If you have worship team rehearsal every week, you are in great company. However, have you ever considered streamlining the rehearsal process so you do not have to have it every week?
Our society is busy. Whether this is right or wrong, it is simply a fact that almost everyone on your worship team has an overwhelming schedule.
Between work, parenting, housework and everything else that life brings, time has become the most precious commodity we have.
And, to lead the way of a simpler schedule, I have practically eliminated mid-week rehearsal for my worship team. Don’t get me wrong, we still rehearse mid-week, just not every week.
Let me outline my strategy so you can get an idea of how this works.
To preface, you should know that I plan and send out Sunday's set list the Monday before. This keeps me focused on the week at hand. I do not have to think about next week until I am actually in next week.
I am not saying that advanced planning is a bad thing. But, if it stresses you out, I recommend giving the ‘one week at a time’ approach a shot.
The only time we have a mid-week rehearsal is when we are introducing a new song, which is once per month (on average). Otherwise, we only have a 1.5 hour pre-service rehearsal.
You may be thinking, “So…you do have a weekly rehearsal. It is just on Sunday…”, and you are right. But, if you are like most worship teams, you have pre-service rehearsal on top of your weekly rehearsal.
If your pre-service rehearsal is currently short, you may have to extend it a bit to make this work, but if you are eliminating mid-week rehearsal, I know your worship team won’t mind.
Eliminating mid-week rehearsal will save your team 2+ hours every week. This is time that can be spent with their family or simply relaxing after a long work day. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?
Eliminating weekly rehearsal will only work if you have a team who understands they should come prepared. Rehearsals are not a time for musicians to learn their part, but a time for all parts to come together.
If your worship team members consistently show up unprepared, you must first take care of this problem before eliminating weekly rehearsals.
Who knows, maybe mentioning that weekly rehearsals can be eliminated if they come prepared will serve as a good motivator.
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