This topic of team expectations came up in our worship leader network gathering again last week. Many leaders expressed an interest in training for their teams which outline what they look for in a good worship team member. Just like me with my kids, it seems that they've shared their expectations with their team already but realize that they may get better results if their team members hear it coming from someone else.
So, here are some things I expect from our team that lets them know they're being good team members. Perhaps they are the same things you've asked of yours. If so, you're more than welcome to share these with your worship team and let them know you're not the only one and that other worship leaders look for these same qualities in their worship team members.
Here's what's expected of you as a good worship team member:
- You esteem others better than yourself and ask what you can work on to better serve the team. This means you never ask to skip a rehearsal because "you'll have it down for Sunday". Rehearsal attendance isn't always about you.
- You don't approach your participation as a way fulfill a musical "need for expression" in your life like it's a hobby that you do on the side. You're sold out to Jesus and your musical worship is an overflow of your daily time with Him.
- You take advantage of opportunities to grow and develop with other team members. If there is training or a team night offered to help you improve as a worship leader, you make every effort to be there. This includes being punctual and present for team prayer.
- Your social network habits reflect that you're seeking after God, not just selfies, social justices, cute animals, game apps, hip coffeehouses, exercise/eating habits, and funny videos.
- Your freedom and accuracy on stage shows that you've prepared musically and spiritually ahead of time.
- You stay in the worship center when you're not on stage and make every effort to meet new people in the lobby rather than huddling in the green room with your worship team peeps.
What expectations do you have for your worship team?