Praise and worship team training is vital in order to have an efficient ministry and foundations so we can grow, know where we are going, and know-how to get there.
I would say that any kind of success starts with realizing that there is a need. Growth comes from a desire to improve, from a feeling of being unsatisfied, having a sense of frustration, or even all of these things. Usually, we go through this process of getting frustrated when we realize that we are not where we would like to be, or when we discover that there is much more and we don’t know how to get there. Maybe we can be frustrated because we don’t know how to play an instrument. Maybe we already play in a team, but it looks like we are not moving forward. How many of us have already gone through this phase in our life or with our team? I have been through this process many times. Don’t freak out since it’s a normal process that we need to go through in order to go to the next level. No change can happen if we are in a place of satisfaction.
Having a spiritual foundation
In our praise and worship team training, we need to comprehend and have a revelation of what praise and worship are. How can we lead people where we’ve never been? Knowing the answer to this question will show how much we still have to learn or discover about praise and worship and if we’re ready to move on.
Also, we need to understand how this ministry interacts with others. For example: how do we partner with our pastor or with the intercession ministry, and how do we breakthrough in a situation where God wants to bring transformation?
Of course, God is always the One who does the job, but we partner with Him and discern how to move.
This is very important in order to achieve our goals. Some times it can be as easy as “getting out of the way” and giving space to God for Him to move.
Discerning what kind of spiritual environment we are in will basically tell us where we are and where we need to go.
Let me give an example. Let’s say the people in the congregation need encouragement; we will use songs that cover that topic and exhort the assembly.
Maybe there is a need for repentance, and so we could use songs of surrender or repentance.
If there is a time where God wants to be intimate and bring a revelation of His love, the songs we choose will match that sentiment.
In all cases, we need to follow the Holy Spirit and be sensitive to what He wants to do.
Having a vision
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Praise and worship team training is not the only thing. Having a vision is the starting point in every ministry — knowing the goal will determine the steps that are necessary in order to fulfill that vision. Vision brings life by giving a purpose to the people (in our case, our team), and it brings unity by uniting our hearts.
I would like to underline that with the team I don’t mean just the musicians, but all of the people who are working for the success of the vision. It could include sound engineers, visual artists, etc.
Having a plan will bring us to action. When we start moving, we will see our needs by realizing what we are missing; for example, training, equipment, maybe even team unity caused by lack of clarity in the vision.
Once we have a vision, set small goals. Achieving small goals is much easier than reaching big ones and will give a sense of satisfaction to everyone involved. Here are some guidelines to implement in our praise and worship team training.
- Schedule practice time: without practice, it’s very difficult to go anywhere. The practice time is where we get everybody on the same page. We plan the structure of our songs. We try out the transitions. It’s a time where you build up confidence and you get to know one another.
- Set some prayer time: every ministry needs spiritual momentum. This can only be gained by spending time in the presence of God together, listening, and praying out the needs of the team.
- Build your team: in order to have a united team, it’s very good to have times of fellowship where you can have fun, support one another, and get to know each other outside of ministry time. As an Italian, I always suggest having good food together.
- Brainstorming: after you have had times of ministry, I suggest getting together and talking about how things went, what was good, and what could be done better. Always encourage each other after times of constructive criticism.
Vision without commitment is an illusion
Not having commitment is like being hungry, having the food, but not being willing to cook it. Many times things are planned and we hear a lot of talking, but when it comes to sacrifice… OUCH 🙁 not everybody is willing to sacrifice and do what it takes.
At the same time, commitment is like a filter that will automatically extract the ones that aren’t willing to go for it. This does not mean we need to be exclusive but it is also true that sometimes we need this awareness in the team in order to achieve the vision.
Praise and worship team training — is it necessary?
When it comes to training, I’m always a big fan of it. We discover how little we know once we start to learn. The more we know the more we realize that we need to know more.
It’s good to be well equipped in all the areas involved in our ministry so that we will have the freedom to move according to God’s guidance. This is needed in our spiritual formation as well as our skill development.
I encourage you to start from where you are and with what you have. It’s true that God may not be looking for the best artist or the best technician and so on, but if we have the tools and learn how to use them better it will make life so much easier.
Today we have so many tools. We can find so much material online, and praise and worship team training is more accessible than in the past. There are articles, courses, etc, and learning is so much fun!
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please leave a comment below.
Never miss a post. Sign up for our Newsletter!