You know the old saying “Familiarity breeds contempt?” Well, I wouldn’t go that far when we’re talking about worship teams, but I think that there is a lot to be said for variety.
Rick Warren nailed it when he said “We need fresh faces, new talent, surprise and unpredictability.” I know our worship leaders are awesome [and can do the job better than volunteers]. However, too much of any one thing – no matter how good – doesn’t work well. I love steak and mashed potatoes, but not for every meal…
Besides variety, there are other reasons to switch things up. Putting all your eggs in one musical basket makes it really difficult when that individual leaves, and worship pastor stays are sadly very short on average. In addition, having some songs led by males and others by females allows each to have at least some of the songs in their natural range [we’ll discuss the “tenor issue” in a later post]. But topping the list is the fact that we, as pastors, have the duty to unleash the giftings of the people of the church.
P.S. If you are a multi-site church, try switching leaders [or whole teams] between campuses.