“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
-Helen Keller

Mankind has been forming teams for thousands of years. As the Helen Keller quote above says so well, as individuals we can only amount to what one can do. On the other hand, when we organize, multiplying our talents and efforts, we are set up to accomplish so much more. Thus the team was created.

As leaders, we are so blessed to be a part of a team. Our teams multiply our efforts each time we tend the stage. Not only that, they lift us up on the days when we have little left to give. While it is true that we spend the balance of our time trying to edify our team, we’d be nothing without them. So, have you thought about a team day? By team day, I mean day(s) set aside for the express purpose of developing momentum and synergy among your teammates and yourself. Maybe that could be once a year, quarterly or once a month?

Team days consist of getting your entire team together (or subsets if your team is ridiculously large) for the larger purpose of their intermingling and cohesion. That might include initiative games or a breakfast. You might choose to open up your home or the home of someone on your team. You could spend the day at a local theme park or ballpark. The important thing is that you are intentionally choosing to get away. You are not onstage working out a part. Everyone on your team needs this. Even those on your team who would rather not attend. Make it as mandatory as you know how.

If a team day seems like a foreign concept for you then maybe I’ve really brought up something you need to employ as a team leader. One of the most important things to be gained being a part of a worship team is synergy. The ability to know the people you are playing with to the point that a brotherhood/family or symbiotic relationship occurs. This is only formed off the stage. Yes, you can learn each others’ musical leanings and hesitations onstage, but their character and who they are is learned one-on-one offstage. It’s a gradual understanding that is lasting.

Plan for your team day (however often is appropriate for your church and team) to be effective. You need to plan. Don’t just bring everyone together without aim or multiples aims. Whatever you prepare for, make sure that you are connecting team members with those they aren’t used to connecting with. The obvious misconnection here is singer with bandmate. Why is that important? The truth is that singers are musicians just as much as guitar players or drummers, but they aren’t often relating to one another. While that may be alright in an inefficient team, in your team that won’t be okay. Everyone on your team needs to trust everyone else. Without that trust, there’s no point in being willing to have each person available for prayer or be available for pastoring. You need to know that Bob on drums can help someone enter the Kingdom. Stage responsibility requires it.

As you are planning, make sure you set an agenda and stick to it. If you’ve never planned a team day before then choose three main objectives and try to promote only those. You may want to cover making sure everyone knows everyone else. Where they live, work and their interests. You could also perform a few initiative games so that the team naturally divides into leaders and followers. These also show who are problem solvers and who are supporters. This information is helpful in knowing how you should lean on each team player when you perform. You may be surprised to know who is a natural leader and who has learned leadership, but it’s not intuitive for them. You also may be surprised as to who wimps out sooner than you expected and who has persevered. All in all, you’re trying to come away with a better understanding of who you have on your team.

The weeks following your team day(s) make sure you reinforce some of your objectives and use those days a momentum builders. There should have been at least one positive outcome that everyone agreed made the day worthwhile. Make sure you don’t forget about it, but use it as a building block for what is next for your team. Also, you should already begin planning the objectives for your next team day as a result of the outcomes of this team day. It’s never too early to put down on paper what you’d like to see happen. Team days are important when used effectively!

How many team days are you creating? If you haven’t ever gathered your team away from the stage, maybe you should consider it’s value. What are some of the outings that you have planned that were successful? That weren’t successful? What did you do? We would all love to know! Comment or private message.

-Micah Brooks