The team is often underestimated. The worship team is one of the most important teams in the community, but it is often reduced to music. The band leaders think that if they get the band to deliver good music, then the goal is achieved. A congregation does not let anyone preach just like that, in large congregations often a long preaching training has to take place before one is allowed to step before the congregation. Worship, on the other hand, can anyone who plays an instrument do it? Often it is decided so, but that the worship team is a special unit that has the responsibility to lead the whole church to God is often not properly considered.
The right musicians
Praise is a great responsibility and something sacred, a very special way of praising God and a great privilege to lead other people to God through music. When choosing our worshipers, we should look very carefully and ask God whether he or she is the right one.
Here’s a must-have for us worshipers:
Commitment to learning
“How can I do better?”
Constructive criticism is not seen as an attack but as a reason to change something.
Commitment to serve
“How can I help?”
In the church the first question should be “how can I help”: with worship leadership, as cameraman, as technician, as cleaner, as child minister. The question must be “how can I help”, not “how can the church help me”!
Commitment to excellence
“Is that my best?”
Excellence is not perfection, but giving the best. And to give your best is to keep learning.
Commitment to devotion
“If it was my problem, what else would I do?”
Bring solutions, not Problems.
Commitment to unity
“Am I alone?”
Musicians, artists, lighting technicians, designers, photographers, dancers, sound engineers, stage managers, songwriters. We are all part of a big team and together we are better.
commitment to have fun
“Do I take myself too seriously?”
Fun is an important part to have a good atmosphere.
Commitment to the goal
“I know why”
Knowing the goal, having a vision, drives the whole team.
We should not let anyone play in a worship team that the worship leader knows does not have one of the engagements.
In the business world, employees are often divided into ABCs:
A = Employees with heart, hand and mind. Not only does it achieve its goals, it surpasses them.
Above-average commitment and success. Shoot the goals for the boss.
B = Service by the book, in America these people are called “nine to fiver”.
Overtime is not planned. Neither positive nor negative.
C = Damages the company, disturbs the company peace.
He doesn’t care about the company, he’s a minor, low performer.
Companies use this formula, but we in the community simply let C employees work with it. Simply because it would seem unchristian or ungrateful not to have them with us. But they harm the whole community. The atmosphere is getting worse and worse. The people who are to get to know Jesus are rather deterred by C-employees because they radiate neither deep love nor great humility. As role models (which every employee is) for new members of the congregation, they cause regression rather than growth. In addition, the A-employees who bring the church and worship forward will move with the times.
A-employees want to work with A-employees.
Our goal should be to have 80% A, 20% B and 0% C especially in worship. Dilute your team rather, kick out worshipers, even if they have a key function with you. But C-employees hurt more than they bring. Even if you have to throw out your drummer or your main singer, we promise you, your worship work will experience quantum leaps.