1.) Do I have to audition?
Yes! In fact, the audition process is what allows us to keep the bar as high as possible for us to make sure that we bring the most excellent worship offering to our Lord. Auditioning allows us to gage the person's talent in their craft, as well as get to know the person's heart in the discussion during the audition.
2.) How do I get an audition?
To get an audition the first thing you will need to complete is the worship ministry application. When completed, scan/email or turn that into the church offices to get to Pastor Chris, and he or Carolyn will email you to schedule an audition or let you know if worship ministry is a possibility based on the content of the application.
3.) What do I need to bring to an audition?
Please bring whatever instrument(s) that you will be auditioning for. If you are a drummer, you do not need to bring your drums, because we have them here already, just bring your sticks. Also bring a piece of music with you that exemplifies your talent. If you're a singer, pick a song that you think displays the best qualities of your voice. If you're in instrumentalist, pick a song that will showcase your ability on your instrument. If you are a drummer, know that the first thing tested will be your ability to play to a click track/metronome. If you cannot do this or struggle to stay on a metronome click, please do not audition until you are able to play comfortably with a click/metronome.
4.) What happens in an audition?
The first thing is that we will talk a little bit about yourself and cover some of the questions on the application or other concerns about the application answers. Then we will allow you to show us the song that you came prepared to play. Oftentimes if it is a song that I know, I'll just accompany you on the piano. You are welcome to bring an accompaniment track if you'd like. After you play the song you brought, I then will takeover and run you through some tests to gage vocal range (for vocalists) as well as key flexibility (for instrumentalists). I'll have a couple songs picked out that you may or may not know, and I'll give you an example of what I'm looking for on that song, and then we will play that song together. Then I may change the key on that song and test your ability to transpose on the fly (instrumentalists). For vocalists, I will also test your ability to pick up harmonies. I'll sing melody and then have you pick out the harmony that is most comfortable for you to pick up. Then another person will sing that harmony and you will be tested on picking up a third part.
For drummers the first thing that will happen is connecting you up to a metronome and having you play for a bit of time on the click track. This is to gage whether or not you will be able to keep up with our loop/click system that we run on the weekends. If you are able to play to a click and stay in time without speeding or slowing down, then I'll increase the click speed or decrease or change time signatures to test your flexibility and ability to play different styles. Then I will play one our loops with the other instruments in it along with the click track and have you play along with the pre-recorded band.
5.) When will I know if I've made it on the worship team?
This will vary depending on the part being auditioned for. For example, if we have a full bunch of vocalists already, we will either let you know on the spot if you've made it after the audition, or we will hold and then determine if there's a fit, re-evaluating our other vocalists to see if there is room for another. For instrumentalist, I will more often than not, let you know at the end of the audition if you've made it on the team.
6.) Do I need to be active in a Harvest Small Group in order to participate in the worship and production ministry?
Yes. We've made this a requirement for worship and production team so that we are able to care and be more concerned with their heart than their talent.
7.) Do I need to audition if I'm trying to participate in the production ministry?
No. Production ministry involvement is a training based process. First, you must fill out the production ministry application. If I see that you are in a small group or active in your age-specific ministry, then I will contact you to let you know if we have a need in that particular part of our production ministry. As the ministry grows, we may reach our limit of how many sound guys or livestream operators we have, and I would then push you to serve in a different capacity and help you find where that is.
8.) I play the flute (or other instrument not associated with a contemporary worship style), Can I audition?
You are welcome to fill out an application and pursue an audition, but please know, if you play an instrument that doesn't fit the overall style of our worship, I will kindly email you back and let you know that we don't have a need for that particular instrument. As of now, the only instruments that we have used outside of the normal are stringed instruments including Cello, Violin, and Upright Concert Bass.
9.) If I don't make the worship team here at Harvest, should I quit music altogether?
Absolutely not! There are myriads of reasons why people may or may not make the worship team, but that does not mean that you should stop pursuing your ability on that instrument or your voice. With the size of our church, we have to be specific on the caliber of talent that is represented on the platform worship ministry. Just because you sing or play an instrument does not necessarily mean that you will have a spot on our worship ministry.
1.) You said that I made the team in the audition, what's next?
First you will receive an email from planningcenteronline.com welcoming you to our planning center system. (Go to the Worship Ministry Training Portal page to view a video produced by planning center on the specifics of that online platform.) You will be guided in updating all of your information and adding a picture if you'd like. In planning center please take a moment to "block-out" weekends that you know for sure you won't be able to serve. Make this a regular habit so that we can schedule accordingly.
