Audition to be considered for one of our contemporary worship teams.
We're excited that you're interested in being a part of the worship ministry at Liberty Corner! It is a fun, challenging, and rewarding ministry. If God has gifted you with musical talent, we want you to be able to use it for his glory! This is a somewhat complex ministry with many moving parts. So for your advantage, and that of the worship ministry as a whole, there is a short process to becoming a regularly scheduled member of the worship team. Here are the first few steps:
- Prayerfully consider your involvement.
- Please read the following information in its entirety. (There is a lot of important information that you will need to know.)
- Complete the application below.
Why Do We Have Auditions?
We have a vision for continuously increasing our contemporary worship ministry here at Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. Auditions are a very practical tool for evaluating the skills and heart of people who feel called to serve on a worship team. And we promise that it will never be like American Idol! We want to create a non-intimidating atmosphere for our audition process as much as possible. At the same time, we value honesty, and we want to encourage the pursuit of skill in the music we present to God.
If you have a heart to lead others into meaningful worship and you feel you are skilled with your voice or musical instrument, we would love to get to know you! Before you audition, please read the expectations and requirements below for participation on a worship team.
Basic Requirements for Participation
To be eligible for a worship team, you must consider Liberty Corner to be your home church and have attended regularly for a minimum of two months. We are looking for trustworthy, team-minded people who will take the commitment seriously. Maintaining a humble, teachable attitude is very important. A worship team is not a platform for showcasing individual talents, but a place of service to the congregation. Previous experience in a small group, on a worship team or in a band, is required. While there are similar principles used in most live music situations, every band or team experience is different. Be prepared to learn new ways of doing things even as we follow standard practices.
Team Commitment and Expectations
We want worship to be simple. Accessible. Singing to God with a sincere heart does not have or need to be complex. With that said, there is a certain level of preparation, planning, and practice that goes into making each and every worship service simple. Because of this, there is a certain level of commitment that is required from the worship team that exceeds other ministries. This commitment can take on many forms. Here are a few practical areas where level of commitment is most evident.
- Musical Preparation: We use an online service planning website, Planning Center Online, where band members, songs, and service flow are scheduled and posted. It allows access to chord charts and lyric sheets, as well as mp3's of songs we will be using in worship. Rehearsals are infinitely smoother when everyone has listened to, practiced, and memorized the scheduled music. Unless otherwise instructed, you are expected to learn your parts exactly like the mp3, giving special attention to the tonal qualities of each instrument. For teamwork to happen effectively, we rely on you to play your part accordingly
- Attitude: When ideas or suggestions are presented and received with a good attitude, the results are monumental for effective team building. If there are technical, musical, or miscellaneous complications, keep attitudes positive and morale high. Be open to the constructive criticism of the worship leaders. They are trying to pull out every bit of greatness in you they can find, so be patient and receptive of constructive feedback.
- Punctuality: Everyone's time is valuable. It's important that everyone be punctual for rehearsals so that we can use our limited time as efficiently as possible. Arriving early is always a great idea. Tardiness communicates a lack of respect for your team members, for Liberty Corner, and for the Lord. If an unexpected situation arises and you know you will be late, please communicate as quickly as possible with the worship leader.
- Flexibility: The worship leader always tries to give adequate notice of schedule or setlist changes. While it is not uncommon for these changes to take place, it is only done when necessary. It is recommended that you periodically check back with Planning Center to view any potential changes.
- Time: During the week, you'll need to spend the hours necessary to adequately prepare for the weekend. This includes, but is not limited to, our Wednesday evening rehearsals. Call time is approximately 2-2.5 hours before the first service starts. This allows for us to run through the set and pray together.