You know the guy.
He approaches you after a Sunday service and starts talking about how he used to lead worship at a huge church, and he grew up down the street from Switchfoot, and he has a bunch of gear he wants you to know about.
Also, he wants to join your worship ministry.
Where do you start? What action step do you point to so that he knows what is expected? We use a printed application as a starting point. We have them on hand at the church info counter at all times. Of course we want to really get to know anyone that comes into the worship ministry, both because of it's biblical importance, and the visible nature of anyone serving on stage. You don't get to know someone filling out a form.
That said, the simple application, actually weeds out some of the folks that might be toxic for the ministry, while getting the folks you want to join a way to think through what they are walking into. It serves as the first step in the process of getting involved. It's designed to be just that: a first step. Not bulletproof, but a helpful tool.
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