Even though our worship team rehearsals at Journey are pretty good, one thing they usually lack is a devotion. Some might argue that they’re unnecessary, but I think that if we’re going to be properly leading people in worship, it’s at least appropriate that we get into the word from time to time as a group. I encourage everyone to participate in regular personal devotions, but there’s definitely a need to be in some sort of group study too. I try from time to time to make it a habit that the group regularly does some sort of study, but it’s usually short-lived – we get off just once and we never get back.
To help with this problem, I picked up a book off Amazon called Lessons for the Worship Team. It’s been around for a couple of years already, so I’m surprised that I haven’t come across it before. I just got it in the mail and I’m pretty excited to dive into the book with the worship team. One great feature is that the book is the leader’s manual and the worship team edition is all online. You don’t have to order more books (or make illegal copies) for your team.
Just glancing through, there are several chapters that I’m eager to go through with the team:
- Countenance – Creating an atmosphere of worship through our posture and behavior on stage and looking at Biblical examples.
- Spiritual Unity on the Worship Team
- Plowing in Worship – Apparently it’s not about agriculture, it’s about leading in worship even when we don’t feel like it.
- Stewardship of our Gifts
- Worshiping in Spirit and Truth
- And others on rehearsal protocol, stage presence and Biblical examples of worship.
There are 24 chapters in all, enough to get us about half-way through the year. I’m excited to get started! Grab a copy for your team over at Amazon – I picked up a copy for about $8 – including shipping!