Often the case in churches, there are 2 or more bands in the worship team which rotate from service to service.
Churches all have different worship styles which normally stem from the roots of your church. Some are conservative and some are more charismatic. For example, our church doesn’t have a specific denomination, so we sing a variety of songs – some traditional and some more modern. In our church, we have 2 bands in our worship team and even though we sing the same songs, each band has their own style. Each band also interprets different songs in different ways.
But how do you keep a uniform sounds so that the congregation doesn’t feel as if they are in a different church every week?
MindMyMinistry has a pretty good solution. It shows past and future events which all team members can access. The worship leader of any band in the team can have a look at the songs done by the other band(s) and also the songs that will be done in future events and use that information when drawing up a new set list for the band. In your song list, there are columns indicating how often songs have been played. This helps a lot to keep track of songs that might have been slightly over-played and others that might have been forgotten and need some dusting off.
Another tip that helps to get a uniform sound is to have combined band practices every once in a while, so that the band members can work on new songs together as a worship team. This helps the team to stay connected and to grow as a unit in Christ to lead your church in praise and worship.
This is quite a tricky one and is dependent on so many variables…your church and its traditions, language(s), available band members, special occasion, theme of sermon. Our church is a colourful mixture of all of the above and more. Sometimes I wonder, “Did we get it right today?” and wish there was a ‘Like’ button hovering over every song, so that the congregation could give us an idea if they liked the song. At the end of the day, I think we become so entangled in our worries that we stray from the true purpose of a worship team, and that is to lead a congregation in praise and worship to themselves make a connection with the Holy Spirit.
Our church in quite interesting: it is a non-denominational church consisting 99% of immigrants. Because it is non-denominational, we have people from all ends of the ‘worship spectrum’-very traditional churches to very contemporary. All fun and games, until you try to accommodate everyone’s likes and dislikes when it comes to song choices. At the end of the day, a good mixture of the traditional and contemporary sprinkled with a generous helping of enthusiasm tends to keep everyone satisfied.
Let me start from the beginning. D and I have been involved in our church’s worship band for several years now in various capacities and I take my hat off to the coordinators, because it is a mammoth task keeping track of band members, their schedules, song lists and chord sheets etc.
So out of the frustration created by constantly sending emails, updating excel sheets, resending said excel sheets, miscommunication and ‘stuff’ getting lost in the internet-o-sphere, the need was there to have a centralised system. However, the 1st system that was tried, although working well as a central system, did not meet all the needs. And what does a true engineer do? He builds his own system!!! And that was the birth of MindMyMinistry.
MindMyMinistry is an online system designed to take the stress and hassle out of coordinating the worship section of a church service. All church members involved with the worship- from the pastor, band members, media to the ‘sound guys’- can create their own login and password, check when they are rostered on, download sheet music, listen to tracks and update their availability without sending emails backwards and forwards.