When I first came to my current church eleven years ago, the worship teams consisted of the typical bands with three vocal teams of nine singers each. They were all lined up across the front of the stage sharing 4 monitors with the band hidden behind them. The congregation felt overwhelmed, especially if they were sitting near the front. It wasn’t working, but it took me several years to find the courage to make the painful, but necessary changes. I now have eight total singers who rotate every 3-4 weeks, having one to three people on stage on any given weekend.
“Where have all the singers gone?”
- Start a choir – monthly or at least seasonally. Sadly, it’s becoming harder to find worship leaders who have the ability to lead a choir.
- Mix adults with kids on your children’s worship teams.
- Form worship teams for your women’s & men’s ministry events.
- Have occasional artist nights, where singers and other artists can share their songs and art with others in a non-threatening environment.
- Do more A Cappella music. With the popularity of Glee and Sing-off, we have seen a resurgence in unaccompanied music. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It could be as simple as closing out a song by singing the last chorus without the band.