A key to building a united worship team is to have a clearly defined statement. This entry suggests ways to go about developing such a statement, including planning a retreat for this purpose. Start beforehand by asking the right questions of your pastor. Determine what goals the team will have in your church, and work to define team values.
United purpose and action have tremendous power. I think about that when I fly on a jet plane. Air molecules are so tiny I can’t see them. Yet if enough of them travel past the surfaces of a wing at one time, they can lift thousands of pounds off the ground! One of the first signs of good leadership is unity among the led. When there is heart-unity, we can reach any goal the Lord gives us.
Assuming we have godly people who have a call to lead worship, two important ingredients for building unity are (1) developing a clearly defined mission, with goals and objectives, strategies, and action plans; and (2) having a leader who practices the skills of team-building.
Clearly State Your Team Mission. Many worship teams develop serious problems of disunity as they increase in numbers. Very often that has less to do with disloyalty than with a missing sense of mission.
Joining a group that doesn’t have a clear mission statement is like proposing marriage on a blind date. You are committed, but you don’t know to what. Since everyone has his or her own perceptions of what a worship team ought to do, these perceptions proliferate as the group grows, and the seeds of disunity soon sprout like mushrooms after a cool rain.
On the other hand, if the worship team can clearly state its mission, objectives, philosophy of ministry, strategies, and action plans, those joining will more likely be people who are in agreement. They will probably spend most of their energies helping the group achieve its objectives instead of trying to change the group.
Better Stewardship of Resources. Churches are beginning to see the importance of defining their mission as a whole. But groups within the church also benefit from a specific statement of their particular mission. Can your worship team define its mission and how it will be accomplished? If it can, it is ready for better stewardship of its resources. It will invest itself consistently in doing things that help accomplish its mission, and there will be far less “wheel spinning” than if it has only a vague idea about supplying music for the church.
Give a Greater Sense of Value to Tasks. As groups age, they often lose the vigor and excitement of the early years. One of the reasons this happens is that every growing group has to deal with an increasing amount of “drudge work.” Take the role of the music librarian, for instance. It has little inherent glamour. The music librarian is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, retrieving, and filing the music for your worship team. He or she has to secure performance rights. When the group is young, he or she is caught up in the excitement of it all. But as the group gets older, the person realizes that the job has become repetitive. If, at this point, the librarian does not see how his or her task is accomplishing a larger mission, he or she may find reasons to leave the post.
Ask the Right Questions. How can you define your worship team’s mission? It begins with asking the right questions of the right people. Here is an outline of good procedures to follow:
How Are You Involved? What are some of the functions of a worship team? That will depend on your church. On your retreat, pool the ideas of your group based on the roles you have already filled as well as their dreams. Most of all, your team goal will be to make your distinctive contribution to the overall mission of your church.
Just to get your thinking started, you might consider the following:
As is evident just from this beginning list, there are endless possibilities for your team’s involvement.
Define Your Values. Once your pastor and you have identified the goals your team is to have, you will then need to discuss your values as a team. By values we mean the standards of conduct and professionalism that will be required of worship leaders.
Your values must reflect the values of your church. For example, if your church is casual, your team would be out of place if everyone dressed in three-piece suits and formal gowns.
Most of your values will develop from applicable Scriptures regarding what spiritual leaders are to be like. In addition, you can learn a lot from attending gatherings for worship leaders and church leaders, exchanging ideas with others who have a calling like yours.
A united worship team that shares a common vision can carry the church to the heights of communion with God. Commit yourself to learning how to build a team that is centered around a worthwhile mission.