I am a worship leader in a small Tennessee United Methodist Church. I grew up in the church, but was drawn away to a more contemporary Baptist church down the street. The Baptist church had (and still does) have a true feeling of the Holy Spirit as soon as you enter. I worked with the P&W band on occasion and was very happy serving there.
A few years later, I was drawn back to my "home" church to be with my aging mom. Within the first few weeks, I was approached to develop a contemporay service for the now growing church. Now, I grew up in this church, was well aware of the "politics" and frankly thought a contemporary service would never be accepted. After much discussion and prayer, I agreed to try to start an early contemporary service in addition to the traditional service.
I say that, to say this. We are entering our 4th year and the service has been very successful, with as many worshippers as the traditional service. The problem is that we seem to have somewhat lost focus. The musicians (2-guitarists, 2-keyboardists, bass, drums) work very hard to make the service a success. My issue is the praise team. Two outstanding vocalists and 2 new teenagers who have real potential, but who all habitually miss rehersals for no reason.
I try to be a really nice guy, and keep the "drama" to a minimum, so I haven't made this an issue, but it is now affecting our service. I understand and agree that the service is not a "performance", but being unprepared to lead worship certainly effects the remainder of the team.
It is also becoming an issue with the musicians who do work hard to put forth the very best we can. I am to the point of saying, "If you're not at rehersal, don't expect to lead worship on Sunday".
Has anyone else faced this or am I just being a worship leader who expects too much from a voluntary team?