By worship management, do you mean a worship coordinator? Some churches are large enough that they will have someone on staff who organizes all the music teams as well as overseeing the flow of all the services, etc. They may do things like scheduling, managing auditions, approving music and songs, draft up budgets, manage the sound and video departments, the drama department, interact with pastoral staff to create a flow of service, etc.
They may or they may not acutally lead a worship team on a Sunday.
A worship leader's main job is to lead the worship team and provide an atmosphere where the people can connect with God in a safe environment. If it is a medium to smaller sized church, he or she does all of the above stuff as well!
Rick is right on the money. I have served as a worship leader who reported to a coordinator...who was in actuality a manager, who managed myself and two other worship leaders. In my case, the worship coordinator did not play on a team regularly, but did on occasion. The coordinator served to facilitate worship by handling a lot of the details...helping the worship leaders out by making sure music and mp3s were ready, etc. But a coordinator usually oversees the greeting and first-time visitor ministries as well, as Rick said, to ensure a seamless flow of services. Having a coordinator can work very well, but only if everyone involved stays organized and accountable.
I'm glad youmentioned the phrase "stays accountable". Sometimes it's hard to remember what your role is when you come into a new ministry position. If you've been the guy doing everything, as Justin mentioned, then it can be tricky to come into a scenerio where someone else approves music, sets schedules, etc. You have to really take on the role of a servant in those situations.
That's why some worship leaders will leave a large church and go into a smaller one; they just work better when they are involved in the whole picture. (Incidently, that's also why some pastors are good at small churches but lousy at large ones)
I was playing guitar once in a church that had multiple campuses, with multiple teams. At one point I was asked if I wanted to move up to a worship leader position, but I declined. For me, I found it hard to take a set list that was handed to me and be told to run with it. I found it hard to "own" the songs, as it were.
I'm not saying it isn't a good and sometimes necessary method; it just didn't suit me.
I don't think it is a good method at all. It's spoonfeeding. Not saying that it can't work. It can, if you plug at it long enough (like for a year or so). That way you'll have programmed the songs into the people and the worship leaders, so you don't have to worry about if a song is familiar enough to the congregations.
And given enough time, I guess, the worship leaders will 'own' the songs too.
My biggest grouse with that is that it doesn't train worship leaders to choose songs. And that is such a huge part of becoming an effective worship leader, knowing how to choose songs.
For me it's also about being a music pastor to your congregation, not just 'music machine' that pumps out the tunes when you push the button. I'm stating it in harsher terms that it really was - it's really a great church - but it was just different than what I'm used to.
Agreed. I don't have any issue with a coordinator position, but I think the line should be drawn in such a way as to still let the individual leaders chose their own lists - with oversight and guidance if necessary, but this is a key role for a leader and it needs to be taught, not taken away.
We had a Worship "pastor" who led most Sundays, all special services and did all the coordinating for a while, and this seemed to work out very well for our small church. Eventually, people were concerned about the salary/work ratio, added a bunch of "Christian Education", small groups, etc to his list and we eventually lost him (a major shame), and now our Worship Community is operating without any coordination at all.
Whether this is a staff position or not, and whether the coordinator is leading services or not (I personally believe that they should have in the past, even if they're not now), coordination is very important for a Worship Community (or whatever you call it at your church) to function properly.
Staying on top of new music coming out, introducing it to the teams, helping with schedules, planning and coordinating seminars and conferences the teams should attend, etc, etc, etc, are all critical areas for worship, and someone needs to be on top of it, whether they're on staff or not.