In my post “Four Types of Worship Teams. This way we avoid the traps/pitfalls/discouragements that come from teams whose members are just filling slots on a schedule, or being in a band for the sake of being in a band, or always trying to get to the top so they can be seen as contributing something important.
But what about when your worship team is really small? You’re scraping by from week to week with a kind gentlemen who knows three guitar chords, a fifth grader who wants to be able to play the drums, your pastor’s wife who can sing soprano and a high school junior who’s an excellent french horn player.
You don’t look or sound like any of the worship teams you see online or hear on albums. An electric guitar has never crossed the threshold of your sanctuary. The newest song you sing was written in 2001 (and that’s pushing it!). You would be thrilled to add more musicians to the team. You would love to have the problem of having so many musicians that they’re all clamoring to play on Sundays. You wish you had a plethora of people to fill different musical slots.
But those aren’t problems you’re in any danger of dealing with any time soon. Right now, you’re discouraged and your team is small. Really small. Your main problem is trying to keep things afloat, and trying to bring together the limited amount of resources at your disposal to present something relatively cohesive from week to week. It’s not easy.
Remember these truths, oh worship leader with a small (really small) team:
God arranges the members of a body
To draw again from Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:18, don’t forget that “God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.” God doles out gifts and arranges members as he sees fit. Make as many invitations to musicians in your congregation to step forward, to audition and to explore using their gifts in your team. Maybe you’ll get an overwhelming response. Maybe you’ll just get one 60-year-old who can play piano. See who God has placed in your midst. If he hasn’t given you what you want or need yet, then keep praying.