It’s always surprising to me what search words bring people to Journey’s site. There’s always something new and seemingly bizarre each month that brought someone to us, but there are a few that are always there.
Of the whole list, there are three that keep showing up: “Journey of Faith” (or some variation – I’d actually be really worried if this one stopped showing up…), “Matthew Starner” (why are so many people searching my name – or, more likely, why is my mom searching it so often!) and “Worship Team Guidelines” (or some variation).
The last one there surprises me. I’ll admit that there’s not a lot of stuff on Journey’s site relating to leading a worship team. However, on our worship ministry page I have posted for anyone who wants it a copy of our worship team guidelines. It’s a document that I’ve worked on over the last 5 years and I don’t think I’ll ever truly finish. There’s always something that ends up changing, being tweaked or wordsmithed just a little better each time. It’s a tool that has become more and more useful with each revision.
I’m not a fan of big cumbersome documents that people wield like weapons. I’ve seen this happen with things like constitutions and by-laws and it can happen with a document like this. Documents like these are not meant to be restricting or limiting. They’re meant to be tools to help us do our jobs. Journey’s Worship Team Guidelines spell out everything you need to know about the team, from responsibilities of team members to what it means to be a part of the team. I like to stress the things that we can and should be doing instead of listing out the things that we shouldn’t be doing.
Along with the guidelines, there is also an interview application packet with information on how to go about getting on the worship team. This is a newer document that I’ve only been working on now for about 3 years. It spells out the entire process by which people get on the worship team – from how to sign up to what you should know for your interview and what happens next. I think one of the biggest road blocks for people getting involved with a ministry team like the Worship Team is that they don’t know what it takes to get involved and it can seem so nerve wracking to go through an “audition” that they just don’t even try. I’ve tried to spell it all out and eliminate any mystery that may be there. Is it perfect? Not yet. But it’s getting there!
If you’ve looked at them or used them in the past, let me know what you thought about them! Leave me a comment about how you used it, what you liked or what could be changed. I’d love to hear from you!