Every now and then I’ll get asked about how we do worship team auditions at my church – this post is a current description of that process for us and if it helps you figure out how to do auditions at your church, that’s great!
To say we “audition” people for our teams is actually inaccurate – we don’t do solo auditions in front of a panel. In our worship team setup it is very rare for anyone to play a musical solo on a Sunday morning so it’s actually not all that helpful for me to only hear them play or sing on their own.
Our entry process to joining our worship team actually has three main components –
During this time I’m trying to see if they have a heart and a passion for the Lord and His work in their life. I want to hear a heart for the people of our church, that they would grow deeper in their understanding and pursuit of worship. I’m also trying to get a sense of whether or not the person will mesh with our current team – Will they get along with the people who are already serving? Will anything about their personality clash with some other personalities on our team? Is this person going to be a team player? All of those questions are running through my head during these conversations.
- Yes, you’re ready. You’ve shown a commitment to Christ, a commitment to our church, a love for worship and a heart to see people grow. You have musical ability at an acceptable level for us and we’re excited about how you would fit in our existing teams. Let’s get you scheduled on our Sunday morning rotation.
- You’re almost ready, but… I need some more time. I’m concerned about any of these things – a character issue, your understanding of worship, your motivation for being part of the team, your level of musicianship, etc. I can see you being a part of our worship team in the future but just not yet. There may be a way for you to be involved in leading worship for our kids or student ministries, we’d love to see you continue to grow in your understanding & ability and then we’ll come back and reconsider at a future date.
- No. Serving in worship ministry is not for you. You may love Christ but you can’t hold a tune. You might run musical circles around everyone else on our team, but you’re a jerk. (Thankfully I’ve never had to say that one!) I appreciate your desire to serve and every follower of Christ is called to serve in some way but the worship team is not a spot for you.