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5 Ways to Build a Worship Team - Part 1: Invest In Your Current Team

If you've been a worship leader, worship pastor, or even in any church ministry, you know it's not always easy to build up your ministry team. There are times when the harvests are plenty and when the harvests are few. I believe no matter which category you fall into you should always keep on seeking to build up your team both in numbers and in encouragement. You never know when you might hit that dry season of team members and you need to be prepared. Here are 5 ways I believe Worship Pastors can continue to grow the flock:

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

1. Invest in Your Current Team

   I'd like to start off with this one first because I think so often it gets pushed to the side. Especially if you're short on team members. However, I believe this is the most important of them all. Your title does have the word "Pastor", "Minister" or "Leader" in it, right?

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

When you invest into your team you get more respect and growth from them and as a result, hopefully they will be encouraged. A good strong connected team will attract other people looking to join in on the excitement. One thing I hear about so often is what gear or technology do I need to purchase to make our worship greater? Every Ministry leader should be saving budget money towards one-on-one lunch or coffee gatherings with team members or group activities that makes the team grow and bond together. It will go a lot further than that really good vocal mic, LED lighting, or camera you might want. So how do we do this?

       - Team Devotions
       - One-on-one lunch meetings with your team members
       - Team gatherings - bowling, mini golf, movie nights, food & fellowship
       - Attending team worship conferences or retreats
       - Invest in the churches youth

You might have great musicians or musicians in progress right at your back door and all they need is encouragement and a push in the right direction. Visit your church's youth functions at least once a quarter. Maybe even lead your youth in worship for one of their gatherings. This will help you be able to spot young future leaders that you can invest in and maybe, just maybe, you could find one ready to serve with your team right away. If no one invested in me when I was in youth then I would not be doing what I am today. I definitely would not be leading worship and quite possibly wouldn't be serving on a worship team at all.

So, all in all, do not ever underestimate the power of a strong TEAM! After all, excellence attracts excellence. Make it a priority to have a excellent team and family in your ministry.



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