Music Ministry

Good Hope Worship Team's Purpose:

To lift up and glorify God as we lead others into His presence.

Good Hope Worship Team's Values:

  1. Submission
  2. Commitment
  3. Humility
  4. Edification
  5. Holiness
  6. Sincerity

Where do we fit in Good Hope's ministry?

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." (John 4:23 NIV)

We have an awesome job, for we as music and worship leaders together make up the worship team whose sole purpose is to ushers others into God's presence, to point them to Him . Although music may not be listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is certainly one of His mightiest means of ministry. The members of this team have been given a great opportunity. And what a responsibility!

  • Adult Choir - Every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service and meets every Sunday at 6 p.m. for rehearsal.
  • Praise Band - Every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service, meets every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. for rehearsal.

If you have a passion for worship and for singing or playing God's praises, then we would welcome you to come join our music and worship leadership team. The music and worship ministry plays a vital role in the life of Good Hope. We offer vibrant, God-honoring and scripturally-based music. Although our music tends to be more contemporary than traditional, we claim to be neither and we are drawn to both. Our only claim is that we are committed to lifting up and glorifying God through music and the Word as we lead others into His presence. Our aim is to point people to Him. We are honored to serve in this calling.

Our worship leadership team (choir, praise team, and band) has a deep passion to humbly serve. We are committed to always giving our very best for the glory of God—to spread the gospel through music and worship both inside and outside the church walls. Our greatest desire is for people come to know the Lord. When we see life decisions being made as a result of God working through the music we sing, we celebrate!

Serving in this ministry requires hard work, dedication and commitment, but the rewards far exceed the demands. We have a great time working together. It's like a big worship ministry family—young and older serving side-by-side. We're excited about what is doing here at Good Hope.

God has brought people to Good Hope and put them into place in this worship ministry for His purposes. Maybe He's bringing you here for this same purpose; maybe you're the next piece He's putting into Good Hope's worship ministry's puzzle. Vocalist? Instrumentalist? We would love for you to join us! Prayerfully consider it. And if He's leading you our way, hurry and come on. We've no time to waste. See you Sunday evening!

For more information, contact Luanne Adams at .

 

What are we about?

SUBMISSION
First and obviously foremost, we serve Christ Jesus. He is the Head of the church. We hold firmly to Christ alone and respect the responsibility He has entrusted to us to sing His Word. He is the reason for everything we do.

Secondly, we fall under the authority of our elders of which our pastor is one. We also have a elder who oversees the worship ministry specifically. The Word tells us that we must respect their authority in the role of spiritual leaders —a role that is God-ordained.

"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" (Hebrews 13:17 NIV)

Our worship team consists of the worship leader and assistant worship leaders, the choir, and the praise team/band. Any other groups that help lead others into worship (drama, instrumental ensemble, men's ensemble, etc . . .) fall under this ministry too. In so many ways we share the responsibilities of this ministry and we all work together in a coordinated effort to meet our goal.
COMMITMENT
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Col. 3:23 NIV)

In order for us to achieve our purpose, we must first of all take this role seriously. These are not volunteer positions; these are called positions. This is not a position to take because you simply like to sing. This is a ministry that requires your heart—a heart devoted to worship and leading others into it. It must be a priority in your life and, thus, requires sacrifice of your time. Your commitment to this ministry means that you agree to come to practice and sing even when you may not feel like it, even if you may not particularly like the song the choir or praise team is singing, or even if the practice is during your team's big game on TV. This ministry is not based on how you feel. It is all about being a servant who's heart is to honor God.
HUMILITY
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." (Psalm 51:17 NIV)

And those who walk in pride He is able to put down. (from Daniel 4:37 NKJV)

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." (Romans 12:3-8 NIV)

As stated above, the worship team is under the ultimate authority of Christ alone and any music we present must be presented to glorify Him alone. Self-glorification has no part in this ministry and honestly, this worship team is very intolerant of selfishness. While you may be asked to sing solos, if your singing in the choir is dependent on you singing solos, then you are in the wrong choir. We function as a team. Obviously if we are intent on aiming for excellence in worship leadership, we are very interested in the way we sound. But a firm foundation regarding matters of the heart and soul are more important to us. In other words, you may have the best solo voice around, but, if it's all about you, then you may need to do some soul-searching before joining our team. This may not be the choir for you. God is faithful to provide for the choir's needs when we are seeking His heart and not our own. He's proven that over and over again. Praise God!
EDIFICATION
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited." ( Romans 12: 16 NIV)

While many times music that speaks to us also speaks to the larger body of believers, we recognize that it is not our job to present music that speaks to us. It is our job to present music and set the worship environment that, first of all, glorifies God but secondly that will lead others to a deeper worship experience with God. This means that while you may not like traditional music or hymns, you will be asked to sing them. It also means that while you may not like contemporary songs, you will be asked to sing them as well. It is very important to remember that different people worship in different ways. What is worship for one may not be worship for others. We must be very attentive to the needs of the congregation and not push head-strong with our own personal agendas. We must act out of love for one another. Once again, selfishness must be left-behind. Our philosophy is that as long as the songs are scripturally sound, it is no sacrifice at all to be given the opportunity to sing for Christ no matter what the flavor of the song. Instead, we consider it an opportunity and a blessing. It is not about us.
HOLINESS AND SINCERITY
Live a life "worthy of His calling," so that "by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours an every act prompted by your faith . . . so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace o four God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NIV)

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual [a] act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12: 1-2 NIV)

If we are to lead others into worship, we must display an attitude of worship ourselves. This demands that we maintain an attitude of praise. It requires that we spend time privately in prayer, Bible study and worship throughout the week. It means that we are people of integrity. We must be the same people at home and at work that we are at church. It is important to remember that the further we put ourselves out there in the spotlight in worship leadership roles, the more scrutiny our lives will be under and the higher level of accountability we are held to. If we are going to be effective worship leaders, we need to make sure that we are living lives worthy of the calling. Each day we need to ask God to convict us of our sins and to take us a step closer to becoming like Him . We can never be satisfied with the status quo. We need to continually seek God to update our resume for Him. Live expectantly and be prepared to give an answer for what God is doing in your life. "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. . . . " (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

Also, as we need to present ourselves as living sacrifices, we all should dress in a manner that would not distract from our messages in song. The typical dress code for the worship team is “dress casual.” More specifically, women should dress modestly. Simply put: No strapless or backless tops, spaghetti straps, tightly form-fitting clothes, short skirts (no more than 2 “– 3 “ above the knee) or cleavage exposed. Whether we like to admit it or not, we must concern ourselves about issues such as lust in the church too.

I encourage you to share your suggestions for a more dynamic and worship-inspiring ministry with me. While I may not do everything suggested, I value your comments and try my best to accommodate.

Also, please know that I realize that some of the guidelines I discussed may sound harsh. That is not my intention at all. My intention is to just set the record straight from the very start. I figure that if we all are informed and know where we stand from the beginning, our ministry will be more focused and efficient. We must be serious about our mission and throw off anything that would hold us back. We must set our Bible-based standards and keep our eye on the Prize.

Thank you so much for your interest in this ministry. I believe that God has BIG—HUGE!!—things planned for us! I ask you to commit this ministry to your prayers by praying that God will lead us to be all He wants us to be. I am so excited and honored to be a part. I look forward to serving with you!

For Christ alone,

Luanne

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another will all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with the gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
(Colossians 3:16-17 NIV)