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10 Commitments of the Hillsong Worship Team

Nov 27 2014

Our Senior Pastor Brian Houston has often said that healthy culture isn’t something that you can fabricate, it’s something that you “be”. Team culture isn’t just what we talk about, it’s who we are.

With that in mind, listed below are 10 of the cultural commitments that we make as part of the Worship Team of Hillsong Church.

They are attitudes and commitments that we gladly encourage and expect of each other on our own team and we think they are vital for any worship team! Each has a corresponding question we can all ask of ourselves that, I believe, will help keep the culture of our worship teams healthy and thriving!


1) Commitment to learning.
“How can I do this better?”
When I’m actively looking for opportunities to learn and grow in every situation, constructive criticism doesn’t come as an attack on me as a person but an answer to the question I’ve been asking all along.

2) Commitment to serving.
“How can I help you?”
No matter what we find in our hands to do, whether worship leading, operating a camera, changing microphone batteries, or anything in between, our first question to each other and to our church should be ‘how can I help you?’.  I’m here to help you, not the other way around.

3) Commitment to excellence.  (See Also: What is Excellence?)
“Is this my best?”
Excellence isn’t perfection, but it is my best, and my best means always getting better.

4) Commitment to humility.
“How can I demonstrate your value?”
Philippians chapter 2 highlights this so well. It’s a ceaseless mission to place value on the people around me.

5) Commitment to devotion.
“What fruit am I producing?”
Am I exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in my life more now than I was last year? If so, I’m devoted to the right thing.

6) Commitment to ownership.
“If this was ‘my problem’ what would I do differently?”
We bring solutions, not just problems. We fix things that are broken. We actively look for needs and gaps and we fill them.

7) Commitment to others.
“Who else can I include?”
I don’t hold tightly to “my thing” but actively look for ways to include others on the journey. This is our mandate. We are one body, each with a part to play (1 Corinthians 12).

8) Commitment to unity.
“Am I an island?”
Musicians, artists, lighting operators, singers, designers, photographers, dancers, audio engineers, film producers, stage managers, producers, and writers. We are all part of the team and we are better together! We do things like Team Nights to help build this culture together! (See Also: WHY We Do A Team Night)

9) Commitment to fun.
“Do I take myself too seriously?”
No explanation needed. Don’t forget to laugh! Like our Senior Pastor Brian always says, church is to be enjoyed, not endured!

10) Commitment to the cause.
“If I was the only one, would I still be here?”
Family, friends, fun, and a team to be a part of are all great reasons to serve each weekend. But deep down inside I know that, if I was the only one here, I would still turn up. Why? Because I believe in the cause of Christ. I believe in building what Jesus said He would build – His Church (Matthew 16:18).

None of us (myself included) get these things right all of the time. But they’re important and Godly commitments for us all to be aiming towards, both personally and collectively!

Brad Kohring
(Hillsong Brisbane Campus Worship Pastor)