At Highpoint Church, it is a privilege to serve on the Creative Team. We take it seriously and have high standards. Even though most of our team is volunteer, we still have a very high bar and believe that our work in creating God honoring worship environments from week to week is one of [ if not the ] most important things we do.

In this blog, I'll attempt to clarify what I believe we as a creative team need to be illuminating at all times. You see, we are always illuminating something. Sometimes it may be a faint or dim selfishness, brokenness, or hopelessness... other times a blinding joy... but we are always worshipping something - therefore we are always representing / radiating / illuminating something. These are the Highpoint Creative Team's Three Core Illuminants. The greatest thing you can bring to our team is your own personal health / holiness. This is a great way to assess your health and whether or not you are adding to or subtracting from the team. Quick aside: who / what is the Creative Team? If you play any role in helping create the environment at any of our services through any given week, then you are on the creative team. It's not just people on the stage. If you play any role in HPStudents, Celebrate Recovery, Memphis Union Mission, Sunday Services, etc...
you are on the Creative Team.

Here we go...

Humility on the team is both Vertical & Horizontal.
Whenever we take our position in our role on the team, we always need to remember that it is a position of SERVICE. Whether one is tucked away in the media booth running ProPresenter, or whether one is on the stage playing drums full on in the spotlight at 100db, it is a service role. We always are serving the body - leading them to the throne. We recognize that God has given us not only the the gift that we are using to glorify him, but also the opportunity to use that gift. He has graced us with life. We don't deserve it. We don't deserve the breath in our lungs that allows us to sing these songs to Him, but He is all about His Glory, so we are so excited to get on that page with Him. We humble ourselves before The Lord and others. Vertical and Horizontal. Obviously, we need to walk with The Lord in humility, but we are called to also live in a community of humility. Placing others needs / wants / desires / feelings / dreams / goals before ours. It's amazing what happens on a team where teammates long to serve one another. Setup goes quicker. Soundcheck goes quicker. The service goes better. Seriously, humility is the oil in the team machine that allows it to run smoothly. Whenever we begin to stop illuminating humility, there is always drama and conflict right around the corner.

You are far less likely to be humiliated if you start out humble. If our baseline is... "I'm just glad to be here. I'm just here to serve. I don't deserve this. I don't know what I'm doing. I'm grateful for this opportunity. I feel so privileged to be on this team. I'm so grateful for this opportunity..." then I seriously doubt we will find ourselves often embarrassed or in conflict with others. This is not about you. This is about God's glory. This is about creating a distraction-less environment that - in everything we do - points to the text and the Truth that our Pastor was given for that day. Humility... both horizontal & vertical.

John 13 : So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.

Matthew 20:28 : For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.

1 John 3:16 : This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

Honor on the team is also both Horizontal & Vertical.
In the modern day, western, relevant, contemporary, church, we have greatly lost our sense of HONOR. In your language, in your heart, in your mind, in your service... are you honoring God and others? Are you illuminating love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self control? Goodness? In it's original Greek, it means goodness, uprightness, integrity, or with honor. If you are alive in Christ and the Spirit lives in you, then you are to live with honor. Yes, in everything we do, we long to honor The Lord. It's not for our fame, renown, or glory ever. No exceptions. We get that, but what does this illuminant of honor look like in the context of our community?

Honor looks like this: Not just showing up on time, but showing up 5 min early. Not just showing up, but showing up prepared and prayed up. Honor is doing what you say you're going to do and not doing what you say you are not going to do. Honor is making eye contact. Honor is smiling. Honor is learning people's names. Honor is asking people how they are doing and genuinely being interested or concerned. Honor is taking out the trash and wiping down the countertops. Honor is learning you chords, parts, lyrics, & transitions. Honor is focusing during the rehearsal... taking notes, and executing those notes. Honor is dressing modestly and smart. Honor is going to bed early on Saturday so you are rested and aware... I could go on and on. This is not a gig. This is the Body of Christ. We aren't clocking in and clocking out. This is something different. This is a new way of living where we value, love, and respect people.

A huge way we can illuminate honor is by recognizing our leadership's roles as God orchestrated and ordained. I grew up the son of a pastor. He invited everyone to call him "Gary." This is just my Dad. He's laid back. He wants to connect. He wants to be approchable. This is great, but it also probably instilled in me a lack of formal respect that is due to our Pastors. I'm committing to call our Lead Pastor, Chris Conlee "Pastor Chris." Why? Because every time I do, it reminds me of his position in my life, on our team, and over Highpoint. I'm not saying everyone has to or needs to begin to do this, but I would suggest you pray about it and consider it. Why not show him another level of honor? Why not elevate him? Why not appreciate him in that simple and easy way?

2 Timothy 2:21 : Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Number 30:2 : When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

Acts 20:35 : In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

This is not a "catch-all," but seriously... If we are not illuminating Christ, we've missed it. If Christ and Christ crucified is not at the center of all that we are, we missed it. 


It's not Jesus + _________. 

It's just Jesus. 

Also, if you are dependent on your ministry to feel needed, valued, important, worthy, noticed, or fulfilled... You need to re-evaluate. No, seriously. Stop reading and send me an email telling me that you need to take a break. We aren't doing ministry for OUR good... we're creating these environments for God's Glory. I'm so serious about this, that if every single member of our team needs a break to re-focus, we will do it. We'll just turn the house lights on and go acoustic. No sound. No lights. No cameras. Songs from the 90s that everyone sorta knows... and we'll move forward in Spirit & Truth. This team doesn't need you. This team doesn't need me. This team needs Jesus. This isn't a gig. This is a privileged service role. What greater joy? What greater privilege than to turn peoples attention to the King of Kings... the God of Grace and Love? In the Spirit. Through Jesus Christ. For the Glory of God. 

I know that being like Christ is a high bar, but it's not something that I put in place. It's an ancient bar that God hung and invited us to clear. It's a lifestyle of sacrifice and love. It's a way of thinking. It's our only response to the Cross. It's the only way to live, honestly.

Galations 2:20 : I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved meand gave himself for me.

I know this was a lot, but I hope you understand that the platform is a very special place. We want everyone to serve in the way they are called to serve, but we have to ensure that it is a healthy experience for you and the team. These are our three core illuminants. This is the bar. These are our expectations. 

Welcome to the Creative Team.

Posted by Josh Maze at 10:07 AM