One of the most asked questions from worship leaders is about recruiting highly talented musicians for their worship team. Over the years, I have seen some patterns arise in my own experience as well as in talking to many worship leaders. Yes, there are a lot of good musicians out there. And, I think there are some good reasons they may not be on your team.
Attracting good musicians and keeping them is a lot of work. Here are some things missing for many worship leaders
Sloppy Support: Putting a bunch of excellent players together does not automatically allow them to succeed. Music charts that are clean, rehearsals that are well-planned, and all the support of sound, staging, and lighting are needed as well. Poor administration sometimes equals poor execution. Good players want to succeed, and they will be scared off if you prove lackluster in support.
Talent Deficit: A good musician will attract good musicians. You don’t have to be the best musician, but are you credible? Have you earned the right to lead others musically? This is also true if you put an amazing player along side someone who has never even paid for one music lesson. Your ratio has to be such that you do not have a deficit of talent that drags down quality. Otherwise, you will lose the talent you have.
Unhealthy Relationships: Are you willing to redeploy people who don’t make the grade? Are you willing to spend time encouraging the people on your team? If you have healthy relationships this includes being able to remove people on your team that might be in the way of your ministry goals. It also will be important in showing appreciation to those that volunteer.
Rockstar Status: If you are a rockstar, forget about attracting real servants on your team. Ultimately, you cannot use a position to lead no matter who you are. Even employers who view their staff as below them eventually lose their best people. Money is not as motivating as following a leader who is a servant. How do you serve your worship team?
Unclear Purpose: Very talented musicians are like those God specifically gifts with lot of money. They feel obligated to be good stewards and invest where it will make a difference. If you cannot articulate and live out the values of what the worship team is about it makes it hard for people to invest in it with you. Why are you passionate about leading others in worship? How do you communicate that to those on your team?
I truly believe that you can have a team of very talented people. You can beg and bribe good musicians to fill a slot. However, to actually grow and keep a team staffed requires more than plugging holes. It takes heart as well as skill on the part of the worship leader. The only barrier is you. Build yourself with these things and they will come.