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Is your praise team, aka worship team, comprised of MUSIC ONLY people, oblivious to everyone else?

Discussion in 'Worship Ministry' started by justme6272, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. justme6272

    justme6272 Newbie

    If your church uses contemporary praise bands playing contemporary music, do the singers and musicians in those bands mingle only amongst themselves, only wanting to know each other, as if 'fellowship' with others in the church outside their little cliquish group is off limits? My experiences have been that it's as if a curtain goes up between the stage (aka platform) and the congregation as soon as they're done with the singing portion of the service. In between the two services, they head to the church cafe to hang out in their little group. They won't sit in the congregation like everyone else and listen to the sermon. In the cafe, it's impossible to talk to any of them cause they're only interested in looking at and talking to each other as they huddle together. Some may sit through the 2nd service before leaving, but there's no need to really unless it's to pick up their guitar that still sits on the stage. They don't perform a closing song for people who are on the way out at the end.

    You may say, "It's the pastors and greeters job to make people feel welcome, not the musicians." But aren't band members ministers as well? Why do they think that getting to know someone outside their little music circle is beneath them? They might as well just play in bars and secular music venues if all they care about is being seen on stage, like "hey look at me, I'm special. I get to be up here and you don't." Maybe they're frustrated musicians and singers who can't make it in the competitive secular world, so church visibility is all they've got to satisfy their "performing" egos. If that's all it is to them, they should quit.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
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  2. Gracia Singh

    Gracia Singh Newbie Supporter

    United States
    So... I don't have a church and don't regularly attend contemporary churches, but the few that I have been to seem to emphasize the social aspect of worship pretty strongly. Emphasis is on groups, friends, forming connections, and finding your place or gifts, and it's easy for tight knit groups or even cliques to form around that. If this worries you, might you mention it to the Pastor, and ask his thoughts on the phenomenon?
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  4. topher694

    topher694 Go Turtle!

    United States
    I have attended churches where that happens and seen it first hand. Now that I pastor my own church I absolutely will never allow that type of behavior. If you're too good to sit through the message to learn and receive like everyone else, then you're not going to be on the platform in any capacity, period.
  5. com7fy8

    com7fy8 Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    In my church, the music ministry people are the ones who arrive while I am setting up chairs. And they give me love and encouragement, and they or their children might help me; and we get to know each other. And when they join in prayer for their service ministry, I stop and be in prayer with them. And at times they have had me join in the circle; but I might be in the back and hear them start prayer, and I just stop to be in prayer with them.

    And they sit for the sermon. And each Sunday we can have a different combination of music ministry worship people. The ones not up front often are in the seats and sharing with others not in the worship music ministry.

    But I see them busy with loving various people; so I do not try to get their attention much. I know they love me; and I feed on this, and make sure I am reaching and loving people. Ones of them can be my example of how to relate and care in love.
  6. com7fy8

    com7fy8 Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    Well, that is their choice, of course. And Jesus can have you loving others who are at a church.

    I can think of a number of reasons why a group would stay to themselves, where they are ministering. So, I would let each person speak for oneself, never mind my guessing.

    Why are you so ready to assume they mean ill will? Why are you so interested in them, when you have all the other people in the church to share with??

    If you really do not know what their reason is, you might find out, first, and let us know, if you don't already know the real reason.
  7. nonaeroterraqueous

    nonaeroterraqueous Nonexistent Member

    United States
    I can only speak for myself. I play in a contemporary service, and it's true that we tend to form a social group among ourselves. The reason for this is simply that while everyone else is in a Sunday school class, we're busy practicing, so we miss out on the close social interaction that others get in their small groups. Between practice and the service we sit and talk to each other over coffee. This isolates us a bit from the rest of the church. I've tried to get out and socialize in the foyer before the service, but it's hard, especially for me, to connect with people. If it weren't for the others in the music ministry I would be completely unconnected with the church, just as I was before I joined that ministry. We also miss out on socializing after the service, because we have to pack up our gear; more so for me, because I have, by far, the most gear to pack. Our church is too quick to leave afterward. It's in the extra activities, between Sundays, where I get a chance to really interact with people.

    People who are involved in ministry in the church often have that kind of problem. It's not just isolated to the music ministry. Think of the people who tend the nursery, or the children's church, back where nobody sees them. They miss the entire service. If the church doesn't rotate staff, they become isolated to the point where they have no reason to even stay. For this reason I say that the clique of our music group is a good thing, because it helps us to have a sense of connection with others in the church, which is something that a lot of the other ministries don't have.

    By the way, we do sit through the sermon, though I may walk out to use the restroom at some point, because we sandwich the sermon between two halves of the worship service, and I don't want to be up there and needing to use the restroom.

    We also play a closing song as people are on their way out, but that further guarantees that they won't still be there by the time I can get off of the stage.
  8. WoshipWarrior

    WoshipWarrior Well-Known Member

    Some clarifying questions, please.

    You say, "In between the two services they hang out in the cafe... They won't sit in the congregation like everyone else and listen to the sermon."

    So are they not sitting through either sermon? Are they there only to play music? If so, then how committed are they to the vision and mission of the Church there, and that may be why they aren't overly social with the other congregants.

    Also, your last paragraph is pretty judgmental, so I'm guessing you are also part of the music ministry, or are trying to get "into" the ministry there? If you were in a position of leadership, this would be easily addressed. So my question to you is other than their seeming lack of attention to "greeting people" and "making people feel welcome" what have they done specifically to offend you? You don't need to answer that here, but I'd suggest you work that out with God. The proper course is to go to whomever in in charge of that team and address it with them, but make sure your heart is right, or they'll pick up on it and most likely dismiss it.
  9. WolfGate

    WolfGate Senior Member

    No, out praise team is not that way.