Worchip Department Policy

Fair Havens Community Church WORSHIP Policy

All leaders in worship must be growing in 

the knowledge of Philippians 3:10.

“that I may know Him and the power of His 

resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”.

You are considered a leader in worship if 

you are involved with worship, whether you 

are in the Praise Team singing/playing an instrument, operating the sound system, or operating the visual system.

Praise Team

The primary function of the Praise Team is to lead the congregation in true worship under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”. (John 4:24). There is no calling issued for “performances” and “showmanship” – only true praise and worship.


Attendance and punctuality are very important when scheduled to be part of the Praise Team. Showing up late or not showing up at all, demonstrates a lack of discipline and respect for the Lord’s ministry. 


Praise team members are encouraged to be neat, clean and appropriately dressed. Although we recognise that God does not judge us by our outward appearance, we also realize that modest attire helps to reduce visual distractions that may take away from our goal of God-focused worship. “for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”. 1 Samuel 16:7b.

Avoid wearing clothing that is sloppy or ripped, clothing that contains slogans/wording, clothing that is too tight or revealing, and clothing that is too short.  Also refrain from wearing caps and ensure feet are covered.

Our purpose is to help the congregation focus on God and any manner of dress that draws attention to an individual distracts from that  purpose. 


It is important that the Praise Team leader is given respect. This does not mean that we discourage input, on the contrary, contribution is encouraged, but the Praise Team Leader has the final word. “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you”. (Hebrews 13:17).

New members

We always encourage new members to join the Praise Team (singers and musicians). Anyone interested should contact the Worship Elder or Praise Team Leader to discuss this Worship Policy.  The prospective Praise Team member will also be required to have a brief and informal audition to ensure competence in singing/playing an instrument.

A potential Praise Team member should have been regularly attending FHCC for at least 3 months before leading in worship. 

Sound System Operation

Prior to the start of the church service, the operator is responsible for:

  1. Setting up and testing microphones and monitors for the praise team.

  1. Setting up and testing additional microphones as required by the order of service (may include podium microphone, speakers lapel microphone, communion microphone, piano microphone, guest singer’s microphone).

  1. Setting up and testing audio for computer recording, computer audio output for DVD’s and CD operation.

Any time a microphone is “live” the operator must be in control of the soundboard, making adjustments as required for the best audio output. 

Since the decibel level of the drums cannot be controlled at the soundboard (no microphone), the drummer must respond if the level needs to be changed, as directed by the sound system operator (this can be determined during  practice).

4. Ensure microphone/monitor cables are neat and tidy and unused equipment is removed from the platform.

Visual System Operation

The operator is responsible for:

  1. Pre-service setting up and testing any DVD/ projection operation.

  1. Pre-service setting up and testing computer-recording levels.

  1. Ensuring the words on the screen match what is being sung/spoken.

--prior to the start of the church service, the Praise Team leader is to confirm what order the songs are being sung, and the order of the verses.

--prior to the start of the church service, the scripture reader should confirm what bible passage is being read and the bible version being used.

  1. Ensuring the words on the screen always lead the words being sung and the words on the screen always match the sermon notes. Having a lag time with the words being sung/spoken and the words being displayed on the screen creates a distraction in worship.

The above Policy is issued in LOVE     Issued September 2014 



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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”

Psalm 19:14