5 Steps To Get More Musicians and Vocalists (Part 4)

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  • Shalon Palmer

Today we’re wrapping up our series on how to get more worship team members. I commend you for sticking with me this far. Some of the things we’ve talked about aren’t easy, and some may be hard to swallow; but when you start to implement them, you’ll be swimming in worship team members. (…kind of a weird analogy). So far we’ve talked about creating a culture where people are free to leave, why people are leaking out of your team, and how to actually KEEP the worship team members you get. If you haven’t read those first, I highly encourage it because today we’re wrapping up the whole thing!

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Look Within

We’ve talked a lot about recruiting new team members, but we haven’t talked much about one of the most overlooked solutions to getting more team members. Growing the ones we already have!

So often we want to go out and look for new musicians, instead of really utilizing the ones we have. …Okay, they may not be the best, or even ready, but we are here for long-term solutions not short-term ones. Everyone was a beginner at some point.

In my opinion, this is the most important thing that we can do to grow our worship teams. The Bible tells us to make disciples. If you aren’t discipling anybody, you are failing as a leader. We are marked by what we leave behind in this world.

Is someone going to think back in 10, 20, or 30 years from now and think “I owe a lot of what I am to my worship leader 20 years ago”? What lasting impressions are you making on the people already within your reach?

To take this a step further: Find those eager, faithful, church members and throw an instrument in their hand. I’ll take someone with a servant’s heart over someone with skill any day. A person with a servant’s heart will eventually pass up a “skilled” musician. That’s assuming the “skilled” musician is even still around. Not to mention how much easier it will make our lives to surround ourselves with servant hearted people.

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I recently posted a question on our Instagram page. I asked, “Who or what inspired you to start playing you instrument?” We got a flood of comments. However, one really stood out to me. This guy said, “someone told me our church needed a bass player.” The reason this stood out to me so much was because I was the person who told him our church needed a bass player…5 years ago! I live in a different city now, but to know he’s still going strong means a lot to me.

I remember after a few months of him practicing pretty much every day and me working with him, he quickly became my “go to” bass player. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more faithful worship team member.

I can’t take all the credit, there were actually a ton of comments that said something like “my church needed a guitar player,” or “my worship leader asked me.” It seems like this is a pretty valuable way to get team members if you ask me.

I may be biased, but I firmly believe that Worship Online is the best tool for growing musicians that you will find anywhere online. I encourage you to start a free trial and see if it’s a good fit for you or your team.

Now I want to wrap this up with the most important step to growing your worship team:

Follow the Holy Spirit

I know this seems obvious or simple, but it cannot be overlooked. Trust Him in every decision you make! Let Him guide the direction of your worship team culture. I wish I could just tell you what’s going to work specifically for your team, but every church and team is different. That’s why it’s going to take spending some time with God so you can lead by following Him.

Now we are officially wrapped up with our 5 steps to growing your worship team. What is something from this series that stood out to you and why? Leave a comment below!

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