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Building Your Worship Team (Part 4)

We’ve spent quite a bit of time here on WeLeadWorship.com 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.

Moving 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.