Work ethic from singers and musicians on local church worship teams can be a challenge. Most of us are probably leading a team of volunteers who work a job during the week, have families, and don’t have a ton of time to devote to bettering their skill and craft as part of our team.

There are a lot of ways to inspire your team to grow.

This post is going to focus on how auditioning your current worship team can jump start this and begin changing the culture of your team.

Question: Have the current members of your team gone through an audition process?

If not, audition them (and then continue holding auditions on a regular basis for new people to join). You may want to read a few of my previous posts before you continue: 5 Reasons to Have an Audition Process for your Worship Team, 3 Ways to Pastor those who Don’t Pass Your Audition, and An Introduction to Worship Team Auditions.

Here are three reasons why you should audition your current worship team:

1. It will begin to establish a new culture for your team.

You want being a part of your team to be seen as an honorable thing that people recognize as a worthy priority and something that not everyone is able to do. If a certain level of excellence is required to be a part of your team, people will take it a lot more seriously, especially when you’re working with volunteers.

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2. It will increase the work ethic on your team.

Auditioning your worship team will begin raising the bar on your team and a greater culture of excellence will be set. Even if you’re working with volunteers, there are simple things people can be doing to grow in their craft. This will help light that flame.

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3. It will level the playing field for new members.

If everyone has auditioned, then no one was “grafted in” or slipped in under pre-audition days. Everyone’s on the same playing field, which in the long run, will help you with pastoring and leading your team.

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Some of you may be thinking to yourself, All I have are weak singers and musicians, so if I hold an audition there will be no one left on the team. If this is your scenario, then all the more reason to audition them. Of course you don’t want to be the only one left on your team, so you’re going to handle these auditions a bit differently than normal.

Use wisdom and be pastoral in the way you go about announcing this to your current team. Don’t just call an audition one day. Take several weeks and talk about your vision for increased excellence and the direction you’d like to see the team head.

You may have a few people you really have to pastor through this process. But don’t let that deter you from going for this.

If you head this direction, you need to be prepared to answer these questions from your team:
  1. Why are you auditioning me after I’ve been serving on the team for months (or years)?
    Example answer: I have a renewed vision for excellence both for myself and for us as a team. I believe this is an important part of beginning to turn the ship towards a greater reach for skill.
  2. What will be expected of me at my audition?
    Example answer: The audition process will be the same as a new person trying out for the team. (I’ll be posting a detailed way to hold auditions soon.)
  3. What will happen if I don’t pass?
    Example answer: Lets cross that bridge if and when we come to it.
  4. Who’s the panel judging the auditions?
    Example answer: Myself, as the worship leader, and (ideally) 4-5 other worship leaders.
  5. Can I be the one exception and not audition?
    Example answer: Possibly. (Handle this case by case and use discernment. Maybe you have friends or people you know this process will be very challenging for, etc.)

Taking your team to the next level is possible, but you’re not going to get there overnight. It’s a process and it can take time. But as you begin heading this direction you’ll begin seeing small changes over the weeks and months. Keep the vision in your mind of where you want your team to be in a year and celebrate every victory along the way.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this. Do you have an audition process at your local church or house of prayer? Why or why not?


I’m Justin Rizzo. I’m a worship leader, songwriter, and recording artist. I want to help you achieve your highest potential and walk out with confidence everything you’ve been made for.









6 comments

  1. Great article! Looking forward to reading your next one on what the audition looks like. Thanks

  2. When I joined my current worship team 5 years ago, there was a process. Not a set audition, perse, but I had to attend several rehearsals before playing to observe how the team worked together. Then I started playing with them (keys), and had a 3 month trial period before I was considered a part of the team. I appreciated being vetted so thoroughly. Recently my worship leader has been slacking about the process in favor of filling the need, and it’s come back to bite us as a team three times now….I’m definitely in favor of an audition process!

    Thank you for your insights!

    1. Justin Rizzo

      So great that you guys have some form of a process in place. It can be a hard thing to stay on top of! Thanks for your comment, Anna.

  3. Great post Justin. We have created a team vision statement and wrapped it all up in a team charter document that everyone on the team has. We use guiding principles in there to fuel the interview process and a live audition of about 3 songs. I also like to hear them worship on their own, with the song of their choosing. We look for the transitions, communication if on with our team for the audition,…However for youth younger than 18, we have them go through the same process, without the team unless they are playing an instrument. They get to be in our mentoring program which essentially means that we go through more one on one discussions and go through the Exploring worship by Bob Sorge and workbook. There is always the audition part and the interview part. (I have people fill out most of the questions as part of the application process.) But in the interview, I can ask additional questions to see where they are at in their understanding of worship, their role in worship, lifestyle of a worshipper and teamwork. How do you approach mentoring youth that might be looking to grow as a worshipper? What do you do as far as team building with worshippers and leaders?

    1. Justin Rizzo

      Wow Josee, I love this! Process sounds amazing. Great questions about how to mentor young people to grow as worshippers. I’ll definitely be posting about this soon! Blessings! Justin