The role of teams in the church, and working together, is always been fundamental for any ministry, and it will be even more important as time goes on. The time of the great preacher, evangelist, apostle, prophet, and leader is gone, and this should reflect in our teams too. Building a worship team is vital, and having a good foundation is the only way to have a strong group that will turn its potential into long term fruit.
Let’s discuss the things that are key to building a solid team such as finding purpose and direction.
Why it’s important to have a good team
As I said in the introduction, I believe the time of the big leaders has finished. I honestly think that God intended for all of us to be a part of His work as we see in Ephesians 4:14-15
- 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (New Kings James Version NKJV).
Within a church context, I have never been a fan of the great worship artist who has a band and does concerts where he is the only one leading. There is nothing wrong with being an artist and having a proper band that tours and performs live concerts, but I don’t think worship teams should function like that within a church service context. Whatever instrument we play we should be supportive of whoever is leading and be good followers. We know that each one of us has a role, but at the same time, we should be able to take initiative and lead with our instrument.
God uses a body, and a team is a small representation of it. If we do not give space to the band to move with freedom, we are missing some of the potentials that God has given to the group. Building a worship team where all the members are able to follow what the Holy Spirit is saying and then express it with their instrument makes a big difference.
In order to fulfill this goal, it’s necessary to invest in people and build trust which is the base of any healthy relationship.
Having a vision
Where there is a vision there is life, and without vision, people perish (Proverbs 29:18).
Before building a worship team, we need to know where we want to go. If God has placed a dream in our hearts it’s important that we know clearly why we are making the sacrifice and what we are committing to. If we do not have a vision yet, we can ask God for one, which is how it should be done anyway. 😉
By the way, just the fact that there is a desire for building a worship team is already a vision. If this is the case, I would suggest spending time in prayer and asking God to give some details about the characteristics of our particular team. The role of any worship team will be to lead people into the presence of God, but it’s also good to know what distinguishes our team from all the others. We should be aware of our strengths, for example:
- Are we good at leading intercession times, doing spiritual battle?
- Is our heart for evangelism?
- Are we strong in the prophetic?
In this way, we can define what our journey will look like, and it will be clear to anyone who wants to join in that vision.
How do we start?
Teams are made of people and people are tied together through relationships. We can have the best vision with the best purpose, but without relationships, nothing will work.
I believe the best way to build a worship team, or any kind of team, is at the table (maybe because I’m Italian). I suggest creating a space where people can get to know each other and have space to share what they think and what’s in their hearts.
If people feel involved and see that what they have to give is appreciated, it will be easy for them to commit and work for the vision. Instead, if there is no space for initiative people will feel restrained and will probably not want to be a part of what is going on since the message they are receiving is that they are not a part of the creative process.
Creating a team is not dragging people to follow our vision!
In a healthy team, as we have read in Ephesians, everyone is involved in the growth of the ministry and each member brings flavor and color to the big picture. Also, as much as possible, I would try to incorporate all the five ministries (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher) to balance out the team. It is rare to have all of these present in our team, but, as much as we can, it’s good to incorporate the full body characteristics.
With the worship team, I don’t only mean the musicians, but whoever is working for the success of the ministry.
People are attracted to a vision
I believe there is nothing more attractive than a Godly vision. I love challenges. I love adventure, and I love stories with good endings. Why am I mentioning stories and adventures? God has designed us to fill the earth and to rule it. This is why there is an adventurous spirit among humankind. This is why we love stories that have a good ending. It has all been written inside of us, and we are attracted to it. This is why little boys want to conquer the world and little girls want to be princesses.
Having a Godly inspired vision is vital in building a worship team. Also, God, Himself puts desires in the hearts of people so that they become attracted to the vision He gives to them. It’s like having magnets inside our hearts that attract us to the call that God has placed on our life.
People commit to things that are attractive and that they are attracted to. This does not mean we need to make an effort in trying to make things look cool in order to have people join us. This is fake and will ultimately disappoint people. Instead, if the vision is from God, it will bring life and enthusiasm since it will be led by real passion.
Building a worship team – Be a servant leader
The main characteristic of a leader is to be a servant. Jesus said, “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant”. (Mark 10:43).
To be a servant leader means to champion people in their calling. In order to do this, we need to love and take care of people. When we invite someone to join our team, we are inviting them on a journey. We will share challenges and struggles together, and at the same time, we will share beautiful moments full of love and joy.
Building a worship team can be challenging since people who want to be part of this kind of ministry tend to be very sensitive and worship ministry, in general, faces a lot of pressure due to the devil trying to create division and hurt.
Being a servant leader means taking care of the team members — supporting them, encouraging them, championing them and facilitating their growth.
This is a big topic. Many books have been written on leadership, but the key point that every leader must constantly remember is: “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME”. As leaders, we need to depend on God. We give our best and God does the rest. We are NOT superheroes. 😉
As long as we love people, they will follow us and trust us also in difficult times. Challenges actually have the ability to reinforce unity and build trust.
One last thing to remember is that we shouldn’t copy other leaders. We need to know our identity and be who we are, in our strengths and weaknesses, knowing that we can’t do everything and that all of the members have great value.
For some of us, being a leader can look scary, but if God calls us He will also give us the grace to make mistakes and to learn. Leadership is a great school of life.
Building a worship team and being a leader is a calling from God. I have often seen people put in a place of leadership simply because there was a need. Worship ministry, like any ministry, must be led by passion for God and for His kingdom. Love is a fire that must be fed and passion is the result of it.
A ministry without passion is like a fire without heat; it consumes energy but without giving warmth or pleasure.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below.
God bless you so much in all that you do,