There is something holding you back. Keeping you from being your best, bringing your best, and feeling your best.
holding you back? You
don’t know who you are.
(and I don’t mean your identity – who Jesus says you are. That’s another talk.)
I mean you don’t know what motivates you and how that’s different from how people see you and what they need from you.
You also have a hard time either seeing what your team and congregation needs from you OR you do see what they need from you but have no idea how to give it to them.
Today, I hope to give you a mirror – a way of seeing yourself for who you and for who others on your team are. You can think of it as somewhat of a personality test for worship leaders. Better yet, the enneagram for worship leaders.
If you’re not familiar with the enneagram, it’s a personality system that basically answers the question of motivation: “What are you doing when you’re doing what you’re doing?” At a basic level, it tells us how we are motivated. Not what we do, but why we do it. Each of the types has a healthy, integrated, resourceful expression AND an unhealthy, disintegrated, unresourceful expression.
So, what is this enneagram for worship leaders? We call it the Five Faders.
These are not roles you play, jobs you do, hats you wear. They are motivations, identities you see the world through, they are the why’s behind the what of worship ministry.
The Five Faders are: Artist, Shepherd, Priest, Educator, and Producer
- Wants to create beauty and express emotion through music, so has a specific idea for how things feel sonically
- Lots of emotion and passion put into the music, can get wrecked or torqued if things don't sound right
- Cares for the people
- Will adjust the rehearsal depending on how he reads his team as they walk in
- When asking for prayer requests, he'll ask specific things about his team
- This is the pure worshiper, the Mary who "sits at the feet of Jesus"
- Can be prophetic and do warfare through the music
- Is insistent on doing everything to create spaces where people meet God
- Every chance he gets to teach, he does.
- He'll tell you the story behind the song, the scripture it comes from, and the way it supports (or doesn't support) our theology
- He'll explain the way the V (5) wants to go to the I (1) in this song and all the behind the scenes music theory that makes this song work
- The theologian
- The Organizer, possibly Type-A
- Planned out months in advance
- Loves to have a well-planned service executed well
So for example, has anyone on your team ever said “That’s not how they do it on the recording”?
WHY did they say that?
Artist – the recording captures this energy, the way the sounds come together are just beautiful
Shepherd – figures the team might be thrown off and not feel as comfortable if we change something
Priest – the arrangement allows our hearts to dive deep with God and we lose that if we only do the bridge once
Educator – this is the original and we need to stay true to the original
Producer – the chart is what we’re following here…you’ve been working on it this way for weeks
Two main ideas about the Five Faders:
Awareness of who you are is the only way to be the best version of yourself. Knowing what motivates you is the key to becoming the best you.
Faders are NOT static, they are not locked. You MUST develop the skills
required to adjust your faders so that you are appropriately balanced. Ask “What
does LOVE require of me in this moment?” to know what fader needs to come up or
down. Learning this takes years! You can jump start that process by signing up
for a year of coaching with us where we’ll walk you through this Framework in
your context. We’ll teach you how your Fader type best does the things that we
all have to do.