Worship Team – The Hard Part

From a musical standpoint, most worship songs aren’t too complicated, right?

Most of them are in 4/4. MAYBE 6/8. Pretty simple.

97% of songs sung by a male are in the key of “B” (slight exaggeration)

The songs are usually “shaped” pretty similarly from a dynamics standpoint. (Intro, verse, chorus, verse , chorus, bridge, chorus chorus)

Most of them stick to the pentatonic box so there aren’t too many surprises in chord changes.

From a certain perspective, its really not very hard.

Even if a song IS more complicated than usual, in order to get something down, you just have to practice it.

That CAN be hard. The specific part might be hard. The timing might be hard. The harmony part might be hard to hear. The lead line might have some awkward fingering. Etc…..

But in general, what it takes is practice. And then……you get it. And it clicks. And it’s not really hard anymore. Formulaic? not really. But…maybe.

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So what is the hard part for me?

Well, I’m a worship director right? (The title can be misleading, but they have to call the job something 🙂

A lot of people think that just involved getting some music to happen on Sunday……not really the case.

I’m not going to get into all the specific of the job right now (and I probably never will)

But I am going to tell you what the hard part is.

You see the worship team title is telling – it’s a team. A team is made up of different people. In this case, about 25 different people.

All of those different people are in different places. They are all reading different things. They are studying different things. They are praying different things.

All of those different people are NOT in the same band (we have 3-4 different bands at Visio). So they don’t all see each other and hang out together all that often.

All of those different people have different musical tastes. They have different likes and dislikes.

Simple put – all of those different people are ….different.

I’m absolutely not saying that’s bad. As a matter of fact I think it’s a very good thing. But it does provide a bit of a challenge.

Theres not much that I want more than for everyone on the musical worship team to be on the exact same page. To be thinking about the same things when we gather to rehearse or lead the congregation on Sunday mornings. I would love for all of us to be reading the same books and having the same discussions. And desiring the same things for 1) our team and 2) our church.

As the “Worship Director”, I feel responsible for that. But not in a “this is my job” type way. My heart longs for this. My heart longs for us to all have the same vision and be of the same mind (seems like Paul talked about that in Phil. 2). And have the same purpose.

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I’m trying to figure out the best way to do that. Or to drive that. Or to steer us in that direction.

Because we have really talented people. And the music is not the hard part. Getting the music to sound good is not what keeps me up at night.

It’s the other things. The somewhat immeasurable things. The intangible things. Those things are the hard part.

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One thought on “Worship Team – The Hard Part

  1. Patrick,

    I feel your desire. I know you and I have discussed many different things about music, in general, and music as it concerns the bands at Visio. I feel your desire, and I would imagine, all of the members have that desire, to be one cohesive unit. Following God and getting out of the way.

    I think that we all get in the way of God. I think Anson said it yesterday in his talk, “God doesn’t need us, but he wants us.”. He wants us to play music, he wants us to worship him with our music and the talents he has blessed us with. I feel like if all of us ever got that deeply ingrained in our soul and brought it to our worship team. God will turn our little part of worship music on its head.

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