Hebrews 12:14 says, “Try to live in peace with everyone….” Look at how that verse begins with “Try”. The author of Hebrews is challenging us to live in peace with everyone. But he knows it is not an easy task to fulfill. So does David in Psalms 34:14 and Peter in 1 Peter 3:11 .So why does this task seem to be impossible in most worship teams? I hear many worship leaders, directors, pastors, and even members say, “Why can’t this team just get along and work together?” Have you asked this question? I have. Peace is a tough ”Fruit” to consistently produce. Especially in the times that we are living in. Remember that no two worship teams are exactly alike. No two people in your worship team are exactly alike. Each person comes from a different background and experience and each one has unique strengths and weakness. But we must remember that we all worship the same God. So keeping that in mind, the goal of a worship team is to come together in one mind set to provide an atmosphere of worship for the congregation to our God. So worship leaders, directors, pastors, and members how can we bring or maintain peace in our worship teams?
While in the process of assembling my second “Worship Confessional” a friend at church prompted me to put into my own words what a worship confessional is. To some people, the term doesn’t really describe the intent, so I hope that I can clear that up a bit.
Community is something we all long for. We long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, to love and to be loved, to give to others, and to receive that greatest of gifts – friendship. So what does this have to do with leading worship? An often overlooked area of worship leadership is providing an environment of community for our teams. The church is a spiritual community. Our ministry is not just to God, but also to one another as well. There is an added complexity to worship ministry as we are required to work together and at the same time to achieve a common goal – leading our church families to worship God. We are much like a sports team, all playing our positions to move the ball down the field, so to speak. We do different things, but we must do them together. Relational awareness and a deep sense of togetherness make our times of working together much more enjoyable as. When we work together in loving community we preach the Good News of Jesus Christ: “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
My daughter Celeste, who had been singing a different song, soon began to sing the same song as Rita- again, this was unconscious on both their parts. They were no more aware of the singing than they were of breathing.
There is no “maybe” in communication. It either happens or it does not. We can’t hope we communicated. we can’t wonder if we communicated. We need to be clear and absolute in getting the details across.
It is that time of year again and I am married to the money guy. Wow, how did I get here? I supervise all the tech, creative arts and worship of the church. Talk about opposites. The good news is my husband is being moved to the Membership position at church, (his true giftedness), so thank goodness this is his last year of budget oversight.
In the previous three articles we looked at reasons for establishing a songwriting community, ways to do that, and how to establish the community through regular workshops and fellowship. But if your goal is to produce new worship music for your church fellowship, then your songwriting group hasn’t arrived until it’s doing that. And it’s not going to do that in the most efficient manner until you provide clear direction and lay out a vision.
This can be as simple as saying “We need more songs about the cross” or “we need some good ‘Call to Worship’ songs and some songs of assurance.” Then you need to communicate how writers should submit songs. If you have a small church and only a couple writers, this might be an informal process. Large churches will need to come up with specific procedure, which might look something like this:
I believe those words are true and I believe that the sounds from heaven are even now filling the earth.
This is one of the definitions of Communication and how it looks in the world of biology. We all are organisms. The church often works very hard at being an organization, when in reality, it is truly and organism.