In my previous post I talked about why you need to have a vision for your worship team.

Today I’m going to share the five-point vision that I have for my team. I hope it encourages you. Feel free to use some or all of this in creating your own team vision.

1. We seek to be a team that each have a secret life of prayer and worship.

As individuals, we don’t want to be people that only worship and pray on a platform. We want to value and cultivate a relationship with God in secret.

This may seem like a given, but I promise, it takes a focused effort to stay connected to God in the secret place. If you’re in full-time ministry, it’s especially easy to lose this by assuming you’re doing fine because you’re surrounded by spiritual people and practices.

Regardless of your occupation, having a life of worship and prayer that no one sees must be the foundation of your life. (Matt. 6:6, Jn. 15:1-4)

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2. We seek to be a team that has a life in the Bible both individually and corporately.

This one cannot be overstated. We live in a day and an age where opinions are everywhere. We have to be rooted in God’s truth so that people’s passion, charisma, or offense won’t sway us from God’s truth.

We must be people who love the Word.

The Word, mixed with prayer and the Holy Spirit, is the means through which we connect with God. His words are living and we must always be reading, speaking, and digesting them. I want to study the Word in my own personal life as well as together with my team. (Heb. 4:12, Ps. 1, Rom. 10:17)

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3. We seek to be a team that pursues excellence and stewardship of our gifts.

We don’t want to be a team that remains stagnant. We always want to be pushing ourselves forward, even if it’s millimeter by millimeter.

Whether through lessons with a professional instructor, or personal practice, we want to be encouraging one another to grow in our gifts and talents. (Col. 3:23, Prov. 22:29)

Worship Leaders: seek to be a team that pursues excellence and stewardship of your gifts. Even if it's moving forward inch by inch, keep moving forward. Click To Tweet

4. We want to be a team that embraces humility and servanthood.

Humility must be one of the core foundations of your worship team.

As singers and musicians, it is so easy for comparison, jealousy, and envy to set in. We must seek to live lives of humility and servanthood, considering others better than ourselves.

Humility doesn’t always come naturally, but make it a value and encourage one another to look at Christ. He is the true servant of all. (Phil. 2:3-4, Heb. 6:10, Rom. 12:1, Mt. 23:11)

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5. We seek to be a team that gives our all on the platform.

Can we walk out of every worship set knowing that we gave our entire heart to engaging with God and sought to create the best on-ramps possible for people to come with us? We won’t do this perfectly, but it’s always the goal we’re reaching for and encouraging each other in.

We agree that coasting through sets isn’t what we want to do and we hold each other accountable to continually be reaching for wholeheartedness. (Psalm 27:4, 42:1-2, 63:1)

Worship Leaders: have the goal of walking out of every worship set knowing that you gave your entire heart to engaging with God and sought to create the best on-ramps possible for people to come with you. Click To Tweet

What about you?

Do you have a vision for your worship team? How did you get there and how do you communicate it to your team? I’d love to hear your comments below.

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Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo from Flekkerøy, Norway. Check out more of his work here.

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. Justin,

    Thank you so much for your helpful posts for worship leaders and teams. Just this week I have been praying specifically toward a vision for our worship team (which is only 3 people strong now). All of us there already walk this out mostly, but I felt the Lord nudging me that we can still go deeper and be more steadfast, and to be ready for those to come in the near or far future. This post was SOOOO helpful as I sought the Lord in this. It triggered some things in my mind that I felt but did not yet have words for. Thank you for labors beyond the prayer room ministry to the Lord to share your wisdom here!

    One thing I would love to hear about from you concerning worship team members is consistency. We often see folks come and go and I rarely invite them to the team because my first desire is to see their faithfulness to the spiritual family as a whole over just getting to play or sing. At the same time, I wonder if this is the wisest way to look at things. Would love your thoughts (maybe a future blog post?) 😉

    1. Justin Rizzo

      Thanks so much for your comment, Amanda. So awesome to hear you’ve been feeling and pursuing this for your team. Go for it!! Love your question and will definitely post something about this soon.

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