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Building Your Worship Team (Part 4)

We’ve spent quite a bit of time here on focusing on how to build up our worship teams in ten steps. The end is in sight. It is my sincere hope that you have been able to get something out of the past few days – but it is my greater hope that you are actually putting these steps into action.

It has been my prayer this week that each and every worship pastor and worship leader reading this article will grow closer to God and closer to their teams – and that their teams grow closer together and closer to God. Without God in the center of all we do together as a worship team – we build the wrong team.

With that said, let’s begin by taking a moment to reflect on the past few days – and then press onward to #10.

1. Start off right…be slow to add to your team. Don’t rush to add someone just because they are warm blooded and can play an instrument. Be sure to carefully watch the spiritual maturity of the person for a while. It will save you trouble and chaos later on.

2. Pray together. This goes without saying. Intentionally get together once a week to pray for each other’s needs. Do it in person, do it by phone, do it by the interwebs…but, by all means, do it!

3. Read the same scriptures. Take time each day or each week to share a quick scripture that God has really placed on your heart – or be ready to receive a Word from one of your team-members. Then, discuss it.

4. Make it a requirement to serve. Once a month, require your team members to serve in an area of the church outside of worship arts. It can be a team effort or individual service…whichever you do…just serve!

5. Play together. Get together without the instruments and fellowship. Grow closer together as friends instead of just as musicians.

6. Let the “Team” be a part of the team. Let your team be a part of staff meetings that involve worship planning. You may find some awesome sources of creativity from within.

7. Write with your team. Take time to get together and write a new song to God. You may be surprised at the outcome.


onward…we’ve covered some fun topics so far – but some ways in which we may need to “build” may cause some tough choices. Regardless, they are choices we need to investigate if we are to build a team properly.

8. Learn to resolve issues – and learn when to trim the hedges.

Sometimes, as worship pastors and worship leaders, we turn a blind eye to conflict because we simply don’t want disharmony. Guess what – the conflict is disharmony and needs to be resolved. Learn to deal with conflict and meet the issues head-on. You are a leader for a reason – and you can’t take a back seat to troublesome issues. In the same light, you can’t simply “talk” them away by complaining to other members about the issue. Deal with the issue at first sight.

Sometimes, there are issues that have grown wildly out of control – and they usually revolve around someone who you may need to re-evaluate their ability to serve. Sometimes, for a plant to grow, you have to trim away the dead branches or trim back the hedges. Consider asking the team member to take a few months of to search their hearts before coming back to the team – or, in some severe cases, it may be time to ask the team member to step down permanently. Tough choices may be hard on a worship pastor – but essential to building a team.

9. Find your replacement. This one seems to be the hardest for most worship leaders. No one wants someone gunning for their job – but we have a need to raise future leaders that far outweighs our own comfort levels with our jobs. Try to find strengths in your team members and allow them to do more than just lead a few songs. Teach them to be a true worship leader – so that they can, then, invest in others.

We are so close to the finish line…but we’ll save the best idea for last.

And that’s where you come in.

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What is your key to a successful team? We’d love to hear your thoughts and have you share your team-building experiences. Take a moment and comment below to share with our community.

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  3. Kym McKandes says:

    One thing that I’ve found to be one of the most important worship-team building points is making devotions for the team. The entire team can become involved in the planning process, but putting together a a daily, two to four-song list, a scripture, and “Point of Thanks” for each team member. This can be a bit like your other points of praying together and reading the same scripture, however this is to ensure that each person is spending daily-time worshiping God on their own but still all on one accord.
    For instance, today’s devotion would be:

    Treasure – Tree63
    Lord You Are Good – Israel and New Breed
    To Deserve – Jonathan Stockstill
    You Won’t Relent – Brian and Jenn Johnson

    “I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten
    strings I will sing praises to you.” Psalms 144:9 (NASB)

    “Point of Thanks”
    I will thank God with all that I am and all that I have,
    for giving me the gift and talent of music and
    instrumentation. I give it back to You, God – all for Your

    Set a time that everyone goes into worship (wherever they may be) and give God the glory! When everyone on the team comes together, you feel the effects of private worship, corporately.

  4. Amy says:

    Hi there!!! 🙂
    I have been on worship teams and led worship at many different places alone, so I have a lot of experience with worship. I’m still very new at my church. I’ve only been on the worship team there for about 2 months, but today was my first Sunday as “worship leader.” The Lord recently sent our pastor out into a new season of ministry for him and his family, and we are all very excited for him. The whole worship team recently left, and that leaves… well, me. I’ve been praying about how to add to the worship team. Going slow is a definite. However, finding out if someone has a musical gift without getting hopes up, disappointing anyone, or letting on that you’re even looking for team members can be tricky. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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      Jason Whitehorn says:


      I’d love to try and see if we could help – but I want to see if we can get the whole picture here. Shall I assume that by “the whole worship team recently left” – you mean that they went with the old pastor to his new season of ministry? Do you currently have any team members or instruments? In a full setting – what does a typical setup look like for your team when you DID have a full team – and what does it look like now. I hope to hear back from you and we can certainly take a look at how to help guide you!



  5. Jeannie Story Weston says:

    Hi there,
    Thank you for your forum on worship. I have been with our church music program since its inception – almost 20 years! I have just recently been asked to take over as worship leader. Our small team age is 19-26. I am basically the team’s mom!
    I totally agree with the thought of allowing the team to be part of the planning and voicing their creativity – that’s hopefully one of the reasons they are on the team right? And I really love the idea of writing together. I have been writing songs for years.
    My question is: How do I start implementing this skill when my team does not show a lot of motivation towards that as well as our pastor is very specific about keeping with the songs that our head office church in Australia is releasing as he feels that those songs truly reflect the culture and direction of our move. I do not in any way want to be insubordinate.

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