Maka inspire kaayo imong mga words and your vision is so clear. I'm happy to hear such words from you. I'm so happy na merong mga Christians na matured na jud. Christians who have clear visions. To God be the Glory!!!
Amen to that! He is faithful and just to complete the work He began in us.
My personal opinion --
Yes, vision is extremely important! Along with mission (purpose), and concept of operations.
Does this sound a little militaristic? Maybe it's because I'm retired military! But these items are of great importance for any team or organization to function effectively.
Many worship teams are exactly as you described. Put together and told play 5 songs. Maybe we'll rehearse for an hour before the service.
While you can do it this way and achieve a certain level of worship, I doubt many would grow to become true worshippers.
I submit to you all that if we build a worship team (a real "team" with personal relationship), and provide the team with a clearly stated mission & purpose, a concept of operations (the plan on how we will achieve the mission), and a vision (how the team will "look" at endstate) -- they will be more effective. Eveyone will be on the same sheet of music!!! (which is a good thing considering most worship teams play music)
Teamwork is usually the most effective way to accomplish a goal. It's a tried and proven concept. Another good side effect of having a team that understands the mission and the vision, is that the team can still function effectively in the absence of leadership (if needed). This is called discipline. Teams that have no vision and no purpose only do what they are told ....
It's not any easy thing for the leadership to do ... especially the worship leader who is often in between the worship team and the church leadership. But the results can be astonishing. The effort and struggle will certainly be worth it.
I'd like to know any couterpoints to this theory. Please let me know if you think I'm wrong.
Carl, I agree. To do what you suggest with purpose will undoubtedly lead to some amazing results, especially if the hearts are right. The problem I've seen lately is that our culture is no longer producing team members who are able or willing to commit. What's that old saying, "You can lead a guitar player to his amp, but you can't make him turn it down"...or something like that. :)
Maybe it's where I live, but I can not (let me repeat: CAN NOT) find team members who will be there on a regular basis. Their lives are too busy, their interests too diverse. Agreeing to a music schedule means "Looks good to me until something better comes along." And it's not just my leadership style scaring them off; it happens to all our team leaders.
What you are left with is trying to work with whoever can show up on any given practice night. Pretty hard to build a deep ministry with that.
Hey, maybe it leaves more room for the Spirit to work miracles...hmm, something to think about.
An artist seeks vision -- that is why he opens a piece of music and starts to play. Much of the vision of a worship team is supplied through the words and the music of songs to God (which, by virtue of their message, are just as much songs from God to us).
But while there is an unspoken fellowship in the making of music, we don't quite understand what is happening in our neighbor. So it is good to share vision; and since our individual vision may vary, a good leader can help us see the relationship of the ministry to the growth of the church in love and unity. Uniting vision is important -- we tend to view "our vision" as the church's vision, and it may not be quite so; or at least our own vision is limited.
We also have times when, through the necessity of repetition, our sense for music and life and ministry becomes dulled -- a leader can help waken us to the vision of Christ, and we get a fresh vigor. A wise leader may consider that "another meeting" may do little to excite vision unless it offers something of substance greater than mere exhortation.