We exist to exalt the name of Jesus Christ here and now, always and forever.
 
Biblical worship is the full-life response—head, heart, and hands—to who God is and what He has done. We believe worship is communal, collective and eternal.  As a ministry of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we are dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful gospel of Jesus Christ in our city and to the world, while challenging believers to live a fully devoted life to Jesus. We value training worship leaders and artists, developing them in strong theology as well as practical skills. 
 
WORSHIP CULTURE
 
The foundation of our worship culture is Christ alone. He is the Bedrock and Cornerstone upon which everything in the local church is established. Styles, methods, and cultures change, but the foundation of Jesus Christ will never alter.
 
There are five distinct cultural foundations that we uphold as we stand upon the Cornerstone of our church. These are the most important values that define our worship culture at Harvest Bible Chapel. They are the crucial pieces that make us who we are as this local representation of the body of Christ.
 
1 | CULTURE OF THE WORD 
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and must be central in everything we do. This means that our way of leading, serving, counseling, and pastoring our people stems from what God has revealed to us and commanded us through His Word.
 
2 | CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT
We want our people to be fully engaged in corporate worship every single week. Consistency in leadership, accessible melodies and arrangements, contextualized music style, and approachable personalities from stage all help foster an atmosphere of engagement. We would rather err on fewer, more familiar songs in our rotation than to have too many new, unfamiliar songs in any given semester.
 
3 | CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE
There is a difference between worldly and godly excellence. Perfectionism in ministry is unhealthy and dangerous to the heart, leading it toward performance and away from honesty. Achievement-driven ministry leads to a greediness and pursuit of applause and approval. Competitive ministry is tiresome and driven by simply wanting to be the best.
 
Godly excellence in ministry is altogether different, valuable, and good! In the Scriptures, the call to excellence is much richer than awards or achievements. The godly view of excellence is much different than the worldly view of excellence. God is the very definition of excellence. Therefore, our pursuit of excellence is not one of selfish gain or perfection but one that points to Jesus.
 
4 | CULTURE OF TOGETHERNESS
We are made up of imperfect people with different talents, gifts, stories, and callings who are unified together in the mission of exalting the person of Jesus Christ in our lives, in our church, in our city, and around the world. When God saves us, He does not do so with the intention that we would go through life alone, but in community with the saints. We need each other. This is what drives togetherness in our ministry.
 
5 | CULTURE OF DEVELOPMENT
Development is a driving value in the worship ministry at Harvest. We believe that God calls us as worship leaders to shepherd people toward Him. Because of that calling, our desire is to sharpen worship leaders in their ability to shepherd—both from stage through theological precision in their songs and offstage through pastoring and discipling their people.
 
 
 
NIC MCELVEEN
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
EMAIL: nmcelveen@harvestchattanooga.org
 
 
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