- It’s relative. A church of 5000 will likely require a different level of talent than a church of 50. Each ministry needs to determine what is needed. As a team grows and changes, so does the demand for better talent.
- It’s developable. Whatever hard-wired ability you have, it has to be cultivated through practice, hard-work and experience. And if you’re using this talent for ministry, you’re obligated to develop it.
- It’s not a spiritual gift. Musical talent is a tool used in conjunction with the spiritual gifts. My chief reason for making this point is not to argue a gray area, but to keep people from elevating their talent to a place of entitlement: e.g. “It’s my ‘spiritual’ gift, so I need to be on this team…or sing this solo…etc.”
- It’s not enough. John Maxwell wrote an entire book on this subject. We start here with talent, because it IS necessary. But it can’t be the only element that matters for a worship musician.
Read Scripture: Psalm 33:1-3
- Why does the psalmist admonish us to “play skillfully”?
Does that really matter to God?
- When it comes to talent (or skill) what are the minimum requirements for our ministry right now?
- What is the advantage to using an audition (or interview) process for the worship team? What are the drawbacks?
Follow-up: If your ministry has an audition/interview process: How can it be improved?
If you don’t have an audition process, should you consider it? Why or why not?
- What kind of things should we be doing as individuals to improve our talent?
How about as a team?
- Why is it so easy to get possessive about our musical talent and place on the team?
Follow up: Do you think there is a sense of “entitlement” among us as a team?