Parkside Worship Team: Purpose and Vision
It is our belief at Parkside Church that the Praise & Worship team is a vital part to the ministry of this body of believers. Members should view their function as ministers of the gospel through music and song. Those who serve on the Praise & Worship Team, therefore, should view their role as a calling from God.
Membership on the Praise Team (in any way) is a position of Christian leadership. The primary function, then, is to lead the congregation in true worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. (John 4:24) We emphasize that our purpose and calling is that of leading others into the very presence of the Living God. There is no calling issued for “performances” and “showmanship” – only true praise and worship. Therefore, members must strive continually through prayer and example to have a pure heart before God and others.
The vision for the Worship Pastor and Senior Pastor is to maintain a musical program of excellence. We desire to have a praise/worship team, including singers and musicians, choirs for special performances, dramas, and live recordings of praise/worship. Special programs for younger children will also be available at times.
Psalm 96:9: “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” (KJV).
True worship is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then you are invited to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
We worship God because he is God. Our extravagant love and extreme submission to the Holy One flows out of the reality that God loved us first. It is highly appropriate to thank God for all the things he has done for us. However, true worship is shallow if it is solely an acknowledgement of God’s wealth. Psalm 96:5-6 says, “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.” In other words, our worship must be toward the one who is worthy simply because of his identity as the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent One.
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“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” —Psalm 95: 1-7a
We may say with confidence that to worship God is to acknowledge Him as the Rock of our salvation, the great God, the great King above all gods, the creator of all things, and the Shepherd who cares for His people.
Meaningful worship takes place as we practice the disciplines of the Spirit such as fasting and prayer.
• The Holy Spirit then sent them out to win others to their faith.
• This happened in the context of worship.
• Worship inspires us and releases the power of God in our lives.
• Worship reorients our lives to that of Christ. It is an imperative spiritual discipline for all believers, used by God to shape us into the holy image of Jesus.
• We must make both personal and corporate worship consistent practices within our lives.
Meaningful worship allows time in corporate services for God to move among us in His own way.
• The early church did not conduct business through committees or seminars.
• Rather, they gathered frequently for community worship services and allowed God to work freely among them.
• We must be willing to stop our agendas and allow time for God to complete His agenda among us.
• Meaningful worship makes room for God to move freely as we wait for Him with expectation.
• We must allow time for God to reveal himself and to convince, move, touch, save, and sanctify people in His own way and on His timetable.
• We should come to every worship gathering with the anxious anticipation that God will meet us in that gathering and move among us.
• We must anticipate God to move in very obvious ways, to do what only God can do, as we gather weekly to worship. We must never ever be satisfied with the ordinary routine of habitual gathering
• The children of God must gather together weekly so they can be powerfully captivated by the Spirit of God.
• Nothing can substitute for the human spirit being energized by God’s Divine Spirit.
• This happens best in times of meaningful corporate worship.