What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Help Your Team Members Grow

Jason HatleyAfter last week’s post on How to Make Ministry Personal, I received a note from one of my Coaching Alumni and friends in ministry. He said that the post had been really helpful for him in considering how he was leading his team, and it launched us into a conversation about just what we are able (and not able) to do to help our team members grow.

I think this is a HUGE conversation for worship pastors because the truth is many of us live with a load of guilt that we are somehow not doing the best we can to help our team members grow in their faith and connection to the church.

There’s always more that we could do I’m sure, but honestly there are some things that we simply CANNOT.

With his permission, I want to delve into this topic for the next couple posts and shed some light on the things that we SHOULD be doing to help our team members grow spiritually, and cut ourselves some slack for some MYTHS that we believe about what we can do to help them grow.

Let’s start today with Spiritual Growth.

Spiritual formation is one of the most important areas of growth on your team. Here’s the rub though . . . We all want to see the members of our team walking closely with God, making wise decisions at all times, never falling into sin, and overall just being 100% holy in all they do.

Is that possible . . . absolutely not! I can’t do that, you can’t do that, and our teams can’t do that.

Sometimes as Worship Pastors, however, we live with a burden of guilt because we feel those expectations should be met and it’s up to us to make our team members meet them.

Let me share with you one of the most powerful secrets of Spiritual Growth.

Ready? You can’t force anyone to grow spiritually. It’s true. By God’s design it’s up to each person.

Even God chooses not to force us to invest in our spiritual growth. It’s up to us to decide to grow in our own relationship with God.

So take that weight off your shoulders and let’s talk about what we can do.

Here are 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Team Grow Spiritually –

#1 – Demonstrate your own pursuit of God. Just as Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ”, your team needs a personal example of what it means to grow spiritually. They need you to lead in this arena. Remember, we don’t replicate what we want, we replicate what we are, so we can’t lead them to a place that we ourselves aren’t going either.

#2 – Teach spiritual disciplines. At The Journey I do take time to teach on expectations for spiritual formation to our team as a whole twice a year in our New Season Kick-off. But that’s hardly enough. Look for opportunities to invest in their spiritual growth. Send an article for your team to read. During one-on-one’s ask how things are going in their spiritual life. Look for ongoing opportunities to challenge them.

#3 – Ensure they sign up for a Small Group Bible Study. This is one of the expectations of serving on our Worship Arts Team at The Journey. I know I can’t personally mentor the spiritual lives of everyone on our team, so by making sure they are in a Small Group Bible study I know that they are taking steps to make their spiritual lives a priority.

#4 – Ensure they are attending services, even on the Sunday’s they aren’t serving.

#5 – Help them become members of the church. Membership matters. When your team members become Church Members they have said, “This is my church. This is where I want to attend, serve, give and grow.” For some, membership is a requirement to join the team. For others (like me), membership is a requirement to stay on the team. Either way, the end goal is to help the artists in your church deepen their commitment to God, the church, and the team (in that order).

There are many things we can’t do to help our team grow in their faith. But by working on these 5 areas you can I believe inspire your team to grow in their relationship with God.

Next week we’ll talk about another key element to the health and growth of your team . . . how to deepen their connection to YOU, the leader.
Your partner in ministry,


PS – Do you need a system for deepening the commitment of your team members to God, the church, yourself and the team? In the How to Double Your Worship Team in a Day resource I spend an entire section on an important element to the health of your team called the Servant Leader Process.

In that Process I teach you how to establish mile-markers for your team members to ensure they are growing as they serve, as well as how to identify rising leaders and put them on a path to greater levels of service.

PLUS – in that section I teach you how to develop a Worship Arts Team Covenant to get buy-in from your team members so that from the very beginning they know what is expected of them in the areas of serving, discipleship, preparation, giving and more!

And of course you will get all of the proven principles for how to Double Your Worship Team in a Day, creating a healthy and thriving worship arts ministry that can catapult your worship experiences to the next level!

In this 3-hour workshop, I will teach you the nuts-and-bolts principles of:

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  • 5 foundations of an Effective Audition Strategy that you MUST have in order to maximize your team.
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  • How to say “No” to someone who auditions in a way that connects them to another area of your worship ministry.
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  • Actual emails used to promote auditions to the entire church database, welcome new team members and 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.