One thing that has always intrigued me as a worship leader is the ability for people from different backgrounds, personalities, music styles and life experiences to come together with multiple instruments and voices to form one song. When a worship team comes together to make music, it’s just another beautiful portrayal of what we read in Romans:
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
In order for a group of people to function together, it takes one key ingredient: humility. We have to let go of our own pride and natural tendency to be the “star of the show” or have something go the way we perceive it should go. Whether it’s a guitar part we really love that’s loud or a technical drum beat we love to play but is a little off time. Maybe it’s wanting a harmony part to stick out above the other voices and wanting to be heard by the people more than we want attribute glory to God. These are just a few examples. We all need to connect and work together. Look at this illustration:
The Human Body: The Bible uses the illustration of the human body a few times when describing how the church body functions. Our body is made up of many parts. They all having different functions but are all needed and created for a purpose none the less. Look at where your hand connects to your arm. Is there a big gap? Are there a bunch of parts sticking out from where it connects? No, and if there is, see a doctor. The transition from hand to arm is smooth. And the same could be said about every part of our body. This is how we should be as a band, as a team, and as a church. All different parts connected as one body with no gaps and all trusting and co-dependent on each other.
Here are two ways to get where Romans 12 is trying to lead us: The first is pray. Spend time with Jesus. Find a place to meditate on Him daily and ask God to give you ability to work as one body, one team. Ask God to bless us with humility and patience. I say patience because the second thing is to work on it. Practice is essential to becoming one as a team and the truth is we are human. In being human especially in the 21st century, we can have what we want when we want it. Want a song? Downloaded. Want a new pair of shoes? Bought online. Want some food? Drive-Thru. Have question? Google. And the list goes on. But building a worship team doesn’t work like that. it takes time. It takes prayer and patience.
May God bless you as we continue on this journey to live for Him.