- Our desire is to see people encounter God, get saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered and serving in ministry through meaningful relationships in the church community.
- We believe that praise is declaring to everyone – the world, the principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness what God has done, is doing and will do (Eph 6:12). We are called to demonstrate what Jesus carried out in His earthly ministry (1 John 3:8), a demonstration that is manifested by the words we speak and by our obedience to God’s Word (Prov 18:21, 1 Sam 15:22). Praise & Worship creates an atmosphere where faith can be fuelled. Faith creates an atmosphere of expectancy where miracles can happen.
- We believe that worship is a lifestyle response to a holy, omnipotent God.
- If praise is declaring what God has done, is doing or will do, then worship is declaring (and living) who God is. If we do not know who God is, we cannot worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Our corporate worship should be a natural extension of the relationship we have with God when we are alone.
- We believe in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.
- We accept the mantle and responsibility the Lord has placed on us to be His vessels not only through the music we play and sing, but also through our actions, attitudes and appearance.
- We want presence driven services and as such we need flexibility as we may go longer than plan to allow the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- CAM TEAM STRUCTURE
Senior Pastor – Executive Pastor
Worship Pastor – CAM Director – CAM Administrator
VII. TEAM OPERATIONS
All of our scheduling information is located online. We will communicate to you primarily through email, whatssap and Planning Center. It is important that you check your email and PC (Planning Center) frequently in order to stay informed of important information and/or scheduling changes.
- The Calendar
The calendar displaying all your scheduled serving times is in Planning Center. A screenshot of 4 weeks of the roster will be emailed so that you know who is available to replace you should you need to be absent.
If you haven’t been invited to join yet, please request an email from Joshua Jacob firstname.lastname@example.org (please note once you’ve officially been added to the team you’ll receive a request email).
At your first login, you will be prompted to update your contact information. Please fill out the form completely so everything will be up to date. You can make changes to your information at any time.
- Scheduling Philosophy
As you have gone through the involvement process, the worship pastor has determined a place and position where we feel you would be best fit for this season.
You need to block your away dates in PC when requested prior to the release of the official roster. Once the roster is live, you must find a replacement should you need it. Please let us know once you have found a replacement so that the roster can be updated in PC.
- Schedule Change Requests
If you need to modify your confirmed schedule, please send an email to email@example.com. If it is urgent please call or text your team leader. Non-urgent changes can be made via email.
We will guarantee that you will be scheduled at least once a month.
We schedule musicians/vocalists for what is best for the overall team, not what is best for one person.
Once you are scheduled for a service, you will be automatically sent an email asking for your confirmation. Simply follow the link in the email or log in to the website to accept or decline. Please do this within 48 hours of the request.
If you are scheduled for a service in which you cannot serve, you may decline the event by inputting a reason (a reason is required). Please also note that 3 declines in any given season will result in a follow-up conversation as whether the team is a good fit for you this season with your busy schedule.
- Participating In Services
When you serve a ministry in worship, it’s important you are a part of the ministry. As soon as the worship set is over, please go straight into the service. Every service will require that the worship team go back on the platform to minister after the message. It’s important that we feel the heartbeat of the service to know how to minister to the people who attend the service you are ministering at. If you are unable to stay, please let your worship leader know before the day of the event.
- CAM Team Nights
Scheduled on the worship calendar are monthly meetings known as CAM Team Nights. Team nights are an ALL-IN night with teams from all over the ministry where we will have a time of worship, FUN and team-training and vision casting for the season. Please note these nights are MANDATORY for all CAM Team members.
As a CAM Team member it’s our heart that we would be committed to improving the way we do things. Please stay alert each month for that scheduling invite.
