This week I’m helping out at one of our campuses and I’m more in a roll of a volunteer rather than a worship leader. As I was driving to rehearsal, I started thinking about how I would go about being the absolute best worship rehearsal musician I could possibly be. I thought of a bunch of things, but here were three main things I would do (and did do).
1. Be Early
I know most people say that you should be on time (and certainly never be late, unless you absolutely cannot help it). But I think being on time isn’t good enough if you want to be awesome. Be early. And when you get there, find your leader and ask this question, ‘What can I do do help?’. This will not only bless your leader and your team, but your own capacity for leadership will begin to grow.
2. Be Prepared
Rehearsal is not the time to learn your songs. Rehearsal is not the time to learn your songs. One more time: rehearsal is not the time to learn your songs. Rehearsal is the time to come together and practice how the songs and other service elements will come together to create a worship experience. If the team is spending the whole time at rehearsal just learning the songs, the entire worship flow and experience won’t get any attention – and this is extremely important.
This brings up another point: a reality for many churches is that the music and other resources aren’t given out far enough in advance to learn the songs before rehearsal. Sometimes musicians don’t even get anything until they come to rehearsal. This is poor leadership, plain and simple. My advice is this: have a conversation with your worship leader or whoever is in charge of the worship experience. Express to them in a very respectful and graceful way that you would like to bring your very best to your role in the worship experience. Having music and resources ahead of time will allow you (and the rest of the team) to do this.
3. Be Flexible
So this week I’m leading the song ‘Our Great God’. It’s the only song I’m singing, and I’m pretty excited about it. But sometimes things come up and things have to change – for a variety of reasons. If I had arrived at rehearsal and been told that we were cutting ‘Our Great God’, I would have had a choice to make. I could have either been upset and had a poor attitude, or I could have understood that it was necessary to do so.
Always remember that worship isn’t about you – it’s about Jesus. And sometimes leadership needs to make changes. Many times these changes are brought about by the movement of the Holy Spirit – and that is something that should be celebrated and embraced. I should also say that if your church is making last minute changes on a very regular basis, there may be merit to a conversation with your leadership. But again – always remember to approach leadership with respect, love, and grace.
If you put these three practices in place, you will be well on your way to Rockstar status on any worship team.