Characteristics of an Effective Worship Team Member Part 1



Here's a quick list of what makes an effective worship team member. 

There's not a lot of room in the worship ministry for those who aren't there to serve. Don't think more highly of yourself than you ought (see Romans 12:3).  You are a part of a serving team. 

Romans 12:3 (AMP)
For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].

An unteachable person is difficult to work with and creates disunity.  How do you take direction?  Are you working to consistently improve or are you coasting on your talent?

A team that is consistent in encouraging and lifting each other is unstoppable.  A culture of encouragement is irresistible and life-giving.  There's not place in the worship ministry for those who can't be kind. 

Phil 2:4 (NLT)
Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Are you available to your church and worship leader? Do you respond to Planning Center requests in a timely manner (hello, somebody!)?  Are you available when it’s not a glamorous job?
Would you do this if no one knew it was you?

Leadership Ability
On the worship team, every member is a worship leader, from the ones with the microphones, to the band members, to the worship team members that aren't scheduled.  Each person on the team leads worship in one way or another.  A leader recognizes that his or her leadership is not limited to the stage.  

1 Cor 10:23
"You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is good for you. You say, "I am allowed to do anything"--but not everything is beneficial.

Care for Physical Appearance
Sloppiness in dress and appearance can be distracting for audience members.  Know and abide by worship team dress codes without pushing the limits of what is appropriate for musicians and singers that might be lifting their hands, or standing on a raised platform.  I want the audience focusing on Jesus, not your belly button. 

Passion for Jesus
Worship team members must be passionate about their relationship with Jesus.  I look for those who are worshippers when they are not on the platform.  If there's a difference in the intensity of your worship when you're not on the stage versus when you are on the stage, this may be an indication of a misalignment of values, or a performance mindset.  Do you only worship on the platform, or do you lead the congregation from your seat?

These are a few characteristics to help you evaluate your own heart and involvement in your worship team context.  Additional qualities will be addressed in another post.