Leadership

Creating A Culture Of Honor - Part 2

Last year I had the opportunity to share some of the revelation that God was showing us regarding creating a culture of honor. (Scroll down to view Part 1). As we step into a new year, we wanted to bring attention back to this topic in order to dig in a little deeper. As we consider this topic again, I pray that we will allow God to evaluate and transform us in this area of thinking, as He reveals more of the fullness of His will for our relationships with one another. 

As we first examined the concepts of Biblical honor, we learned that honor is having “this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) It is having the same love, thoughts, behaviors and actions toward others as Christ has for us. In light of this, honor should be the foundation for how we form our actions, words, thoughts and decisions in our relationships. Seeing others through the lens of honor requires an entire mindset shift about the position we hold in relationship to one another and the kingdom of heaven. Receiving and understanding the position of honor that God has granted us is necessary before we are able to give the same honor away. And when we actually do fully receive the position of honor that God has granted us through His Son, everything is touched by it’s effects.  

If you are a born-again believer in Christ, I want to continue by reminding you of a few things. You have been given a brand new identity. (2 Cor. 2:17) You are no longer dead in sin, you are now alive in Christ. (Col. 1:13) You are no longer bound to sin, you are free from it. (Rom. 6:6) You are no longer a mere man or woman - living for yourself; You are a chosen ambassador for the kingdom of heaven on the earth - His life living through you. (2 Cor. 5:20) I remind you of these things because we will never be able to stand in our true identity and purpose unless we first know and receive them from God.

As the body of Christ, we are the glory (or expressed knowledge) of God on the earth. When God originally created man, He put His very life (breath) in man. We were designed to be an exact reflection of His heart and kingdom on the earth. Man’s sin marred this image, but when Christ took sin upon Himself and overcame death, He restored God’s image back to those who put their faith in Him. These truths help us to understand WHY honor must be a foundational practice and mindset in all of our relationships. Loving one another through honor is a primary desire of God’s heart for His people because it is a natural reflection of Him. The cultures we develop at our churches, homes, friendships, on our twitter feeds or trips to the grocery store are to literally mirror heaven, as His life is lived through us. 

Colossians 2:6-7 says “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” I want us to take this passage to heart and respond in obedience in this area of loving one another through honor. Will you join me in purposing to develop a culture of honor in the relationships around you? If so, it is going to take intention, faith and surrender.  

Intention:

Actively pursue the knowledge of God and His kingdom by studying His Word and spending time talking with and listening to Him. If we are to reflect His heart, we must know and understand it!  

Faith:

By faith, put on the new image we have been gifted through Christ. Choose to believe that you are appointed, able, and purposed for the giving of His kingdom to the world. Receive His love for you so that you can give it away to those around you in like manner.

Surrender:

As we walk by faith, we allow His life to be lived through us. Enjoy the miraculous grace that comes from swift obedience to God’s promptings in your heart and mind concerning your thinking, speech and actions toward others. Continually surrender your own life to His life in you. 

The process of learning about Biblical honor has taught me that I still have a lot to learn, but I know that just means that there is freedom ahead! My mind is in need of renewal, therefore I have learned to continue in the pursuit of understanding while Holy Spirit is transforming me. Will you join me?

We would love to hear what God is speaking to you in this area. Please let us know what He is showing you and how you are applying it in your own life!

 

Jessica Busboom is the Director of Oceans Edge School of Worship, and the Worship Leader for Eikon, both ministries of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. She is an amazing wife, friend, sister, daughter, and mentor to many. 

Soul-Keeping In Ministry

Mark 6

He was surrounded by a large crowd of people, and Jesus sent them all away. He turned them back. The sick, the hurting, the hungry, and the needy were turned away from the Savior and sent back to where they were from. This doesn’t sound like my Lord, is this really in the Bible? Why would Jesus do that?

There are some weeks that seem to end only a moment after they’ve started. The time in a day flies by, and it’s easy to feel as if only a portion of what needed to be done has been accomplished. And while responsibilities need to be maintained, the people in our community have countless needs that still haven’t been met. There are lost, broken, discouraged, and lonely people yearning for community. There are young believers waiting to be mentored. Add into that equation the invitations to get-togethers, parties, catch-ups, and Bible-studies that make their way onto the calendar. Amidst all of these things, we somehow find the time to eat and sleep, but tending to the human soul is often the area that is overlooked. That’s because the warning signs of an unhealthy soul are often hard to detect, but a soul unkept will lead to a life ineffective for the work of the Gospel. 

