3 Ways to Have a Better Sounding Worship Team

Are you looking to improve the way your worship team sounds?  If so, here are a few suggestions:

1. Organization
How do you communicate your worship sets to your team?  How far ahead do you plan?  I've been a part of many teams where the first time I saw the set list was an hour before the service started.  With worship planning sites like Planning Center, or others similar, worship planning has never been easier.  For the ministry I lead, we try (TRY) to have song lists up a month or more ahead of time. Each song in our database has the chart (multiple keys), the audio file, a Youtube link (if it exists), and any tracks or extras that go with the song.  It's not a perfect system, but I want to give my worship team members every opportunity to be prepared when they are scheduled to serve.

2. Rehearsal
When does your team rehearse?  What's the format of your rehearsals?  Are you adequately preparing your team to succeed?  Usually, what you do in practice, you do in the game.  That is to say, if you don't spend time rehearsing, you shouldn't wonder why your worship sets aren't sounding as good as you'd like them to.  Our rehearsals are divided into two sections: the band meets while the singers team meets at the same time.  After 30-45 minutes, we join together to run the list.  I've found that this eliminates a lot of confusion for the singers, and gives the band time to ask questions or try different things.  How much time has been wasted in rehearsal while singers try to nail down there parts as everyone else stands around and watches? 

3. Educate
Are you training your team? Do you tell them what you expect of them?  Often times when I've been frustrated in the performance or sound of my team, I've found that it comes back to a failure on my part to communicate what I want.  Your team can't read your mind.  Of course, communicating what you want assumes that you've spent the time to determine what you want. It requires work, prayer, and consideration on your part to be able to communicate clearly and effectively your expectations. 

Take a look at these areas and see if there are any opportunities to improve how you are serving your team.  As you work to improve your organization, your rehearsal times, and how you communicate to your team, you'll find that your team will respond, and your serve will improve.