"Where there is no vision, people get out of control."
Having a vision for your worship ministry is important. Having a specific vision for your team gives you something to rally your people around. It also gives you something to evaluate your performance by. Here are 3 steps that will help you develop your vision for your worship team.
1. Know your pastor's vision for your church.
God has placed your pastor as the leader of your church. Make sure you are on the same page as your pastor when it comes to the vision and direction of your worship ministry. The last thing you want is to run forward, spending time and energy pushing towards a direction that your pastor is not comfortable with. Spend time with him. Ask questions. Listen. When you are comfortable with the vision your pastor has for your church, you can begin to move forward in defining the direction for your worship ministry.
2. Know what God is doing in your church.
What is God doing in your local church? "Because [insert the latest mega-church here] is doing it", is not a good reason for your church to pursue something. Seek the Lord and try to discern what God is doing that is specific to your church. God doesn't move the same way in all churches or ministries. What season are you in as a church? Is it a rebuilding season? A celebratory season? A season of update and change? What type of people do you have on your team? What does your pastor see happening in your church? Where do you want to go as a church? What's the next step for YOU?
3. Know what God has called you to do.
You are going to be the most effective when you are acting and pursuing things that are authentic to who you are as a leader. Try, as much as you can, to know who YOU are. If you're not a crazy, in your face, super energetic communicator, don't try to act like you are. It's ok to push yourself out of your comfort zone, but you need to be true to who God has made you to be. He's created you on purpose for a purpose. What gifts has God given you? Are you an encourager? Are you someone who loves to intercede for others? Do you enjoy getting out into the community and serving others? (There are many resources that will help you learn about yourself. You can learn a lot from some simple personality tests designed to show you about yourself. Check out the book "Strength Finder 2.0" for more info.)
Having a solid vision for your worship team will rally your people around what God has called you to do in your local church. Let God speak to you as you seek Him! Let's continue to do the good work that Jesus has begun in us by having a God-given vision for the future!