The 10 Commandments (of an effective worship team)

So…I just finished attending an amazing class titled “A Life of Worship” taught by Jeri Nicholson (@JeriNicholson) from Champion Centre.  If you were to ever experience one of CC’s worship services, you would no doubt come to the conclusion that there is something very special going on out there!

This class was my first opportunity to meet Jeri in person and I think what I really appreciate about her – other than the usual traits of a worship leader (musical talent, energy, etc.) – was that although she is a part of this world-changing ministry, she is also very approachable and as authentic a person as you could ever imagine.

In “A Life of Worship”, Jeri spoke on The 10 Commandments (of an effective worship team).  She incorporates these into her own team ethics and some of what she had to say was such a relief to hear as a worship leader.  I’m passing my notes to you (in original King James Version flavor) because these principles really can be used by any team in any area of ministry, business, or industry.

The 10 Commandments (Of An Effective Worship Team)

  1. Thou shalt be a worshipper and love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  See Deuteronomy 6:4-5.
  2. Thou shalt be a lover of the house of God.  If you don’t love the house, then you shouldn’t be on the worship team.
  3. Thou shalt be a “life-giver”.  We should be life-giving on and off the platform.
  4. Thou shalt be faithful to the team and be “on time” for rehearsals and services. 
  5. Thou shalt taketh the time to learneth thy music!  The team is only as good as its weakest musician/singer.
  6. Thou shalt not count how many times thou art scheduled and thou shalt serve wherever thou art putteth!  Understand that you are just as valuable to God wherever and whenever you serve.  You’re value has to come from who you are in Christ, not in where/when you are serving.  (I know, I know…technically two commandments, but whose counting?)
  7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s “solo” or position.  Don’t be jealous when others get the solo/part.  Celebrate with them.  We aren’t competing with each other.  Success is achieved when the whole team is successful.
  8. Thou shalt know that there is a cost!  There is always a cost associated with being a part of something great.
  9. Thou shalt love the “Giver of the gift” more than the gift.  Don’t mix this up.  You can’t impress God with your gift…He gave it to you!
  10. Thou shalt have a “win/win” attitude and heart.  The church (or organization) shouldn’t have to suffer so an individual can win.  Likewise, the individual shouldn’t have to suffer so the church can win.

Be blessed!



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