Jesus said Himself in Matthew 20 that He came "to serve and give His life as a ransom for many." His purpose on this planet was to give Himself away. But our Lord knew that without a healthy soul, He would be ineffective in His mission. All throughout the Gospel, we see Jesus stepping away from the masses in order to spend time with His Father, rest, and prepare for the next opportunity to minister. Though His heart for the people was perfect and unconditionally loving (something we can’t say about ourselves!), the greatest act of love He could offer them at the time was to say no, for a better yes at a later time.

1. Every time we say “yes” to one thing, we say “no” to another.

For some people, it’s just hard to say no. We like to give, offer ourselves, and be available at any moment. But for every yes, there is a no. An effective worker for the kingdom of God isn’t someone who fills every hour of the day. Though a busy day leaves me feeling accomplished, a healthy and successful ministry is not about squeezing into every moment an action or interaction. Jesus had relationship with His Father and listened to Him. He is faithful to tell us when to commit, and when to decline for the sake of doing the better thing. In Luke 10, Mary was found at the feet of Jesus, worshipping Him. But the Word says that Martha was “distracted with much serving.” Oh how such a good thing can keep us from the best thing. When we serve the Lord and one another, we reflect His heart. But don’t miss God’s call to step away and refuel when He calls you.

2. Just because you’re filling a need, doesn’t mean you’re filling it the right way.

Offering an unhealthy “you" could be robbing someone of the ministry God has prepared for them. When I’ve neglected my time with the Lord and my moments of rest, I’m much more prone to dropping all those fruits of the Spirit. Peace leaves first. Patience quickly follows. And joy jumps ship like a coward soon after. I’m more prone to answer back in frustration, lose the love of what I get to do, and grow weary in the process. Though I’m present for the need, I’m filling it with a leaky bucket. Washing a car with dirty water may make it wet, but it certainly won’t end up clean. Take time to allow Jesus to switch out your filter and wash you in the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26). 

3. You cannot advertise a cure to something that you yourself are dying from.

When we minister to those around us, we preach a Jesus that makes our yokes easy and our burdens light. We sing songs of healing, peace, and rest. And perhaps the people that need to sing those songs the most are us! I wouldn’t accept cleanliness tips from someone that doesn’t bathe. And I wouldn’t take financial advice from someone who’s broke. Our message of rest is hypocritical and loses value when the message hasn’t even done its work in us. A worship leader, pastor, or ministry worker who doesn’t take care of their soul is a classic example of the blind leading the blind. You’ll certainly lead them somewhere, but not every destination is a green pasture by still water. You cannot bring someone somewhere that you haven’t been. How can we advertise a cure to something when we haven’t truly found it ourselves? 

How are you at soul-keeping? The Lord may be calling you to do less for the sake of the better thing. He truly cares for your soul. The Messiah-complex of “saving everyone who needs help,” will only mislead people, and burn you out. Plus, if the Messiah himself needed to retreat from the masses in order to spend time with His Father and be renewed for future ministry, then it seems as if we need it as well. Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep up appearances, fulfill man’s expectations, and finish our own daunting checklist. Drop the appearances, let go of those expectations, and let the Lord tell you what the day holds.

 

Bobby Bemis is the Fort Lauderdale Campus Worship Leader here at Calvary Chapel. Bobby is an incredible songwriter, singer and musician, teacher of the Word, and worship leader. He also loves ice cream!

Balancing Home Life With Ministry Life

Have you ever noticed something out of order? Maybe it’s not alphabetical, or not color-coded in the right way - whatever it is, it sticks out because it’s not ordered correctly.

God has a created order for us, and it’s good. We can trust it and rest in it. That doesn’t mean there is not going to be tension, but in the tension we can understand our priorities in the areas God has blessed us.

If you have a family and are blessed to be a leader serving others, you know the tension of leading your marriage and family well, and leading a ministry area or non-profit well. The beauty is in the pursuit of balance. Our home life and ministry life are not enemies, and don’t have to be at war with one another, but we are stewards of both, and at times one may require more attention than the other.   

