One of the most valuable things that you can give to your team members is time. Your time and their time. When I say “their time,” I mean making sure that team members have an adequate amount of time to finish projects. For example, giving worship team members the set list a day before rehearsal [and expecting them to have it memorized] isn’t realistic – or necessary. It assumes that they have nothing else to do for those 24 hours except cram to learn the music because you don’t have your act together. If memorization is expected, music should come a MINIMUM of a full week out [2-3 weeks is really where it should be]. Similarly, expecting production and video teams to consistently function “last minute” shows fairly profound disrespect and reflects poorly on the leader… 

When I say “your time,” I mean time to meet together and talk. This needs to be focused time. Time when you are actually paying attention to what is said to you, rather than listening just enough to respond or make your point. One of the main characteristics required is humility – a realization your time is not the only consideration. It’s the difference between efficiency and effectiveness – quick, surface-level conversations that are really more directive-giving sessions may be efficient, but if they don’t help the church in the long run, then none of that speediness matters – and can actually do a lot of damage in the long run. #creativeworshipideas 

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