A big part of worship leading exists outside of the Sunday morning worship service.
A lot of our responsibility requires us to build healthy teams.
Teams are so important!
Because let’s be honest… without our teams, it would just be us leading worship alone in a dark room.
I’ve learned over the years that if your team culture is healthy, your worship experience will naturally be elevated in excellence, chemistry, and unity.
What are some practical ways to strive towards building healthy teams?
Meeting with your team members one on one is an incredible way to get started and establish a personal relationship, but sometimes this may be a daunting task if your team is larger or spreads out over a couple different ministries. If you can’t meet with each team member individually, try meeting with small groups at a time. Bassists and drummers one week, then a few of the production team next week. This can be a great way to connect with a few different people who may have never thought to hang out on their own, and you might even find that a lot of your team members have common interests and personality similarities. This encourages accountability and discipleship within the team as well.
On a larger scale, what we have done in the past is create events that inspire unity outside of a weekend at church. We call these “Team Nights”. Team Nights are great opportunities to play a game (do this always), enjoy dinner (cater a great meal if the budget allows, have a potluck or meet at someone’s house to grill out!), cast vision (this is super important and I can write a whole separate blog post on this topic), organize workshops (these are great ways to train and develop volunteers) and worship together with no pressure to pull off a perfect service. Be creative! This can do wonders for your team, and it’s a lot of fun!
Another idea may be for you to get your team together once a month for breakfast. This can be at a restaurant, your church, or even your house! Anywhere you can gather with your team. I’m always surprised by how many people on our team carve an hour or two to meet super early for a chance to share a meal with friends. Offer to buy coffee for the first two or three team members that arrive as incentive and use that time to ask simple questions for growth in your team. Leave the big picture vision information for Team Nights!
Healthy teams are a family. Families need time to be together and grow in relationship. If that only happens on Sundays we are missing it! These are little things that add up over time to create unity in a team. You as a worship leader are responsible for making sure your team’s health is a priority!
It’s always worth the effort.