No matter how big or small your church or staff, I recommend getting an audition process in place for your worship team.

These five benefits aren’t an exhaustive list, but will shed some light on the importance of having auditions. You may want to start by reading my post An Introduction to Worship Team Auditions.

1. Auditions give a clear entry point for joining the team.

You as the worship leader can tell people this is how you can be part of the team. This will save you a ton of time and headaches. Instead of having to schedule a time to meet with people individually, hear them sing, give feedback, make the decision and then pastor their response, the audition process is there for you to direct people to and to help with the entire process, including pastoring on the backend if someone doesn’t get approved. It also brings your team into the mix to help and support you throughout the process.

2. Auditions automatically set a standard of excellence.

Before someone is ever on the team, they’re aware that there is a certain level of excellence that’s needed in order to be a part. This removes the ambiguity of what it takes to be a part of the team. The standard of excellence and expectation is clearly set at the audition.

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3. Auditions give a clear road map to encourage people to grow.

If someone doesn’t pass an audition, the process is already set up to begin encouraging that person to go out and get trained and then come back to audition again.

4. Auditions help you better steward your team.

Having auditions shows people that you genuinely respect and care enough about your craft that you’re going to hold the line on requiring a certain level of excellence in order to be a part of it. This will inspire people to better steward their craft.

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5. Auditions challenge your current team to grow.

An established audition process puts a healthy pressure on the people who are already on your team to always be growing in their craft. They never know who’s going to walk into an audition that just might be more skilled. The goal is not to create anxiety for those on your team, but to encourage them to continue to grow and develop in skills and excellence.

If you don’t currently have an audition process in place, I encourage you to begin talking to your pastor, leader, and other worship leader friends to begin figuring it out.

I’d love to hear where you’re at in the process.

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I’m Justin Rizzo. I enable worship leaders who feel isolated, overworked, and unfocused to experience peace, confidence and create thriving worship communities.

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  1. We started having auditions recently. We don’t have the process the best it could be at this point, but these articles are really helping give some healthy direction. Thanks for taking the time to write these!

    1. Justin Rizzo

      So awesome you guys are having them! I’m going to be posting some pretty nitty gritty details here in the next 2-3 weeks. Hopefully they will be helpful! Whats your current process look like?

      1. Cool-Looking forward to the nitty gritty deets! Currently, we do them one on one. I set up a time to “jam” with the person auditioning, ask them to come prepared to play a worship song that we currently do and let them know that I’ll being throwing a song at them on the fly too. We play through the songs, talk about important aspects of being on the team and then I let them know if I think they’re ready or what they need to work on to become ready. It has been better than no audition process at all (which was the norm before me) but I like the idea of including the team on it and maybe having 4 set times a year that we do them or something like that.

        1. Justin Rizzo

          That’s a cool idea. Sounds like it’s been working pretty well for you guys. Look forward to hearing your feedback on the process I layout in the next two weeks.

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