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Do members on your worship team show up late for practice, unprepared or cancel at the last minute?

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Whatever the issue is, an uncommitted team member is extremely frustrating. They tend to make the entire team inefficient and unproductive.

It is easy to carry resentment towards those who seem uncommitted and blame the problem solely on them. However, I have found that at least part of the problem falls on the worship leader.

It is much like marriage – rarely is a marital problem the result of one person’s actions. Both parties have contributed their fair share.

Considering you cannot change someone else, lets talk about what you can change: you. Following are several things that I have found that lead to an uncommitted team.

Lack of commitment often stems from unproductive rehearsals.

Time is our most valuable asset in life. We only get a set amount, and there is no getting it back once it’s gone.

Although we don’t always treat it with the respect it deserves, we tend to resent those who waste our time.

As worship leaders, it is our responsibly to put in the time upfront to prepare for a productive rehearsal, including:

  • Sending out the set list and song materials in advance
  • Preparing our own part before rehearsal
  • Understanding what other instruments and vocalists should be doing
  • Having a plan and schedule for the rehearsal time

If the team leaves rehearsal feeling like nothing was accomplished, their time has been wasted. Instead, they could have spent time with their family, relaxing or doing something else – but, there is no going back.

Most will forgive an unproductive rehearsal here and there, but when it is a frequent occurrence, an attitude will rise up that looks a lot like a lack of commitment.

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As a worship leader, you must communicate your expectations again and again and again.

You know what they say about assuming…it makes a fool out of both parties involved. Showing up to rehearsal on time may seem like common sense to you, but someone else may not understand its value.

Coming to rehearsal prepared may also seem like something everyone should understand, but your musician may feel that volunteering only requires showing up to rehearsal, not practicing on their own time.

Bottom line, it is best not to assume anything.

Simply communicate your expectations as if they had no idea.

It is also important not to make a worship team member feel inadequate because they do not see eye-to-eye with you at first. Explain your expectations in a respectful manner. Then, when they fail to meet them, explain them again in a respectful manner.

Are you expecting too much?

Most leaders are extremely committed people – which is what makes them a leader in the first place. They expect the same thing out of their time that they expect from themselves.

Although there is nothing wrong with high expectations, it is important to take a step back, putting yourself in their shoes. Then, be realistic. The goal is to find a place that pushes them to grow but doesn’t stress them out.

You want them to enjoy what their doing while they are growing.

For example, there are worship team members who want to be involved every week, but others may not feel the same way. It is quite possible that the pressure of playing every week is just too much.

If you listen, those who don’t want to be involved every week will let you know in a round about way. Whether you have a back up for this person or not, you need to find a way to give them a week off here and there.

A desperate worship leader will run off each worship team member one-by-one.

Can the worship team sense desperation? Maybe you only have one musician for each part and it scares you to think that someone might leave the church or go on vacation for a few weeks. And you are right, both of these things will happen at some point in the future.

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I am reminded of Philippians 4:6-7: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

You have to make a choice to live by this scripture. Regardless of what happens, cling to this peace that surpasses all understanding.

Don’t get stuck in the belief that a full band is required for the Holy Spirit to move in a service. Relax… and work with what you have because a desperate and anxious leader leads to an uncommitted, unhealthy team.

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About the Author

Kade Young

Kade Young brought Collaborate Worship into existence with a dream of helping worship leaders around the world fulfill their calling with excellence. He has been leading worship since 2005, is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training College, and currently the worship leader at NoLimits Church in Owasso, Oklahoma.