Better You, Better Worship (Pt. 3)
Discipline #3: Talk
I’d like to reiterate that the seven disciplines I’m unpacking in these blogs are issues that we tackle every day. Our week starts with prayer and devotion time, followed by an honest look at the prior weekend and a presentation of our goals for the coming week. In the business of training leaders and musicians, putting together service orders, scheduling and emailing volunteers, attending various meetings, etc. the art of conversation can get lost in a hurry. And I do believe talking is essential to team building, especially in the era of mobile devices.
We’ve gotten a reputation around here for being brutally honest in our evaluation process. It’s not an environment that strokes egos or beats around the bush, that’s for sure. The best way to not just survive but thrive in our department is to learn to express yourself. I like to get our team together several times a week and just...talk. I’ll throw out a topic (maybe music, movies, sports) and let the conversation begin. No one is allowed to remain silent! Learning to express what’s in your heart is essential for a worship leader. It’s important to express your opinions in a group setting and learn how to verbally respond to critique.
I also schedule one-on-one time each week with each person on our worship staff. Whether it’s in my office or at a coffee shop I try to carve out an hour or so to talk about what’s going on in their lives. Who are they dating? How do they feel about their life right now? What are their goals? How can I help them be the worship leader they want to be? If I don’t know what’s going on in the minds of the people that lead our church in worship on a regular basis I can lose touch with them in a heartbeat. Plus, conversations like these cultivate a level of trust that enable our team to be comfortable in moments of evaluation.
Like many of these disciplines, these are just a few simple ways I’ve been intentional to develop the ability of our team to be open, connected, and comfortable with feedback, which ultimately will enable us all to become better individuals and worship leaders.