Hi everyone. I have a question for you and it is serious to me so I would appreciate your thoughts.
I am the full time worship pastor in a fairly large church. I lead all volunteers. Currently I have 3 different pianists, 4 bass players, 3 rythm guitar players, one lead player, 2 drummers, one sax player, and an aux percussionist. These volunteers have been playing together in different combinations for the past 18 months. Everyone wants a chance to play - and so I rotate folks in and out. It gets pretty complicated for me to juggle all the schedules not to mention the trials of different musicians working together every week.
Here is my question. I have two new people who have been coming to the church for about three weeks. They are very very excited and enthusiastic about wanting to join the team. One plays keys and one plays bass. I am scheduled to meet with them next Tuesday with a drummer, a rythm player and a couple of singers and run through some songs to get a feel for their abilities.
My thought is that if they go to our class for new attenders, and spend three months in loyal attendance that there is no reason why they should not be included in the rotation.
But here is my dilemma, as we all know, working together musicians feel each other and the music is typically of a higher quality, When I am constantly rotating musicians I don't know that I am doing anyone any favors. So here is my question for the group. If you were in my position would you...
1. Develop one band only and use subs only when needed.
2. Create more than one band and rotate them every other month or bi weekly?
3. Use different bands for different services (we have two).
4. Continue to rotate musicians as I have been doing and add in those that have the heart, desire and basic musicianship for worship?
5. Tell the new members I am "full up" for now.
6. Create an outreach band that rehearses and goes out into the community spreading gospel through music.
7. Other thoughts....
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.