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5 Ways to Build Up a Worship Team - Part 4: Build Relationships with Other Local Churches

We are called the church after all aren't we? I believe this day in age we think of small "c" church. What would happen if all the small "c's" would unite to be the big "C" picture that Jesus laid out for the church?

20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. 22 Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:20-22 (NLT)

All our churches are joined together in Christ becoming one and through us all dwells inside of us the Holy Spirit! This is powerful! It doesn't say depending on your denominational belief or viewpoints; it says through CHRIST JESUS. If you stand for Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior we are united as one body. How much more effective could we be in ministry if we acted like the big "C" Church together? This leads me to my next part in this series.....

1. Invest in Your Current Team

2. Get Into Your Community

3. Hold Regular Church-Wide Auditions

4. Build Relationships with Other Local Churches

5. Online Referrals/Marketing 

4. Building Relationships with Other Local Churches

We can see in scriptures that when we the Church works together can build up God's kingdom, so couldn't we say the same for building up our worship teams? There are a number of reasons to partner and work on relationships with other local churches.

- Builds Up Vision

By connecting with other local church leaders you can find out what works for them and what doesn't work for them. Maybe they have great strategies for building up their worship team, or great planning techniques that help connect your church body with the big idea for your services. I find that when I am talking with other leaders that I build up vision and a sense of direction. 

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)

- Builds Up Leaders

These first two point go hand and hand. Meeting with other leaders motivate and builds each other up. That is of course if we are doing it in love and good works. Built up and motivated leaders leads to built up and motivated teams. As a wise pastor/friend once said, "You can't take your team, or your church somewhere that you haven't been yourself". If you are motivated you can in-turn motivate and encourage your team. 

- Builds Up Community Teamwork

If your church is down a guitarist or a drummer one week if you have a connection with another local church you could ask if they could send over a musician for one week to help out. I just talked with another worship leader that sent his best drummer over to another new church plant that was launching so they had the best drummer on their opening day. That is a great story of team work for advancing the Kingdom of God. We as the church need to stop looking at other churches as competition and look at each other as teammates who are after the same goal. To love and share Jesus with others. Another blogger said it well, "Effective ministry takes teamwork, and teamwork is inspired by its leaders."

At the end of the day, this all leads to building up a sense of community, your leaders, and your teams. He is not against us, he is for us!

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
-Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

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