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When do you feel is the best time to rehearse? [Q&A]

When do you feel is the best time to rehearse? [Q&A]

By Julie Terwilliger on June 27, 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 #1: When do you feel is the best time to rehearse?

Answer:  There are 2 factors that must coincide for the best practice time for your team:

1. A time when all/most of the band members are available.

2. As well as a good time for the leader of the team so that they can be at their best to effectively lead & make decisions.  Avoid times that would involve rushing around, peak stress days of the week etc...  

Also consider musician arrival & set up, for example: If you say rehearsal is at 6:30, most musicians (trying to tread lightly here guys!) will arrive at 6:30 and not be ready to roll until 10-30 min later.

Ask them to arrive as early as they need to get tuned up, turned on etc. but to be ready to start at ______ time.  Let them know that this is to respect everyone's time, and that you want to honor their time.

Question #2: Where I am, we are having a hard time trying to get people to join the worship team and getting dedicated and hardworking musicians. How can we get more people involved so that we can have a worship team and a successful band?

Answer: It may take a while to find those people who will be your solid 'core' team.  I have found the following to help in seeking & building strong teams:

- First-Pray them in!  Whether starting from the ground up or replacing a member, every time God has sent someone to fill the position.  Prayer works.

- Cast the vision.  Not just to pull off a song list every week, it has to be bigger than you, bigger than your team. People want to be a part of something great & greater than themselves.

- Partner with your senior pastor to announce to the church how excited you BOTH are about worshiping & expanding the team.

- Hold an audition day.

- Don't convey neediness but create desirable opportunity.  

Neediness makes volunteers feel like they are entering into a burden, whereas a desirable opportunity is something they will attain.  Note the difference between these two announcements:

Ex 1. "Wanted: Volunteers needed to help on our worship team.  If you would please consider being a part of this fulfilling ministry..." etc.

Ex 2. "Attention Musicians! There are a few openings for band positions. We will be holding an open audition on.....please come prepared to play 1-2 songs." etc.

- Personal invitations are most effective, have some key people in the church keep their ears open and introduce prospects to the team leader.

After a while we had so many people desiring to be on the team that we had to put an application/video audition system in to help filter the multiple applicants.

I wish you the best and pray blessings as you help your ministry grow & expand!

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Julie Terwilliger

Julie Terwilliger

Julie is a business owner, designer, worship leader, and iPhoneographer. She loves Jesus, elevating others, laughing & living life to the fullest with her husband & son in Michigan.