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Worship Teams at River City - Using our Gifts to the Glory of God

Ralph Martin (in his book Worship in the Early Church on pg. 17) defines worship in this way,

“Christian worship, then, is the happy blend of offering to God our creator and Redeemer through Jesus Christ both what we owe to Him and what we would desire to give to Him.”

What a joy it is for me to take the small gifts that God has given me to assist our church family in our happy offering to God when we gather together. On top of that, we’ve been remarkably blessed by many of you who’ve offered the gifts and talents that God has given you in service to Him and the larger River City family in our corporate worship. Whether it has been using your hands and ears to play the piano, using them to turn dials and move sliders or click a mouse, each part has helped us, as a people, offer to God what He deserves and we desire to give him; praise, honor, and adoration.

Over the past year there have been many more who have come forward and expressed a desire to serve alongside others in this endeavor of leading in corporate worship. We’ve tried to incorporate folks and sometimes we’ve been able to start rotating in new musicians, singers, and technicians, and sometimes we haven’t been able to do so. The unfortunate dilemma is that we haven’t had a system in place to build teams of people and give a roadmap, if you will, for those who would like to serve… until now.

We’ve put together an application and we will be hosting an audition that will help us identify and organize teams of musicians who can play together more consistently. The goal in this is to foster growth both as disciples who are using our gifts in this way, and as musicians and technicians, who desire to hone our skills and practice using the gifts God gives us, not to pursue excellence for its own sake, but to remove barriers, for ourselves and others, so that the focus on the worship of God alone remains the bright burning center of our time together as a gathered people.

Here are the next steps:
1 - Please take a few minutes to fill out our Worship Team/Tech Volunteer Application

2 - We’ll review each application and every applicant will receive a response either asking them to wait until a future audition and apply again or inviting them to the coming audition (Aug 9th in this case). Upon being invited to the audition day you’ll receive an email with 4-7 song sheets attached (and links to audio files) for you to begin working through in preparation for…

3 - Auditions
Pencil Saturday August 9th on your calendar.
From 9am - 12pm we’ll host a live group audition by instrument.

The rough schedule for vocalists & musicians will look something like this:

9:00 - 10:15 - Vocal Auditions
10:30 - 11:45 - Band Auditions (Guitar, bass, piano, drums, and other assorted instruments)

Technical audition & training:
8:45 - 11:45 - Technical Audition and Training
Startup to shutdown
Troubleshooting
Live mixing
recording/editing

4 - From this process we will arrange as many complete teams as we can and put them into a rotation for the fall. Now, not everyone who applies and auditions will fit into our team rotations for the fall. One reason may be that we just have more people at a particular position or instrument to make a rotation that allows for consistency or don’t have a good fit for a particular instrument on each team. In that case it may mean having an individual serve in a “standby” role and/or prepare for the next audition where we may be able to form another full team/rotation.

There may also be some for whom there is more time needed for musical growth/skill in their particular instrument. In these cases we want to give each musician some helpful critique and musical goals for practice and development so that they may be able to either: fill in even while developing their skills with their instrument, and/or be ready for the next audition.

The goal is not just producing musicians and technicians but rather helping all our people here at River City, discover the gifts that God has given them offer them back to God in worship to and of Him and in service to the body here at River City.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor Jake