Balance is a constant struggle, and sometimes feels like an unattainable goal. So instead of balance, look for health. God has set our marriage above all other earthly relationships, and our relationship with our kids next. Scripture tells us to look for and empower men and women who have healthy homes and marriages. When a family is right in their relationships, we can trust those same leaders to steward health in the family of God.

Problems arise when we treat home and ministry as independent entities, when they should be intertwined. If our spouses and children are bought into the mission of the ministry, they will embrace the community of the Church and that creates relational health! But if home isn’t right, and leaders continue to serve the church, they are careening down a path towards a destroyed home and marriage. If I’m not first serving my spouse and then my kids, how can I serve the Church-the very Bride of Christ?

I’ve created a short list of questions to ask yourself if there is health at home. Honest responses will show you where God is calling for growth, repentance or change!

  1. Am I, my spouse and children personally connected to Christ through His Word, through prayer and the Spirit?
  2. Is my home under the covering of God through my local church? In other words, do we sit under the teaching of a pastor’s pulpit, embrace the accountability in community and submit ourselves to pastoral authority?
  3. If you asked my spouse or kids where they ranked in importance compared to the ministry, what would they answer?  
  4. Who gets your best? Home or ministry?
  5. When I’m home, am I fully present or am I disconnected from my family while being around them?
  6. If there’s a conflict of time or attention, who usually wins? Home or ministry?

I pray that you would hear the voice of the Lord in these questions - His heart for us is health and wholeness. He doesn’t call us to sacrifice our marriages and kids on the altar of the Church. He wants our marriages and families to be healthy, so we can serve others and be an example to the believers in Word and deed!

 

Andrew Wooddell serves as the Worship Pastor of Calvary Music and Executive Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship. He is an excellent musician, and a loving husband and father. Learn more about Andrew.

What To Do When Your Church Is Not Responding

Picture this; you, the Worship Leader have spent hours planning and praying through your worship set to make sure you have the right songs for your church in the right keys for your team. From there, you’ve spent even more time rehearsing with your band to get all the transitions and other seemingly minor but essential details squared away. But now you’re walking off the stage after worship asking yourself, “What just happened? Why wasn’t anyone singing? I didn’t even do a new song!”

I believe we can all identify with this situation. We've all been there! And if you are like me, you instantly question everything you thought you knew; your gifting, your calling, etc. But I have good news for all of us, it doesn’t have to stay like this.

I believe that participation in church comes from, and is dependent upon, the health of the relationship between a church and its worship leader(s). And just like a relationship between a close friend or a spouse, a healthy relationship only comes from meaningful conversation and intentional time spent with one another. In other words, you need to know a person and be known by that person for a healthy relationship to exist. So that means, participation from your congregation starts in the hallway, the fellowship hall, or wherever it is that the church is together and interacting with one another. Without meaningful conversation with your church body, you cannot fully lead them.

Now, I understand that this can be a daunting concept. Whether you lead worship at a church of 15 people or 15,000 people, initiating intentional conversation can be difficult. Let’s be real, the numbers can scare us! If you’re an introvert like me, you might be asking yourself, “How am I supposed to have meaningful relationships with everyone in my church?!” The answer: one at a time.

North Point Pastor Andy Stanley puts it this way, "Do for one what you wish you could do for many." The weekly challenge I have set for myself is to have one new intentional conversation a weekend. As each week goes by, I continue building relationship with those I have previously met while also being intentional to meet another person. By doing this I put aside the overwhelming and impractical pressure to meet everyone in a given weekend.

Now, I’m not saying that you need to go and spill your guts to every member of your church (that can come off as insincere and a little needy), but you do need to have conversations that go beyond the small talk that we often find ourselves defaulting to. A few ways to do this are:

1)   Keep the conversation moving! Ask questions that warrant more than a “yes” or “no” answer.

2)   Keep it specific! Ask them about their passions. What do they like?

3)   Listen first, speak second. No matter how awkward it may feel, don’t make the conversation about you.

4)   Give them your undivided attention! Make eye contact. Put away your phone! This shows that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say!

One thing that I have found to be beneficial in this journey is to include my team in it too. In doing this, we as a team are capable of meeting and loving on more people than any one person ever could. Every once in a while, we have a couple people in the green room share who they have met from the congregation recently, and they share something they learned about that person. We then get to celebrate the things God is doing in our church together.

