Soliciting Feedback From Your Team

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One great way a worship leader can stay fresh is to get feedback from her team.

Your people have an ear to the ground. In addition to how they feel about their involvement as a volunteer, they also hear about the music, production, details, presentation, and more when they are at home with friends or family having a meal. Musicians and tech team members can’t help but talk about what worked and what didn’t. They seek to improve. And families will often tell it more like it is than others in our circles.

Inviting feedback from your team is invaluable for a few reasons:

  • It let’s them know that you notice them
  • It let’s them know that you value their thoughts and opinions
  • It gives them an outlet to share some new ideas and ways of doing things
  • It helps create a culture of feedback for the purpose of excellence.
  • It creates some energy and buy-in as new songs, projects, or improvements are offered.

Use any of these scenarios to gather feedback:

Carve out time in a community or planning meeting and just ask people.

Have some one-on-one conversations and ask how people are feeling or what they are thinking about the ministry.

Close some emails with something like, “I’d love to hear your thoughts about how things are going – send me a quick note, or let’s talk!”

A survey within your team is a possible way.

Sometimes the feedback I’m seeking is about the team members’ service. Questions like how things are going, what could be helpful to them in preparation, how often they are wanting to serve during this season (year or semester), etc. This really helps team members know that you care for them – and that life is a balance, more than just a scheduled worship band rotation on PCO every week.

Feedback is your friend. Sure, some things might sting a bit, but know it’s for God’s glory and effective ministry. Develop some tough skin for those times when things are hard to hear, and celebrate the ideas and plans for the feedback that helps create new momentum and effective ministry leadership!

What do you do with feedback?

— Realize it’s not personal (most often).

— Take note of it.

— Invite that person to help you accomplish the idea if it’s something you feel should be changed.

– Say, “Wow!” not “How?” Often great ideas get squelched because we ask the tedious logistical questions too early. Instead, be in awe of a great idea and give it some time to think further about if it indeed gets traction.

Feedback is one of the best tools you have – learn to use it well!

COACHING

Sometimes ministry leaders hit up against issues, roadblocks, and other plateaus in their life and ministry. That’s where a coaching call or two can really come into play. Often, a different perspective and encouragement from someone – especially someone out of your typical circles – can be exactly what you need to take the next step. I would love to talk with you! Let’s set up a time here.