I recently became the worship leader at my church and Im having some trouble getting members for the team. And some of the ones I have now kind of seem to have found other things of more importance to them(different season in their life?). I need advice on how to get people interested in joining i guess if you can understand what i mean! :)
Praying for this is the very best thing you can do Whitney :~) God will provide!
What parts do you have filled now?
BTW...welcome and congratulations to your new and wonderful job of Worship Leader!
wow I can't believe I didn't reply to this a whole 2 years ago when I needed this! I'm so thankful for it. I actually just prayed this prayer with you today. :) Thank you for this prayer, I needed it and felt it today as well. Again, Thank you
1) When recruiting, make all your requirements clear.
Church music in this day and age ranges from the contemporary styles (which require the musicians to fill-in-the blanks) to the traditional styles (which require the musicians to be able to read notation). Don't assume that the people in your church know or understand what you need. Always spell out your requirements.
This also inspires confidence. People prefer to work with leaders who know clearly what they want and can communicate it to others. They are more likely to respond to your recruitment efforts if you take the effort to spell out what are the expectations you have for the role.
2) Ask your musicians who they'd like to invite to serve in your church.
Musicians tend to feel more comfortable talking with other musicians. Think about it, you may have the right person visiting your church or quietly warming a pew in your church. This person will usually make themselves known to the 'official' church musicians first before approaching the other people in the church leadership.
So make sure the musicians already working with you know that you are on the look-out for more help, so they can help you look out as well as recommend people they think are suitable.
3) Have a back-up plan.
What will you do if you can't find the right person or the right people? If your church uses a contemporary style of music for worship, you may be able to train up adequate musicians in the span of 2-3 months. If you practice a more traditional style you may want to look for parents with kids taking classical music lessons. They require a lot less work in terms of music training (most of it is already done for you).
The most important thing is to NOT be desperate. If you are desperate, you'll be tempted to recruit people without the correct skill set or the right attitude. They can be a headache to deal with at that point. No one benefits from this situation at all.
What do you think, Whitney? :)
yea, haha thanks!