How to Grow Yourself and Your Team this Summer – Part 1

How to Grow Yourself and Your Team this Summer  Jason Hatley

A worship leader told me once that the summer was the worst time of year for his team to grow. He went on to explain that because of this, he took it easy during the summer, didn’t challenge his team (or himself) to grow and just coasted through until fall arrived.

What I told him next was hard for him to swallow, but absolutely true.

Because he “took the summer off” from focusing on the growth and health of his team, he stumbled into the fall with the same team, the same challenges, and unfortunately, a full 25% of the year where no growth happened and no one joined the team.

I don’t want to see that happen for me or you this summer.

So, this summer you have a choice to make. . .  you and your worship team can either GLIDE or GROW this summer.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to miss out on any opportunities for growth this summer. Over the course of the next 3 weeks we’re going to talk about 3 ways you and your team can renew your passion, prayer life, and processes for growth this summer.

Let’s take them one at a time and start at the top. In order for you and your team to grow this summer you must have . . .

#1 – A Passion for Growth

Too many worship leaders have a “We’ll just grow as we go” mentality. Put personal growth and team growth really don’t work that way. The worship leaders and teams who are excelling in the calling God has given them are intentional about their growth.

I’m surprised to hear worship leaders who sometimes say things like, “I have all the training I need to lead my team” or “I have enough people serving on my team.”

Listen – if that’s your vision for yourself and your worship ministry, your vision is way too small!

Trust me, God wants to do more in and through you than he’s doing right now. But you have to be intentional about doing your part as well.

If you have a passion to grow this summer, that’s awesome! Fuel that passion by stretching yourself, learning and growing this summer. Maximize your time with God, read books on leadership and team building, intentionally work to add new people to your team, and challenge your current team to grow in these areas as well (more on that in the next two weeks).

If you don’t have a passion to grow, take some time this week to pray and ask God to give it to you. Try to identify the source of your stagnancy. Have you lost some of your zeal for ministry? Are you intentionally keeping the team smaller because you aren’t sure how to lead a larger team?

Change your thinking . . . partner with God . . . and deepen your passion for growth this summer.

Your partner in ministry,


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Whether you are a new worship leader, considering a call to worship leading, or have been leading worship for years, this resource will help you discover:

  • Why the call is the single greatest determiner of how effective a worship leader you can be
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  • The four key elements that are in your call and why you must develop all four if you want to become everything God has called you to be as a worship leader
  • How you can immediately begin equipping artists for ministry in your church
  • Three ministry-defining truths that you must learn for effective leadership in your church
  • How you can build and lead winning ministry teams and avoid common pitfalls that many worship leaders make in doing so
  • How you can begin planning life-transforming worship services this week
  • How you can cultivate and inspire passion for the Sunday service in yourself and your team

And much more!

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About Jason Hatley and Worship Leader Insights

Jason HatleyIn 2002, Jason Hatley helped launch The Journey Church in New York City, directing the programming of their worship services. He serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts and built from scratch The Journey’s worship arts team, a group of over 200 artists and technicians who develop and implement the creative and technical elements at weekly Sunday services. The Journey has been recognized as one of Outreach Magazines fastest growing and most creative churches.

Jason has been a worship leader since 1996. He invests in Worship Pastors around the country through interactive coaching networks and worship planning resources. He has been a featured break-out speaker at the Willow Creek Arts Conference, The Purpose Drive Worship Conference, as well as seminars around the country. He has a B.M. in Sacred Music Performance from Appalachian State University.

Jason and his family currently live in Boca Raton, FL where he serves as the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey’s newest campus in South Florida.