Our Purpose and Values

 The Table Church (The Table) is a non-denominational church in the heart of DC. We exist to call people to become authentic and thoughtful followers of Jesus and to join God in the renewal of all things.

 We seek a two-fold vision for the Music and Production Team at The Table:

1.     Everything we do should allow the congregations voice to shine.

2.     We lead people in worship through music - it’s not about us - it’s about setting the stage for others to sing and experience God’s presence.

 A Worship Theology

 “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.”
-Paul, Romans 12:1
The Message

 The translation of worship from the New Testament Greek word (proskuneo) is “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” The essence of worship refers to the state of our spirit, an individual response to God on a continual basis in our lives, regardless of a place or situation (John 4:21). It is more than just the music and more than just a singing. In gathering together formally to worship in song as a Church, music has a central role in helping the congregation experience God’s presence and shape a longing and desire for God’s rule and reign in our lives.

 We aim to use our creative gifts to create a loving, real and authentic space for all people, regardless of past experiences, to sing and experience the presence of God.

 Over time our services may journey through particular styles, influences, focuses for worship services. Yet our call to follow and reflect Jesus in all we do whether it be playing on stage on a Sunday, or how we relate to those we pass by during the week remains unchanged. In this, our mission is to embrace all who enter our doors “from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7.9)

 Community

 “We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
-Dorothy Day

 The Greek word “Koinonia” reflects the biblical basis for community, specifically, in fellowship and sharing in communion with each other (Acts 2:42). Community is central to who we are and guides how we serve on the team. Each individual’s contribution is important in building the strength, expertise and skill of the Music and production team. We work together as a team in community with each other. In doing so, we will meet together formally on a quarterly basis outside of each service to get to know each other better, and share ideas about how we can continue and improve as a cohesive team.

 Excellence

 “What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others.”
-Walt Disney

 At The Table, we strive to design and curate a unique space and time for corporate worship. In recent years, excellence has become a contentious word in church circles with the assumption that excellence somehow stands in opposition to authenticity.

 However, a genuine, authentic love of excellence is rooted in love for God and others. As a team, we push ourselves to serve God and our community to best we can each week with the talents, gifts and skills God has given us. At a basic level, we seek to eliminate any (technical or musical) distractions which may pull focus away from Jesus and secondly, to use our creative giftings to enhance our communities worship liturgy.

An essential element of excellence is feedback, evaluation, and improvement. We strive to create a healthy culture of feedback where suggestions and critiques come from a place of love and care to ultimately strengthen and empower the team and as a whole.

For us, excellence is not about perfection -- it’s about being intentional.

Communication, preparation and punctuality

 Related to excellence, communication, preparation and punctuality are practical values that help support a dedicated, high quality and smooth running team. This includes:

  • regular practice in preparation for and at rehearsal;
  • skill development (e.g. vocals, instrumentalists);
  • attending rehearsals, sound checks and services when required and on time; and
  •  evaluation of each service, focusing on what worked well and areas for improvement (e.g. song choice, service flow).

Roles, Responsibilities and Service Expectations

 At The Table, titles have evolved over the last couple of years and accordingly, are clarified below, especially for those who are unfamiliar with some of the roles. This next section outlines the roles, responsibilities and service expectations in light of our purpose and values.

Leadership Structure and Roles

The purpose of the leadership structure is to articulate particular roles in the development and oversight of the Music and Production Team. It is also intended to provide flexibility for team members to balance personal demands while building consistency and familiarity amongst the team.

The leadership roles include the Music and Production Director, Band Coordinator, Flow Leader, Sound Team Coordinator and Media Team Coordinator. All roles are voluntary and are held by people juggling full time employment. Overseen by the Music and Production Director, these roles will form the base for Music and Tech Leadership Teams overseeing each particular parish service

Music and Production Director
Chantelle Renn oversees the music and tech teams at all parishes. Chantelle will work with the Band Coordinators to coordinate band scheduling and song selection, and help develop musicians and the music leadership team. She will also work with the Sound / Tech team leadership so that the sound supports the music in order to create and preserve a time of worship through music each week.

