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We will never change culture by becoming like culture. We will never change the world by becoming like the world. We must be the light of the world and let God’s Kingdom culture change our world’s culture. We start by becoming a community which engages the community around us.

 

Stay connected

The body of Christ is a family. As a worship ministry, we have an opportunity to be an example of this to others during our church services. When we realize that it’s not about us but about what God wants to do in and through us as a collective ministry, we begin to support and champion each other in our walk with God and in our development as worship leaders. An important part of being on a worship team is to allow yourself to be mentored and also to mentor others. This is one of the primary ways we grow and become a full circle Christian who trusts Jesus, honors God, and helps others. When we submit ourselves to the insight and feedback of a team member or team leader, we allow them to speak into our lives in healthy ways which can help us grow into the person God wants us to be both spiritually and musically. When we mentor others, especially those wanting to learn our craft on an instrument, we not only learn our craft better as we instruct and train but we are blessed spiritually as we help others learn and grow. Along with this, have fun! Those who play together, stay together. Being a part of a worship team and church family are opportunities to build friendships that last which will inspire, challenge, and encourage you.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Encourage Each Other

As you are involved in each others lives, remember that we are here to encourage one another and build each other up as Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 14. Community is messy and that’s ok! Get involved in each others lives anyway to help each other grow into the people God wants you to be in Christ. The church is imperfect because it’s made of imperfect people. You don’t have to be put together to be in community. In healthy community, we are admitting to God and each other where we are needing to grow and asking for help when we need it. Community is the absolute best place we can do this. Don’t wait for others to encourage you, either. Own the reality that your worship team, your church, and the people in it are your family and community. Do for them as you would want them to do for you. Encourage others and step out in faith to help them even if none is being offered you at the time. Take extreme ownership of your team and see what God does in and through you! You will notice amazing things happen in you life.

Proverbs 11:25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Encourage Your Church

Cultivating a welcoming environment is a critical component of encouraging your church, for it creates a safe environment for people to worship in. There are many ways to do this, but the first and most important component to cultivating a welcoming environment is simply to show people God’s love. 

John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

One of the best ways to do this is to get outside your comfort zone. Rather than hanging out with your worship team in the room off-stage or only talking to people you know in the lobby, make an effort to engage with those you haven’t met yet — those who might be visitors for the first time. Oftentimes people will make a decision within only the first few minutes of visiting your church whether or not they will come back and many times, they will factor in how welcome they felt. Set a goal to meet at least three new people per service. You don’t have to share your life story with them. In fact, don’t do that right off the bat; you might scare them away! Simply connect with them, sharing your name and that you’re excited they came to church. If you can remember their face and name the next time you talk with them at church, you will certainly have made them feel welcome.

Again, remember to put yourself in the shoes of the person who might not be familiar with your church. By leading on the stage and off the stage in ways that make your communication (both verbal and non-verbal) understandable and clear, you will create rapport with those you lead. This is necessary to lead well. If people feel that they can trust you and are safe, they will follow you. Do a mental check of how your body language is on stage. Are you smiling? Do you look joyful or do you look gloomy and sour because of the morning you had? Authenticity is key, but so is a sacrifice of praise — praising God even when we don’t feel like it. This is essential for leading others: you have to first lead yourself in worship, often when you don’t feel like it. All of these are essential aspects of loving others well during a service. This is where worship starts: the great commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us. 

Maximize Positive Influence

The reality is that In this life we only have a limited amount of opportunities to make a positive influence on those around us before our time on this earth is up.  This is especially true of being on the worship team since we are in such a visible leadership role during a service. How we present ourselves on stage as well as off stage is such an important responsibility to positively represent the God we serve. We have an amazing opportunity to plant seeds of life, truth, hope, and faith in those we lead by being in tune with God’s spirit and leading others in worship. Practically, we can do this with our words, smiles and body language. In this, we create an atmosphere of joy, faith, and hope as we pursue God with others in times of worship.

In this light, we all have an important role to play with maximizing our potential for God’s kingdom. We do this through creating a culture of encouragement and clarity. While every detail counts, we don’t need to be focused on perfectionism, rather excellence. Excellence places value on God and inspires people. When people sense the life in us through our relationship with God and the excellence with which we choose to worship Him, many may be impacted in a positive and lasting way for eternity by desiring to know this God we serve.

Colossians 4:4-6 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

As you lead worship, remember that everything you do, your words and actions, are amplified by the platform you are on. Other than the teaching pastor and campus pastor, the worship team members are the most visible people in the church. We have a great opportunity to maximize our impact on the people we lead for eternity. It’s a wild thought, but those in our services often glean a fair amount of information from us and attribute it to what a relationship with God brings a person or even what God might be like. In other words, we might be the only portrayal of Jesus someone sees! In this light, we have a great responsibility to accurately represent God as people search to know who He is and who we are in relationship to Him.


Article for this topic by Ashton Abbott.

Key Points:

  • Staying connected with your church and worship team is a great way to grow.
  • Community can be messy but is worth every ounce of effort you put in.
  • Cultivating a welcoming environment is a critical component of encouraging your church because it creates a safe environment for people to worship in.
  • We have limited time and opportunities to reach others and should be encouraging and as clear in our worship as possible to help as many people as possible.

Quote This:

Proverbs 11:25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. How connected would you say you are with your worship team? With your church?
  3. How willing are you to be a part of authentic community? If you haven’t been a part of it before, why not?
  4. What are some of the benefits that come from being a part of Christian community?
  5. Have you known someone encouraging? How did it affect you?
  6. How do you think being encouraging as a worship team and personally could affect those you lead?
  7. How many new people do you meet each service? Would you like to grow in this area?
  8. In your own words, what does maximizing positive influence mean? What does maximizing positive influence look like for you personally?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Take Your Worship Leading To The Next Level series.