Why are you called “Zadok” ministries??
In the Old Testament, King David instituted a 33-year nonstop praise and worship service called “The Tabernacle of David” that included choirs and orchestras praising the Lord. God instructed David to name Solomon successor to the throne of Israel. This caused major turmoil in David’s family and the kingdom was under threat of civil war as even a priest named Abiathar aligned against Solomon. But Zadok the Priest remained faithful. Zadok and the Prophet Nathan anointed Solomon as King of Israel. Because of his obedience Zadok was given charge over the Tabernacle of David and the worship of God around the Most Holy Place. The rebellious people were either killed or exiled but Zadok and his sons faithfully kept the Tabernacle.
The Bible tells us in Amos 9:11 and Acts 15:16-17 that the Tabernacle of David will be rebuilt. We believe this refers to a restoration of Davidic praise in the Church. That’s why we believe in choirs, orchestras, dancers, artists, and other creative ways to glorify God. We are following in the footsteps of Zadok, ministering worship before the Lord and restoring the Tabernacle of David.
Are auditions required?
No. However, Ken will want to do a brief interview with you to get to know you better. He’ll want to know about your relationship with Christ and how you came to Abba’s House. The only people who have to do a musical audition are those who want to sing on the Praise Teams or sing solos.
What if I can’t read music?
No problem! We’ll teach you! (If you want!) But there are LOTS of people in our choir who don’t read music. They learn by rote, which means listening to it over and over again.
When and where are rehearsals?
Unless otherwise stated, rehearsals are always in the Abba’s House Choir room on the 3rd floor. Rehearsals are currently Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (immediately following 6:33). Rehearsals generally last 60-75 minutes. Be aware! Many times our rehearsals turn more into worship times than working on notes. Once a month on Sundays we have a potluck meal after the church service and have a 2 hour rehearsal to go over new specials as well as songs for special events here at Abba’s House.
Is there Child Care for these rehearsals?
Yes. All rehearsals have childcare provided for you free of charge.
Where do I go on Sundays to sing?
We meet in the choir room at 10:15 and are seated by 10:20 to warm up and refresh our memories of any trouble spots in the song and pray together before we go down to the auditorium. The arrangement of where you stand will be according to your section (the same people you sat with upstairs). Then we make our way down to the choir loft.
Where do I get a robe and other outfits?
Caroline Marion, the Worship Ministry Administrative Assistant, will assign you a robe. They can be picked up and dropped off in the robe rooms near the choir room.
As far as outfits go, we do have some outfits we wear that each member purchases. We have a T-Shirt, a casual outfit, dressy outfit, and formalwear. We have payment plans for the outfits and there are scholarships available too. See Caroline for details.
When do I actually have to sing on a Sunday?
That’s really your call. When you’re ready, we’re ready.
How do I become a member?
You have to attend 3 rehearsals, go through the online orientation video, fill out the membership agreement and covenant (online, too), and sing on a Sunday.
How can I rehearse this music from home or my office?
Great question! We have a program we use called “Planning Center” that allows us to upload music and audios of every song we do to the web. This allows you to listen to the music wherever you have Internet access. The site is password protected so we remain in compliance with all copyright laws.
When you fill out your information, Caroline will send you an email invite to Planning Center. You create your own password for the site and after that you can view all the services and music and listen to it anytime you want! It’s quick, easy, and convenient, BUT if you’re technologically challenged, don’t worry! We’ll help you!
How do you stay in touch with me and vice versa?
There are several ways we stay in touch. Planning Center (that was just mentioned in question #10) is the principal way we communicate. We send emails through it to you and updates as they happen. Things around Abba’s House have a habit of changing rapidly and sometimes at the last second so this is a great way to communicate.
Additionally we have a Facebook group called Zadok Ministries you can join where we post all our updates and announcements so if you’re in that group and you have the notifications active on your computer or smart phone, it’s another great way to keep up.
Also, we have CAP (Choir Accountability Partners) that are assigned to people so people don’t “fall through the cracks” and we know what’s happening if they are absent. You’ll hear more about this in the orientation video and after you join.
Finally, we have several websites we use:
www.welcome2zadok.com is our recruitment website that tells somebody who has never been to our rehearsals how to get there and what to expect.
www.zadokworship.com is our principal information website for our ministry.
You can always email us also at:
Ken Hartley: email@example.com
Caroline Marion: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gayla Austin: email@example.com
Michael Itson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel McKee: email@example.com
The phone number for our office is 423-877-6462, ext. 222
What kind of special events do you have?
We have many throughout the year in which we participate. Fresh Oil New Wine and The Big Event are two of our special nationwide conferences featuring nationally recognized speakers and we have the privilege of leading worship for both of these events.
We also do special musical events. Some of the ones we’ve done in the past are: our Christmas Broadway style musical that has become a community favorite. All American Day: a red, white, and blue, star spangled celebration of God and Country featuring patriotism and fireworks. Gloria: A night of sacred music by an auditioned choir (from our main choir—you have to be able to read music to do this one) that has done music from John Rutter’s Gloria to “Saviour.” A full symphonic orchestra accompanies us. We’ve also done a Broadway revue called “The Narrow Way on Broadway” featuring songs of faith and inspiration from Broadway. The truth is, you just NEVER know what sort of programs and events we’ll come up with. They’re always FUN and also full of worship!
Do you have social gatherings/fellowships?
Uh, really?? Have you met Caroline Marion??? Zadoks LOVE to party and we have some good ones throughout the year. The purpose is to get to know each other so no one gets lost or left behind in the crowd.
We also will occasionally do trips within our city and sometimes out of our state. While there are obviously some costs to the out-of-state opportunities they are a lot of fun and we bond more on these gatherings and trips than anywhere else.
As a member what are your expectations of me?
Be there! 75% attendance at rehearsals and services is a requirement to remain an active member of Zadok Ministries. We work with people on their life situations (realizing life happens to everybody!) We also expect people to be supportive of our church, pastor, and leadership. Other things are listed on the Covenant.
What can I expect from you?
You can expect to worship the Lord. You can expect to have fun. You can expect to be prayed for. You can expect to be ministered to when you need. In short, you can expect to have an extended FAMILY. Welcome!