Hey guys. As I've been searching for a place of full-time ministry, and anticipating what to expect and what to do in the beginning stages of my leadership I've been thinking about this idea that "it has to work HERE before THERE." That is to say, before the worship team and the congregation can get on the same page, the individuals on the worship team have to be on the same page. It has to work HERE (among the people on stage) before it works THERE (the influence the band's efforts has on the congregation). You could break it down even farther. It has to work HERE (between the individual and God) before it works THERE (among the people on stage).
I think this concept has a lot to do with the bare minimum of leadership, influence. Sometimes the relationship between leader and followers can be underestimated. I strongly believe that people want to feel valued for who they are, before they feel valued for what they can do. As leaders we are leading people and that brings with it conflict, drama, hardship, joyfulness, and everything in between. If the people we are leading know we truly care for them, not just for what they can do, we will have a much greater impact in our leadership and a better chance of making it work HERE. This in turn will give our efforts a better chance of working THERE.
What do you guys think of this concept? Do those under your leadership feel valued? What are some things you do to let people know they are valued?