Know that none of this happens overnight. We need to remember that in ministry, we’re playing the “long game”. We’re not looking for the shallow relationships that come from quick temporary results, but rather, we are holding out for healthy and lasting relationships that in time will stretch far beyond the four walls of the church.

God has placed you both physically and geographically where you are to love His people. No one else is exactly where you are, and no one has greater potential to influence the people God has put in your church. Let’s love His church well! Let a unified and involved worship experience be the byproduct of a church that loves each other well.

 

 

Zach Reynolds is the Worship Leader at the Calvary Boynton Beach Campus. Zach is an excellent leader, husband to Jennie, musician, songwriter, and he also teaches at Ocean's Edge School of Worship. Follow Zach on Twitter.

 

 

10 Leadership Quotes

We all need a little encouragement to keep us moving forward. It's easy to feel like we're in the struggle of pursuing our goals and dreams alone, especially leaders. Proverbs 12:25 says, "Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." In the spirit of encouragement, here are 10 leadership quotes to inspire you and help you be a better leader:

1. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” –Harry Truman

2. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.” –Colin Powell

3. “As leaders, we must be open to evaluation and have a constant commitment to improvement. We should not be afraid of the results of our efforts, or resistant to the instruction of others. Leaders are not lone-rangers.” –Christine Caine

4. "In leadership, success is succession. If someone coming along behind me is not able to take what I have offered and build on it, then I have failed in my responsibility to the next generation." –Andy Stanley

5. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams

6. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." –Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady

7. "Most leaders are trying to figure out the right strategy. The best leaders are obsessed with empowering the right people.” —Craig Groeschel

8. “Leaders who constantly imitate rarely innovate.” —Carey Niewhof

9. "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." —Warren G. Bennis

10. "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." —John Maxwell

An extra one just because...

“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado


Zach Reynolds is the worship leader at the Calvary Boynton Beach campus. Zach is an excellent leader, musician, and songwriter, and he often teaches at Ocean's Edge School of Worship. Follow Zach on Twitter.

Building A Positive Culture

“Culture” is one of those buzzwords in the modern church. It can often be seen hanging around its besties: “love on somebody,” “season,” and my personal favorite, “doing life together.” We throw it around like a hot potato, and it can sometimes seem like the meaning is all but lost as it drops further and further into the abyss that is evangelical jargon. Nevertheless, positive culture is critical in fostering a healthy team dynamic.

In all reality, positive culture is a necessary element of building a healthy, invested team in any setting. I like to define culture as the shared language and attitude of your team. In its most potent form, culture is the flavor behind your conversations as a team, and it determines the attitudes regarding the everyday situations that arise as you work together. A culture of negativity generally makes attempts at encouraging conversations less effective, and difficult conversations more challenging. 

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A key to building good culture is identifying weaknesses in your team’s morale, and replacing the discouraging with the constructive. Culture is built by what we allow, both in speech and in action. Jesus was great at calling out attitudes that contradicted His way of living. In Luke 9:37, he calls His disciples an “unbelieving generation” for their lack of faith in casting out demons. He then proceeds to cast out the demons and confidently carry on… well, doing Jesus stuff! It was as if to say, “in our cadre, we believe and we trust in the Father.” Later, these same disciples who were rebuked went on to perform and believe incredible miracles through the Holy Spirit.

For us today, this often looks like calling out mentalities that contradict our desired culture. Often, people come off stage after a worship set and the very first thing they do is self-deprecate. “I totally botched that transition.” “I played some real stinkers on that one.” I’ve found that this is a form of subconscious apology, and a lack of focus as to what the goal actually is for a time of worship. So, instead of allowing this kind of speech with a “that’s okay,” I have made a conscious decision to divert the focus to what the Lord did through that time of worship or what He spoke to me. The beauty of a distinctive culture is that over time, contrary attitudes tend to protrude like sour notes. 

In a strong culture of encouragement, self-deprecating remarks (that musicians often seem to make) seem uncomfortable and unwelcome. This is not to say that we want to create protocol droids that do not speak their minds; rather, we want to create teams that echo the words and attitudes of Jesus in their conversations. In my team today, I can safely say that for the most part, people have started coming off the stage primarily with encouragement for each other and with excitement for what God did. In those little moments, you have huge opportunities to lead your team.

