Cornerstone Community Church Mission:
In Everything, we will glorify God, build relationships, and connect people with the person and work of Jesus Christ.
One of the great ways for us to glorify God is through worship. By definition, worship is an expression of reverence and adoration for something. As Christians, we should be expressing our reverence and adoration for God in all that we say, all that we do, and in our attitudes. It is a lifestyle and a habit we develop.
In the context of the Church gathering together in corporate worship, music and art are often used – and for good reason. They are powerful tools of expression. They have an ability to emotionally connect us to things unseen and to allow us a different kind of vision.
As we consider the importance and value of the roles in which we serve, we seek to glorify God through worship by:
Striving to be worshippers on and off the stage, inside and outside of the church building.
Intentionally guiding the church to a better understanding of what it means to worship God through song.
Creating and sustaining an atmosphere that is vibrant and uplifting, encouraging the response of the congregation.
Utilizing our gifts to the best of our abilities without becoming a distraction or seeking attention.
We consider it a privilege, not a right, to serve our church as a part of the worship ministry. Simply being a singer, instrumentalist, or someone interested in being involved does not guarantee that someone is the right fit for the team. With that in mind, here are some baseline qualifications of a Cornerstone worship ministry team member:
• Is a follower of Christ.
• Continually seeks to live a life “above reproach,” honoring God with words, actions, and attitudes (2 Corinthians 6:3, 1 Peter 3:16).
• Supports the vision and core values of the church (https://ccchowchilla.com/get-to-know-cornerstone/).
• Is a regular attender of Cornerstone, involved in the life of the church. Membership and small group participation are not required but are strongly encouraged.
• Is able to serve spiritually and not just musically.
• Is available for Thursday evening rehearsals (6:30pm), Sunday morning soundcheck (8:00am), and both Sunday services (9:00am and 10:30am).
• Has internet access and ability to respond to communications in a timely manner.
• Has the full support of his or her family members (spouse, children, etc) in regards to devoting time to this ministry.
• Has a team-first mentality, more interested in the overall product than in his or her own part.
• Is able to keep up technically with the rest of the team as a whole and become a productive addition.
• Is able to blend stylistically with the rest of the team in terms of overall sound and presentation.
• Is able to demonstrate adequate musical/technical proficiency in his or her area (able to sing on pitch, able to keep rhythm, familiar with a sound board, etc).
• Has necessary instruments/equipment to perform role (if not already provided by church).
• Is committed to continual improvement.
• If in an on-stage role, is comfortable and expressive on stage.
Anyone interested in joining the worship ministry at Cornerstone will first fill out an application, which can be found here:
(Fill out an ONLINE APPLICATION here)
All applicants for the Cornerstone worship ministry will receive an email response, even if it is determined that the individual is not yet ready for inclusion on the team. If the worship and production directors have reviewed an application and decide that they would like to move forward, the email response will include an invitation for an audition or tryout, depending on the desired position.
There are three categories of vocalist. A choir vocalist is someone interested in being a part of the choir, which is assembled only on occasion. An audition is not required for a choir vocalist. A group vocalist is someone who is part of the rotation of vocalists that sing from the front of the stage, providing unison and harmony parts in support of the lead vocalist. This lead vocalist is someone who is capable of taking the lead part of a song. This individual is capable of leading through strong vocals and an ability to direct the congregation.
Anyone auditioning for a group vocalist or lead vocalist position will be asked to perform the following:
The main melody part of a song of the individual’s choice (accompaniment can be provided if necessary).
A harmony part of a song chosen by – and performed alongside – the worship director.
Anyone auditioning for an instrumental position will be asked to show the following:
Ability to perform a song of the individual’s choice
(other instrumental or pre-recorded accompaniment can be provided if necessary).
Ability to play a lesser-known song chosen by – and performed alongside – the worship director by reading off of a chart.
Ability to play with click and backing tracks.
Ability to come up with unique parts (other than what has been played on a recording) based on the direction and suggestion of the worship director.
All Other On-Stage Positions –
Anyone auditioning for any other position that may creatively contribute to the stage will simply be asked to demonstrate both why and how their abilities would enhance the worship experience.
***Note – Auditions for all on-stage positions may be recorded in some format for future reference.
Sound Engineers –
Anyone seeking to join the production team as a sound engineer will be invited to a Thursday evening rehearsal and asked by the production director to demonstrate proficiency in the following:
Balancing instrument and vocal levels into an overall mix.
Identifying parts that are not blending with the mix.
Knowledge of EQ and effects, and how they can be used to enhance the sound.
All Other Production Positions –
Anyone interested in serving in any other production role will be asked to simply demonstrate an ability to follow direction, learn new skills, and pay attention to details. Previous knowledge in areas such as ProPresenter, stage lighting, and video is helpful but by no means required.
The audition or tryout will not be exclusively performance-based. The individual will also participate in a personal interview that may include any or all of the worship director, production director, and other current team members. This serves the purpose of determining whether or not the individual would be a good fit for the team on an interpersonal level. The interview also gives the leadership a chance to ask any questions that are not a part of the application.
Within a few days of the audition or tryout, all individuals will receive a follow-up email from the worship or production directors as to the results of the audition. If the result of the entire application and audition process is that the individual is determined to be a good addition to Cornerstone’s worship ministry, an invitation will be extended to join the team.