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Youth Worship Team Expectations

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A few weeks ago, our student pastor asked me to come up with a list of expectations for the members of our youth worship team. It was back in March that I began leading worship for the student ministry during their mid-week worship services. I’ve loved serving in this role, despite being stretched and trying to learn to play along with other instruments — something I’ve never done before.

As can be expected, we had a couple of members of the team who showed some apathy or, for some reason or another, ended up being asked to take a break and examine their heart and desires for being a part of the worship ministry team. This is what led our student pastor to ask me to come up with this list.

That being said, here is a rough draft that I came up with. These are in no particular order.

  • Attend the team practices regularly. Perfect attendance is not required, but you are expected to be there as much as possible. In order to play during the weekly services, you must attend practice. If you miss a practice, then you will have to miss out on playing in the service that week.
  • Improve on your God-given talents. Practice at home or with friends whenever you are able. Put in some time on a regular, weekly basis with your instrument. Learn about it, get better at using it, and push yourself to become an overall better musician.
  • Attend church services regularly.
  • While you are at church, be an example in your actions and appearance. You are, in a sense, a worship leader and you never know who is watching you with that in mind. Be mindful of how you look and how you act while you are at church or church functions.
  • While you are at home or at school, surround yourself with “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…anything that is excellent or praiseworthy.” (Phil. 4:8) Apply this to the choices you make regarding people and the “stuff” in life.
  • Find some way to extend your ministry on the other days of the week as well (not just Wednesday night). You should make an effort to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. (This will look very different for everyone on the team.)
  • Honesty and accountability are expected from every single member of the team. We should make a strong effort to be open with each other and this requires honesty from everyone as well as trust. If you are struggling, reach out to (the student pastor) or Andy. At the very least, talk to another member of the team. Let’s not allow any sort of “fake” or “mask” mentality to creep into our ministry team. We are not perfect, nor is perfection expected of any of you.
  • Stay in touch with the team. Regular communication (phone, email, TXT, etc.) between team members is expected and encouraged for the sake of community — we are a team, a family, and will need to function as one throughout the week. Therefore…
  • Make an attempt to spend some time together as a group just “hanging out” with one another. This may/may not happen EVERY week, but we will try to make it happen as often as we can.

I would appreciate any thoughts or input on this list.


Written by Andy

August 30, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Posted in Worship, Youth Ministry

8 Responses

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  1. I’m a student minister who has been trying to work with a group of talented musicians who sometimes seem apathetic about their faith. We had some misses for the monthly youth led worship service and they decided to come up with a “Code of Conduct”. I like yours much more. If it’s cool with you I’d like to show it to my youth?

    Great post.


    August 30, 2007 at 9:28 pm

  2. I don’t mind at all. I’m sure this will change a little bit, though.

    I pray it helps you and your team out.

    Andy Thompson

    August 31, 2007 at 6:22 am

  3. Thanks! I saw that you are a reader of Timmy Brister’s blog. Are you at Southern?


    August 31, 2007 at 11:59 pm

  4. Seems like a lot of “do” – by this I mean it will appear like a checklist to many of your members. Praise team means artists, and artists like the organic versus the concrete. While I applaud this in concept, I wonder if you might build more resentment than buy-in.

    As an alternative, what about hitting more of the relational side of this? Using 1 Cor 12, any extension of Christ is a part of His “Body” – meaning, it can be built up and strong or weak and unhealthy. What about exploring that Scripture with your team and asking them to create a more organic brainstorm of what it means to have a healthy extension of music to and from the Body?

    Tony Myles

    September 3, 2007 at 11:38 pm

  5. […] Youth worship team expectations (A good list of what you should expect from students on your worship team.) […]

  6. We really appreciate your position very well.Plaese we are Grace Calvary Youth Fellowship in GHANA and we really love worship,can you please tell us more about worship.THANKS AND MAY THE LORD ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU.

    Godfred Yeboah

    November 6, 2007 at 4:49 am

  7. please send it to my e mail


    January 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm

  8. Nicely done code of conduct. I appreciate the way it infuses our daily walk as worshipers with the task/action of leading worship.

    Pastor Jonathan

    September 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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