VIII. SUNDAY SERVICE STRUCTURE
- Sunday Rehearsal
We ask that all musicians and singers to show up no later than 6:45 or 7:00AM for Sunday AM rehearsal. Please DO NOT be late. We are given a very limited time to set up equipment, run-through the songs, sound check, and work through transitions. Given the reasons stated, we need to be ready and in position to start soundcheck by 7:00 or 7:15AM and conclude by 8:15AM. This helps us all have a short break to have breakfast and be ready to start Pre-Service Prayer. If you are a guitarist or another band member with extensive set up, please come a little earlier to ensure you are properly set and equipment is working so that you do not have to be tweaking things during practice. Please note that if you are consistently late your commitment to the team will be addressed privately.
For HMS Service: Practice starts at 3:00PM and instruments should be set up by 3:15. WL will share the direction of the set and pray. Practice will run from 3:30PM till 4:45PM. That will allow the team to have a briefing before the service starts. SDs hold the briefing on the side of the auditorium.
- Equipment Setup & Monitor Adjustments: All equipment setup must be completed by no later than 7:00 or 7:15 AM. And 3:15PM for HMS Service.
- Sound Check & Monitor Adjustments
- Proper sound check is very important. In order for your avioms to be set properly please play and sing at the energetic level you would perform at during the service. Ideally, it is best to make all of your monitor adjustments within the first 10 minutes of rehearsal while the sound guy makes adjustments to the gains.
- Warm-up song: We will run through the first song on the list which aids our sound techs in working quickly to set the proper gain levels for your instrument or mic. It gives the team a good idea initially what changes need to be made to the monitor mixes.
iii. Please take time to understand how to set your mix, hearing yourself properly as well as the rest of the team not only helps everyone play and be in sync better. It will help increase your individual confidence and engagement which translates into more interaction from the congregation.
- Song List Runthrough (incld. transitions)
After the warm-up song, as a team we will move right into running through the song list for the service. Come Sunday morning, everyone on the team should know all of their song parts very well. The purpose of the rehearsal is for ensuring the transitions between songs is seamless and everything for the service is in our short-term memory.
- Service Briefing
Our briefing is hosted by the SD on the side of the stage at 8:20 AM (4:45PM for HMS) with the team serving in that service. Together the order of service is reviewed with prayer to follow. Once briefing is completed, we will join pre-service prayer on stage for morning service.
- Pre-Service Prayer – 8:30 AM
The team serving will help facilitate pre-service prayer by listening to what the pastor(s) and/or intercessor(s) are praying. The WL and MD will select songs based on the prayer theme for the morning. The WL needs to constantly communicate with the person leading the prayer.
- 9:00AM or 5:00PM Worship Set
Our worship set usually consists of 3.5 songs:
- An invitational praise song
- A song of declaration of God’s attributes (fast or mid-paced)
- A song of encounter with God
- A song of response (usually a tag consisting of choruses and/or bridge)
Announcements follow each worship set and depending on the format of the service for that morning the whole team may or may not be on the stage. If you are on the stage it is very important that there is no communication on the stage between team members and that eye contact is fully on and engaged with the person giving the announcements.
- Post-Message (Altar calls)
Generally speaking, the message for the 9 AM service is usually finished or wrapped up by 10:45 AM. If a message cue isn’t stated in the briefing by the pastor speaking for that given service, most likely the pastor will call the worship team up to the stage. As quietly and undistracting as possible, make your way onto the stage using the stairs on the left or right side of the stage (depending on where your performing position is located). Remember to stay engaged and give your attention to the pastor speaking while you are on stage until as a team we begin singing.
- PREPARATION AND WEEKLY REHEARSALS
- Wednesday Mid-Week Rehearsals
- Mid-Week rehearsals always begin at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays unless otherwise communicated. Your Wednesday practice will correspond with the week you are scheduled to play on planning center.
- Please be on time so that we can start right at 7:00 PM. If we start on time, we are able to finish on time.
- Rehearsal Structure
Our Wednesday rehearsals are designed to cover the following:
(our goal is to try and be finished by 9:00 PM)
- Team equipping – 15 minutes
- Sharing by WL and prayer – 15 minutes
- Review Sunday’s set list with song transitions – 90 minutes
- Close with prayer – 5 minutes
- Special Event Rehearsals
Please note if you are scheduled for any special events we hold you will be notified separately of the details pertaining to it.
