Over the years, our worship team has met in a variety of different ways, time slots and schedules. Here are a few examples:
- For a few years, we did a Friday night retreat / party where we talked about worship leading, watched worship services we led, had food and connected with each other.
- We’ve typically met to rehearse on Wednesday nights, pray together, visit while setting up, then jump into the music for an hour.
- One season we did a community Daniel Fast as a worship team.
- We have met as a team just after church, on Sunday evening, on Wednesday evening and early morning breakfasts. Different things for different seasons.
Here are three reasons to meet together with your worship team – no matter the exact format or time slot. It’s important to find some times to meet together for these purposes:
The core of the worship team — a reminder that what you do comes out of who you are, not the other way around. The core is about growing in faith and walking with God. It’s about staying sensitive to God’s presence in our lives and not becoming overly focused on the work of God, but on God. The core helps us remember that the church is not ours… Jesus owns the church. In your meetings and gathering, focus on faith, on Jesus, and on His word! Always do something related to the core of our ministry and faith together: Jesus. [READ: Core Values for your Worship Team]
Craft is about talent, skill and intentional improvement. How are we helping our volunteers improve and grow? What challenges are we offering them to take? In what ways can you help your leaders become excellent? There is a difference between a groove and a rut. It has to do with how you are progressing in your ability and work as a musician, vocalist or technician. Is the church providing a great environment for volunteer leaders to serve through worship ministry? Are the right tools provided? Are team members able to sense solid success as they lead each week? Sign your group up for training events, forward short articles and grow together in your craft as a team. During meetings, help people grow in their skill by reminding them to practice on their own and rehearse together. Help them step up to learn new music and give them encouragement to grow as leaders! [Read: The Seven Basics of Worship Leading]
This is about our connection to each other and others who will join the worship team. I have found most worship team members tend to be singularly focused. They don’t have lots of different roles in the church, they primarily are involved in music and worship and stick with it. The worship team becomes for them a small group at church, a task force, a team, a community. Build on that framework. Pray together before worship. Have food at your meetings. Offer opportunities to discuss and share with one another. Take small trips to other churches, to places where you can serve outside of music, etc. Increase connections through times in each other homes or buy some t-shirts with the church name on them. Help build community at your next meeting by having a meeting focused solely around community – a fun night! [READ: Building Worship Team Community While Rotating Band Members]
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