Leading multiple worship teams can be very trying on the patience and the sanity of a worship leader. What do I mean? Well, as worship leaders and worship team members we are all human. We are not perfect and are all subject to selfishness and being self-centered.
Now as a team member our goal should be to reflect the image of Christ. To do that, we must look not only at our own interest, but also to the interest of others. (Philippians 2:2-5) This is easy to say, but harder to put into practice. Competition is what drives the world and it can unfortunately find it's way into the church.
One of the things I have learned, as a worship leader, is to do all I can to try and eliminate the temptation for competition and to limit comparisons between worship teams. This goes not only for the worship team members, but for the congregation as well.
The first key to eliminating or at least limiting competition and comparisons between teams is to name the teams by colors. Name them by numbers, or letters and you are setting yourself up for problems. Let me explain. If you were to use a numbering system guess what would happen. The team that is given the number 1 would begin to be seen as the “number 1 team", or the best team. In other words the other teams would be seen as inferior. Not only by the teams, but also the congregation. Should it be that way, no, absolutely not! But trust me it can and does happen.
The same principle goes for using letters. The team that is named “A" will be known as the “A Team". I have personally witnessed this happen in a church. Not only did the “B" team members start to feel that they were the lesser team if you will, but the congregation would make comments like, " I see the “A" team is leading us today. And thus the comparisons, the competition, and the separations begin.
So what can you do? Well, to avoid this situation I have named my teams by colors. Colors denote no place valve therefore eliminating the opportunity for the teams to be compared by name or by position.
The next key to eliminating or at least limiting competition and comparisons between teams is having different songs for different teams. In other words none of the teams would have the same list of songs. That way you eliminate the temptation for someone to say “You know I like the way this team plays this song better than the other team. Now I know this shouldn't happen, but it does. And again when it does, the comparisons, the competition, and the separation will begin.
Making these simple changes have gone a long way in helping to eliminate or at least limit the competition and comparisons that can go on when dealing with multiple worship teams. In the end these simple changes will make our job a lot easier so we can focus on our call.
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Jim Williams, Worship Leader, Worship songwriter