Starting a Worship Team
Plan Your Team - Count the cost
Determine why you are starting a worship team. Is this something you are being asked to do? Is it worth the time and effort you are going to invest?
Refer to your church's theology of worship. If you don't have one, craft that first and get leadership approval before starting a worship team. The benefits of this approach are spiritual, emotional, and physical. Your leaders and your volunteers will serve better being united around common goals.
Follow the leader
Have you heard it said it's all about leadership? Well, it's all about leadership. The leader should be able to inspire people to put in the time and effort needed to become a musical band with vocalists and starting a worship team.
- Look for a leader who has both skill and passion for worship. . .
- who wants to grow in shepherding and serving, you can trust.
Here are some tasks and ideas to consider when starting a worship team:
- Recruit and audition instrumentalists and singers.
- Remember: first seek the right heart, then improve the art.
They might be the strongest voices in your choir. Or they might be people who haven't been singing in a group at all. The point is, sometimes, the people who seem to be the obvious choice aren't, so keep an open mind. Don't forget the importance of how a person looks - cheerful is better than glum.
The goal of group playing is to achieve a better sound than each individual can playing alone. That is also the greatest challenge of starting a worship team - to take people with various skills and talents, and get them to sound like something whole and beautiful.
I suggest all instrumentalists learn to read music. You can get started online.
Keyboard players should learn to improvise and read chord charts. They should learn to change keys using the IV over V chord connection between songs.
Guitar players should learn to not overplay, listening to bass and drums for the feel of the song. They should become comfortable in lots of keys, not just the easy ones. Click here for some help!
Bass players should compliment and support the drummer.
Drummers must learn to keep time and support the band with consistent tempo. Only use fills when time and tempo are rock-solid.
Identify musical styles that fit
Be aware that you will need to be selective regarding style and the skill level of your team. I love reggae, but we really don't play it very well. Play styles that sound good with your group and try to improve at learning new ones.
Tools have really improved over the past couple years.
Less is more, so start small, if you need to. There's nothing wrong starting with a few singers, with only a keyboard or a guitar. Keeping it simple aids worship. If your audience is not used to seeing a group of people, many will be distracted by the music if you start too big.
Collaborate to facilitate
Communicate, communicate, communicate.
If the leader is not a musician, (s)he needs to work with the best you can find. This approach takes more work, but can also be beneficial in a small church where help is especially scarce.
Imagine the pastor who has no staff. Having a worship team is still possible. Here are some suggestions.
Let your musician/leader start and rehearse the band.
Join the team during rehearsals to build flow and unity.
Meet regularly and openly with your musician/leader.
Do these things and you'll be starting a great journey of blessing God and others.
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