Key aspects of Chantelle’s role include:

  • ensuring all planning and scheduling is completed for upcoming services a month ahead of time;
  • coordinating auditions for potential new music team members;
  • providing feedback and evaluation of each service, focusing on what worked well and areas for improvement (e.g. song choice, service flow);
  • developing The Table's musical canon and updating song choices on the dedicated spotify playlist;
  • scheduling musicians; and
  • attending Parish Lead Team Meetings (facilitated by the Parish Administrator/Pastor) on the second week of each month. These meetings will serve as a place to:
    •  report to the rest of the lead team heads;
    • explore new potentials for the music teams 
    • strategize for upcoming service themes or events

Band Coordinators
The Band coordinator is the primary point of contact for each parish Music Lead Team. They work with the Flow Leader (see below) to find appropriate keys, determine song selections and arrangements, and to direct the band in rehearsal and during the service. The Band Coordinator ensures musicians have the necessary materials and equipment (printed music, etc.) and communicates with other teams (sound tech, media tech, pastoral) to coordinate service structure and flow.

With so many moving pieces for pre- and post-service schedule, the Band Coordinator oversees adherence to these schedules and with pastoral staff, ensures all needs related to the worship service order are covered. 

Flow Leader
As the band “front person” for each service, the Flow Leader’s primary responsibility is to engage the congregation in musical worship, facilitating flow and transitions during musical parts of service. This may include short reflections on the text of a song or introduction to songs of song sections. This is the person who the congregation looks to (literally) and follows vocally during the worship portion of the service. Flow Leading takes a certain level of warmth, confidence, and demonstrative leadership (along with some energy and eye contact) to make the congregations feel comfortable and open to what God has to say to them.

Music and Tech Expectations
Music is a powerful tool that we have been given to enable our congregation to worship God. We don’t worship music itself, or a certain musical style or sound. Instead, we use music as a vehicle to help us enter into God’s presence. Consequently, we desire to bring our very best before Him because He is worthy of the praise that we offer. “Tech” involves those that serve on both the sound and media teams.

All positions
Everyone involved in the Music and Production Team plays a role. In practical terms, this includes:

  • the ability and desire to learn new songs and styles using Planning Center as well as other tools such as online tutorials and videos to learn their specific parts
  • time to devote to adequate practice on their own in order to come fully prepared for the rehearsal and service(s);
  • actively pursuing ways to grow musically, particularly in a modern worship music context; and
  • engaging a group of people and lead them in worship through a dynamic on-stage presence.

Vocalists
The vocalist is a key part of the band in leading the congregational singing and worship. Therefore, it is imperative that vocalists are able to:

  • familiarize themselves with the songs for their respective week, in order to better engage with and lead the congregation (and not be overly focused on the music in front of them)
  • stay on pitch;
  • understand and adapt to different vocal stylings, primarily contemporary;
  • sing the melody as well as learn harmonies by ear;
  • pick up specific parts on the fly as the Flow Leader directs; and
  • blend with and adapt vocal style to a team of vocalists.

 Instrumentalists
The purpose of the band for each service is to lead and support the time of congregational worship. As an instrumentalist, excellence is important in order to facilitate the congregational singing and not be a distraction. Accordingly, each instrumentalist should:

  • familiarize themselves with the songs for their respective week, in order to better engage with and lead the congregation (and not be overly focused on the music in front of them)
  • regularly practice to improve their skill level;
  • learn new style appropriate techniques;
  • understand and adapt to different vocal stylings, primarily contemporary; and
  • blend with and adapts to the style of other band members.

Communication and Feedback

Clear communication and feedback are essential for an effective team. Accordingly, a time to debrief is included following each service (see ‘post-service order’ on the service schedule below). Led by the Band Coordinator, the aim of this debrief is to talk briefly and openly about how the service went, what worked, what didn’t, and how to make things better for coming weeks. Additional feedback may be provided directly to individuals during the week from the creative leadership. We are all committed to becoming better musicians, leaders and ultimately worshipers. These are not meant to be times to tear down but lift up and edify ourselves and our colleagues to better serve the church body

Practical Commitments and Expectations

Planning Center

Participation in each service is coordinated and scheduled via Planning Center. It is the primary tool used to plan each service, both creatively and logistically. When joining the Music and Creative Arts Team, the Music and Production Director (Chantelle Renn) will register and send you a link to Planning Center. It is important that you log on and update your preferences including how often you would like to be involved, service location preferences, and blocking-out dates for upcoming months. If you are unable to make a scheduled service, then you must decline a scheduling so that the Music and production Director/Band Coordinator can make alternative arrangements.

