Why Have Auditions for Worship Ministry?
By Pastor Scott Flaten
Do you audition the people that are involved in your worship ministry? It may seem like a strange concept, but it will help you serve your people more effectively, and can save you some trouble down the road.
Here are the reasons why I encourage every worship pastor/leader to hold auditions for new members of their worship teams:
1. Personal Contact
Taking 20 minutes to meet with potential worship team members provides an opportunity for you to talk with them, and find out who they are, how they want to be involved, and what they ultimately want to do in your ministry. People want to know that you care for them. Providing a time to talk together helps you to show that you care about their spiritual growth.
2. Skill Assessment
Each person has unique skills and abilities that can be used for the glory of God. Everyone has a desire to be used and included in the work God is doing at your church. However, that doesn’t mean that each person wanting to be involved in your worship ministry is equipped to do so.
I met with a very kind, shy lady who’s hearts desire was to sing a vocal solo. We met, and she confided in me that she was deathly afraid to sing in front of people! It was true, and she couldn’t even sing in front of me for the audition without tearing up. While this lady had a heart to minister in music, it was obvious that she was better gifted to serve in another area. Now, we could have worked and worked to get this lady to the place where she may have been ready to sing a solo, but it would have taken much work, time, and tears! An audition will give you an opportunity to place people where their natural gifting will be used effectively. Serving people means directing them to ministries where they can succeed.
The very act of auditioning for anything is a humbling experience. We do our best to make the audition experience as un-intimidating as possible. However, it can be a bit scary. I think that this is good, because it provides an opportunity to see where a person’s heart and attitude is. Talking for a few minutes can give you a good idea why someone is really there. Statements like “I’m a really good singer”, “All my family and friends say that I’m really good”, or “I know I’m better than most of the people on your team” are immediate red flags and should be carefully considered when thinking of adding people to your team.
4. Team Unity
Each person that you add to your team adds a new dynamic musically, spiritually, and emotionally. If you know your team, you’ll know what type of personalities you have, and how they respond to each other. Team unity is so important in worship, and thinking/praying through each potential new member can save you some trouble down the road. Don’t just add someone because they have the “chops” to play with your team. Think “how will this person flow with me and my current team?”
Auditions should be an important part of your team building. As a worship pastor or leader, your job is to serve your people. An audition process is a great tool to help you serve and lead.
I’ll share in another post how we conduct our worship ministry auditions.