- Rehearsal Structure
Structure order will be individually determined for each event but expect that it will go longer than a weekday practice as extra time would be needed.
- Periodic Song Calendar
- Worship Periods
- The year is divided into 3 periods of 4 months each. The year is broken
down as follows:
- Period 1 – January through April
- Period 2 – May through August
- Period 3 – September through December
- New Songs & the Worship Calendar
- A list of new songs (usually 6-8) will be scheduled each period with corresponding dates to which Sunday’s the new songs will be introduced to the church congregation.
- If your team is introducing a song to the congregation please make sure you have all of your parts learned and ready for the Wednesday Mid-Week rehearsal.
iii. It is recommended that you work towards making a habit of learning all of the new songs in a block of time rather than cramming to learn a song for the Sunday it is being introduced.
- Please note, that once a song has been introduced to the congregation by a team, it will begin to regularly be scheduled into subsequent song lists in following weeks.
- Worship Playlists with all of the new songs for a period are provided. During each 4-month period please be actively listening to all of these new songs and get them into your heart. Listen for dynamics, memorize the structure and chords of the song, and know your parts off by heart.
- Personal Musical Development (PMD)
- Owning your Craft
As a team we want to help stretch you and provide guidance along with the resources to foster individual growth; however, your desire to improve your musical and vocal abilities still rests on you. The following are practical steps for improvement:
- Get your hands on some quality books explaining and outlining musical theory
- Practice scales (musicians and vocals) and rudiments (drummers) regularly as warm-up before you get into personal practice. Turn on a metronome and start at a slow tempo and gradually increase the speed.
- Surround yourself with people that musically have more experience than you.
- Find new ways of getting excited about your instrument (sounds, styles, etc.)
- Always practice with a metronome.
- Spend time on youtube watching your favorite worship/bands and musicians and look at what gear they use, techniques, or other hints you can gather from watching them.
- Invest in putting yourself in lessons.
- Learn to play different chord inversions (musicians) and to sing different harmonies (vocals).
- Develop your ability to listen for various note intervals and then listen to songs and try to pick out what the distances are within chord changes.
- Learn the Nashville Numbering System
- Probably the most important tip of all is being consistent. Practice regularly even if it is only for 15 minutes at a given time.
- Learning New Songs
- If you are having difficulty learning a particular part of a song by ear, generally someone on Youtube will have posted a how-to video or a tabbed version of a given song is provided online by doing a simple google search.
- Chord charts, lyrics and translations can be found on our Dropbox (see the Tools & Resources section).
- Tone & Sound
- When practicing a song, try not to only listen for what the musician or vocalist is are playing/singing, but be attentive to the tone of the guitar/bass/vocal/drums. Our goal is to produce a consistent sound, therefore if every individual can play their part in replicating the sound heard on the album, we can achieve this.
- Always keep in mind how your instrument tonally will blend and mix with the rest of the band and not just how you sound individually. Ideally, your individual instrument/vocal should fill a particular frequency in the overall mix and if your frequency is too wide, your instrument or vocal will be lost. If you feel you aren’t EQ’d properly please inquire with the sound guy.
- PLATFORM PRESENCE
- Platform Presence Body Language
- Body language is a huge form of communication. We all know what it is like to say one thing but our body is actually saying another.
- When you are on the platform, your presence is as important as your musicianship.
- Your platform presence is simply an outward expression of what is happening inside your heart.
- Determine to communicate your heart as effectively as you can through your body.
- At times a leader may come to you and ask you to adjust something with your platform presence. For instance, you may be asked to open your eyes more in the worship services or move around your area a bit more. When you are asked to modify something, please do so cheerfully. Your leaders really care about you and want you to look and BE your best.
- Tips for Better Platform Presence
- Look in the mirror and watch what you look like – jump, clap, bow, dance, raise your hands, be engaging. If something appears awkward, adjust it to make sure you are communicating what you want to communicate.
