We are honored and excited that you’ve expressed interest in joining our team. HP Worship is a vibrant, diverse team of vocalists and musicians that seeks to honor God by giving back the talents He has given us to glorify Him and lead His people. Our goal every week is to give God our very best. With this expectation of excellence in mind, we go through a somewhat rigorous process to make sure that every person who joins our team has the same goals and expectations, as well as the requisite ability to meet those goals week-in and week-out. Before you fill out an application, please read through this entire page and follow the instructions.
Do you have previous experience serving on a Worship team?
Is your motivation to inspire others to move closer to God each week through the music we plan and perform?
Are you flexible and easy-going?
TEAM MEMBER EXPECTATIONS
1. SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
On our team, we don’t expect perfection. It’s from our healed brokenness that authentic praise finds its beginning. Our standard is a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Honest self-reflection is necessary to discern whether you seek a growing and deepening relationship with Christ. Always be open to the questions of, “How are you growing?” and “How is God showing up this week?”
2. MUSICIANSHIP, PREPARATION & PROFESSIONALISM
Worship is a central and crucial part of our weekly worship gatherings. We believe Worship permeates our day to day and our worldview. God deserves our best and excellence is our standard. We expect every member of our team to spend time each week preparing and memorizing the music with their absolute best effort. We hold each other accountable to this standard and expect much of ourselves and much of each other.
3. ATTITUDE & INTERACTION
The culture of our team is of a welcoming family and close-knit group. We expect that all members of the team will bring this same attitude of inclusion to each gathering and to all team members regardless of age, ethnicity, background, etc. When we are leading on the platform, we expect authenticity and energy. Authenticity comes from bringing our entire self to God, good and bad. Energy comes from the “joy of our salvation.”
4. SCHEDULING & PLANNING CENTER ONLINE
Among the many technologies we utilize each week, Planning Center Online is among the most important. This is the central hub for scheduling and setlist. Team members will find reference audio and chord charts here as well for each of the songs we sing each week.
All of our team members take on the personal responsibility to be on time for the sake of ourselves and the respect of others. Allowances are always made for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances (car trouble, etc).
We seek to align all plans with our Lead Pastor for the benefit of the church to experience God each week. We also understand that the best plans may not always perfectly line up with how the spirit is leading in the moment. We expect flexibility as we seek to honor that leading and obey, even if it means changing something at the last minute or on the fly. Scheduling flexibility is also important as we attempt to give everyone on our team a chance to participate and give back their God given gifts each month.
7. DRESS CODE
Our dress code for each worship service and venue is casual. We trust each team member to make common sense decisions on the type of clothing they each wear and the fit. Most team members where neutral colors and jeans and a T-shirt or button down shirt.
8. MULTIPLE WORSHIP SERVICES & VENUES
Highland Park Church has several venues and services in which Highland Park Worship is tasked with assembling a team and leading in worship. We ask that those who are able to consider serving in these other areas as well.
As we seek to maintain a standard of excellence, and to help each interested person discern his/her individual giftings in worship, we require every prospective team member to undergo an audition. This audition is specific to the instrument or voice part being pursued.
For instrumentalists, one can expect to play a selection of songs with the band on a larger audition event. The criteria each person is graded on are:
Ability to reproduce parts from the original recording.
Ability to integrate with the existing team.
Proficiency with your gear and instrument.
For vocalists, one can expect to sing a selection of songs while accompanied by our worship leader on guitar or piano in a small setting (2-4 people). The criteria each person is graded on are:
Ability to reproduce the melody of the song selected, pitch control and accuracy.
Ability to produce harmonies by ear for song selected, pitch control and accuracy.
Tone of voice and vocal control.
General stage presence and confidence
Before we add anyone to the team, we ask for each prospective team member to join us for a “preview” Sunday. The purpose is to acclimate to the schedule and the team and as a last checkmark for knowing where to go and when to be there. This allows for a higher comfort level when serving “for real” the first time.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE & TIME COMMITMENTS
CONTINUAL LOCAL MINISTRIES
MAIN WORSHIP CENTER
7:00 – 8:00 AM
Staff & Volunteer Prayer Time
8:00 – 8:15 AM
9:00 – 10:00 AM & 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Thursday Rehearsal: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
5:00 – 6:00 PM
6:30 – 8:30 PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM
6:00 – 7:00 PM