One of the most important things a worship team can do is set up on and off-stage guidelines. Many people may have different expectations and ideas for how the worship team members should dress and act to even be up on stage. So, where do we draw the line?
Responsibilities and Expectations
Any time a member of the worship team is on stage or off stage, they should be aware of their responsibility in helping others pursue God. Their first responsibility is to pursue a healthy and vibrant relationship with God. When we take our relationship with God seriously, we take the other responsibilities in life seriously. As we look to invest in our relationship with God with excellence, we begin to view our responsibilities on the team in the same light: we want to do our best!
Guidelines are helpful because they are an objective resource that hold people accountable to a biblical standard and help the team pursue God together and minister to others. They are based upon biblical principles which are meant to help us maintain the freedom which Christ died to give us and to help others do the same. Check out our recommended team responsibilities and expectations for more insight into this topic.
If we are living to honor God, everything we do in life should be a reflection of God’s worth. This is truly what worship means: to life a life that honors God. God calls us as followers of him to be the salt of the earth and the light on the hill. Furthermore, if we are in positions of leadership, we are to live above reproach.
1 Timothy 4:12 … set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
Social media is a great example of an area in which we are called to live above reproach. It can be a great platform if used in the right way, but all too often it seems to be a breeding ground for gossip and arguments. If you are not careful, you can get sucked into a petty argument or gather false information about someone.
Proverbs 10:19 Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
As worship team members and leaders, we are held to a higher standard. Even when we don’t realize it, people are paying attention to what we are doing and saying. God wants us to set an example in every aspect of our lives. If we are caught up in an addiction, sexual activity outside of marriage, or unethical choices, we are not living the full life of freedom and joy God desires for us and are we are not setting a good example for those we are leading.
Because of a sin-tainted world, we are all unfortunately going to go our own way instead of God’s at some time or another, but what is important is our attitude when we fail. Are we going to repent and trust in God, or are we going to continue to live in unrepentant sin? Ultimately, the guidelines you set for your team shouldn’t be a legalistic set of rules that determine spiritual maturity, but rather, they should be biblically sound principles that will encourage accountability, integrity, and freedom in Christ among your team. Check out our recommended lifestyle guidelines for more insight into this topic.
This may be the most obvious to some, but this can be a big problem if not addressed with your team. How your team dresses on stage can play a key role in how people are impacted and likewise, how the whole service goes. Aside from the teacher, the worship team has the most stage time. Specifying the dress code should be one of the first things that you do with a new worship team member, as it can also be hard to implement later if you are not clear and honest as a team right up front.
Romans 14:13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
Dress guidelines should apply to both women and men, and should align with the vision of your church. Create an accountable environment by encouraging members to ask each other of the same gender if what they are wearing follows the guidelines implemented by the leadership of your church. Check out our recommended worship team dress code for more insight into this topic.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Why do you think it is important to have worship team guidelines?
- Read Romans 14:13. Explain how this verse can be applied to how you dress on-stage.
- If you had to make dress guidelines, explain what you would and wouldn’t allow.
- What are the pros and cons of having a social media account?
- Read 1 Timothy 4:12. Out of the five things Paul lists, which one do you personally struggle with the most? Why?
- Would you add any other guidelines to this list? If so, what are they?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.