We’re so glad that you have chosen to join the Worship Arts Ministry team! Your involvement here will have a positive impact on helping us fulfill our purpose.
Agape House New Testament Church is a family of disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a community of people who live in joyful communion with Christ resulting in His character, compassion, and charisma (giftings) growing in us as we seek to win others to Him.
Therefore, the Worship Arts Ministry seeks to fulfill the values of the church by using musical and non-musical forms of worship and art to:
- Glorify Jesus Christ through the corporate and individual praise of His people.
- Prepare the hearts of the congregation for the preaching of the Word of God.
- Mediate the grace and the presence of God through song ministrations and the use of our time, talents, and treasure to the church community and Christian community at large.
- Provide an avenue of service to the members of the church.
Our Mission Statement
It is our goal within this ministry that the congregation would individually develop a personal worship life that is an overflow of our corporate worship gatherings.
What is the Worship Arts Ministry?
Anointed music and arts in the hands of gifted artists can have a powerful impact for God. No matter what the gathering, music and the arts play an integral part of every Agape House New Testament Church event. God is using contemporary to traditional, loud to soft, musical and non-musical forms of the arts to bless the church, as we continue to enjoy and experience His presence in our gatherings. The following groups are part of the Worship Arts Ministry:
- Praise and Vocal Ensemble
- Worship Choir
- Worship Band
- Worship Tech Support
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
- Children’s Choir
Requirements for Membership
We require each member of the Worship Arts Ministry to
- Be a member of Agape House New Testament Church.
- Complete a Worship Arts application form.
- Receive pastoral approval for ministry.
- Audition for skills and be approved.
General Conduct / Church Standards
Any person filling or seeking to fill the position of regularly featured singer or musician or any position which represents the church on a regular basis must meet certain standards of behavior and exemplar living for the sake of Christ and His body.
Any person seeking to join a Worship Arts Ministry position must be:
- A member in good standing of Agape House New Testament Church and in agreement with the Statement of Faith and Practices (Section IV CLASS 101) of the Agape House New Testament Church. (Titus 1:9)
- A mature consistent Christian who is seeking a closer walk with God and a greater work of the Holy Spirit in his/her life and the life of the church. (1 Timothy 3:6; Ephesians 5:18 )
- Faithful to attend all regular practices and church services when possible. (Hebrews 10:25)
- Faithful in regular giving to the church. (Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Faithful in marriage to his/her spouse. (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:9; 1 Timothy 3:12)
- Because of the sanctity of marriage and the testimony that is needed in a time when God’s plan for the permanence of the marriage relationship is being threatened, not currently or recently involved in a marriage separation or divorce unless on biblical grounds or unless the separation or divorce was not the desire and not at the initiation of the position holder. (Matt. 5:31,32; Mark 10:2-9)
- Not involved in acts of, or holding as acceptable, adultery, fornication, homosexuality or other improper sexual behaviors as defined by the Bible. (Exodus 20:14; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1Thessalonians. 4:3-5, 7, 8)
- Refraining from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or illicit drugs (for the sake of our bodies the temple of God and of our good witness). (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Romans 14:21)
- Refraining from the use of vulgar or profane language. (Colossians 3:8)
- Loving, kind, gracious, forgiving, cooperative, hospitable – not being contentious or having a spirit of murmuring, complaining, or criticism and not given to anger. (Romans 12:10; Ephesians 4:31,32; Philippians 2:14; Colossians 3:12-15; Titus 1:8; 3:2)
- Given to seeking unity and oneness in the body of Christ by the Spirit of our Lord. (Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10; I Peter 3:8)
- One who believes in the leadership of the Holy Spirit for God’s church and who will support and work cooperatively with the Senior Pastor, the other church leaders, and the leadership of the Worship Arts Ministry in the seeking of God’s will for His work and ministry for the Agape House New Testament Church. (Proverbs 3:5,6; Isaiah. 48:17; John 16:13; Acts 13:2; Romans 8:14; Philippians 1;27; Colossians 1:18)
Requirements for Ministry
- Members consist of all those who have completed church membership, been interviewed and approved by Pastoral Team, and completed the probationary period as well as having filled out an application form.
- A Choir member is a person performing or supporting in any of the current year’s ministrations. These are considered active members.
- The minimum age for choir members is eighteen years.
