Tim Price on promoting from within:
Worship leaders, more than most other church staff roles, seem to come from within. With a higher rate than pastors, youth pastors, etc., many worship leaders seem to have attended their church before serving on staff.
There are probably many factors for this:
- culture of the worship style
- budget / salary is part-time
- students are often involved
- or a leader is raised up from within the church over time (there may have been an outside leader for awhile, but the role was filled with an existing team member after the leader left)
I began reflecting on the benefits of having someone already connected to the church lead in worship:
1. They know the congregation.
Knowing the congregation is a help because it opens doors to being held accountable, recruiting volunteers, and being in the loop on scheduling, events, vision, etc.
2. They have proven track record of faithfulness.
This may be in a variety of ways: worship attendance, volunteer role in the band, etc.