How to Attract Quality Musicians for Your Worship Ministry
Hello everyone welcome to the worship. QNA podcast. I'm doing more in this. Podcast we try to answer questions. Wouldn't that worship leaders are asking today. We have Tony Guerrero back with us for the second week in a row in our podcast. I love Tony. A loved at the time he spent with our coaching suits just a couple of weeks ago and we are now offering some segments of that teaching that live teaching here on our podcast. Cast today Tony will be teaching on how to attract quality positions into your worship ministry. You'RE GONNA love this teaching and so practical so so helpful but before we featured Tony in that teaching. Let me encourage you to sign up for our coaching program. We begin a new phase of coaching in September September. October Tober November ten weeks. You can be a part of that. You can join from anywhere in the world. Join US online every week as we meet together and we grow together as worship leaders. So don't miss that the sure to go to our website at next level worship dot com and click on the training tab and then you can find out more information about our coaching program so now. Here's Tony Speaking on how to attract quality musicians. I'm talk about four little factors that address in my book that I believe need to be present and but let me start by saying this if you're sitting in your church office wondering why why musicians aren't just clamoring to be in your program. You're making a huge mistake by I just sitting in your office remember. I talked about all those club musicians. Who are you're playing on Saturday night if you're not going out and finding the t the musicians and your team are in your community and letting them know you exist? Here's here's here's another way. I put it before you go on your next mission trip to you know whatever country to to Hawaii before you take your next mission trip recognize. Recognize that you're a musician and your one of your primary mission. Fields is in your neighborhood to the musicians in your community. So so here's another question you can ask do the musicians who live in my town outside of the ones who are in my church. Do they even know I exist. Do they know my name. Do they know me me at all. Have they ever met me. Have I ever gone to see them play like do I have any relationship with the musicians in my community. If the answer is no then you sitting in your office office waiting for them to come in. Is the totally wrong way to go about that. You need to go out and start meeting those musicians letting them know that you're a musician letting them know what you do every week. Go like how great to be now obviously some environments are not ideal for all of us to be an but how great if you're at some restaurant distraught where there's live music and there's a whole table church whole table of people from the church cheering on this great guitar player like eventually you're going to meet that guy you're gonNA and he's going to wonder who this table is that so enthusiastic and clapping after all of a solo. There's going to be a relationship built there. What a great mission field that is for you? Go Out and start meeting those people. So I almost regret the title of my book being attracting quality musicians because there are things we can due to attract them but it leaves out that. What such a key thing is that we also should be going out and getting them but in terms of attracting them if that musician walks walks into your church for the first time? I believe. There's at least these four things that need to be in place. The first one is the quality factor which is a lot of what we're talking about. The fact is quality quality musicians. Want to be a part of quality music if a great drummer walks in. And you've got a band up there who can barely hold it together. There's not a whole lot of emphasis for him to get in. And I'm here's the thing. He may be very ministry minded and say I'm going to dive in and help these guys. That's great but that's not you attracting them so the question is how do you attract them. So Oh if if you've got this team there that's not performing at a certain level that that drummer may be totally fine. He's totally within his right and spiritually okay. To just I choose to sit in the pews every Sunday and not be a part of your team. I think we often put pressure on musicians. who were sitting in the congregation? But there's a lot of reasons reasons why they may not be a part of the ministry but this could be one also is that it's not fun to make bad music and that's really easy way to put it. It's not fun to make bad music some some of that ties into how you use the musicians you do have like you mentioned. One of these people are just getting started with their ministry and one of the things the Great Duke Ellington used to I do Duke Ellington with one of the great leaders of the last century. And when you look at a Duke Ellington Big Band score which is you know thirteen to eighteen instruments. It doesn't doesn't say First Trumpet Trumpet. Third Trumpet instead. It says Cat Anderson Cudi Williams. It lists the names of the players and the reason is because when he would right music he would write based on knowing what each of those players could do and he would write that into the score. If you if you're arranging your music for the band that you have and you're expecting a bass player who you know is very limited only the plane a couple years and you're expecting them to play Some Heavy Duty Gospel base thing. They'll never sound good doing that. If you have an orchestra and you want to rate this great arrangement that has the trumpet. GOING UP TO HIGH DIS APPS and your trumpet player is a High School kid who can't