Music Ministry2021-11-22T18:23:42-06:00

Music Ministry

Joining generations to worship & exalt our great God!

Chosen To Proclaim His Excellencies

At West Haven, we believe singing is a vital component of our gathering together and growing in spiritual maturity. Through song, we desire to equip the saints for the work of ministry and to exalt and worship our great God!

We take much care and time in ensuring that the songs we sing are theologically accurate, biblically rich, Christ-centered, and gospel-saturated. We do not aim for one particular style over another. Instead, we sing a mix of old and new songs, from traditional hymns to modern hymns and older contemporary to recent contemporary. We desire that each song be aimed at edifying the Church and glorifying our God.

…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19 (NASB)

Values Of Our Corporate Worship Gathering

We believe that our worship gatherings should be God Exalting. Our God is not a silent God; He speaks to us. The all-knowing, all-powerful, all-wise, incomprehensible God speaks to us. And before we come to worship, God is the one who calls worshipers. God summons his people to worship. In scripture, we read hundreds of examples of God calling his people to worship. Consider this one from Psalm 95:

O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (vs 1-2)

We believe that our worship gatherings should be governed by the Word of the Lord (the Holy Scriptures). Scripture tells us that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deut 8:3, Matt 4:4). Mankind, due to our fallen nature, has the tendency to create a God in our image. However, we are made in the image of God. In believing and obeying the Word of God, we must instead bend our lives towards Him and His Word.

We believe that our worship gatherings should be Christ-Centered. This phrase (Christ-Centered) is often used with little understanding of its meaning and significance. Not so, at West Haven. Here, we love and worship Jesus above everything else.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2:9-11 (NASB)

We believe that our worship gatherings should be Spirit-Empowered. If heart change was dependent on man, none could be saved. But God has given us his Spirit, the Lord and life-giver. The Holy Spirit was sent to open our eyes to glories previously unknown. We believe that every Christian is a temple for this Spirit to dwell and that when all of these temples gather together for corporate worship, something otherworldly takes place (1 Cor 3:16-17).

But 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 to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. -Romans 8:11 (NASB)

Lastly, we believe that our worship gatherings should be aware of all who have gathered (believers and unbelievers), but that the church itself (believing members) should be prioritized. The author of Hebrews provides the reason why the church itself should be prioritized in the worship gatherings. The very purpose and intent of the gathering is to build up the body, to be sent back out to the world, to proclaim the excellencies and glories of our great God.

let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB)

Opportunities to Serve

Involvement in the music ministry, including the band, vocals, and technology teams, is truly exciting and we rejoice with those who desire to serve in one of those capacities. It is, however, not automatic. There are a number of qualifications that must be met in order to serve on one of our music ministry teams.

First, we expect those who desire to serve in the music ministry to be committed members in good standing with West Haven.

Next, at West Haven, a common phrase you may hear us use is “relaxed excellence”. By this, we strive to offer the Lord our very best, while maintaining a culture that allows for mistakes and growing. To that end, we aspire to a high level of musical excellence. Consider this exhortation from the Psalms (emphasis added):

Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. -Psalm 33:3-4 (NASB)

It must be plainly stated that not everyone who desires to be involved in the music ministry will necessarily have a place. One of the joys our pastors have is to help West Haven’s members find a place to grow and serve. When an individual expresses a desire to serve in the music ministry, a pastor will walk alongside them for a time. During that time, it is possible (perhaps, even likely) that those desiring to serve in the music ministry will find that their giftings are better suited for another area of ministry. At other times, it may be discovered that one’s giftings do point to serving in the music ministry, but yet those talents need nurtured and further developed prior to serving on a music ministry team.

Similarly, since we value skill and excellence, we expect all those participating in our music ministry to actively develop their gifts and talents in such ways as regularly practicing, receiving ongoing training, and helping train other musicians (or vocalists, technicians, etc).

Lastly, a level of spiritual maturity is absolutely necessary for serving on one of the music ministry teams. The ultimate desire of our music ministry is to join all generations to worship and exalt our great God! To that end, those who serve in the music ministry must understand that their role is not that of a performer, but that of a worshiper.

If you have questions about getting involved in the music ministry, please contact our Associate Pastor: Nathan LaFave

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