Harvest Worship

"His love and grace requires a response. Worship is the response of our heart calling out to the One who created us."
Rusty Bailey

The Purpose of Worship

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3).

In this one simple verse, David has given us three distinct purposes of worship ministry. These purposes apply whether we’re in a church of 100, 1000, or 10,000. The purposes do not change. We may have different ways of reaching these purposes but reach them we must. As worship pastors and leaders, we are tasked with leading our church’s worship ministry toward these three all-important goals. These 3 goals can be summed up in 3 simple words: Lord, leader, and community…

1. Lord. “Magnify the LORD.” Any worship ministry worth its salt will first and foremost seek to magnify the Lord to the best of its ability. Therefore, we must prioritize developing quality worship services week in and week out.

2. Leader. David said, “O magnify the Lord with me” (italics added). The second purpose of worship ministry is found in the word, “me.” “Me” represents those involved with the worship ministry, who are helping lead the times of praise during worship services. Any public appeal to magnify the Lord must include “me.” We can’t ask people to go where we’re not willing or able to go ourselves. (Imagine the lack of sincerity if David had said, “O magnify the Lord with them”!) “Me” is out front leading the challenge to praise the Lord. “Me” must understand the importance of worship and should be skilled in leading others to worship. Therefore, a successful worship ministry will prioritize developing quality worship leaders.

3. Community. “Let us exalt His name together” (italics added). Our job is to help our congregations worship God more deeply and consistently. David didn’t want to be the only one experiencing true worship of our holy God, and neither should we. We can’t be satisfied with just letting the congregation watch us worship. We must strive to lead them to live lives of worship themselves. Therefore, worship ministries should prioritize developing quality worshipers within the congregation through discipleship.

Developing leaders and a congregation who have the heart of worship is much more difficult in the short run than just focusing on getting the music right in the services, but it’s necessary. At Harvest Hill Church, “Our end goal is not to produce quality worship services, that’s secondary. Our priority is to develop quality worshipers, who will in turn help us to produce quality worship services.”

How to get involved.

To be a part of the worship team you must complete the following: an evaluation, level 4 training course within the Harvest Worship Academy, and be a member of Harvest Hill Church. Harvest Worship Academy is a unique training program focused on developing anyone in our church or community who is called to worship ministry or just wanting to learn an instrument. The goal is to equip each student both spiritually and musically over a 12 week semester and for them to use the knowledge they learn to further the Kingdom of God through worship. We are inviting worshipers of any skill level from age 8 and up to register. To register for the next semester of Harvest Worship Academy visit :


Rusty Bailey
Senior Leader
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