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Training Up New Worship Team Members (Q&A)

Training Up New Worship Team Members (Q&A)

By Jason Houtsma on May 30, 2013

This article is a part of a series we call "The Leadership Roundtable" - where a team of "leaders" take a question that was submitted and answer it here on our site so that it may help others out there that may have the same question. If you have a question you'd like to submit, contact us!

Question: (submitted via Facebook)
What is the protocol to start training new people interested in being a part of the Worship Ministry? How do you manage this at your church and how do you know if someone is ready? We are currently giving them studies about the responsibilities and what the Bible says on worship.

It’s a big deal inviting someone into your worship team family. As a leader, you not only have a responsibility to your congregation, but also to disciple those on your team. I believe so much about being on the worship team is about belonging. We welcome you, we care about you and we want to help you express your gifts for the glory of God.

Now people come from all different backgrounds and are at all different places in their journey with Christ, so it’s difficult to have a “one size fits all” approach when assimilating members into your team. There are some who have incredible heart but lack skill, while others can play any song you throw at them, but see no difference between leading and performing. We welcome both these extremes into our ministry, but they walk very different paths within them.

For those who need to improve their skill, we can give them tools and opportunities to do so. Simply saying, “Get better and come back when you are," feels more like a rejection than an invitation. We can give them access to our chord charts, suggest teachers and online resources, we can even invite them to be an “unplugged” participant at practices. This not only gives them a clear path to growth, but helps them get a picture of the skill level required to lead.

For those who have the skill but need discipleship, we can invite them to serve in less upfront roles. They can help set up the sound system. They can run overheads or help with sound mixing. Being around the team without being a leader in the team gives them an opportunity to observe your heart for worship and there are few better teachers than that. As for when you'll know that they are ready to step into a larger role? You'll just have to do some observing of your own.

-Jason Houtsma of WorshipArtistry.com

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Jason Houtsma

Jason Houtsma (Guest Writer)

Husband, Dad, Songwriter, Worship Leader, Guitar Instructor for WorshipArtistry.com and Seattle Seahawks fan.