- Do not let the congregation determine your level of expression. Sometimes they will not be engaged in worship. As leaders, we always need to be engaged. Show them an example of how to express worship. Most of the time, they simply need to see worship in order to learn how to express it on their own.
- Make sure that the actions you are doing is reflecting the song we are collectively singing. If the words are saying, “lift your hands”, then we lift our hands. If it’s saying to shout, then we shout etc…True leadership is to lead by action and not just words alone.
- Be sincere. Worship from your heart. Give a warm smile from within. We are leading people from all different circumstances, so remember that a warm smile ministers more than you realise.
- Vocalists – When you are singing, have the microphone to your face but don’t block it. When there is a long period of time in which you’re not singing into your microphone, move it away from your face but still continue to sing and worship. Stay engaged at all times.
- Musicians – Be sure to stay engaged in worship. Practice ahead of time so you don’t have to focus on your instrument the whole time. Sing while you play. Seeing a musician singing from their heart can really lead people well. Move around your area. Although you may be on a riser, use your space to the fullest. When there is no movement, the platform can look stagnant.
- Dress Code
The platform is the most visible place in the church. As leaders on the platform, the things we wear need to be considered very closely. It’s important to remember that modesty is the key. We want our clothes to reflect our individuality and style while keeping people’s focus and attention on Jesus.
- Men’s Clothing Guidelines
- General (all services)
- Modesty and style are important so we give focus on the worshiping, not us, and still come across as relevant to our culture and the people we are leading.
- If you are ever unsure about an item, bring it and we can tell you if it can work for the next time.
- Before you finalize an outfit for service, be sure to do a final worship check. Raise your arms as high as you can and swing them in all directions. Look in the mirror and check yourself from all angles. Make sure you are not revealing anything inappropriate.
- When in doubt wear dark colours. It always looks sharp.
- Specifics for Men
- Top Half
○ T-shirts are fine as long as they are layered with a jacket or cardigan. (please no logo’d tees).
○ Short-sleeved dress shirt with a collar are okay
○ Wear an undershirt of an appropriate colour if it’s needed.
○ Make sure your shirt is buttoned at an appropriate place. No chest hair should be seen.
○ Make sure your shirt isn’t too tight and an appropriate length if it’s made to be worn untucked. (It doesn’t show your stomach or undergarments if you raise your hands).
- Bottom Half
○ Black or dark jeans or denim. No light-coloured jeans.
○ No sweat pants.
○ No shorts
○ Sneakers or shoes (no thongs)
○ If you have a pair of shoes that do not fall under the above category please ask the worship pastor or worship leader ahead of time for approval.
- Women’s Clothing Guidelines
- General (all services)
- Modesty and style are important so we give focus on the worshiping, not us, and still come across as relevant to our culture and the people we are leading.
If you are ever unsure about an item, please bring it and the worship pastor or worship leader ahead of time and they can tell you if it can work for the next time.
- Before you finalize an outfit for service, be sure to do a final worship check. Raise your arms as high as you can and swing them in all directions. Look in the mirror and check yourself from all angles. Make sure that you are not revealing anything inappropriate.
- Specifics for Women
- Top Half
- Neckline – Show NO cleavage. Please be very conscientious about this. That doesn’t mean everyone needs to wear a turtleneck; it’s just the first place that can be a distraction in worship.
- Test – your neckline should be no more than the span of 4-finger width from your collarbone.
- Bras should be inconspicuous and serve you well. Make sure that it cannot be seen under any circumstances. Tank tops under clothing is recommended. Be careful not to buy shirts and/or jackets that bring focus to the chest.
iii. If wearing a sleeveless top please be sure it’s fitted well underneath the armpits and/or wear a tanktop under the shirt.
- T-shirts are fine if they are layered with a jacket or cardigan (please no secular logo’d shirts).
- Stripes should be minimal and must be layered.
- Waistline – absolutely no skin around the midriff.
