Romans 12:3-6 is a passage that speaks to the gifts God gives and how we’re to view them: “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:…”
The Cornerstone Worship team (led by Pastor Jerry, Rich Callaci and Sara Collins) with the approval of the Cornerstone Elder Board, has moved toward a rotational worship leader model with the hope to invite a variety of gifted individuals to participate in the leading of worship. Although this is different than what we have had in the past, we believe God has called us to a time of inclusivity and training-up of new worship leaders. Through this process, we are hoping God will raise up leaders that He will use to glorify Himself and inspire our church to deep and authentic worship. As Cornerstone continues to grow, we are striving to build our worship team to represent the diversity within our congregation.
There’s an old saying: “The best time to plant a tree was ten years ago; the second best time is today.” Cultivating leaders in our church is the same. Developing leaders is one of the central elements of making disciples. More leaders allows each leader to have more time to reflect and prepare meaningful worship experiences.
At the core of what happens musically at our church is a team approach—and while each team member serves our church in a very public way, they also represent one of our greatest opportunities to personally reach the people of God. Beyond just having a functional purpose at a weekend service, a worship team represents a responsibility—a responsibility to grow, train, lead disciples and function as a healthy team member.
The health of a worship team usually comes down to shared leadership. It can be the difference between operating a burn-out factory or managing a thriving, self-sustaining stream of new and experienced team members. So how are we structuring our teams for success? Here are four elements that factor into sustaining a healthy team.
Diversity. Each church has a personality of it's own, which means that it's going to attract and retain certain types of people. Our worship strategy allows every worship leader to bring his/her own personality and style to the table. Diversity just tends to be fresh and fun, and allows people a little more freedom when worshiping.
Flexibility. Having multiple worship leaders allows for easier scheduling. The responsibility and pressure to be present and serving every week doesn't fall on any one person, which means that any one person can call on another in emergency situations or take a leave of absence without feeling guilt or pressure.
Humility. Humility encourages a culture of openness, trust, and selflessness, which are important precursors to team building. Having a leadership team helps keep people humble. Sharing in leadership responsibilities encourages leaders to learn from one another new and creative ways to bring the best worship to our Lord and our members.
Leadership. Every member of the body of Christ has been given a unique shape to serve God and His church. Allowing as many who are called and gifted to serve in leading worship is not just beneficial, it's Biblical. When the church makes equipping people to serve and lead in ministry a priority, great things happen.
So, while we are in the process of training-up and offering opportunities to various leaders, please know we are prayerfully considering each individual and how they will not only have the ability to lead Cornerstone in deep worship but also how they will fit into our worship family. Please join us in prayer as we continue this exciting journey!
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise:…Psalm 96:1-4
"...we believe God has called us to a time of inclusivity and training-up of new worship leaders. Through this process, we are hoping God will raise up leaders that He will use to glorify Himself and inspire our church to deep and authentic worship."
"Sharing in leadership responsibilities encourages leaders to learn from one another new and creative ways to bring the best worship to our Lord and our members."
"Allowing as many who are called and gifted to serve in leading worship is not just beneficial, it's Biblical. When the church makes equipping people to serve and lead in ministry a priority, great things happen."