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Worship Leader Pet Pet Peeves: The Green Room

It happens at churches around the country each week. The worship team takes the congregation through a moving worship experience – and then leaves the stage to make way for the pastor. After a quick bathroom break, they gather together backstage or in a secluded room…the green room.

In the safety of the “green room” the team drinks coffee, talks about the worship set, talks about what they did over the past week, discuss sports and any other topic. It is great fellowship with the team – and the fellowship usually lasts until its time to walk on the stage for the next service – or until church is over. While it’s great fellowship for the team – it is damaging to the congregation they serve. If you fall into this practice – change it.

Make it a point to be in the service for

the sermon. If you have multiple services, sit in for just one sermon. Ultimately, there may be a message YOU need to hear. Secondary to that – if the congregation never sees that YOU actively participate in the WHOLE worship service…then how can you possibly ask them to engage in the same way?

When the service is over – make sure that you are right outside the doors of the sanctuary to greet and talk with those in attendance. They may have a word that they need to share with you – and you may just the person to pray for someone in need.

The bottom line – worship leaders need to be more than just song leaders. We need to have a pastoring nature that connects with our community. The question is – are you connecting…or camouflaging amidst the green colors in your green room?

3 thoughts on “Worship Leader Pet Pet Peeves: The Green Room”

  1. Pedro Santana says:

    Exactly right! I have seen this so many times and have been guilty of it as well. As Worship Leaders, we also have to be keenly aware of our influence on those watching us, not only on the stage but off as well, like younger or less experienced musicians who are trying to soak in anything from us that might get them to their next level.

    Thank you for saying it.

  2. Worship Guy says:

    I don’t agree with this at all! We do watch and hear the message from the green room. It is very distracting for a team of 15 to walk back into the service while the pastor is speaking and then 15 people walk back out 20 minutes later. My whole team stay close to the stage and we do hear the message every Sunday morning.
    Our church hires professional musicians and they have taken our music to a whole nutha level. Keep the green room and add some more drinks and food while you’re at it please!!!

    1. (Jason W.) says:

      I understand where you are coming from – yet I’ve seen churches transform from being active WITH the congregation. It doesn’t matter paid musicians or not. I served for 6 years as a worship leader at a mega church outside of Nashville, TN – paid folks and unpaid folks. Professional musicians who were playing for Martina McBride, Steven Curtis Chapman, Hawk Nelson, Etc…and in each Sunday…we made sure that we were OUT of the green room in at least one service…and out front to greet and engage with people after each service. It makes a huge difference.

      My article is simply to say “you shouldn’t be tucked away in a green room and NEVER seen by the congregation on a given Sunday other than the time you are on stage/platform.

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