Once you have committed to a service it is important to be available for both the weekly rehearsal and the call time on Sunday. You should also stick to fulfilling your assigned role. For example, vocalists are assigned intentionally, so if you are not assigned to sing, please only plan for your scheduled role. This can adjusted ad hoc at the leading of your Band Coordinator/Band Logistics Admin.

Planning Center houses all the resources you should need to come to rehearsal prepared with the songs learned. There are charts (which can be transposed if you need a capo key), links to recordings, and places where the band leaders can put notes for a particular service. When rehearsing for a service, it is recommended that you create a Spotify Playlist with the songs for that week to have on rotation leading up to rehearsal. Take some time if you haven’t already to find how you can use this resource to be prepared for rehearsal and Sunday’s services.

Rehearsal Expectations

In addition to the roles outlined above, there are common expectations across each service team:

  • every member is expected to participate in rehearsal for the weekend they are scheduled for. If they must miss a rehearsal, they must clear this with the Band Coordinator scheduled for that week;
  • every member is expected to value the time of other team members by being on time for rehearsals and service call times;
  • every member needs to be timely in their response to their Band Logistics Admin whether through Planning Center, email or phone calls; and
  •  every member needs to faithfully attend workshops and training in order to grow in their calling, character and craft.

 Service: Pre-Service and Post-Service Order

A clear schedule and expected timeframes are intended to clarify and facilitate all that needs to happen to make a Sunday service work. The schedule below provides more detail on the schedule and regular timeframes associated with each weekly service.

 Pre-service: Columbia Heights

  • 7:30  Setup team arrival and start working
  • 7:45-8:15  Sound Tech arrival and begin sound setup
  • 8:15 - 8:30  Band arrives and sets up
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Sound check starts
  • 8:45 - 10:00 Sound check complete, pray as a team, begin rehearsal
  • 10:00-10:05 Pre-Service meeting and Prayer
    • Parish pastor, parish administrator, Sound, Band, and anyone else directly involved with the service order
    • Discuss the flow of the service, clarify who is doing what, and address anything unique about that particular service
    • Pray as a team over the service
  • 10:05-10:10  Sound check and EQ wireless mics
  •  10:05-10:10  Media Team and Band Coordinator check slides for last minute adjustments
  • 10:10-10:30  Media and Sound Tech begin background music and announcement loop
  • 10:28  All band members on stage, tech and media teams ready to begin
  • 10:30  Start of Service

 Pre-Service: Downtown

  • 2:00 Setup team arrival and start working
  • 2:15-2:45 Sound Tech arrival and begin sound setup
  • 2:45-3:00 Band arrives and sets up
  •  3:00-3:15 Sound check starts
  • 3:15-4:30 Sound check complete, pray as a team, begin rehearsal
  • 4:30-4:35 Pre-Service meeting and Prayer
    • Parish pastor, Hospitality, Sound, Band, and anyone else directly involved with the service order
    • Discuss the flow of the service, clarify who is doing what, and address anything unique about that particular service
    • Pray as a team over the service
  • 4:35-4:40 Sound check and EQ wireless mics
  • 4:35-4:40 Media Team and Band Coordinator check slides for last minute adjustments
  • 4:40-5:00 Media and Sound Tech begin background music and announcement loop
  •  5:00 Start of Service

 Post-Service

  • After Benediction: Sound and Media Tech begin background music and announcement loop (approx. 10 minutes)
  • Debrief: Before beginning to pack up, a quick offstage reflection and feedback with Band on the service music and flow (approx. 5 minutes)
  • Pray as a team to close
  • Tear Down and Pack Up

Thank you for your involvement with this ministry! We look forward to getting to know you, growing together, and serving together

Chantelle Renn
Director, Music and Production Team
The Table Church
Chantelle@thetabledc.org | 202.696.0195

Jessica Breslin
Chief of Staff
The Table Church
Jessica@thetabledc.org | 847.989.7679

 Kevin Lum
Lead Pastor
The Table Church
kevin@thetabledc.org | 202.725.1041