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Tips for Communicating to Your Band

One of the biggest issues I see in many wor­ship lead­ers and their bands is a fail­ure to com­mu­ni­cate.

If you can effec­tively and effi­ciently com­mu­ni­cate to your band, not only will they feel more con­fi­dent in their play­ing, but your wor­ship will take another step in the right direc­tion.

For instance, I know there’s a big band break right after the sec­ond cho­rus, but if I don’t clearly explain this, my drum­mer might not fall out and my gui­tarist my keep­ing shred­ding a solo. And that would be awful.

How­ever, if every­one on my band knows exactly where we drop out and faith­fully exe­cute their parts, we elim­i­nate any sort of music dis­trac­tion while at the same time help­ing to cre­ate

Speaking the Same Language…

We have to speak the same lan­guage. Hav­ing been mar­ried for almost ten years, I under­stand the dif­fi­culty and work it takes to speak the same lan­guage. There’s a rea­son there are hun­dreds and hun­dreds of books on mar­riage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion… because it’s not easy. But it is nec­es­sary for a good rela­tion­ship.

The same holds true for wor­ship teams. Every­one needs to be on the same page.

Tips for Better Communication


Being pre­pared is a key com­po­nent when it comes to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your team. This means that you, as the leader, are both pre­pared spir­i­tu­ally and musi­cally. It means you have to know the song, the scrip­tures, and that you have spent time con­nect­ing with God through pri­vate wor­ship.

It also means that you have pre­pared the song for your team. You’ve got the music to them, the notes for each song, and over­all wor­ship flow. I’ll have a post on this in the com­ing weeks.

Email Notes and Expectations

Once you get your­self and your songs pre­pared, uti­lize your avail­able resources like a sim­ple email. Share your vision for the week, how God has been work­ing in and through these songs, and how each per­son plays a vital role in help­ing your church wor­ship.

You can include notes for each song, par­tic­u­lar song parts, and notes for each per­son. Let them know what you are expect­ing from them and then fol­low through.


Get­ting the music to your team is also extremely impor­tant. You want your team to wor­ship through these songs and in turn, to know them. And not just musi­cally, although that’s impor­tant, it’s just as impor­tant for them to know and love the songs.

You can use Plan­ning Cen­ter or other wor­ship plan­ning soft­ware or put your Sun­day playlist in Spo­tify or you can upload your mp3’s to Drop­box. Just make sure you are get­ting the music out to your team well in advance and that you’re doing it legally. That might mean you have to get a Rehearsal license from CCLi or buy every­one an iTunes card. Regard­less, resource your team with the music you will be lead­ing.

Rehearsal Walk Through

I find it very ben­e­fi­cial, to take the first few min­utes of each song dur­ing our band rehearsal, to walk through each song and go over and intro’s, build’s, drop’s, end­ing, and tran­si­tions. Just make sure you are con­nect­ing with every­one and that they are tak­ing notes.

Now as you go through each song, don’t be afraid to stop and go over each part with your team, espe­cially if your team isn’t doing what you’re ask­ing them. Take your time and walk through it with them.

These are just a few of things I do when I’m lead­ing my team. It’s being inten­tional about com­mu­ni­cat­ing as well as be open to the ebb and flow of our team. It’s impor­tant to find what works best for you. Just make sure you are lead­ing your team and not leav­ing them.

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Rob RashRob Rash is a worship pastor at O'Fallon Christian Church in O'Fallon MO. He also is a network leader in the Worship Cohort as well as an avid blogger at all posts by Rob Rash →