How to Grow Your Worship Team

Every worship leader and pastor faces the same challenge at least once and usually multiple times throughout their lifetimes: How do you attract more musicians to your team?

I am facing this issue for the third time in as many churches.  We need instrumentalists, choir members, and soloists for the Classic service, and musicians and vocalists for the Modern service bands.  In particular, we need guitarists and worship leaders in the Modern service.

I will be the first to say that I do not have this all figured out.  In fact, I am writing this blog not to tell you what to do so much as to say what I am doing that I think is working, what I think God is doing, and what I plan to do soon.

You have to decide what is right for you.  With that in mind, here are some thoughts.  Please give me your perspective in the comments section.

  1. Don’t be in a hurry.  Focus on the right people more than just numbers.  A few good people are better than a lot of ok people.
  2. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Do not be in a hurry to fill empty spots with “ringers” or hired guns.  People will only see there is a need if what they are looking for is missing.
  3. Pray.  I truly believe that God is the one who brings the people.  Over the past three months I have seen 10 or more musicians join the worship ministry, and most of those people came because they felt “it was time” or because of some other similar prompting in their spirit.
  4. Connect.  If you hear of a possible candidate, call them and talk.  If you like what you hear, have coffee.  If that goes well, play together.  Follow through.
  5. Plan.  I am hoping to mount a church-wide campaign for musicians and team members very soon.
  6. Spread the word.  Tell people.  Sometimes we simply forget to ask.  People need to be asked.
  7. Be excellent.  Even if you do not have all of the pieces, do as good a job as you can with the people you have.  Good musicians want to play and sing with other good musicians.  If you want to attract good people, do a good job with the people you have.
  8. Be graceful.  I wrote about this a week ago.  People want to serve with leaders who are graceful.  What is the saying?  You will attract more flies with honey than with vinegar.
  9. Clarify the need.  Instead of saying, “We need musicians,” say, “We need electric guitarists, drummers, and sopranos,” or whatever the specifics are in your case.  People respond to specifics, not generalities.
  10. Paint a picture.  When you tell a musician you would like them to join the band you might get a response.  You are more likely to get a response if you tell them (make certain this is genuine) how their unique gifts would make them a perfect fit with the team and the vision of the church.  People want to matter and not just be another number.

What tips for recruiting do you have to offer?