Team Development: Focus On the ‘Why,’ ‘For Whom’ When Singing
There’s something about music and singing a well-written, well-crafted song with some passion, volume and even some abandon that goes beyond us.
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For those of us who are involved in church music - playing, singing or teching - we can easily get so caught up in the “what” and “how,” that we easily forget “why” and “for whom.” But with greater intentionality, we should focus on the latter, allowing the former to flow from there.
Making correct decisions about what to do and how to do it with church music will become so much easier if everyone involved agrees on the big and important questions of why and for whom. There will be fewer disagreements. The path ahead will become clearer.
As we train and develop our teams - whether they be technicians, singers or instrumentalists, volunteers or in staff positions - we must not assume that all team members are on the same page with this. Healthy development - moving effectively toward the team’s goals - will only be possible with a shared understanding of why we have music and singing and who it is for.
So why do we have music in our church services?
It’s a pretty straight forward, innocuous question on the surface of it. So many resources and a great deal of effort go into having music and songs when believers gather. There must be some good reasons, right?
There are good reasons why people of the Christian faith sing. But have you thought about why lately? Is the big “why” at the forefront of all your decision-making and how you train and develop your team? Does each team member know why?
There are good reasons, but there are also not-so-good reasons that can distract us from our main goal - even destructive reasons. Our ability to reach the true and best objectives for music in the church will be served most effectively with a clear and shared understanding of the best reasons why.
Consider these reasons why:
We have songs and music in our Church gatherings…
… so people know it’s time to come in from the foyer and find their seats.
… to buy some service time so the pastor delivers his message to a full room.
… so we give people a chance to demonstrate their abilities.
… because we want to entertain ourselves with a ‘concert-like’ experience.
… because we always have. It’s just what we do.
I hope you recognize that these are not the best reasons why we have songs and music in our church gatherings. Making these reasons, and others like them, a priority, will derail us.
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