Rob Carona suggests strategies to see your team reach their full potential:
As we all know, church ministry gets busy and can be overwhelming, especially as a volunteer and/or bivocational worship leader or pastor. It can be easy to fall into the rut of putting out the schedule each month, going through rehearsals and having our main concern be that the band shows up on time and knows the tunes. If we don’t recognize it as important, we can miss the individual musician’s value of their creative well, perspective on worship and struggles they are facing. We end up going through the motions as a team each Sunday, missing out on the new sounds, new songs and deeper levels that God is calling us as worshippers to find in Him.
What I am saying is that the song list is not just part of the production in the service, and your team members are not just “plug and play” musicians to fill a slot and learn their parts. Now I realize that as worship leaders and pastors we don’t think this at all, but again it is easy to fall into a routine to just “get it done” because of all the other things competing for our time. We are always crying out for more in our worship songs, and that more is an untapped well of worship residing in each of your musicians. If you value them as individuals and take time to encourage and tap into those wells, you will see a fresh wind blow through your worship and the excellence, creativity and authority of your worship will see exciting new levels.
Below are some strategies to see strengthen your team and reach their full potential:
1. Pastor Your Worship Team: Seems like a “duh” kind of statement, but all to often we simply begin to neglect the spiritual maturity of our musicians and leaders. After all, they made it on the team and have been serving for a few years so they must be doing something right. This is dangerous thinking. Many musicians deal with major internal issues by consequence of their artistic nature. These are never really dealt with simply because they have a lot of talent. In order to reach the heavens, you have to lay a strong foundation. Take time to regularly meet with them individually (especially your worship leaders). Give yourself ample opportunity to both hear their hearts and hold them accountable. If you are going to start pulling from their well, you want to know it contains fresh water. Also, just one last thought on this … worship leaders are not necessarily worship pastors, and if we expect them to be then we need to offer training.