The Praise Band exists to edify and encourage the body of Christ within this church as part of the Helps Ministry (1Cor 12:28). Our goal is to praise and worship God, not just in worship services, but also with our lives, so that ‘the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart’ are acceptable to the Lord (Ps 19:14). Within a worship service, our goal is to bring the congregation into the presence of God (2Ch 7:1,2; 1Pet 2:5) and set the stage for the preaching of the Word of God with the ultimate goal of changing lives into the image of God (Rom 12:1,2; 2Cor 3:18). Music is one tool for achieving this purpose.
If you are interested in serving on a Praise Band we would love to have you! Give Jack Moseley a call at (205) 663-0509 or contact him at Here are a few things you will need to know if you are interested:
Praise Band Primary Responsibilities
Members of the Praise Band rehearse a minimum of one time every two weeks. During the week a Praise Band is scheduled to minister in a worship service, members are required to be in attendance according to the following table:
Wednesday: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Band Rehearsal
Sunday: 7:30 am – Warm Up
Sunday: 8:30 am – Morning Worship
Criteria and Requirements
- Committed member of First United Methodist Church -
Music ministry is not the right of the talented but the privilege extended to the committed and faithful. We are open to receiving special music from those who are not committed to this body of believers but the regular, ongoing and leadership nature of this ministry requires a strong commitment to the people and leadership of this church. Praise Band members should actively participate in Worship Services and other events in which they are not leading up front. Our support from within the congregation is a vital leadership role in itself.
- Worshipper –
To qualify for Praise Band, one must be a worshipper. Every member, instrumentalist and singer alike, must have a love for praise and worshipping the Father.
- Spiritual maturity –
As stated earlier, this is a leadership type ministry and, hence, is ordinarily not a place for new or immature Christians. – Everyone in the worship ministry is a leader of worship.
- Musical expertise –
Praise Band Members need to be skilled enough to follow a worship service, which is led by the Spirit of God. We don’t want to limit what God will do simply because we can’t handle it musically. – Note that the standard of musical proficiency required may vary by your position on the Worship Team and will certainly vary as FUMC grows.
- Time commitment –
Practice sessions, preparation before each meeting and ministry is mandatory. In addition, we will be planning seminars, special retreats, and more. – The worship ministry requires a fairly large time commitment.
- Support of family –
It is important that the individual’s immediate family members are willing to accept the necessary time commitment and be a support to the individual.
- Ability to flow with the team –
Some people are very gifted instrumentalists and/or vocalists, but for one reason or another (vocal range, musical style, etc) they have trouble flowing with the team. These individuals are highly encouraged to share their musical gifts in other ways (home group worship, musical specials, etc) with the body. Musical proficiency does not automatically make someone a top candidate for the Worship Team. The Senior Pastor, in cooperation with the Music Director reserves the right to the final decision concerning entry into the Worship Ministry at FUMC.
- Dress standard –
It is expected that members of the Worship Team will present themselves at in a manner both glorifying to God and acceptable to the human eye considering that they are in an ‘up-front’ ministry.
- Attendance –
It is each member’s responsibility to notify the Pastor of Worship of a planned absence in a timely manner.
- Punctuality –
Please regard this as one the most important things to remember. Accurate timekeeping will assist the goal of the Worship Team. Team members who continually disregard starting times for rehearsals, warm-ups and worship services will be asked to reconsider their commitment and participation in this ministry. If it is not possible to make a rehearsal on time, it is considered polite to notify the Pastor of Worship in advance.
Qualifications for Position
- Possess A Worshipper’s Heart
- Called to serve
- Relationship with Jesus Christ
- Exhibit Musical Proficiency on your instrument
- Leadership Ability
- Willingness to observe time commitments