Jon Nicol explains his preparation policy.
Simply put, a preparation policy is what your practice and rehearsal values look like lived out. The policy spells out my ministry’s expectations for practice and rehearsal. Now, since musicians get twitchy around words like policy, I call our document “Expectations for Preparation.”
So that’s what it is. Why have one?
WHY HAVE A PREPARATION POLICY?
If you don’t have clear expectations, you cannot hold your team members accountable to them.
At one point in those early days of leading what I considered to be a slacker team, I finally saw through the smokescreen of my own whining and started asking the rigth questions. Instead of, “Why are these people slackers? I started asking, “Do they truly know what to practice? Or how to practice? And have I ever clearly told them what I’m expecting in the way of preparation?”
No. So I had to tell myself to quit whining and find a solution. And part of that solution was clearly defined expectations.
Once I clarified my expectations, I now had something to hold my team accountable to. I had finally defined what the value of preparation looked like lived out within our ministry.
So, what’s the process for developing a preparation policy?