Three Essential Tips For Worship/Media Leaders


21 May 2014

Today’s post is from my good friend, Josh White. He is a worship leader, creative thinker, and ministry blogger based out of Las Vegas, NV. For more great posts by him, check out his website here.

In today’s church, a large portion of the Sunday morning experience is made possible by the collaboration of two teams – the worship team and media team. While their jobs have similar goals, the relationship between these two groups can often be shaky. It doesn’t help that most churches these days are no longer looking for just a Worship Pastor. Instead, they are looking for a Worship Pastor who can do video, graphic design, audio mixing, production, and everything in between. Because these two teams can be so different, leading them both can be really challenging.

Here are 3 things that have helped me in my journey of leading both of these ministries at my church:

1. Create A Family, Not A Group of Volunteers

One of the biggest mistakes any ministry can make is keeping their volunteers just that – volunteers. I have pretty high standards for people who want to get involved in our music and media ministry. First, they have to understand how much time they’re going to have to put in. They’ll have to be at church an extra night and come two hours early on Sunday mornings. Second, I need to feel like they can become part of our family…and usually those people who want to put in the time have no problem fitting in with our team. My music and media teams are all friends. We hang out together at least 30 minutes after every practice. We laugh together, we eat together, we pray together, and we cry together. This has created such a strong relationship that our chemistry from the production booth to the on-stage musicians is incredibly strong. So much so that they have told me they can sense where I’m about to take the worship service next when I’m leading. Get rid of your volunteers – create a family.

2. You Cannot Make Your Job Your Hobby

This is a big issue with new worship and media leaders coming up today – and I’m one of them. We’ve made our passions our hobbies, and then made them into a paid position. I’m not saying this is bad (it’s exactly what I did), but being fully engaged every minute of your life with one or two particular subjects is a call for total destruction. When you go home, keep your laptop closed. Turn on that nifty “Do Not Disturb” button on your phone, go get a workout in, read a book (that’s not about your job), or spend some time with your family. Having an even balance is only going to help you produce better worship sets and media presentations.

3. Start With The Basics, Then Grow

I can remember when I first arrived to the church where I currently lead the worship and media teams. For the first month, I asked my pastor if I could simply observe practices and worship sets. I quickly realized that things in the music and in the media booth were scattered, tense, and not put together. I sat down with each volunteer and let them know that we were going back to the basics  – we stripped everything down and worked from the ground up. At the same time, I let them all know that there was no end goal and that we would always be growing. A year later, our team is now playing with clicks, growing strong in musical talent, and now planning our visual worship ahead of services. Our rehearsal times are even more enjoyable and uplifting. When starting out, consistency is everything, but always, always, always grow with your church culture and your team.

While leading both of these teams can be challenging, these three tips have been huge for us. I’m confident that they will help you produce a bigger, more effective, and spiritual team within your worship and media ministry.

What are some things you have done to help your teams grow? Let us know in the comments below!


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Josh White

Josh is a worship leader, creative thinker, and ministry blogger based out of Las Vegas, NV. His passion lies in the creative process of ministry. He also has a serious addiction to coffee. For more posts by Josh, check out his website at JoshWhite.org

Comments

  1. Fantastic post, Josh. As someone who’s been in this space for 10+ years now, I think you’ve nailed it. Of course, I don’t have it all perfect, but I’m trying.

    My biggest struggle is with #2. I’ve been practicing the closed laptop and DND phone for a while now — and it is HUGE with a family. I would also add to challenge yourself to turn off the TV for a whole week once in a while. It was agony for a day or so when we did this, but WOW — there is so much time for connecting with your loved ones that is usually missed.

    Keep plowing ahead (in a balanced way), Josh. Thanks again for the post.

    • Yeah. We often have a break from tv. This helps us be what we created to be – relational. One can never preach this if you’re not living it!

    • Hey Scott! Thanks for reading. I would be a liar if I said that I excel in each of these areas. As with yourself, these are goals I try to reach each and every week. Blessings to your ministry brother!

  2. This was a great read for me, I totally agree. I try to make myself available to them as much as possible. Hangout time is very important to me. We have a small team now but, we are close! I think this helps us to flow better during service because we learn how to read one another. Thanks for the post.

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