Church Requirements for a Worship Leader
"New Creation Church in Hillsboro recently found itself at the center of a controversy when guidelines posted on its website for people seeking to join the "worship team" were posted on Facebook.
Among the requirements for the group of churchgoers who help lead the congregation in songs during services at the non-denominational evangelical church? "No excessive weight."
"Weight is something that many people have to deal with," reads the instructions for would-be worship team members. "Make sure that you are taking care of your temple, exercising and eating properly."
Ponder Anew, a blog about faith, reports that the document was posted on Facebook by "Stuff Christian Culture Likes," where it received enough negative feedback that it was removed from the church's website. But a PDF of the worship team guidelines has been preserved online.
Other points in the list that commenters find objectionable include:
- "A submissive attitude is very important among the worship team members. Speaking against the leadership will not be tolerated."
- "Smoking, use of narcotics or alcohol, swearing, illicit sexual behavior and ongoing family problems are not acceptable in a music minister's life and will not be tolerated."
- "Bodies must be clean and use of effective deodorant is essential to positive interpersonal relationships."
- "Remember that the way we look is of utmost importance. We are the first thing the congregation sees. People do judge by appearance. We never get a second chance to make that first impression. Please be sure that your style and clothing bring honor and glory to God, isn't excessive and doesn't draw unnecessary attention to yourself."
The focus on looks too, shows you the mandates of our shallow culture. It is also against the bible that tells us beauty is vain. I always wondered before if they had certain requirements for worship leaders in these churches, they always were young, thin and had a standard level of attractiveness. I guess the narcissistic pastors don't want any 'he-men" either stealing their thunder so you see the rules for a "submissive" attitude.