Why Not Doing This One Simple Thing Could Be Killing Your Team

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  • Shalon Palmer

 

Why Not Having A Post-Service Meeting Could Be Killing Your Team

Do you meet with your team after service is over?  Or does everyone just scatter?  I mean, it can be tough.  Everyone is either tired, has to pick up the kids from the nursery, or they’ve got to make it to Texas Roadhouse before it get’s packed.

However, there are effective and efficient ways to meet with your team after service is over.  In fact, I believe that not meeting with your team after service, could be killing it!

It’s a pretty typical thing for worship teams to not meet after the service is over. However, there are a lot of downfalls to just scattering after church and not meeting together.  And so much to gain by simply having a quick conversation.

1. Meeting reinforces that you are a team.

Simply scattering can make volunteers feel disconnected.  Which is the number one reason volunteers quit.  It’s a heck of a lot easier for someone to quit something they don’t feel connected to.

This is a time for team members to connect and add value.  It makes them feel connected, important, and like their opinion matters.  Which their opinions do matter, but it’s important for them to know that.

2. Address the issues while they are fresh.

You are constantly working and tweaking things to get better every single week. Having that post-service meeting is an accountability check for you and everyone else.  Did everyone follow through with things they were supposed to?  Were there improvements from things addressed in rehearsal or previous weeks?

Just like in any successful business, if you are trying to grow in an area, you don’t just say we want to grow or fix a problem. You’re consistently checking, evaluating, and getting feedback to make sure you aren’t just going in circles, but moving forward.

Go over any issues while they are fresh on everyone’s mind. Not just music issues, but other simple things as well. For instance, housekeeping, where musicians should set their instruments after playing, did they exit the stage at the right time or in the right place? There are always places to improve.  And a team that isn’t improving or growing, is dead.

Which brings me to my next point,

3. It’s an opportunity to get feedback from team members.

Honest feedback from volunteers is the most valuable information you could ever get as a leader.  They’re the ones on the front lines, doing the work, and immersed in the culture.  More importantly, they see things you never will!

I challenge you to have a post-service meeting with your team.  I have faith that it could possible be one of the most valuable things that you ever implement.

A few notes on implementing your post-service meeting.

  • People are tired and ready to leave after church, so have a system and a plan to do this meeting quickly and effectively.  This isn’t a staff meeting.  Respect their time!
  • Always start and end with thanking them, and by saying something positive.  This isn’t a bash-fest time to scold your team!
  • Open up the conversation.  This isn’t a monologue.  You have to do this to get feedback and responses.

It may be tough to start this post service meeting at first, but as you continue to do this, it will become as natural as having rehearsal before service.  Just remember, a team that isn’t improving or growing is dead.

Do you have any tips for us on implementing a post-service meeting with your team?  Share below in the comments!

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