provides the opportunity to encounter and respond to Jesus Christ.
What is Worship?
Worship is the human response to the triune God’s revelation of Himself. What’s the proper response to this revelation? It includes reverent honor, paying homage to Him, and proclaiming His worthiness. According to Romans 12:1-2, the proper way to respond to His revelation is by presenting our bodies as “a living and holy sacrifice,” by not being “conformed to this world,” but “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
If worship is a response to God’s revelation of Himself, then it can’t be something we do only on Sunday or by singing a song. We worship daily with our lives. So, when we gather corporately to lift our voices in song to Him, it’s not an isolated event. It’s an outpouring of adoration that is the direct result of our engagement with His presence the other six days of the week.
Each member of this team - no matter your job - is called to humbly serve our God and our church as a worship leader. But what is a worship leader? We can’t make others respond in this way, nor is it our responsibility. But there are two things a worship leader can do.
First, we can and should respond to God with worship. God created the human race to worship Him (see Isaiah 43:7), so we should worship! And if we hope to influence others to worship, we must worship! Albert Schweitzer said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”
Second, we can and should speak, sing, play, create, and use technology in such a way that the people we hope to lead receive every opportunity to respond to God with worship. The work of our three teams comes together on Sunday morning to create an environment, and we should strive to make it an environment that helps and encourages our people to encounter Jesus and respond to Him in worship.
To achieve our mission, we have embraced five key values that are the foundation of all we do as a ministry.
- Core - Scripture defines worship and defines the Church as a worshipping people. At the core, we are worshippers. We strive to understand more deeply and conform ourselves to the true definition of worship. (Romans 12:1-2) We commit to being the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. (John 4:23)
- Character - Before we are musicians, singers, or technicians, we are Christ followers. We commit to the pursuit of Christ-likeness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
- Community - We need to function as a team, and that means we need healthy relationships, both within this ministry and the wider Church. We commit to true fellowship with one another. (Acts 2:44-46)
- Craft - God has blessed us with the privilege and responsibility of leading our church in worship. We commit to do our best and to strive to learn and grow in our craft. (Psalm 33:3)
- Culture - Earnest, passionate worship should be the norm in our church. We commit to allow God to use us to create a culture of worship at AMBC. (Psalm 89:15, Colossians 3:16-17)