In what areas do you feel your team could use some more constructive or uplifting culture? How can you steer conversations and attitudes to further point to Jesus?  


Vagner Lage is our Plantation campus Worship Leader. He graduated from Southeastern University and is an avid fútbol fan, a great musician, husband, and friend. Follow him on Twitter.

My Internship With Calvary Music

Last summer, we had four interns serve with our ministry. Today's post is a reflection on what Claudia, one of our interns, learned during her time leading worship and working with us!

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Coming to a new church and a new culture of worship, it was only 10 months ago that I placed in-ear monitors in my ear to hear the click hit back and forth like a ping-pong match. I’ve never heard of multi tracks (loops), or “click”. or the idea that a big giant monitor wasn’t going to be on the floor in front of me. All of this was new to me. Growing up in a church where the majority of our services were unplugged was what was familiar to me. But through this new experience, I came to realize the purpose of it all. This was an example of Colossians 3:23-24:

            “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

It didn’t take me long to see how excellence is something Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale strives for as a community. After I completed my first year at Ocean’s Edge School of Worship, I got the opportunity to intern for the worship ministry. I have had the opportunity to join the worship team and see how God uses different and unique leaders to further His Kingdom.

This ministry works hard by using their gifts and working wholeheartedly. For this community, ministry is a lifestyle–a lifestyle devoted to God and committed to the obedience He calls for us to continue in (James 1:25). Not only has God showed me this through the internship, but He is also showing me that when a leader leads their team in diligent practice, it leaves room for more freedom in their worship.

It was through my experience leading at Calvary Chapel Boynton’s Night of Worship, that I got to partake in one of the most freeing worship nights of my life! I walked into the evening a nervous wreck. Thankfully, the Campus Worship Leader, Zach, told us that tonight was about freely worshiping our God. As I put my in-ears in, there was no click or loops. I realized that because the team had spent time practicing and leading together, we could go off click, and we could trust each other. If we felt led to sing another chorus or speak words for the church, we could!

I learned that the balance of both structure and freedom is essential to ministry. Through hard work and devotion to God, there is freedom in knowing that the Spirit leads. (2 Corinthians 3:17)                                             
TAKEAWAYS: Challenge yourself by practicing and working hard, but know that these things are done not for men, but for the Lord! Trust in him, and place trust in your team, so that you can let the spirit lead and you can experience freedom in your worship.


Claudia Isacc is now a second year student at Ocean's Edge School of Worship and continues to serve with the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale worship community. 

How To Plan A Set List

One of my favorite aspects of being a worship leader is planning and programming set lists. It’s where creativity kicks in, and we find ourselves dreaming of new songs, great transitions, powerful moments, and a joyful response to the Lord! 

Types of Songs

Each congregation is unique in the songs they connect with, but every worship leader faces the constant challenge to choose songs that are engaging, align with the teaching, and are, most importantly, true. The best metaphor I’ve heard to describe types of songs was to think of them as plants. Different plants have different lifespans, but they are all a part of God’s created order. Each one has purpose and is used to bring glory to the Lord in it’s own way. So, I like to think of songs in plant-type categories:

•    Annuals - Great songs that have a short season (1-2 years).  They aren’t shallow, the church connects with them, but they don’t have longevity at your church. (“This is Amazing Grace,” for us, could potentially sit in this category).
•    Perennials - These songs have a longer season (3-10 years).  More life, sometimes more depth, or containing a truth that people connect with. (Here I Am to Worship, Blessed Be Your Name, How Great is Our God, 10,000 Reasons).
•    Oak Trees - (10-50 years). These are longer lasting songs for your community. They might be seen by the younger generation as “oldies” but, in my opinion, these songs allow every generation to enter in and worship the Lord (In Christ Alone, I Love You Lord, Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful, You Are My King).
•    Redwoods - (50+ years).  Songs that last for generations, speaking of truths and hope in a way that transcends cultures and styles.  (Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, and Great is Thy Faithfulness).

