I recently finished writing a book on worship.  It began as a series of articles on worship topics and become a cohesive book.  It started when I was holding a workshop for worship team members at a former church and blossomed into the worship team manual for my current church.

The book is fairly short and is designed to be discussed in small group settings (although it doesn't have the typical set of questions to discuss). 

It is currently available as a Kindle version. The paperback version is on the way.  Please take a read and see if this is a fit for your team.

Establishing a Culture of Lead Worshipers



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I need some reviews on Amazon.  If you would like help, please send me a PM or a message at solidwalnut at gmail dot com. and I'll send you a PDF copy.



Steve, thanks for the .pdf.  I've read it through one time, want to give it another pass before I do a review.  I get the importance of "giving 110% for Jesus," but our band kinda lives (and dies) by the 80.20 rule :-)  So I'm going to do another read through first.

Oh, I know, and I get that! :-) I think that my influence for that comes from Darlene Zchech, in the spirit of leading a larger group of 'competing' musicians.  I get that most churches never get to have those types of struggles and that we deal with the reality of the 80/20 rule.

But I struggled with publishing the idea that the reality is 80/20.  And 'to just deal with things as you can' might not be nurturing to the thought of placing the future target of being a larger ministry and giving those in the band that vision, the vision that there is more than the 80/20 reality.

The difficulty can be that if a church ministry DOES become larger, then leadership might not be prepared for the reality past 80/20.

I hope that makes sense. Thanks for the read.



Your response here about how the 80/20 model compares to the 110% model was really good, that gave me something to think about.  I'm not sure that I'm convinced that I (as WL) should expect 110% of our musicians and singers when there's kind of a sense that the rest of the church / contemporary service is operating on 80/20, but I appreciate your explanation.

Another question - there is a graph on page 15 that confuses me.  "High Music Talent" and "High Heart of Worship" are not necessarily correlated.  I could understand a chart where "Music Talent" is the Y axis and "Heart of Worship" is the X axis and people are going to show up in various locations... and maybe we use this as a way to decide who can be in the band and who can't.  But I don't get the point of the chart as shown.

Hope you don't mind discussing some of this stuff on the forum here... hopefully some other people will check out the book and join the discussion...

No, I don't mind discussing at all, and appreciate it.

I think that you're right.  The conviction on how to manage people in worship has to be completely owned by the leader.  It doesn't matter the philosophy, and much will depend on situations.  The 110%, for me, isn't about my expectation as a leader.  And it's not about others showing everybody around them that they are committed to that.  It's about the idea that there is no divided attention and that there's a focus on the tasks at hand as well as the spiritual preparedness aspect.  For the flaming arrows of the evil one are coming, etc.

It's about an individual conviction that what I am preparing for matters, and that if I shoot for 110% that I'll actually give closer to 90 or 95 (individual mileage may vary!)  It's about being prepared and not caught off guard if someone approached them to talk and/or pray, and it's about being prepared for what happens when the keyboardist forgets to play the intro.

The graph - I really do think I should have explained that better.  The idea is that you would use whatever means to try and 'categorize' those who approach you or try out for the worship team.  My idea with using this type of graph is that of the quadrant maps where the ideal is the upper right quadrant.  So, the graphs could have been separate for Heart of Worship and Music Talent, but they are overlayed here as the two points that matter to me.  The categories aren't meant to correlate but are meant to give a visual on where you see a person.

In other words, a person who approached you that is a great music talent and also has a wonderful personal relationship might be a 'no brainer' type of person to consider, but maybe one with a large music talent and no relationship or a person who is searching will give you the chance to consider whether or not that person would be ok to pursue.  Maybe that person would be best as an alternate, or maybe you or your church decides that it is / is not ok for that person to be on the platform.  But the idea is for you to just make up a chart that makes sense to you and your situation.


Charles-- Another aspect to your question:

...I'm not sure that I'm convinced that I (as WL) should expect 110% of our musicians and singers when there's kind of a sense that the rest of the church / contemporary service is operating on 80/20...

I think that along with my other explanation, there's a direct answer to your question that I didn't see...when there's kind of a sense that the rest of the church / contemporary service is operating on 80/20...

I think that you might answer the question for yourself about whether you believe the worship team should operate on the 110% principle regardless of other teams (and I would never argue against you believing otherwise).  To me, the worship team has the same, if not sometimes more, influence on the flock.  We are looked up to and are expected to be examples in our walk.  No one is certainly perfect, but just as pastors and elders are held more accountable, so are any people up front, for we represent our church.

It's not that other ministries, like coffee and ushers, are any less of an outreach.  It's that we are called to be visible and I believe we should embrace that.  Whether we want to think so or not, we are being watched.  As a team, we need to be examples of what worship looks like and of the Christian walk.  

Yes, we can get all too serious about ourselves on this and think we're too important.  But just as a pastor must be approachable and an example of worship, so should we all.

Right now, I am the worship leader for a small church with a new contemporary service.  Not unlike other churches that are older that see that the only way to survive is to create a service for younger worshippers.  I am living with the 80/20 model at the moment, and I believe that it's my job to model the 110% rule.  Not to be visible giving 110%, but rather preparing myself and the music in a manner that reflects my dedication.  Yes, I have a full-time job 'on the side' :-)

That includes helping to design the growth for this church with the senior pastor and like-minded staff we are gathering.  But I am not doing this to just survive and have a place to worship every Sunday.  I feel that a part of my mission is to help create a place for the unreached to come and to surround myself with like-minded people who want to help build a place for the unsaved to walk in the door.

And so not to burn myself out, or others, we have built-in time off from the schedule.  Yes, I am in a position to give more right now.  And I do take my time off. 

The 110% only works when you help to take care of people by making sure they have time away to rejuvenate.

I'm not sure if I'm answering your question, but thought I'd give it another shot.



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