Well said Anonymous. Yes, principles are important and yes, for others, it is ideal to organize their lives according to God, beliefs instilled. But what if someone has none of this because they are immature in the faith or have never been taught? And then they are at the front of a worship team? Do we wait for them to catch up with the more mature, or do we gently educate them (disciples) on the “why” of certain norms? Certainly, everyone in a department should adhere to it and there should be no double standards. It all really comes down to the extent of your “rules.” If a church is extreme in its rules, then yes, you will have people who defy those rules. But I`m not talking about extreme rules, I`m just talking about common sense things that are biblical and practical. I wouldn`t agree with a church that told me I just had to dress in neutral colors. I think that goes too far. But if I really wanted to team up with praise, I`d stick to it, even if I didn`t like it. I was in a team years ago when they told us we didn`t have jeans anymore. Well, that`s all I`ve ever worn, so I wasn`t happy about it. But I submitted anyway. We may not always agree with the choices and the way our church does things, but it doesn`t matter as long as we refuse and see the big picture.
I think it`s important for worship leaders to have standards. Today`s children must see a plethora of negative influences. One of the things I love about our church is that female worship leaders have a huge impact on my daughters. They manage to have a sense of style, but still maintain modesty. I`m not saying that, of course, it`s just up to women to have standards. This discussion is just a repeat of a thought I had recently. Recently, some of my church`s worship leaders scoured the internet and gathered the best parts of the various worship team agreements we had found. The guidelines we`ve chosen are a good fit for our church, but you may want to add more (or take some) with you for your team. It`s up to you. When your team is together, review the points verbally. Describe why each point is in the contract and save it with the scriptures if you can. I am frustrated because the same double standards that were allowed to apply to that person are still applied even after they have become the leader of the cult.
As for the specific rules, I think there is a place and they are necessary. However, I am also wary of trying to construct a paradigm that is more about our human need and our desire to develop a controllable model that comforts us. I believe this is especially true in a worship service where we can so often feel out of control, in the sense that we turn to the Lord and His Holy Spirit to guide us in our worship. We must be careful not to make the rules the master! One more thing. People are attracted to those who understand what they are going through (Jesus set this “norm” for us, so to speak), so to speak), so the inclusion of people who have grown through struggle is an integral part of an effective cult tribe. Please, please, please, please do not do everything for the young people of us, but make sure you have an intergenerational representation to illustrate the spirit of Elijah in a lively and well way (time 4:6). Nancy Duarte, a market expert on integrating stories into presentations, recently said, “I will follow a leader who has a glorious history of failure before following one who claims he has never failed.” It was also said, “Never trust a guy without lysing.” This implies the need to have around them people who have gone through a struggle and come out on the other side to bear witness to those who are still growing and who need the voice of wisdom. .