Do you have that one person that’s constantly late to rehearsal? Like you, I have had the one late musician or the unprepared singer; also, I’ve had a late pastor.
How do you handle these events when they come your way? What ways do you encourage your team to help them stay on track? Here are a few ideas offered to not be late in any of these three ways…
1. Preparation Lateness
Whatever the reason, it’s not God honoring when you don’t practice. Many wait until rehearsal time, yet this is the worst time. Why? It slows others in the team down when you have to learn the song that everyone else knows.
Rehearsal time is not practice time. Practice time is what you do before rehearsal. At rehearsal, we rehearse what we practice – together as a team.
As a worship ministry, we are the team. Each of us function in direct coordination with each other. We are interdependent. “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:5
If you struggle with preparation, make every effort to correct it. If you are late in your preparation, you will not execute on time. Ultimately, this creates unneeded pressure and can roadblock your band, as well as your worship.
Carve out your weekly time to know your music, chart, and instrument.
Being prepared not only enables you to do your best, but you’re doing what’s best for your team.
2. Rehearsal/Service Lateness
No matter the reason, there is no excuse to be chronically late. The unexpected happen to us all, but it shouldn’t be a weekly pattern. To show up late 10-20 minutes every week doesn’t involve traffic, it may involve a much larger wreck of priorities.
We must steward our time wisely and carefully. It affects more than just you, it also affects the people in your team.
Time is a main thing. We must steward our time wisely and carefully. It affects more than just you, it also affects the people in your team. We are to be considerate of each other’s time.
Titus 3:2 reminds us to: “…to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.” Even when we think our time doesn’t matter, it does to everyone else.
My rule of thumb is to show up 15-30 minutes earlier than when I need to be there at the downbeat of rehearsal. If we begin rehearsal at 7pm, I roll into the parking lot at 6.30p. After setting up my gear, tuning, and organizing my iPad notes, 20 minutes can whizz by and rehearsal has just begun. Set margins and standards for yourself to grow.
We see other ministries in the church that are important: youth, children, education, etc. – Why is there an exception when it comes to Worship Ministry?
The Lombardi Rule says: To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late. The same is true as a music team.
3. Musical Lateness
When it comes to singing/playing music, our notes must be on time. Musical lateness is another issue that can hinder the team. If I’m late in my approach due to not knowing the music, lack of preparation, lack of memorization, missing rhythms, etc., it will throw-off the music.
No matter the excuse, the primary core value of a team is integrity; without it, we are undivided and incomplete in our preparation, practice, and presence.
To prevent musical lateness, we must learn two things: mastering the practice with a click/metronome, and implementing this skill when playing/singing with the team.
Like our hearts to God, He wants us to be on time in His worship.
The music God gives us is a responsibility. We must care for the notes. Prov. 10:4 tells us, “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” We are to be rich in skill, not poor in our abilities.
Cherish and nurture what the Lord gives us by our talent and skill. What are we doing to help develop and steward our musical gifts? In the end, this helps promotes the band, guide the church, and is honoring to God.