10 Attributes of a Healthy Worship Team
by Jonathan Jenkins
Healthy worship team members are some of the most selfless people on the planet. They spend countless hours every week in preparation of their music parts. They have families. Most have full-time careers. They purchase music gear at their own expense that would shock the congregation if they saw the pricetag…all for God’s glory. When a worship team is healthy, it’s evident to all.
So here are 10 Attributes of a Healthy Worship Team:
1: Their Love for Each Other can be Seen...Literally. You can visually see the state of a team’s health by observing the pre-rehearsal interaction between team members; you don’t even have to hear their conversations. You can see them greet each other. Their body language says that they’re obviously glad to see each other. They help each other set up. When a worship team is healthy, it can be seen visually.
2: They Appreciate Each Other’s Gifts. If you’ve ever been on stage in the middle of a song and you hear one of your fellow team members play or sing something that’s…well…pretty awesome, you know what I’m talking about. Appreciating the gift that God has given others is not only a sign of health, but also a sign of spiritual maturity.
3: They’re Punctual and Come Prepared. When team members come to rehearsals on time and prepared by knowing their parts, they’re essentially saying, “I value each of you enough to have learned my part at home (and not waste valuable rehearsal time attempting to learn my part).” Simply put, healthy worship team members have their stuff together.
4: They Know Others are Relying on Them. There’s almost nothing better than to be on stage and hear your fellow-musicians come through on a crucial part. By the same token, your musical counterparts likewise rely on you to come through on yours.
5: They Cover Each Other. It’s happened to all of us: A guitar string breaks…someone sings a bad note…plays the wrong chord. But instead of looking at the person who erred (visually blaming), they take up the slack by singing or playing something that takes attention off of the misstep. (This is how the pros do it!)
6: They Cover Their Leaders. Scenario: The worship leader was late to rehearsal. Unhealthy teams might hypothesize why they’re late and may say less than flattering things about them in their absence. Healthy teams believe the best in their leader. The same goes for when the Pastor (seemingly) errs. The unhealthy will sow discord (one of the things the Lord hates – see Proverbs 6:16-19). The healthy believe the best and cover their leaders.
7. They Volunteer Elsewhere. Some of you may disagree with this statement, but I just don’t view being on a worship team as volunteering. I believe most parishioners would also echo this thought, as evidenced by the quantity of people lined up to be on the worship team; versus how many people are volunteering to scrub church toilets and work in kid’s ministry. To me, playing music is enjoyable. I love to play and sing. It’s not a chore, and it’s certainly not a gig.
8. Their Prayers Manifest. The pre-service prayers of unhealthy worship teams will become a mere formality. But you can feel the power when united, healthy worship teams pray together. The Spirit prays things that we wouldn’t have conjured up on our own (deliverance, healings, etc.), and they see these things come to pass, sensing a tangible presence of God during the service.
9. They Understand that the Altar Call is a Holy Moment. Hanging in the foyer drinking coffee while the sermon is preached, joking on stage, and too much stage movement during altar call are all signs of poor health. Teams who understand that someone’s eternity is at stake during altar call and realize the importance of the moment make it clear that they’re spiritually healthy.
10. They Attend Church When They’re Not Scheduled. Why do healthy worship team members attend church when they’re not scheduled? They’re behind the vision, they’re team players, they’re not on their worship team for their own glory, and they absolutely love their church and are able to selflessly support those who are scheduled when they are not.
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