Keep Developing Your Worship Ministry


Don’t stop developing your worship ministry. There should always be something taking shape and moving forward. The leader is responsible for building a culture of development.

Ministry development most often moves pretty slowly, with a few spurts. Anytime you get a group involved, it takes longer to move forward. Additionally, we can easily get comfortable where we are, with what is currently working. But if you stay there too long, you will begin to decline.

However, as new things emerge and are developed, motivation increases, involvement increases and energy increases. Create an expectation for development in yourself, your team and your church.

The definition of development is to “grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.”

Here are some areas that might be developed in your ministry:


Your recruiting methods can be developed, and need to be if you are going to grow. Which areas do you need help with? Often, just thinking through the needs will open the door to someone walking through it. As you discern the roles needed, you can take some time to write down what each role entails. From there, develop your skill and organization in asking and attracting people to join you. >>>How To Build An Ongoing Volunteer Recruitment Culture In Your Church (Seven Steps)

Rehearsal Culture

Rehearsal times can be developed into stronger times of growth, community, and creativity. Help raise the expectation of instrumentalists and vocalists practicing on their own and rehearsing together. Develop your own time management and punctuality so you are on time, prepared and ready to maximize the time together. What new thing can you try this year to develop your rehearsal time into something that people want to be a part of?  >>>6 Reasons New Songs Enhance Worship   >>>Sound Check Protocol For Worship Leaders


Develop your leadership. Everyone can learn to be a better leader. As the leader gets better, everyone wins! There are many ways to do this, so just pick one and begin. Read a book, attend a conference, digest a couple of blog posts.


Develop your preparation skills. What areas of worship planning and prep can you delegate? What new tools can you learn to use that will help in preparation? Develop a way to get new songs learned and introduced. Develop a new team to help with planning and prep for worship. >>>Disciplined Preparation Creates Momentum  >>>Preparation: Don’t Underestimate It.


The tech world is often the easiest place to spot the need for upgrades and development. Hopefully, we notice before the projector crashed on Sunday morning. But aside from the developing and upgrading the basics, what other ways can you develop your presentation. The goal is to add depth to the worship service through media. We strive to enhance the experience and remove distractions. What steps need to be taken to be sure the media serves us and not the other way around?

Expectations & Goals

Develop expectations and goals for your ministry. Most often, we don’t consistently develop because we’re not sure where we’re aiming. Begin by developing a list of the expectations you have for your team members. Develop a list of what makes a Sunday worship experience really great. Write these things down, share with your team and post them. Creating some goals can also make a difference. A couple years back, we made a goal to use tablets for worship and not print songs out for the band or vocalists any longer. It took a bit, but we have finally turned the corner and every worship team member uses either an iPad or the projection screens for worship. >>>The Purpose Of Goals


Develop your prayer life. Pray together as a team. Pray for your team. Pray with the pastor and staff. Help each team member develop into people who pray in public. Prayer and faith in God’s work, through prayer, develops us as disciples. >>>Develop a Prayer Plan and Watch God Work