The Worship Ministry at Eastwind exists for one reason: “To honor God with the best of our abilities by ushering others into His presence”. We strive to do this by creating a professional (yet fun!) community of musicians, vocalists and sound & light techs who are united by an unrelenting passion to lead people into the presence of God each and every service.
If you feel passionate about music and/or technology and have a heart for God, then consider using your gifts in the Worship Ministry at Eastwind. You can find out more information about the team and current opportunities to serve by contacting Zack Galyen | firstname.lastname@example.org or by reading more about our philosophy of corporate worship below.
Because we get so much out of it?… because the Bible says we should?… because we love God? All of these answers may be true, and we could probably suggest many other valid reasons. Yet, apart from the first chapter of Ephesians we might never come up with an answer so stunning as what Paul offers there.
The apostle begins by praising God, who has: blessed us in every way (1:3); chosen us before creation (1:4); predestined us in love to be His children (1:5, 11); redeemed us (1:7); forgiven us our sins (1:7); lavished His grace upon us (1:8); and made known to us His plan for creation (1:9-10). Why has God done all these marvelous things? “In order that we… might be for the praise of His glory” (1:12). Our very being as God’s people is defined in terms of worship. We exist to praise our glorious God!
1. God-Centeredness – The ultimate aim is to focus on God and His salvation through Jesus Christ, so we honor Him through our celebration, enjoyment, and delight in Him and the truth about Him. (Mt. 22:37)
2. Expecting the Powerful Presence of God – We do not just direct ourselves toward Him; we earnestly seek His presence in our midst, as He draws near to us in power and makes Himself known and felt by the Holy Spirit, for our good and for the salvation of unbelievers in our midst. (James 4:8, Acts 2)
3. Bible Based and Bible Saturated – The content of our singing and praying and welcoming and teaching and all aspects of our worship will always conform to the truth of Scripture. The content of God’s Word is to be woven through all we do in worship, and will be the basis of all our appeal to authority. (Colossians 3:16)
4. Head and Heart – Our worship service aims at allowing deep, strong, real emotions toward God but does not manipulate people’s emotions. Rather, we appeal to clear thinking about spiritual truth; and our worship gives people freedom to respond to God in a variety of ways, knowing worship is first and foremost an attitude of the heart. (John 4:23, 1 Cor. 14:15, Psalm 51:17, 1 Samuel 16:7)
5. Earnestness and Intensity – Avoid a trite, flippant, superficial, frivolous atmosphere but instead set an example of reverence and passion and wonder. (1 Peter 4:7-11, Hebrews 12:28-29)
6. Authentic Communication – Avoid the atmosphere of artistic or oratorical performance, but cultivate the atmosphere of a radically life-changing personal encounter with God and His truth. (Ephesians 5:19-20, Isaiah 29:13-14)
7. Community-Minded – While we seek to have each worshiper respond to God and His truth individually, we are mindful that our corporate worship is experienced in the context of community. Therefore we want the body to experience life together as we meet, and have opportunity to love one another. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:23-25)
8. Undistracting Excellence – We will try to sing and play and pray and teach in such a way that people’s attention will not be diverted from the substance by shoddy ministry nor by excessive finesse, elegance, or refinement. Natural, undistracting excellence will let the truth and beauty of God shine through. (Colossians 3:23-24, Psalm 33:1-3)
9. The Mingling of Historic and Modern Music – While we realize that there are many opinions about types of music, we seek to integrate many types of music, to help all of us learn to love one another as we worship God together through appropriate and Biblical styles of worship music, both past and present. (2 Chronicles 29:30, Psalm 96, Matthew 13:52)
10. Shepherding Opportunity – Our gatherings are a primary opportunity to shepherd the body as a whole. This is accomplished through all aspects of worship, including teaching, and through communication to the body from our leadership. (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4)
If you are interested in joining the team, please download, fill out and return the appropriate form(s) to Zack Galyen, Worship Pastor at Eastwind.