3 Ways to Pastor those who don’t Pass your Audition
I love the pursuit of excellence and I strongly encourage worship leaders to have auditions for their teams (see Five Reasons to Have an Audition Process for Your Worship Team). As you begin to hold auditions, there’s one thing you can’t forget.
Tend to the hearts of those auditioning.
Your team isn’t a cut-throat business opportunity. It’s not Hollywood or Broadway where those auditioning have agents and unions representing them. This is a worship team at a church. Above all, we must pastor the hearts of people.Even above the needs your worship team may have, caring for people’s hearts comes first. Click To Tweet
Here are three ways to pastor the hearts of people who don’t pass an audition.
1. Be honest with people.
Believe it or not, people really want to know the truth. They don’t want to be coddled and told half truths which lead them to believe something that isn’t true. Be straightforward with words of grace and a heart of love as you share the results of their audition. Even though it might be challenging for people to hear, I’ve never seen a case where someone wasn’t thankful (even if it might take a few weeks or months for them to get to that place).
NOTE: How to communicate to these people? Though telling them over e-mail is an option, I’d try and tell people their results in person (this works unless you have a large amount of people auditioning). I would not text. If you have a lot of people auditioning, you’re going to need to have some assistance to help share the load in responding to people. It’s beneficial to have an audition team to help so that it isn’t just the worship leader’s sole responsibility.
2. Offer constructive feedback.
Validate what they did well and then include a few reasons why they didn’t pass. For example, you may mention that you loved their confidence and boldness, but that their vocal pitch seemed to be flat or their rhythm seemed to not flow. I’ve found that most people love and even crave honest, pastoral, constructive feedback given in love. That’s how we all grow and improve.
3. Give them practical options for how to grow.
Along with your constructive feedback, offer a game plan with some specific suggestions for how they can improve. List the names of people in your church or your city’s local music store that offer lessons. Even include the prices if you want. Make it as hard as possible for someone to come back to you and say you didn’t do a good job of coaching them through their failure to pass your audition.
If you make the shepherding of people’s hearts the priority, God will bless you and your team in amazing ways.
Maybe as a worship leader you’ve not handled this the best in the past. Or maybe you’re the person who hasn’t passed the audition yet. Either way, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.