Training 101 for

Worship Teams

Joining a worship team at church? Complete this series with a group or mentor for a hands-on training experience.

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T1: Draw Others to Jesus

Key Points:

  • On any worship team, Jesus is the focus. Colossians 1:15-17
  • Worship is a response to the God who deserves our praise. Isaiah 25:1
  • Cultivating a welcoming environment is a critical component of drawing people to Jesus. John 13:35
  • In order to help others pursue God, we should do everything we can to eliminate distractions. 1 Corinthians 14:9

Talk About It

  1. Initial reactions?
  2. Why should Jesus be the central focus in worship? Do you agree with this concept?
  3. Read John 4:23-24. Where do we discover truth about God? Why is truth so important when it comes to worship? Why is worship the right response when we see the truth about God?
  4. In one or two sentences, how would you define worship? What have been the primary sources that have shaped your understanding of worship?
  5. Read Hebrews 12:1-2. What are some of the “weights” that can slow us down when it comes to worshipping God on stage? What about off stage?
  6. How is being a part of a worship team potentially dangerous for our pride? How can we practically guard against pride and keep the attention on Jesus?
  7. How can you practically show love to those in your church body  by being part of a worship team?
  8. How does love motivate us as believers to see things from someone else’s perspective in order to help them encounter God?
  9. After reading this, what are some things you are now aware of in a service which might be awkward to a visitor that you might not have thought of before?
  10. What positive changes can you make in leading on the worship teams so that guests feel welcomed and not alienated in the service?
  11. Read Colossians 4:5-6. Describe what does it mean to act wisely toward outsiders?
  12. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
T2: Be an Authentic Worshiper

Key Points:

  • Authentic worship begins with recognizing our brokenness apart from God’s grace. Psalm 51:17
  • Authentic worship means cultivating a lifestyle of worship, both on and off stage. Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Authentic worship is infused with both joy and passion, no matter what’s going on in our lives. Philippians 4:4
Talk About It
  1. Initial reactions?
  2. What does authenticity mean to you? How does this relate to being on a worship team?
  3. In your own words, describe what a worshipper’s heart looks like.
  4. How might you grow in developing a worshipper’s heart?
  5. Do you carve out time in your week to spend “leading yourself in worship?” Why or why not?
  6. What is the most important thing God looks at when we worship him? Why?
  7. What are some ways we can practically lead on and off the stage?
  8. What are some things you can do to maximize your positive influence on others while serving on a worship team?
  9. Read Philippians 4:4. Why is it important to convey joy? How do you convey joy when you aren’t feeling joyful?
  10. What do you think contributes to passion in your life and walk with God? Why is passion an important part of the Christian life as well as being a worship leader?
  11. Do you live every day with eternity in mind or mostly focused on the here and now? After going through this training, what, if anything, would you like to change about your eternal focus?
  12. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
T3: Maximize Your Gift

Key Points:

  • Acknowledge that your musical gifts are from God. 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • Make a commitment to develop your gifts through practice.
  • Guard against pride as you grow in skill and influence. Luke 18:14
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. What gifts do you feel like God has gifted you with? How can you use your gifts for God’s glory?
  3. Read Matthew 25:14-30. How does this passage relate to serving on a worship team?
  4. What does it mean to have a servant’s heart? How can having a servant’s heart help you on a worship team?
  5. Describe something you have worked hard at to improve. Has it been worth the work?
  6. Why is it important to put forth your full effort on a worship team?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. In what ways can you help others grow on your worship team?
  8. How does our view of God determine how we invest in our gift?
  9. Do you believe God wants you to enjoy the gifts and abilities he’s given you? Why or why not?
  10. What does it mean to be teachable? What is your response to someone when they offer you help/correction?
  11. What are a few practical ways you can cultivate humility in your own life?
  12. How might using your unique gifts for God’s glory help build God’s kingdom?
  13. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
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T4: What Jesus Envisioned

Key Points:

  • Jesus envisioned a church full of disciple-makers. Matthew 28:19-20
  • Disciple-makers have a heart for people outside the church.
  • In a disciple-making church, the leaders are strategic about equipping people to minister. Ephesians 4:11-12
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Read Matthew 28:19-20. How do you think Jesus would respond to how most churches define “discipleship” today?
  3. How many people in your church are actively investing in people inside your church? How many are actively investing in people outside of your church?
  4. What is your strategy for making disciples right now? Have you personally used the strategy recently? How many others have used it?
  5. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
T5: Defining Discipleship

Key Points:

  • In a culture of discipleship it’s the norm – not the exception – for people to be making disciples. Ephesians 4:12-13
  • A “disciple” is someone who goes “full circle” to trust Jesus, honor God, and make disciples.
  • “Disciple-making” happens through a series of conversations, and that’s what our tools empower you to do. Ephesians 4:15
Talk About It
  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. What kind of culture does your church have right now? What about your specific ministry at church? Make a list of descriptive words or phrases.
  3. Have you ever seen a discipleship culture at work in a church or ministry? If so, describe it.
  4. “A small group is just one important part of the broader discipleship structure in your church.” Explain this statement. Do you agree?
  5. Do you think it’s worth the effort to create a discipleship culture in your church? Explain.
  6. Is there a step you need to take based on today’s topic?
T6: The Environments

Key Points:

  • Disciple-making happens in four main environments at church: the family, the small group, the ministry team, and one-on-one.
  • Equip your parents to disciple their kids at home. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
  • Leverage your small groups for disciple-making.
  • Leverage your ministry teams for disciple-making.
  • Every believer in your church can go make disciples. Matthew 28:19-20

Talk About It

  1. What’s your initial reaction to this topic?
  2. Why don’t many parents view themselves as pastors in the home? What have you tried to do in the past to encourage discipleship at home?
  3. Read Exodus 18:14-18. Pick out the words or phrases that describe the challenges of leading a growing organization. Why do you think Moses tried to do all of the work by himself?
  4. In what ways can small group leaders “pastor” their group? What are some of their limitations?
  5. What comes to mind when you think of the word “mentor”? Describe a mentoring relationship that you’ve experienced.
  6. List a few issues that would be more helpful to talk about with a mentor than with a small group.
  7. How would a handful of trustworthy marriage mentors impact your church? How would it impact your personal ministry schedule? Answer these questions for other areas of ministry in your church.
  8. Read 2 Timothy 2:2. Paul was prescribing a replicating mentoring ministry. Do you have one in your church? Do you want one? Why or why not?

Series for Worship Teams

Worship Internship

Worship 201

Worship Leader Training 101

Worship 101

Worship Leader Training 201

Sound Team Training

Acoustic Guitar Basics

Vocalist Basics

Worship Leader Basics

Drum Basics

Keyboard Basics

Electric Guitar Basics

Bass Guitar Basics

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Training FAQ

Q. How does ministry training work?

Training tracks are designed to help you go “full circle” with a group or mentor over the course of 6 or more weeks. Just cover a topic every week with a group or mentor, watching the video ahead of time to prepare for the conversation. Connect in person or on the phone and use the discussion questions provided to learn together. The goal is to help you pursue God “full circle”, which is our picture of discipleship:

Q. What is the structure of a training track?

Training tracks are divided into two sections. First you’ll cover training topics specific to your area of ministry. Feel free to cover additional topics as needed. Then you’ll cover “big picture” topics to learn about how your specific ministry fits in to the overall picture of discipleship at your church.

Q. What if we need more than 6 weeks?

Then take more time! We recommend covering additional topics at the end of any section as needed for your own pursuit of God. 

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