Music and faith have gone together hand in hand since the beginning of time. There are even references to performing musically in the Bible.
For instance, Psalm 71:23 states: “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you—I whom you have delivered.”
So if you’re leading a worship band, you want to perform your best for Him. That means a ton of practice time.
Here are seven tips on running an effective worship band rehearsal and making the most of your time.
1. Arrive Early
A worship band is more than a group of musicians; it’s a group of friends. And when friends get together, they want to goof off and have fun.
That’s wonderful, and there should be plenty of time for that! But not at the cost of your rehearsal.
Arrive 15-30 minutes early to reconnect with your fellow church staff and band members. Take this time to form valuable, Godly connections with one another and offer words of encouragement.
2. Stick to a Schedule
One of the best ways to make the most of your time at worship practice is by setting a clear agenda. Start by creating a rehearsal schedule template you can use each week.
Set hard start and stop times for the practice and designate a few break times in between.
Then, within those set hours, dedicate a set amount of time for each song. You can give more time to difficult songs and less time to the songs you already know.
It’s also wise to leave a few minutes toward the end of a rehearsal for songs you’re still struggling with.
3. Come with a List of Songs Ready
“So…uh, what are we going to play?”
It’s something just about every worship band leader has heard (okay, or said) before. Nothing can derail worship practice faster than a lack of focus.
Practice shouldn’t be a time for brainstorming songs — it should be a time to practice songs you’ve already decided on.
Set up a shared document among the group members and have each member add some of his or her favorite songs. Then, go through the list and start to organize the list, allowing each band member to choose at least one song.
Voila! The guesswork of this Sunday’s worship service is gone!
4. Kick out the Jams
An expert runner isn’t going to run a 5K without warming up first, nor should a worship team perform before warming up their musical chops.
Spending the first bit of rehearsal warming up and jamming is a wonderful idea and can help you perform better.
It gives each team member time to connect with their fellow musicians while preparing for the practice ahead.
5. Practice with the Sound System
Church acoustics can be a tough thing to get the hang of. To make sure you’ll sound great on Sunday, try practicing with the sound system on.
Note that this will require someone to learn the soundboard or some assistance from your friendly local sound engineer, so be sure to include them on schedules and emails.
6. Set Expectations Early On
A worship group is a team. Everyone has their own unique yet equally important roles to fill. If one part of that team isn’t living up to their end of the bargain, the whole team suffers.
Set clear, purpose-driven worship team guidelines from the get-go to keep everyone on the same page. Let them know what you’ll expect in terms of conduct and rehearsal.
7. Give It up to Him
At the end of the day, only one thing matters: your purpose for playing.
Make sure that you’re giving all glory to the Father above. Give all glory to Him through song and spirit.
Lead your team in prayer to open and close each worship practice to start and end on a positive note.
Running a Worship Band Doesn’t Have to Be Tough
A worship band is the heart of the church. Through song, you’ll lead your congregation in praise of God and bring glory to Him.
And with these tips in tow, your band rehearsals should go smoother than ever!
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