There are no short cuts or simple formulas for fostering environments where teams flourish. Over the years I’ve had a change in perspective from building worship teams to developing “worshipping” teams. To build a worship team usually means finding some skilled musicians and artists, then trying to get them to work well together and get along, but building a worshipping team is altogether different! It requires more than just assembling a group of people doing individual tasks and getting something accomplished. Instead, it’s a tribe of worshippers that love the church, love people, and just happen to use their gifts to bring glory to God.
“Manifesto” is a great word that simply refers to a public declaration of values and aims and motives. In fostering an environment where a healthy and vibrant worshipping team exists, we’ve created our own manifesto. These are the things we are publicly declaring as our values and aims as a worshipping team.
He shares eleven core values that most worship teams could and should embrace. This one was especially great:
We choose relationship over rivalry and we choose camaraderie over comparison.
Simply put, we do together what no single one of us could do alone. Instead of comparing we will cheer each other on and we will fight jealousy and envy by celebrating each other’s gifting.
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)