2.) How long until I start serving on the worship ministry?
This all depends on the specific instrumental or vocal need. If you're a vocalist, you may not be scheduled for a couple months depending on the current rotation. If you're an instrumentalist, you may be able to serve sooner simply because there are fewer instrumentalists than vocalists.
3.) I sent in a production ministry application, what's next?
I will email you as soon as I can after reviewing your application. If it's determined that you would be a good fit with the production ministry, then I will schedule you as a "trainee" for a couple weeks to get your feet wet in the specific area of serving. Audio technicians will have a longer training period (3-6 months) shadowing another sound guy before they will be scheduled as the lead sound guy. You will also receive an email from planningcenteronline.com to setup an account. Please see the tutorial video on the Worship Ministry Training Portal.
4.) I just got an email from planning center!? What do I do?
When you receive an email from planning center, it will either be an email letting you know that you were scheduled for a particular weekend, or giving you other information about a coming weekend or the worship ministry in general. I will use planning center to email the teams for everything. If you got a scheduling invite, check the weekend date that you are being requested to serve, and then either accept or decline for that weekend. If you accept THANK YOU it helps us a lot to know that ASAP. If you decline, that's ok, just be sure to write an honest reason for why you need to decline that weekend in the form that pops up when you hit "decline." For more specifics on Planningcenteronline, please see the tutorial video on the Worship Ministry Training Portal page.
5.) What happens If I neither accept or decline on an email?
If you are not confirmed or declined for the weekend by the Monday before the weekend we requested you, we consider that a decline and will replace you for that weekend. If this becomes a habit, and you do not accept or decline or check your emails, you may receive a call/email from me to discuss if this ministry is the best fit for you. Not accepting or declining leaves us in limbo when we are trying our best to schedule weeks in advance to be fair to everyone who is scheduled. If you don't decline or accept you will be causing someone else to have to fill in "last minute" and that is an inconvenience to both me and the person who is filling in. Please either accept or decline the requests as soon as you know if you are free that weekend or not.
1.) What time do I need to be at the church?
Our first note is right at 3pm on Saturday. That means that we want you ready to play/sing/run production at that point. If you need to arrive at 2:45 to make that happen because you have some setup to do, that's fine! Given technology and the way it works sometimes, we may not always start right at that 3pm mark, but please be ready so that you aren't the reason why we aren't starting at 3pm.
IA: Sunday's Only: Call time: 7:45am.
2.) Where do I park?
Saturday you can park wherever you'd like. Sunday, we ask that the worship and production teams park across M104 at the funeral home parking lot to make room for the others coming to church.
3.) Will I be reminded that I'm on this weekend?
Yes. We understand that you may have confirmed for this weekend as many as 2 months earlier. We will email you reminders along the way, mainly the week of. You will get automated reminders as well as specific reminders from us.
4.) What keys will the songs be in and will that change?
We will email the team by Friday of that week a confirmation that the keys that are listed on planning center are correct. However, there are often times where the keys will change on some songs during rehearsal for various reasons. Part of the audition process is to determine if you will be able to play in multiple keys and transpose quickly incase things like this happen. A common example of this is that a song's key will change from Saturday to Sunday because it's way easier to sing high notes on Saturday night, as opposed to sunday morning. We will print new charts accordingly to accommodate the changing keys if it happens.
5.) Will we do the song exactly how it is on the recording I listened to on planning center?
Not necessarily. The mp3s posted on planning center are for REFERENCE ONLY. When listening to the mp3s online take note on how the specific parts of the songs are played on your instrument or voice in each part of the song: Verse, Chorus, Bridge etc. That way you even if the form of the song changes in how we do it, you will know your part for each section of the song. Also, the mp3s WILL NOT always be in the same key that we will be playing it.
6.) What kind of music is printed for us?
Chord charts only, consisting of the lyrics with the lettered chords above them. We do not print out lead sheets or sheet music.
7.) Do I need to print out my own music?
No, we will provide the music packets for you each weekend.
8.) When I get to the sanctuary, where do I setup?
If you're a vocalist, the first thing you will do is determine what in-ear body pack you will be using and which Avoim that coincides with. Please refer to Chris on where to stand for that weekend.
If you're an instrumentalist, there will often times be a sheet on the music stand that says which instrument belongs there. Find the one that you're playing and start getting connected to the Aviom next to that station. If there's any question, please don't hesitate to ask Chris or the producer where you are to stand.
9.) Where can I put my guitar case and/or other things?
