My Dad had written this quote from Edward Everett Hale and stuck it in his bible (that my Mom gave me several years after he caught his heavenward chariot).
Is your team "working together?" Like really working? And together? Firing on all cylinders?
What would it look like if you’d describe your team as "working together?" Not a measure of that, but in its fullness?
Every time we walk alongside a church’s worship team as coaches, we ask ourselves the question "What would this team look like if it was the very healthiest version of itself?"
See, we’re not used to all the unhealthy habits that you’ve grown accustomed to. We don’t feel tired from helping things get better like you may be. And we can see the great possibility that your team has…and can help you get there.
But I think a very important part of the process for your team’s success is for you to know what success even looks like for you.
And because there are so many different versions of teams and churches that we can learn from, it can be easy to get caught in wishing we were like the church down the road (or on YouTube).
But that’s kinda irrelevant.
Who has God called your team to be? Discovering its glorious uniqueness is the first step.
I mean, maybe "working together" would look like one of these:
- Mark gets together with Bob, the new guitar player, on the weeks he’s serving to help him grow in his confidence. And you didn’t ask him to.
- Tim, the guy that knows he tends to have too many opinions about how the song should be done, asks others what they think because he’s aware of himself and want the team to contribute.
- Sara and Jess met on the team, but have been trading prayer texts lately, since Jess lost her job.
- We had rehearsed the song the same way in the midweek rehearsal and Sunday run-through, but Joe was watching the leader’s body language during the service and caught the unplanned chorus repeat…avoiding the train wreck that would’ve happened otherwise.
- Brent used the talkback mic to ask the team is there was something he should highlight as he mixes that song.
- Mylin didn’t give the singers any particular direction for the chorus, but Seth and Sonya had already worked out their parts beforehand with each other.
- Juanita just found out she was going to be out of town on business three weeks from now and had contacted the two other drummers before she told the leader that she needed to switch dates.
- Your team regularly coordinates meals when team members have new babies, they wrangle muscular help when a team member moves, and offer to swap babysitting services with each other.
I don’t know what it looks like on your team, but let your holy imagination run wild with what your team would look like if you went just coming together for rehearsal, refusing to quit the team, and really landed at working together fully.
Last (and SUPER important) last thought. This is some of the best advice I’ve been given when trying to develop your team.
Set your GOALS HIGH and your EXPECTATIONS LOW.
What? See, if you make your expectations match your goals, frustration will set in quickly when team members don’t…behave perfectly. Ha!
Set your sights high. Have lofty goals. Aim to do and become amazing things! For instance, if you’re trying to establish a weekly rehearsal where none existed, say things like "we’re moving toward having a weekly rehearsal." Begin building with those that can make it. Make them valuable times. But don’t get bent out of shape because people don’t jump on board right away. It’s a big change. Have tons of grace. Don’t expect anyone to show up (but be ready to roll if they do!) Set your goals high and your expectations low.
From the beginning, to the process, to the land of sweet success, we’re with you!