Monday, December 19, 2005

The Values of Worship at Church of Christ the King, Brighton.

Kate Simmonds has written this excellent article outlining clearly the values of that awesome church on her website: With such biblically-based values you can see why the Spirit honours and blesses that church (my future church!) so much. Here they are:


My husband and I are based at Church of Christ the King in Brighton, England which is part of the New Frontiers network of churches, and we head up the large worship team there. These are our team values:

COMMON PURPOSE “being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose” - Philippians 2:2

RELEASING AND FULFILLING POTENTIAL Your life, your gifts, expressed through, and rooted in, team and family. It’s also us all taking responsibility as ‘lead worshippers’, including in the gifts of the Spirit.

EXCELLENCE “Play skilfully” – Psalm 33:3. Whatever our gift, we want it to be continually improving to be the best it can be. We want to be as prepared as possible for our meetings, so our worship times can be as free as possible.

SERVANTHOOD “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit” - Philippians 2:3. It’s not ‘what about me and my gift, my ministry’. We’re here to serve God, the church, the greater purpose of the whole team and the worship life of the whole church.

UNITY “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! For there the Lord bestows His blessing” – Psalm 133:1,3 “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” – Ephesians 4:3 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” – Romans 15:5 Vineyard worship leader Andy Park talks about a football team with no numbers on their shirts – when one scores, the team scores!

RELATIONSHIP We want the people in this team to feel valued, that they belong, and that we can give and receive feedback and constructive advice through friendship, with each other and with church leadership.

SECURITY God is totally for us, and so is the leadership team. Our identity and self-worth are not in being on a platform or in our gifting, but in our knowledge of God and in who we are in God.

DISCIPLINE We work hard to be good at what we do (yes, we practise!). And our lives are centred in consistent spiritual disciplines.

COMMUNICATION We have clear purpose and direction, clear objectives to get there and everyone knows who should be doing what, when!

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