In this topic, we’ll explore what mentoring looks like in the context of your church’s worship ministry. We’ll cover many of the same concepts from the Mentoring Training series at pursueGOD.org – but we’ll apply them specifically to worship teams. Let’s get started by reviewing what we mean by mentoring. Biblical mentoring, also called disciple-making, is personally coming alongside one or more people to help them pursue God in a consistent, ongoing relationship.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus has called us to be in relationship with people in our lives that we are mentoring, and the worship team is a great place to do this. Mentoring helps the one who is doing the mentoring just as much, or more than the person being mentored. It really is an amazing relationship and perhaps one of the best ways to share God’s love and the heart of the gospel with someone. If mentoring takes precedence in your worship team, it will help your worship ministry to thrive. So, let’s take a look at what worship team mentoring looks like.
Worship Team Mentoring Is Helping Others Grow in Attitude and Musicianship
Worship team mentoring happens when one person chooses to enter into an intentional relationship with another person to help them grow in two ways: character and musicianship. Often people focus too much on the musical aspect of being on a worship team and do not focus enough on the character side of being on a worship team. Even so, you will find that each person will be unique. One person may need more help learning the musical aspect of being on a worship team, and another person may need more growth in their character. Whether it is character, musicianship, or both, all of the resources at pursueGOD Worship are there to help you mentor someone who is currently, or wants to be, on a worship team.
How Do You Know You’re Qualified to Be a Worship Team Mentor?
Many people disqualify themselves from being a worship team mentor because they don’t think that they are a talented enough musician, don’t have enough experience on a team, or don’t think they have enough knowledge. Here is the simplest way to know if you are ready: If you are a Christian on a worship team, you are qualified to be a worship team mentor.
What Topics Will You Cover in a Worship Team Mentoring Relationship?
In the realm of attitude and musicianship, there are three areas to focus on when mentoring someone:
- Matters of life. This could include things such as money, marriage, faith, parenting, relationships, etc. Worship is a whole-life response to God, which is why it is important to not just focus on the musical side of worship, but on our life as a whole. Our pursueGOD.org site is dedicated to providing hundreds of videos on a variety of topics in matters of life and faith. You simply search for a topic of your choice in the search bar, and you’re set to begin mentoring someone by leading them through an article conversation.
- Worship team fundamentals. This includes a good mix of attitude, musicianship, and worship theology. Things like how to pick a key, how to lead others in worship, how to perform a transition, dangers of comparison, etc. Our Worship 101 and Worship 201 series from our pursueGODnetwork.org site are perfect for this and will cover different topics that build upon each other from one series to the other.
- Technical skill development. This aspect of mentoring focuses on the musical side of worship. Things such as how to play the key of “G” chords on the guitar, how to execute a difficult drum fill, how to play a certain rhythm on guitar, how to sing in tune, etc. Our PursueGOD Worship Channel is where to get started with different video playlists on a variety of topics anywhere from learning how to play acoustic guitar for a worship team, to how to learn the piano for a specific song, to the fundamental techniques and rudiments of drumming.
While it would be ideal that you fulfill all three areas listed above with the person you mentor on the worship team, it is not essential. For instance, say you are a guitarist, but you are mentoring a drummer; you could mentor that person in matters of life and worship team fundamentals, but maybe not in the technical skill development. Even if you are mentoring someone in just one of these areas, you are still helping create a culture of mentoring in your ministry and at your church. And remember, if you wait until you are 100% ready to mentor someone, you will never get started. All you have to do is be one step ahead of the person you are mentoring. If you are having trouble figuring out who you should mentor, talk with your overseer or pastor.
Make It a Goal to Be a Worship Team Mentor
Whether you have been on a worship team for one month or thirty-five years, mentoring should be something that you are looking to do. You may get to a certain point and think “Well, I have gone as far as I can, and there is really nowhere else for me to go.” You may feel that you have worked hard at practicing your instrument and improving musically as well as growing in your own personal relationship with God. So what’s next? It’s simple: Become a worship team mentor for someone else. Part of growing in your relationship with God is going full circle and helping other people around you grow. This can be intimidating, but we shouldn’t be afraid to grow or help others grow.
John 13:15 I [Jesus] have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
If worship team mentoring isn’t a goal, worship team members can get stuck in just existing on a worship team. Then, when they can’t or don’t want to do it anymore, they just step down, leaving a hole in the team and ministry. Worship team mentoring will help eradicate this negative cycle from your church. By instilling a culture of worship team mentoring at your church, you will establish a new, healthy cycle. Not only is worship team mentoring biblical, but it gives you purpose for years and years because the more you do it, the more it will benefit the generations of lead-worshippers to come.
- Invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “mentoring”? Have you ever had a mentor at school, in sports, or at work? Describe the relationship.
- Who has personally helped you to pursue God? How did they do it?
- How long have you been a part of your worship ministry? Have you seen any mentoring happen in your ministry?
- Describe the relationship between attitude and musicianship in regards to being on a worship team. Which one do you prioritize? Why?
- Out of the three areas of mentorship, in which one do you feel most prepared? In which do you feel least prepared? Explain.
- Do you think it’s better to have one mentor for all three areas or do you think it is better to have a different person for each area? Why?
- Read Matthew 28:19-20. Do you think the disciples felt qualified to become mentors? Do you feel qualified? Why or why not?
- What are some advantages that long-term worship members have in mentoring younger generations?
- What are some steps you can take to create a culture of worship team mentoring at your church?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.