The worship team that is serving that weekend is welcome to put whatever they bring in the green room located off the side of the stage toward the organ. This is the place where you can hang out during the sermons that you aren't sitting in for as well as pre or post services.
10.) There's food in the green room? Can I eat it? There's a bathroom too? Can I use it?
Yes! We want you to be as comfortable and cared for as we can on the weekends when you're serving. Feel free to help yourself to anything that is edible in the green room, and use whatever amenities are in there.
11.) Who's allowed in the green room?
The green room is meant for the scheduled worship team and pastors/staff. Your family is welcome to come see you before or after a service, but we ask that it just is the serving members of the team 10 minutes prior and during services.
12.) When do I need to be in the green room?
Make sure that you are in the green room 10 minutes prior to the service so that we can pray together and go over any last minute details.
13.) Do I have to sit in every sermon?
No. You need to sit in at least one full service on the weekends that you serve. Please make EVERY EFFORT to make that service the Saturday Night service because of the full nature of the Sunday morning services. Saturday night right after the worship set is our time to have a "change meeting." Anybody who is not either a Worship Leader, Producer, Staff, or Pastor is not allowed in the green room during this time.
14.) How loud can we be in the green room?
The green room is isolated but please keep the volume to a minimum so that there isn't any noise bleed into the sanctuary.
15.) I'm serving on livestream. (camera or operator) Do I need to be at every service?
No, we only will livestream the Sunday morning services. We do not livestream Saturday night. You will however still get emails reminding you of the whole weekend, just know that you only serve on Sundays.
16.) What is the dress code?
Harvest Bible Chapel Spring Lake Worship Team Attire Guidelines
“…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor 10:30
The Harvest Worship Team desires to lead congregants in spirit and truth-filled worship, directed vertically toward God. We accomplish this through our music, lyrics, and stage presence. We recognize the importance of physical appearance in drawing other’s gaze upward, both through our body language and through our attire. The following guidelines for attire are expected for all members of the worship team on stage:
Members of the worship team should look clean and neat. Generally, your clothing or accessories should not attract special attention, distract, or cause lustful thoughts by those we are leading in worship. Examples of this include excessive or gaudy jewelry and clothing with holes or excessive tearing. Everyone, but especially women, be careful to not wear clothing that is too low , too short, or pants and shirts that are too tight and form fitting.
Without getting too legalistic with measurements etc, we trust that you will be able to discern what would attract attention to you in the wrong way. If you are questioning something, a good rule is to play it safe. Please feel free to contact me, Pastor Chris, with any additional questions, or Carolyn if you prefer a female contact. The pastoral staff reserves the right to amend or revise these guidelines if needed. In the event that the pastoral staff feels your attire is inappropriate, you will be approached by Chris, if male, or Carolyn, if female, and asked to make arrangements to wear something different.
Thank you for being on the same page with us as we strive to grow disciples that have a true encounter in worship with Jesus each Sunday.
1.) I'm listed as a Vox 3, Vox4, Vox 5, What am I supposed to sing?
The Worship Leader will hold the main melody and lead portion of the songs. He/She will navigate and hand of portions of songs to the CoLead and perhaps vox 3 or 4. At that point the WL will either sing off the mic or have first pick at harmony.
The CoLead will have first pick for the harmony on any particular part of the song, and will occasionally lead out on melody on a whole song or part of a song, as determined by the worship leader.
The Vox 3 will have second pick for harmony, listening closely to the CoLead and finding the harmony that they are not singing already. NOTE: 3 part harmony does not always work in the whole song or in every song. If you aren't singing harmony, sing melody with the mic slightly farther from your mouth so that it's not a close sound.
The Vox 4 and 5 will mainly stay on melodies and sing "off the mic." The stage presence of the vox 4 and 5 are vital to draw people into the worship that is happening on the stage. Your voices will not be as loud as the WL, CoLead, or Vox3 in the house, but your engagement and singing out the melody for the people to follow along is vital.
2.) Should I bring my own in-ears?
If you'd like to. I'd ask that if you do they are a quality full isolation style that will not have any volume bleed through to the room. The worst thing is when the click is blaring in someone's in-ears and the people in the room can hear it because their in-ears weren't isolation style. We have full isolation in-ears available here to use, but it is ideal if you invest in your own and then know to take care of them.
3.) I only use one in-ear monitor, is that ok?
Yes and no. It is preferred that you use both and is healthier for your hearing to do so. If you decide to take one side out or the other, please mix your avoim mix FIRST with BOTH in and get it to a comfortable volume that doesn't strain your ears, and THEN remove on ear or the other so that you don't damage your hearing.