Who: "Worship City - Changing our City to Change the World through Fasting, Prayer, & Worship"Partners: Awaken America, Gathering Knoxville, National Day of Prayer, Tennessee Prayer Caucus, Of One Accord & moreWhat: Read below Information, Guidelines, and Apply for ParticipationWhy: A United Declaration of the Worth of JesusPreparation: "Worship City Transformation: a 40 Day Fast" - during Elul - Aug 11 to Sept 19, 2018
Thank you for your interest in participating during Worship City's 3-day love song to Jesus, at the Tennessee State Capitol's Legislative Plaza. We are excited to see the beautiful diversity of the Church coming together on a common ground to exalt Jesus! This letter lays out the logistics and, more importantly, the heart of participation at Worship City. We require that every worship and prayer leader, Bible reader, and volunteer read and agree to these points. For more about the leaders of our team, please view our website at http://WorshipCity.US and join our social media sites for updates.
Loving Jesus in worship, prayer, Bible reading, and volunteer team leadership is our agenda at Worship City. We have the very specific focus of MINISTERING TO THE LORD. We are not promoting any social or political viewpoint, we're not protesting anything, we're not focused on ministering to the people under the worship tent (although we know God's presence will do that as many join in worshiping Jesus together). Our ultimate goal is to give Jesus the love, adoration, glory and honor that He is due from our state capitol. Ministry will be a natural outgrowth of our worship, and prayer is offered under the public prayer tents. Evangelism and opportunities for ministry will be plentiful outside the worship tent, including scheduled evangelism and prayer walks throughout the city... all the while prayer and Bible reading is going on simultaneously in their tents on the perimeter. We thank Dick Eastman, Jason Hershey, and the leadership at David's Tent DC for encouraging us years ago to establish David's Tent Tennessee, and for encouraging our leaders! They are an inspiration and pioneers of the tent movement!
Everything that comes from the teams in the worship tent will be music and singing for worship, thanksgiving, praise, and adoration to Jesus, including singing scriptural prayers and songs of prophecy. We ask that there be no preaching, teaching, political opinions, or intercessory prayer from the platform or over the microphones. Prayer leaders and ministers are walking the Plaza and streets, as well as participating under the prayer tents, and the Bible reading tent is available for young and old to participate in reading God's Word. Evangelism will be an outgrowth as people's hearts are touched by songs of love to Jesus. Special prayers and free resources will be given by our leadership teams stationed under the tents on the perimeter and surrounding the area for those who have questions or needs. All leaders will be wearing badges with our Worship City and David's Tent Tennessee logos, and are given authority to make decisions regarding all that transpires on the Plaza. (If someone is not wearing a badge, they are not authorized to make decisions. This is for your protection.)
When we give you a platform at Worship City, we are in some measure putting our reputation in your hands. Our Worship City leaders have a set of core values we'd like you to read and agree to, which is available by Clicking Here: http://worshipcity.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/DTT-Core-Values.pdf We need to be able to trust you to embody and protect these values that define who we are at Worship City and David's Tent Tennessee. These values should guide all of your actions during this event, both inside and outside the tents on the Plaza.
PRODUCT RESOURCES & DONATIONS
No one is making money from David’s Tent. We don't offer payment to worship teams or anyone else working at the tents. This is all volunteer based ministry unto the Lord. We also will not sell products, but we welcome free CD's or books if you choose to donate them to Worship City for the free resource table. We have a legal agreement with the Park Service and Plaza that we will not exchange money for these ministry resources during this event. This also helps protect our core identity as a freely-offered love song to Jesus rather than a worship concert venue. Worship City is currently raising funds to provide for the expenses of this ministry of pure worship and prayer to the Lord, exalting His name. If you would like to donate funds for this event, please go to our donations page at http://worshipcity.us/donations/. (We are currently offering FREE Worship City t-shirts for gifts of $20 or more each.)
This is an outdoor tent, so watch the weather and come prepared! In cold weather, sweaters or light jackets can come in handy, although, normally the weather is mild at this time of year. In wet weather, umbrellas and rain coats are recommended as you go from one tent to another. Port-a-potties for leaders, volunteers, worship and prayer leaders, and Bible reading teams are available with a key from the administrator on duty at the resource and information tent, but you will need to bring your own food and drinks while ministering at the park. Water bottles for worshipers will be provided.
