Church size should not determine the amount of effort we put into our worship services.
Truth is, someone who leads a church of 100 has no less of a call on their life than someone who leads in a church of 10,000. We are all valuable and making a difference in our communities.
So, don't settle for mediocre - even in a small church. We should all be fully pressing in to the gifts God has placed inside of us.
Regardless of the size of your church, excellence can only be achieved if a healthy team is present. There are three things that go into creating a healthy team:
For my team, what this looks like is first an application must be completed and an audition scheduled. In the audition, I am not looking for perfection, but I am looking for natural talent. If it is not there, I help them find somewhere else in the church to serve.
For those that pass the audition process, they enter into a 90 day probationary period where I closely examine their level of commitment. Do they show up on time? Are they prepared?
If issues arise during these 90 days, it is vitally important to communicate so they have a chance to fix them. If it still doesn't work out, time to find somewhere else they can serve that doesn't require as much commitment.
I get a lot of flack for saying ‘fire volunteers’, but truth is, sometimes it’s necessary. If someone is always showing up late and unprepared, and shows no sign of improvement after addressing the issue, it’s time to cut off the dead weight. Otherwise your team will suffer.
The worship leader should always be prepared and organized. Rehearsal should always be productive and start and end on time. You should go overboard serving your team with great communication and providing all the resources they need to be effective, such as chord charts, MP3s, etc.
If you have ever worked a garden, you know how much work it is to keep plants thriving and the weeds out. None of it happens on autopilot.
It is the same with the worship team. You must continually nurture the team, and here's how:
When you employ these five things, you'll end up with a worship team that feels it is a blessing to be a part of the team, not a burden.
As a worship leader, the most you’ll get out of your team is what you expect. If you expect less, you are going to get less.
As a worship leader, the most you’ll get out of your team is what you expect. Tweet Quote
And a lot of leaders don’t expect much from their volunteers - after all, 'they are just volunteers’. But, we could easily replace this phrase with ‘they are just serving God’…which brings a whole new perspective to the issue.
We all work with volunteers, but this is no excuse for them to be lazy. It only takes one lazy team member to kill the motivation of the rest of the team. So, be very clear what is expected of every team member.
The two most important things I expect from my team members are:
When expectations aren't met, you must first examine yourself as a leader. Are you giving them the tools they need to thrive? Are you doing a good job communicating the expectation?
Then, it is time to have a one-on-one conversation where you take time to point out the things they are doing well. Then, clearly communicate what needs to be fixed and give them a chance to fix it. If things don't improve, it's time to make a change.
This post is a glimpse into my conversation with Alex Enfiedjian on the Worship Ministry Training Podcast. Be sure to listen to the full episode - you'll enjoy it!