A Balanced Diet

When you introduce or write a song, sometimes you know which type of song it will become, but often you don’t. What’s important is that you offer your congregation a “balanced diet” (or garden, I suppose) for them to participate in as they worship the Lord. The Word calls us to “sing a new song to the Lord,” but we also value the other songs in our church’s history, and we want to sing those as well. 

At Calvary, we look at a month’s worth of services and try to plan for 1-2 new songs, and also 1-2 Oak Tree/Redwood type songs. Often we use new arrangements of older songs so the timeless truths have new creative life.

Feedback

Your congregation, if they’re like ours, will let you know what they think of your choices! You’ll always get people that ask for more annuals (“let’s sing more new songs”), and others that ask for more Redwoods (“too many new songs, I just want to close my eyes and worship the Lord”). The journey to plan balanced and engaging set lists is incredibly rewarding, but it takes constant evaluation and a servant’s heart to lay aside what you want for what the church needs.  

Worship leaders, ask yourself these questions today:

•    How am I balancing new songs (Ps. 33:3) and those older, timeless songs?
•    What feedback am I getting from those around me, and is there any truth to it?
•    Do I feel pressure to always do new, perhaps at the cost of missing out on the great songs of past generations? Or vice versa?
•    Am I stuck singing too many Redwoods, and need to bring more new songs to my church?
•    Is there an Annual or Perennial song that has outlasted its life, and is it time to remove it?

And finally, always remember:  We get the privilege to choose the words and songs that our people sing to Jesus!


Andrew Wooddell serves as the Worship Pastor and Executive Director of Ocean's Edge School of Worship. He is an excellent musician, and a loving husband and father. Learn more about Andrew.

Training Musicians

As a worship leader, training up musicians and other worship leaders is a centerpiece of my role. Training musicians is necessary in order to have a thriving, sustainable worship experience at your church. But I would venture to say that as Christians, that should only be part of the motivation for raising the talent level and excellence of our worship teams. The beauty in my platform as a worship leader is that I get to develop people. So often we view developing great musicians as the end goal. Having excellent bands is not enough for us to count ourselves as successful worship leaders. I think that training musicians is actually just a means, whose end is discipleship. I’d like to offer what I think are some practical steps to make that vision of discipleship come to life.

1. Spend time with your team outside of service and rehearsals.

This should be of utmost priority to anyone in a leadership position. If you position yourself as a leader who spends time with people “offstage”, they are much more prone to value your opinions and respect your decisions. It builds trust between you and your team. In everything from Paul and Timothy to Obi Wan and Luke, the value of organic relationships in a leadership role can be clearly seen and appreciated! Everything else is secondary.

2. Do away with chord charts during services. 

Not even cheat sheets. When I used to lead in youth ministry (where I dealt with mostly inexperienced musicians), I found that chord charts and cheat sheets were a huge hindrance. When your musicians are relying on these tools, they aren’t allowing themselves to actively memorize the music, thus obstructing their perspectives on good musicianship. When I began to take these pieces of paper from them, they realized that they had to understand the guts of the song -- the chords, the rises and falls, the subtleties. I watched them participate in making the music, which is the quickest way that anyone can learn. 

3. Provide them with everything they need to succeed.

Set your team up for success! If you are doing an arrangement differently from the MP3, take the time to cut the MP3 to flow how you will be performing it. Provide chord charts with as many notes as possible for rehearsal. And for the love of all that is good and holy, please communicate often! So many times we blame our team members for mistakes that we could easily fix with consistent communication. Are you doing every single thing you can in order to ensure that your team is well equipped? This can transform a team member who has great potential and willingness into a beastly musician with a heart for your worship experience. 

4. Give them freedom.

I say this with a caveat; you must trust the musician in question. If you’re dealing with a player you feel comfortable with, don’t be afraid to let him or her try that guitar line that doesn’t necessarily suit your preference. Let your drummer do a jazzy fill every once in a while, even if it isn’t something you would choose to do. Giving your team freedom of expression (as long as it doesn’t hinder your overall vision for the songs) is a great way to continue to build trust, and to get your musicians thinking outside the box. 

Hopefully these steps serve as practical reminders for you as a worship leader or band director. Remember to always build genuine relationships with your team members, and to love them well. Happy team building!


Vagner is our Plantation Campus Worship Leader. He leads with passion and loves creating an atmosphere in worship that empowers people to meet with God. Learn more about Vagner.