A Little Bit of Starbucks Goes A Long Way
I do not believe that Worship Team members should ever need to be thanked for their service. Seriously. I don’t. Having the privilege of leading God’s people into an awareness of His presence and glory should be more than enough satisfaction for anyone.
I resonate with the Psalmist who considered simply being in the courts of God to be better than anything.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Psalm 84:10, ESV)
Not only should being in God’s presence, and leading God’s people into musical worship be satisfying to our souls, but our security in who we are should be simply found in Whose we are. We are His! Why would we need the praise of man when we have the presence of God, our Father? He is our Rock and our Refuge! Our security is found in Him alone -and it is more than sufficient!
I do not believe that Worship Team members should ever need to be thanked for their service.
But why not do it, anyway?!
It is biblical to find your satisfaction in God alone, but it is also biblical to encourage one another:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13, NIV)
…encourage one another and build one another up… (1 Thessalonians 5:11a, ESV)
The reality is that our Worship Team members spend hours of practice and preparation each week so that they can bring a skillful contribution to the musical worship in their context. Hopefully they are doing this out of a motive to serve the worship leader, the congregation, and ultimately God. That is pretty commendable, wouldn’t you say?
While I don’t believe that Worship Team members should ever need to be thanked, I think it is a good practice to look for ways to bless them, anyway.
There are myriad simple ways to do this. Here are a few suggestions:
Tell them you appreciate them. Nothing communicates “I appreciate you” quite like the words, “I appreciate you.” If you haven’t told your team members that in a while, you’re probably way overdue.
Send them a note. In this modern day of marvelous technological advancements, it is quite easy to send a quick email or text (or multiple other methods of messaging) to your team members to encourage them.
Buy them a coffee. Admittedly, this one is my personal favorite. (But then again, coffee is my love language.) On the way to Worship Team rehearsal, consider picking up an extra java (or 9), and treat the team to some piping hot liquid love. If it is not practical to stop by on your way, or if you don’t think that coffee would be allowed in your rehearsal space, consider giving $5 gift cards as a token of your appreciation. Believe me, a little bit of Starbucks goes a long way!
Artwork provided by my good friend, Brooke Gehman, an authentic and wonderful man of God, devoted follower of Christ, and an amazing husband and father. Brooke is a gifted Worship Leader, an incredible artist, and a Potter by trade (check out his website).