How to Cultivate Community on Your Worship Team
Community within the context of the church is a big topic. Though I’m still on the journey of figuring it out, I have learned some simple things over the years to help foster community within a worship team.
There are a lot of different ideas floating around about what community looks like. But I’ve boiled it down to one overly simple definition: when people talk to one another.
Whether it’s a deep discussion, bible study, sharing your inner thoughts and struggles or a casual dialogue about your favorite food or the latest movie you saw, the goal is getting your team to share.
Ask people questions and listen.
This can and should happen right within the context of serving together as a team. Though specific team hangout times are fun, there are probably plenty of windows during soundcheck, band practice, or after services where conversations can naturally happen. Don’t wait for the next social event to start getting to know your team; as a leader, be on the lookout for little opportunities to make meaningful conversation..
We all want to feel known.
We all want to be pursued at a level that goes deeper than the standard “How are you?” That question is used so often that it has become almost meaningless. A little bit goes a long way. If you actually take time to ask a genuine question about their life and then wait for their true response, you’ll begin to see amazing fruit.
As you begin to set the standard for this kind of community you’ll find others on your team begin to initiate conversations as well. This will most likely lead to members of your team hanging out outside of your normal worship team hours. It doesn’t take long to get some momentum going in community once you set the standard and cultivate an atmosphere of listening and caring.
What does community look like on your team? How do you want it to look?