My official job responsibilities included building and developing student band, crew, and choir programs (details below). I was also the worship leader and technical coordinator for all the Student Ministry services and many special events. I was necessarily considered a member of the Student Ministry staff, but I was technically a full-time member of the Worship Ministry staff, reporting directly to the Pastor of Worship. As such I was sometimes called upon to serve on technical teams for productions, arrange, rehearse, or record music for an adult ensemble, or fill in for a worship leader, rhythm section player, or vocalist.
When I began serving at Concord, there were 2 former student worship band members, 3 students with technical experience and background, and an uninterested choir of about 10. When I left the student worship ministry included:
Bands: We had 3 bands, each with 4-5 students. These bands shared service responsibilities for the Student Ministry on a rotating basis. Each band member was responsible for learning not just his/her instrument, but also stage equipment, technical equipment, music theory, etiquette, leadership, responsibility, and so on.
Crew: Attached to each band was a tech crew consisting of 3 students and one adult. The students set up and operate all the equipment (audio, video, lighting) for our services, and the adults provided leadership and communication support. Crew members learn the same skills and concepts as band members (listed above). Click here for an example Band/Crew Entrance (Placement) Exam.
Choir: Our student choir (FUSION) was a dynamic and exciting group of 80+ students, middle school through college age. We developed a Girls Ensemble, a Dance Team, and a group of soloists and background singers we call Featured Vocalists. Helping in leadership and administration is a group called FAST: FUSION Adult Sponsor Team. This leadership group was organized by committees and handles things like social events, costume/set design, and membership.