Last August, I accepted a part-time worship director position at a local church here in Kansas City. After just a couple of weeks into my new role, I quickly realized that I needed to recruit more people on the worship team. Sound familiar?
One day I was discussing this challenge with my senior pastor and he said something that I’ll never forget. He told me to look for people who are Faithful, Available, and Teachable. I immediately started to refer to them as FAT people…just so I can remember it easily.
I’ve been leading worship for over 15 years now and this is my favorite phrase so far, that sums up what type of people we should look for.
You know how to shred on the guitar? Great! But, are you a faithful person? Are you faithful to God? to your spouse and kids? to your other commitments?
He's the best bass player in town? Awesome! But, is he available to play on the worship team at least once a month? Is he available and willing to serve in other areas of ministry besides playing the bass? Let’s avoid the I’m-A-Bass-Player-So-I’m-Too-Good-To-Do-Anything-Else Syndrome.
You’ve been singing for 30 years? Wow! That’s incredible! But, are you teachable? Are you willing to continue learning and honing your skill? Are you open to suggestions during rehearsal? Are you able to adapt to our way of leading worship?
When you are desperate for singers and musicians, it can be tempting to lower your standards and just let anyone that has a heartbeat join the team. However, I want to encourage you to look for FAT people. If they don’t seem to be around, be patient and wait for them.
Let’s pray for more FAT people in our churches!!