can't play above a high. It's never going to sound good so knowing what you have and learning to arrange music for the players you have so that they sound the best west vacant sound. That's also a quality issue. It's to to put your band to serve up your band. In their best light. The second factor I would mention the fun on factor which we kind of talked about with the jam session thing but Let's face it any adult musician. Whose playing an instrument the you know when you're a kid you might be forced to play an instrument by your parents but anybody who chooses to play an instrument does it for one reason only and that's because it's fun and that's why any musician whose chosen it for a living? They chose it. Because it's fun because it's GonNa make them a ton of money so playing music is supposed to be fun and if your if being on your team isn't fun and there's a lot of aspects that go go with that. I don't mean throwing party every weekend. But if if it's a drag to the team because has your surly tired leader or your unorganized or the music is you know old and never changing or whatever it is that can make it on fun and you all know what those the things are. Those are things that have to change you as a leader are responsible for keeping the energy up of your team and that comes from making sure that they're having fun things like like the jam session things like doing special music. You know all these kinds of things that you can do. The third one is the leadership factor. Great Musicians are attracted to great leaders leaders plain and simple and there's a lot of things again that we're just we're just touching on but things that will make you a great leader and great musicians don't have to be led by somebody who's a better musician than them but they wanna be led by a great leader. That's really up on your role. That's all about your role. Miles Davis Avis was by all accounts. A horrible person in a lot of ways you know not a very pleasant person to be around but every great musician wanted to be in his band and they would drop anything they were doing to be part of his band because he knew how to lead them musically and get them to this level. And that's that's what great musicians want. is they want to be taken to the next level. So that's something you need to be doing as leaders and again a single leader who was. Let's say not a better not as good of a musician as me. Let's say and I go into a situation situation. I realize I recognize. He's not at my level yet or vice versa. If I'm the leader and somebody comes in and they're better than me you know just recognizing that that leader is somebody who's committed committed to growth and committed to improving and sees that as a value. All that kind of thing is is really important. And the last one is the creative fulfillment filming factor and so that idea of like give it turning over the an arrangement to in different musicians. So you're not the only person calling all the shots if there's more than one person on your team meaning not just you if there's two three four ten twenty people on your team that means you have that many creative minds and I believe everybody is creative. If we're if we're what's the very first thing we know God did we see the act of creation and then the next room. They tell us that were created in his image that that means every single human being is creative. So it's not just the musicians not just the artists. Everybody is creative because we're created in his image so when you have twenty people on entertained whatever the number is and and you're the only one calling all the creative shots that's a crime to me because there's all this creativity that's going unused so to start giving out that creativity. Here's a great quote. It's not for me. It's actually from Pastor Rick Warren he he said. And if you want to write this down it's a good one he said. When can you give authority with responsibility? You'll be amazed at the creativity of your people when you give authority with responsibility. You'll be amazed at the at at the creativity of your people so I love that because to give away the re the you know as the leader the creative authority is set in you. That's yours it's yours to a US and it's also yours to give it away so to give away creative control to a song to an arrangement to something giveaway that control now with that comes responsibility. Disability is let's say that Bass Player's GonNa Arrangement of a song. He has the responsibility of knowing your team knowing your congregation knowing what will work in there. There's responsibilities that come with with that but when you do that. And that's becomes a symbiotic relationship that way. You'll be amazed at how much creativity is on your team and to find. Find a way to unleash that. So here's a big thing musicians. I said everybody's creative musicians. Artists actors are hyper creative and so Musicians to attract musician to a musician. Who has the opportunity to join? Two different. Teams one of that has creative Fulfillment attached watch to it. They're going to choose that every single time so make sure that you are allowing for the creativity of well. I really appreciate what Tony shared with us today. And I love those simple points that we can use in our ministries to attract or even as he said go out and find more musicians and especially love is emphasis on going out into the highways and byways if you will and being a missionary into our community with musicians well thank you for joining us today. If you have a question you want us to answer your own podcast. Please email us at office at next level worship DOT com. We will do who are best to get your question answered. Thanks again look forward to seeing you next week.