Can team rehearsals become worship?

Determine objectives

How much you can accomplish in your team rehearsals will depend on the skills of your team.
Is your team used to playing together? If not, they need time to develop that. If so, do they already know the songs you will be rehearsing?
Are the individual players experienced at leading worship or only on their individual instruments? One does not equal the other.
Wouldn’t you like to see your team rehearsals become worship?
Example objectives might be to:
  • prepare for the next worship event
  • learn a new song
  • play in tune
  • blend voices consistently

Plan tasks to accomplish objectives

Which songs?
When it’s time to rehearse, have your song choices completed. Consider using a theme, or the pastor’s message, but do your best to prepare ahead of time.
What instruments?
Remember your band and orchestra days? Let the music breathe. The easiest way to sound professional, even as a young band, is to practice dynamics. Have instruments tacit occasionally. It makes better use of each player and aids the worship atmosphere tremendously.
Who leads?
Is there just one leader or is that a shared role? Try some variety. Whatever you’re used to, switch it out. You may be surprised at the freshness this brings.

How do we begin and end each song?
Think it through. Communicate clearly with your band and be flexible enough to change if it’s not working.

Who starts each song?
Here’s another good thing to think about before team rehearsals. Ask your team for input if you’re not sure.

Will we memorize?
Think about removing barriers between your team and the congregation. Memorizing really helps bring you closer. Consider removing the music stands and extra paper.

What about style?
Maybe you have a song that’s starting to sound a little dated. How would it sound with a reggae accompaniment?

Transitions - who plays them?
It’s better to have music playing when someone is talking and when you switching song styles. To do it well requires communication and practice.

Learn a new song
Listen, then play from a chord chart or sheet music. Do this a few weeks ahead of when you’d like to present it for the first time in a worship event. Today there are some great services available that aid in your ability to provide fresh, new worship music to your teams.

What about vocals?
If you’re an instrumentalist this could be a tough area for you to train in. It’s a great help to have a vocal coach available with helpful and easily adaptable instruction materials.

In ideal circumstances, have the vocalists rehearse separately from the band. Put everyone together later.

Have a short devotional
Whether you do this at the beginning or the end of your rehearsal is not important. Just do it. Using the Bible, discuss a verse or idea about worship. Pray together, in pairs or assign a leader to pray for the group.

I like to do this at the beginning of team rehearsals. I also communicate any other important business at the same time. Check your calendar. What is coming up that you need to tell your team?

Communicate early and often. They will love you for it!
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