- Test – raise your arms straight up, you should have several inches of shirt past your pants. If ever in doubt,
wear a tank top underneath your top to make sure that when you jump, there isn’t a lot of movement.
vii. Make sure that your top is not see-through. If it’s the style, make sure that the undershirt still meets the guidelines and is not tan in colour (that can seem like you aren’t wearing anything underneath, even if you are).
- Bottom Half
- Skirts should come to minimum just above the knee or below. Skirts must not be see-through. Wear a slip or pants underneath if there’s a chance it can show light through. If your skirt is deemed too short for service, you will be asked to step down for that service.
- Pants or denim. Thick leggings are acceptable ONLY if worn with a very long shirt or dress over top.
iii. No pants that focus on your front. Some pants are too tight in this area or have weird stitching or coloring that draws the eye there.
- No shorts.
- Dresses must be minimum just above the knee or below. Make sure that the dress is not see-through with light shining through.
- Shoes should be appropriate to the outfit. Make sure that you are able to move freely in worship.
iii. Keep jewelry simple. Make sure that with movement, the pieces don’t cause unnecessary noise or weird movement.
- Please note that if your dress doesn’t meet the requirements you may be asked to step down from your scheduled slot on that day.
- In-Ear monitors
Each musician and/or vocalist will be asked to purchase their own set of in-ears. More cost-effective ones can be purchased online (ask Eugene). If money is initially an issue we can provide in-ears for an interim period for your convenience.
Care: Please remember to bring your own in-ears to your scheduled service.
- Microphones (vocalists)
Care: Never blow into the microphone. There are tiny wires inside the microphone that can break if blown into.
Always carry the microphone in your hand when not in use. Putting it on the floor or table is not acceptable as it could be stepped on or dropped.
- iPad/tablet Holders
Holders for your iPad are provided and can be found attached to stands on the stage. Try to not use music stands on the stage please.
- Other Equipment
For guitar amps and other more specialized equipment individual training will be given.
XIII. TOOLS & RESOURCES
We try to utilize and integrate a variety of different tools into our worship team. These tools are designed to make your life as a member of the team easier and to keep you in the “know” at all times. Additionally, our goal is to provide you with strong resources to help improve your individual musical ability as well as help boost your understanding and ability to play together with the band.
- Planning Center (Roster)
- As mentioned earlier in the document, all of our scheduling for practices and services is done through Planning Center Online. It is a very user friendly website, iPad, iPhone, and Android application that enables us to efficiently schedule you and your team for a given service. Within Planning Center Online, you will be able to see exactly which songs that will be led on that given Sunday (in the correct key) along with the attached chord charts of the song.
- If you don’t have a Planning Center account yet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the email account for which you would like to have your account created under. An invitation from Planning Center Online will be sent to the email address you have provided along with a set of instructions to follow to finish creating your account. If you are having difficulties setting up, please email us.
iii. Tips & Tricks:
- Music Stand
- As a team we use two different applications that are digital sheet music readers. In order to keep the stage looking clean and for convenience, we have adopted the use of tablets (Ipads or other Android based tablets) for storing all of our own personal sheet music.
Listed are both of the applications we use and you can choose which one suits your application based on the specifications mentioned below:
- Music Stand – Is made by the same company that makes Planning Center Online and is a free application for members of the team to download. It is available for both Apple and Android tablets and phones. Music Stand works seamlessly with Planning Center Online and all of the chord sheets uploaded for each week through PCO can be easily imported into Music Stand and saved to a song library for use at anytime.
To get setup with Music Stand, please email email@example.com with your request.
- Guitar & Bass Resources
The Church Collective – http://thechurchcollective.com/resources/timeline-presets/
- Keyboard & Piano Resources
- Drum Resources
- Vocal Resources
- General Worship Resources
XIV. IMPORTANT LINKS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
- Songs charts – http://www.dropbox.com
- Period Song Selection – http://www.dropbox.com
- Scheduling and Operations Contact – josh
- Emergency Cancellation Contact – contact your team leader