My worship team rehearses on Thursday nights. We start in the evening after a full day for the team members and myself. To be honest, there are times where we’re all going through the motions and just want to get home. Over the past few months I’ve really felt that God was asking more of me as the leader of this time. Whether our title is worship leader, worship pastor, creative director, or whatever, it’s our job to shepherd the musicians we work with. Over the coming weeks, I’m going to be writing up some suggestions on how to really make our practice times fruitful but first we’ve gotta get through the things we need to stop doing. Here are three ways to kill your worship rehearsal:
- Don’t start on time. I get it, it’s been a long day and you’re good friends with the electric guitar player. You want to catch up with him and it’s a great conversation but by not starting on time you’re telling your team that they don’t have to worry about being prepared in a timely manner. Encourage your worship team to come early to hang out with each other. If that guitarist has a particularly large rig that he has to set up, make sure that he knows he should be ready to play at start time. Make sure you have everything you need ready to go when people start showing up. You’re always the first one there, right?
- Don’t spend time in the Word. I’m looking right at myself on this one. Don’t neglect the value of treating your worship team as a small group. Work on binding your hearts together in love for God by hearing from Him. Give members of your team the opportunity to share what God’s put on their heart. Help them grow in the knowledge of why we lead worship in the first place. Have you ever asked your worship team to simply define the word “worship?” You may be surprised by the result. Pray together and intercede on behalf of your congregation.
- Don’t worship. In Matthew 6 Jesus talks about the value of praying for the right reasons. He tells us that we should take time to get away from everyone to pray. To do it in secret. The idea is that we have to check our motives. Translate this to worship ministry and our rehearsals are really our closet time with the Lord. We’re together as a team singing out the same songs that we’ll be leading others in…but we have no audience. Pray with your team that God will soften all of your hearts through the rehearsal. Pray that He would truly be honored through the praise. There will be mistakes and technical details to go through but God doesn’t care…I promise, He doesn’t care, He wants you to worship.
Check out the next post in this series, “More Ways to Kill Your Worship Rehearsal”.