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Worship Auditions: Saying “No”

We’ve all faced rejected of some sort during our lives – so it is no surprise that we don’t like having to issue rejection to someone else…especially when that rejection comes in the form of telling someone that they are not cut out for the worship team.  So, what do you do when an individual desires to be on your worship team that simply doesn’t fit, can’t sing, or can’t play?

In approaching this topic, I understand that there are some who feel that if a person desires to serve in a particular area of ministry – we should allow them to…regardless of their ability or skill at doing so.  I see this “right” being carried out so much to the point that it is a very common occurring in today’s worship service to simply allow a bad singer to “sing” on stage with a muted microphone or to allow a musician to play on stage without having their instrument utilized in the mix.  If you are participating in this practice – I will offer one kind word to you.

There are quite a few reasons why I disagree strongly with giving these  “false comforts” to someone whom is not cut out to serve in the capacity that they are attempting to serve.  Here are just a few.

An issue of time: If you engage in the practice of muting a bad performer – you more than likely aren’t going to tell them that.  Chances are, you spend a portion of each rehearsal allowing them to get their monitors mixed how they want – only to have every change undone when the big “mute” is done.  This wastes the time of those all around.

It is, at least, deceitful: The practice is not only deceitful to the person who feels they are contributing to the worship – but also to the congregation they appear to be serving.

It can become a distraction: Your job as a worship pastor or worship leader is to remove as many distractions as possible.  Lets assume, for a moment, that you have a singer in your midst that sings off key.  It becomes a distraction to the other singers around him or her to be able to maintain their key if they are competing with someone out of tune.

You may be limiting them from their actual calling with their spiritual gift: It is my strong belief that each person has some place within the church that they can serve and are specifically gifted to serve.  If a person is not gifted or skilled as a musician or vocalist – yet they are being utilized in that aspect…then they are being kept from opportunities to find out where they may better serve with talents they may be best fit for.

…and thats where you come in.

Don’t look at having to disclude someone from your worship team as  need to have to say “no”.  Look at it, instead, as a mission to help them say “yes”.  I know that this step is easier said than done…but it is crucial.  Explain to the would-be vocalist or musician that you simply do not feel at this time that their gifting is best fit for the worship band/vocal team and open the doors for opportunity by asking them where they have felt God stirring them to work within the church.  You may be surprised at the feedback you get.  If you don’t get usable feedback – don’t give up.  Help counsel with him/her to help them find areas of the church where they may find an interest in.  Once an area is identified – help them get plugged in.

Jason Whitehorn

Owner, Chief Visionary at got worship? Media
Jason Whitehorn is a worship leader/pastor, Christian songwriter, mentor, public speaker and Christian music promoter/publicist. Jason's articles have been published in both online and National publications and has broadcast in both radio and television - reporting and anchoring for affiliates such as ABC, CNN, and CNN Headline News. Jason is the Redemptive Arts Pastor at Grace Church in the Indianapolis-Metro area.

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