What we are about
Thank you for your interest in joining our worship team! We are a team that exists to point people to the life-changing love and grace of Jesus through worship and to glorify God in every part of our lives. We partner with the rest of our church in making and sending disciples who love and live like Jesus by being a faithful participant in the community, your discipling relationships, and ultimately, an abiding relationship with Jesus. We get to chase after Heaven together and follow the Holy Spirit obediently in what He’s asking us to do and where He’s calling us to go. This creates a culture in our worship that values Presence over performance. We have a high regard for excellence in all that we do, but we are ultimately “winning” when our hearts are aligned with Jesus’ in leading and shepherding our church in worship of our King!
Because of the nature of worship ministry, we have some expectations we hold team members to graciously. We believe it is vital for every person on the stage of our church to be in relationship with their savior Jesus Christ. The vision for our team members is that we would be a group of leaders who are ready, willing, and passionate about leading people to encounter Jesus. If we are not doing that, we are missing it. We understand that you may not always feel close to God when you play, or you may have had a fight with your spouse that morning, or made an unfortunate choice the night before. There is no condemnation here! But as a worship department, we are asking that you view yourself as a leader of our church. When you show up to play, we want you to be expectant and excited for how God will use you to lead.
The desire of our hearts is that you would be a partner with CyLife, committed to a small group, and in a discipling relationship. We hope that if you are not already involved in these things, that through relationships built on the team, you would see the value of this and make the necessary sacrifices to choose it.
We are going after a culture of humility and teachability. With a performance/stage ministry comes a lot of temptation to make something that's intended for God more about ourselves than Him. You will need to stay coachable in areas of vocal/musical skill, style preference, relational conflict, emotional health, and spiritual immaturities. We are doing something that can be incredibly meaningful and emotional together so we must care for people on the team well and be committed to growing in how we contribute to the team. We desire to be like Jesus in how He came to serve and not be served. We are not celebrities and while we are navigating a lot on Sunday mornings, we seek out opportunities and ways to serve other team members, the tech team, the pastors and the congregation. We are not competing with our teammates for anything… We are on the same team going after the same goal!
We do not currently have a mid-week rehearsal, but this is subject to change, especially around a holiday service event. We have Sunday morning rehearsals only so we expect each of our musicians/vocalists to come fully prepared with their parts, incredibly familiar with the outline of the service, and ready to just put it all together with the rest of the team. We use Planning Center Online (PCO) for all of our service planning. Team members receive requests to serve on specific dates and can view all the service elements and have all the practicing resources they need. We utilize in-ear monitoring and if you’re unfamiliar with this, we will gladly walk you through this adjustment. Click-track competency is essential for each musician and vocalist.
If this sounds like something you want to be apart of, our audition process is as follows:
Step 1- Fill out the attached questionnaire as authentically as you can. We are not looking for perfect answers, we are hoping to get to hear your heart.
Step 2- Record and submit a video of yourself playing the instrument (and/or singing) you’re trying out for to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The video should show your face and instrument clearly
- The song must be able to be heard in the background, but your instrument/voice should be heard clearly over it
- Please choose from the list of songs assigned by each instrument below.
- If you are auditioning vocal, you must show one song singing melody and one song doing harmony.
- If you need chord charts, we can provide that for you.
Step 3- Once everything is submitted, the worship leader and MD will review your video and questionnaire. The worship leader will follow up with an email with some feedback and if the audition will be moving to the next step of the process. Please know that if the process stops here for you, we wholeheartedly believe you have a valuable place in our church and will help you plug in to use the gifts God has given you to serve well. If you hear a no from us, you are not a bad person, we are not bad leadership and our standards are not too high or bad. It just simply means you are not ready to step into that role right now.
Step 4- If we move forward with the process, the worship leader will schedule an in-person meeting with you to connect further and answer any questions. At that time we would be able to talk about frequency of serving and such. *******
Step 5- Observing on a sunday morning. This looks like coming to rehearsal early in the morning and getting set up with in-ear monitors so that you can begin to hear and see what this all looks like. You would shadow the person playing the part you are going to be doing and that team member would walk closely with you that day showing you the ropes.
Step 6- Debrief the process with the worship leader and get plugged into the schedule for the upcoming couple of months!
Bass- Firm Foundation by Cody Carnes in Bb
Drums- Lion by Elevation Worship
Electric Guitar- Egypt by Cory Asbury in Ab
Keys- Move Your Heart by Maverick City Music in B
Acoustic Guitar- Goodness of God by Jenn Johnson in Ab
Female Vocal- What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong in D (melody)
Battle Belongs by Phil Wickham in C (harmony)
Male Vocal- Battle Belongs by Phil Wickham in C (melody)
What a Beautiful Name by Hillsong in D (harmony)