Handling Conflict on the Worship Team

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God calls believers to live in peace with one another. His Word charges us to make every effort to keep ourselves united in the Spirit, bound together with peace. No matter what our roles of service are as members of Christ’s body, this effort is part of our striving to lead a life worthy of our calling by God and His gospel. The members of a worship team often have many different preferences and musical palates. Sometimes we worship leaders impose our preferences upon other team members and congregations. Handling conflict is a necessary skill.Or, we may be put out because our lead pastor has imposed his preferences upon us and we feel hampered in our ability to lead with the songs and musical styles we prefer. Handling conflict is a necessary skill.

There may also be times when we or one of our team members are full of pride or envy, or are doing a sloppy job singing or playing our instruments, or are consistently failing to show up to rehearsals and services on time. These faults can be difficult to forgive.

Handling Conflict on the Worship Team

According to God’s Spirit in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we are commanded to:

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

This statement immediately precedes the directive for us to make every effort to be united in the Spirit and bound together with peace, and it highlights explicit ways that we can make this effort:

  • We must always be humble and gentle.
  • We must be patient with each other and make allowances for each other’s faults.

Why? Because of our love for one another, which flows out of our love for Christ in response to His great love for us.