The 7-Minute Worship Team Check-In

The 7-Minute Worship Team Check-In

The next seven minutes might go something like this:

WORSHIP LEADER: Hey thanks for being here. Let’s spend the next couple minutes with each other before we attend to the music and the sound and the congregation. How are you? Is there one high or low point in your life you would like to share with the rest of the team? Just a sentence is fine. Everyone doesn’t have to share.

[Uncomfortable silence while you smile and look at the team.]

BASS PLAYER: “I just got a raise!”
EVERYONE“Yay! Congrats.” 

[Uncomfortable silence while you smile and look at the team.]

DRUMMER: “My girlfriend texted and dumped me last night.”
WL“So sorry. We are here for you today.” 

[Uncomfortable silence while you smile and look at the team.]

SOUND TECH: “I’ve been having a ton of doubt about my faith. I’m struggling to just be here today.”
WL: “Wow. That’s heavy. Thank you for your vulnerability. Know that we are with you.” 

[Uncomfortable silence while you smile and look at the team.]

WL: “Anyone else? Joy? Sorrow?”  

[Uncomfortable silence while you smile and look at the team.]

WL: “Thank you, let’s pray together….”

At this point, a quick prayer recognizing all joys and sorrows is good. Thank God for the opportunity to be together and make music. AMEN

Invite the team to pray for each other during the breaks as the day progresses.

Everyone go to their perspective music making station and…

“MUSICAL” REHEARSAL BEGINS  

PRO TIP: Before releasing everyone from the circle, take a moment to go over the set list verbally!

EXTRA TIP: Occasionally someone will confess something extraordinary (divorce, cancer etc…) that requires immediate prayer and attention. It’s OK to give some special prayer time to this issue, but it can be quick and followed up on later.

EXTRA TIP: The fear is that this turns into a long counseling session and that is not what this is. Your job as the worship team leader is to move it along and keep it what it is…a quick check in—not a deep counseling session. Really make clear that you only want a sentence or two. Over time, this will become the norm.