- All choir members are subject to a minimum probationary period of twelve rehearsals before being granted membership. Membership is granted at the discretion of the Worship Arts Leader. You may be kept on probation longer if they think that you are not yet ready to perform publicly with the choir.
- Probationers will be expected to attend a minimum of 2 choir ministrations during the twelve weeks, in order to complete their probation.
- If at any time you wish to terminate your membership, please do so by written resignation addressed to choir secretary in the first instance and then the Minister In Charge of Music and the Membership Secretary.
- Any uniform, which has been given to you, as a member of the choir and as yet has not been paid for remains the property of the Choir and should therefore be returned upon termination of your membership.
- The Worship Arts Director will refer to the Pastoral team any behaviour that they feel deserves suspension from the choir.
- Please inform the Secretary immediately should any of your personal details/ contact numbers change.
- Rehearsal is every Thursday (for the worship team) and Saturday (unless otherwise stated) and starts at 7:00pm prompt. Punctuality is important and this article insists that every member is at rehearsal on time. Every effort must be made to attend rehearsal weekly. A register is kept to monitor every member’s attendance and punctuality. A fine of £0.50 will be liable to those who are late and haven’t informed the Choir/Committee Secretary. Disciplinary action will be taken against those who are persistently late and haven’t informed their Section Leaders or the Choir Secretary.
- If you know that you will be late, you MUST inform your Section Leader or the Choir Secretary by 6:30pm on the day of the rehearsal. If this is not adhered to, disciplinary procedures will be enacted. Lateness will not be tolerated.
- Please contact your Section Leader/Secretary in the event that you are unable to attend rehearsals or engagements.
- Your membership can be terminated should you fail to attend rehearsals for 6 consecutive weeks without notifying any of the above people. This will be done in writing. Any choir member away from rehearsal for up to 4 consecutive weeks without any valid reasons will be automatically placed on probation at the discretion of the Membership Committee. Valid reasons for absences shall be: academic workload, illness, personal injury, out-of-town or work responsibilities.
- Choir members are expected to bring a recording device to all rehearsals.
- Choir members must have a diary that is brought along to every rehearsal.
- Members must attend all rehearsal and ministrations unless specified. In order for a member to remain in the choir, he/she must attend more than one-half of all the ministrations in a YEAR.
- Members are expected to be on time to rehearsals and ministration.
- All members must attend the practice before a ministration in order to sing with the choir on the day of the ministration. There are no exceptions. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the choir is fully prepared for all ministrations and presented in the best possible light.
- Members are expected to be on time to practice. If for whatever reason, you will be absent or tardy, please notify the secretary. Being late to practice does not reflect your consideration for other members, officers, and the director’s commitment to the mission of this choir.
- Being more than 45 minutes late to practice equates an absence and therefore you will not be able to perform if it is the last practice before that next scheduled ministration.
- Designated dress rehearsals and sound checks are critical to our preparation before upcoming ministrations; failure to notify the secretary of why you are not able to attend will result in your exclusion from participating in that ministration.
- Members of the choir are expected to be punctual on the day of ministration, at least 30 minutes before mounting the stage.
- No eating will be allowed during rehearsal times. There will be no gum chewing during rehearsals or ministrations. Please do not allow eating to inhibit your ability to effectively learn material.
- All mobile phones are to be switched off during rehearsals.
- Choir members are not permitted to bring visitors to choir rehearsal without first notifying the Choir Secretary.
- Members are responsible for knowing all material taught during rehearsals and workshop sessions and maintaining their own music.
- Serious breaches of discipline will be referred to the pastoral team.
- The wearing of an agreed uniform is part of the choir discipline and should be worn as and when requested. Failure to comply will be greeted with disciplinary action as appropriate.
- Please note the following:
- Sleeveless shirts/blouses are strictly not permitted
- No fitted or tight fitting shirts or trousers
- No skinny jeans
- See-through clothing is not allowed
- No low-cut tops for females
- Hair neat and smart
- Black, navy or dark grey socks for men.
- Skirt and dress lengths must be below the knee.
- The wearing of shorts or slippers is not permitted during ministrations (unless otherwise stated).
- On those occasions when a strict uniform is not required, choir members are requested to wear ‘Smart Dress’.
- Although you are permitted to wear your own clothes, the general rules still apply.