How can we teach basic concepts of how to live ON MISSION with God to our worship teams in just five minutes during rehearsals? In my last blog, I shared how to plan a Missional Retreat for your Worship Team to introduce basic concepts and convict their hearts while you are rehearsing music for upcoming services. Check it out here if you missed it: http://wp.me/p4ybbl-bx
Step Two in growing a Missional Worship Team is to do something weekly that intentionally teaches your team the Biblical concepts of being on mission with God. Here are some simple easy things you can do:
- Share stories of Worship Teams from other churches that are successfully doing missions in their own community. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of those in South Carolina.
- Show videos with a Biblical mission theme. Some good sources are WorshipHouseMedia.com, SermonSpice.com, and IgniterMedia.com.
- Invite local missions volunteers to come and give a testimony of their work in your community. Communicate upfront with your guest that you are only able to allow them four minutes of testimony and one minute to pray over the group in closing. Hold them to it.
- Invite your own worship team members to share stories of how they are on mission in their family, work, school, and other community settings. This creates a culture of Missional thinking through healthy peer pressure.
- Invite directors of local homeless shelters, food pantries, prison ministry, and other community missions to present the needs they have in their work and enlist volunteers from your team who can help meet their needs.
Remember to target emotional impact for real change by using stories, Scripture, testimonies, and videos to illustrate each point. Exercise careful discipline to stay on task and within time constraints. Be sure to close with prayer for your team to apply the concept taught each session.
During this step, you, as leader, need to take note of anyone who seems to be hearing God’s call to be a missional leader or leadership team member. Draw from those who show interest and personally recruit them for your mission team that will work with you to plan and produce a mission project in your community. But be careful not to recruit only those who are Innovators, eager to embrace change but not trusted as leaders. You will need trusted leaders possessing influence necessary to move your vision toward action plans and lead in that process. Also, during this step, begin to promote participation in the next step, Discipleship TRIOs.
The call of every worship leader goes far beyond just making it to the next Sunday and providing for moving, powerful worship that connects us with God. Christ’s Great Commission calls every Christian to grow disciple makers! The BEST context to “grow disciples who make disciples” is when we are on mission with God – THINKING like a missionary, PRAYING like a missionary, and ACTING like a missionary everywhere we go! — Mark Powers