What do you most struggle with as a worship musician?
That was the question we asked in our Facebook Group. 122 comments later and we have a really interesting crowdsourced list of concerns with many common themes.
The summary is below but there is more detailed discussion, and some helpful advice for many of the topics that were raised in the original post, so do ask to join the Group so you can read it in full:
People being spectators and not participants
Having to do it all on my own with a not totally engaged congregation
A dissociated congregation who are too busy checking their mobile phones, rather than engage in the moment
Balance between worship and being entertainment
Worship leading challenges
What to say in between songs
Not having a band
My own incompetence
Feeling less than able in comparison to other musicians on the team
Not having the ability to sing in tune
Chords – especially bar chords
The team not recognising what slash chords actually mean
Team and heart issues
Commitment to adequate rehearsal
Remembering that it’s not a show
Keeping focused on Jesus instead of the music
Others not taking *their* calling / service / role / job as seriously as I take serving the music
Worshipping when I’m not playing/leading. If I’m part of the congregation I find myself checking out the equipment, how the band is set up, critiquing the arrangements, finding stuff I can use myself and generally focusing on the technical aspects of the band rather than the worship.
Not being that comfortable with songs that are only played once or twice a month
People who don’t show up prepared and those who think they are performing a concert!
Wearing the mask of Joy when there are trials and struggles going on inwardly
Worship leaders who have no enthusiasm for worship and no energy
Logistics and other challenges
Being in two services every Sunday repeating the same thing and worshipping like I should
Sickness – particularly affecting vocals
Equipment, PA and stage issues
Equipment being tidied away and hard to find
Blinded by stage lighting
Inability to see the worship leader
Cable lengths, sound settings
Giving up lots of time practising lead lines and rhythm parts as a seasoned electric guitarist then at the end of the service discovering that you were hardly if at all in the final mix (like an optional extra that didn’t get used by the PA people)
Do you relate to these things? Or do you have other issues that were not suggested. Do comment below and also have a look at the discussion in the original Facebook post (if you are not already a member just ask to join the Group so you can read it in full).