We schedule all teams in 2-hour blocks. Worship is amplified with a full sound system from 6am until 12midnight. We will be unplugged for the night-watch, 12midnight to 6am. (We will have a keyboard with weighted keys, amplifiers for electric guitar and bass, and a full standard drum kit, which is the only way we can go quickly from one group to another, so please don't try to bring your own drum set or keyboard. We will also provide stools, chairs, music stands, and microphones. We do appreciate your flexibility in this matter.).
PARKING, HOUSING, & HOTELS
Most of you will likely prefer to stay at a hotel or Youth Hostel within walking distance of the Tennessee Capitol's Legislative Plaza if you are from more than an hour or 2 away. If you drive in from close to Nashville each day, there are parking lots in several places close to the Plaza which are noted on Google maps. If you are coming from a distance, many hotels are within walking distance of the Plaza. We recommend travel sites like Expedia or Hotels.com to find the best rate and to see ratings.
Because of security requirements, any equipment you bring must enter the Plaza by hand-carrying. Security will not allow you to pull your car up to the tent for equipment drop-off, so you will need to carry it from the street vehicle drop off point, hotel, or wherever you park. You are required to come at least 30 minutes in advance of your worship or prayer set so you can be prayed for and well-prepared to minister. If you have a guitar, or other instrument, please bring it to plug into the system.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time to worship, pray, read the Bible or volunteer. You may even need this entire time buffer to negotiate traffic, parking, and last-minute unforeseen issues. If all goes smoothly and you have extra time, we would like you to join the ongoing worship and center your heart on Jesus before your ministry set begins and we request all worship teams to go to the "Pray for the Nations" prayer tent 30 minites before your set. Many of us will be taking long shifts to cover a variety of things while we are overseeing the tents. We will share more with you after this application comes to us what options are for further involvement while serving at the Plaza. You can participate as much as you want, and we encourage you to do this.
SET UP FOR WORSHIP TEAMS
We strive for a seamless hand-off between worship sets. If you are a worshiper or band, please have everything tuned and prepared as much as possible off-stage, then begin setting up on the stage during the last ten minutes of the set that is before yours. Your sound check will be done live as your set begins. Please be gracious to the group after you, who will be setting up during your last ten minutes as well.
EQUIPMENT FOR WORSHIP TEAMS
To minimize security concerns about large amounts of equipment moving on and off the Plaza, and the limited time for set-up, we do not allow worship teams to bring their own keyboards or drum sets as was said above. Beyond this, you are welcome to bring whatever you need, including your own snare or bongo drum, if you wish. If you are a worship leader or team, we encourage you to use as much of our equipment as possible for smoother transitions between sets. We will have a weighted keys keyboard that is midi compatible, a full standard drum set, 6 vocal mics, several instrument mics, DI boxes, cables, music stands, monitor wedges, and a full sound system with a sound person on-hand.
The Plaza Managers and Police have the authority to inspect your belongings at any time. You may be asked to open your cases as you enter the Plaza for safety reasons. We don't want this or even weather issues to stop our worship or prayer! So please be prepared to unplug and do an impromptu acoustic set off the Plaza perimeter as we never know what can happen in these non-stop worship and prayer events. Your scheduled time slot will remain the same, regardless of any disruptions, and we do encourage everyone in the tent to minimize talking so the worship teams sense your participation and prayers. Talking and relational conversation should be limited to the outside of the tents so that the atmosphere is not disturbed by those who are not participating... which is basic consideration and respect for the worshipers, prayer leaders, and Bible readers before the Lord.
PREPARE YOUR HEART
Finally, don’t forget that a heart that is connected to Jesus and clean of known sin is the most important piece of equipment in your gig bag. Before you come, please spend time individually and as a team centering your hearts on Jesus and asking the Holy Spirit to take you to deeper levels of intimacy with Him.
Thanks for reading all that! If you wish to apply as a worship or prayer leader, Bible reader, or volunteer, please fill out the form below: