Breaking the Brick Wall
What inspires you to take your team to new levels? It is believed that your team will only go as far as your own leadership, so what are you doing to take them higher?
When it comes to your entire team – are they really investing in themselves too?
Most worship leaders and key musicians will tell you that their team hit a plateau or a brick wall. Is this you? Let’s look at a few key points below that you can use to help elevate your leadership and development of your team.
Move Beyond the Music
What are some of the challenges in your worship team? Do they attend all rehearsals? Do they know their music? Can they play well together? Can they lead confidently?
You may not realize, but you are not alone. 90% of all churches in America struggle with these common issues. So how do you help your team get to the top 10%?
In our Worship Team Training Workshops we work with hundreds of worship teams and leaders. Each of them have their own challenges. We bring them through a curriculum that enables them to focus on pertinent issues that are relevant to their worship leading.
Example of a Workshop Session: We address five main issues over a Friday and Saturday, all taking place at their local church campus. It’s just an instructor like Branon Dempsey, Tony Guerrero and others, that work privately one-to-one with the worship team.
Additionally we custom build the workshop to look just like you – not a professional or celeb glamour show. We help you design a weekend that will explore, address and help resolve the challenges that your team encounters weekly. At our Worship Team Training Workshops, we teach the following topics:
Rehearsal Time is Not Practice Time The better you are prepared as a musician and singer, the more your team will benefit. Remember this, you are team members – not individuals waiting to try out your solo.
You are a band of brothers and sisters To help lead the family of God in worship, you are bound to each other in ministry. Value each other’s time by preparing and being ready – not being late and being unorganized.
Each of us should do our part / play your part Take responsibility. If you are slated to do a song, do your part by practicing. The worst rehearsals are those in which you have to teach people how to play music – that’s not a rehearsal, that’s called a music lesson.
Engage the Church Get out your music, a metronome and make notes. Go over those dreaded measures and lyrics, over and over again until they are right. Keep your head down and put in the sweat.
Know Your Music Better Than Facebook Ok, put down your phone and focus! Lack of team work is an overall distraction to the church / hindering the singing. Ever been in a conversation with someone while they are looking through their newsfeed and not at you.
One Team is Enough
When your worship band plays out of sync with each other, it feels the same way. Everyone is in their own world, and yet, not on the same planet with the team. This disconnectedness is also what the church feels during worship – that you’re not there.
Be one with the music, one with your team and one with the church. Contribute to the team what you practice at home. Contribute to the church what you rehearse as a band.
Play in the pocket and become unified in the groove. Don’t play/sing all at once. Learn how to stagger parts and come-in, one at a time. A good drummer should know the words of a song like a good singer. A good vocalist should also be able to know the music well enough as if they can play it themselves.
Playing and Singing as a Team
Lack of playing in time is another distraction for the church. It also distracts the vocals in carrying the lyrics. Your team needs to develop time – the inner clock – not merely memorizing tempos.
At our public and private custom workshops we stress: make your target be the message and quality of the song. The better your timing, tempo, groove, pocket and unity, the better the message will stand on it’s own.
Create a groove between the bass and drums (use a click in the headphone monitoring system), keep it controlled, have the other instruments play on top. Move out of the way and let the vocals come through.
The better your band plays in time, by each person keeping the pulse, the better the worship will be connected in the church.
One of the biggest reasons why people stop singing in church is because they get distracted from the band or inadequate audio. Common struggles for vocalists are mumbled words, mike technique issues, memorization problems as well as pitch and melody confusion. Sound familiar? But these common struggles play right into disabling the confidence of singers and leaders.
When you keep things simple as a team, you make it easier for the church to worship. Plus, you make it easier on the musicians/singers among you, causing all to worship. “My times are in your hands;” Psalm 31.15
Be courageous. Proverbs 28.1 says: “but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” God has called you to lead not to flee. Fear of the stage is natural, but learn how to turn the fear into excitement – zeal for the Lord. It’s His worship anyway right?
We are not the show; it’s not about us. So show your people who worship is really about. As a leader, you must depend on Jesus to be your trust. Confidence is the belief that you can rely on someone or something; in our case, it is the Lord: “Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God. #2Cor3.4.
Make no mistake, you are only human. You will experience the feelings of inadequacy or lack of confidence. But my friend, let this not become a barrier, but an opportunity to depend once again on God.
@BranonDempsey @worshiptt @WorshipTTU Copyright 2018 Worship Team Training® University
Bio of Author: Branon Dempsey is the founder and CEO of Worship Team Training® and Worship Team Training University. He has over twenty years of leading worship and teaching worship theology, music and songwriting for churches, a devotional writer for Bible.com Youversion and Logos Bibles, Training Partner with Yamaha Corporation of America, Shure Microphones and writer/teacher at Christian Musician Summit and Worship Musician Magazine. Branon has an M.Div in Worship Theology and Worship Arts, Bachelors of Music in Composition and Performance, and has been trained at Maranatha and Integrity Music, as well as Saddleback Church, where Rick Warren is pastor. Visit: WorshipTeamTraining.com/Workshops
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