ManifestoThe Manifesto of a Worshiping Team
WE CHOOSE THE WORD OF GOD OVER THE WORDS OF PEOPLE.
We must believe the Word of God and bend our life towards it. Without centering our lives on God’s Word, we will drift between self-security and insecurity.
“People cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
WE DEPEND ON THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT RATHER THAN OUR OWN.
We can all tell the difference between a leader who is filled with the Spirit of God and a leader who is not. Spirit-empowered leaders 1) tap into a power that is bigger than their own, 2) accomplish things bigger than their own plans, and 3) leave people filled rather than drained.
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life…” Romans 8:11
WE LOVE AND WORSHIP JESUS ABOVE EVERYTHING ELSE.
We are a worshipping team. We will worship Jesus with joy, passion, and devotion.
“All created beings in heaven and on earth will bow in worship before Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that He is Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF SHEPHERDS.
We are shepherds who serve our people readily and cheerfully. Shepherds lead, nurture, shape, and care for others. As shepherds, we do not seek to mimic culture, rather we want to set it. And, we don't look to find community, we look to foster community.
“Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed!” Philippians 2:14
WE CHOOSE SERVANTHOOD OVER STARDOM.
We believe stardom is tragically overrated, because it involves pushing, promoting, and sweet-talking. In a social-media-driven, influencer-obsessed, and advertisement-noise culture, stardom fizzles. Servanthood, on the other hand, cuts through the noise and spotlights Jesus.
“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.” Philippians 2:3
WE STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, NOT PERFECTION.
In today’s culture, the flashiest, most polished, filtered and edited version of ourselves seems like a tempting way to go. But the aim for perfection is toxic and unattainable. We believe that godly excellence is like carrying a well-lit lamp into the darkness. Excellence lights up the path, not the person.
“Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns.” Philippians 2:16
WE ARE NOT MOVED BY APPLAUSE OR CRITICISM.
We keep it up, whether we are applauded for our work or criticized. When we are applauded, it doesn’t puff us up or make us arrogant – we acknowledge the work of God in us. When we are criticized, it won't cripple and destroy our confidence – we humbly seek to improve.
“You should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. You lived in obedience…keep it up.” Philippians 2:12
WE CHOOSE CAMARADERIE OVER COMPARISON.
We cheer on others, especially those whose gifts we are tempted to envy. Deep-spirited friends are rare and beautiful. We want to be the kind of friend we're desperately looking to find.
“Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.” Philippians 2:2
WE FOCUS ON CHARACTER OVER COMPETENCE.
We trust that both competence and character should be developed and learned, but we focus on character because God looks at the heart.
“Go into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society.” Philippians 2:14
WE CONSIDER OTHERS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OURSELVES.
We want to give to others what we most desire for ourselves.
“Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.” Philippians 2:4