In this session, there were a lot of practical things that were given as to mobilizing youth to worship. It had to do mostly with a youth worship team, so here it goes:

One of the most important things you can do is to set a schedule, and stick to it. I can actually attest to this, because when we were getting our worship team started up, we had no real clear agenda other than to start playing together and get a feel for where our musicians were at. It became apparent only much later that the youth could totally tell that we didn’t really know what to do. They got the impression of directionlessness (wow, there is a mouthful) quite quickly, and from there the motivation could have tanked. Luckily for us it didn’t. So, set that schedule and don’t waver!

Another good point that is actually related more to our church is to make sure that the youth worship team falls under the umbrella ministry of the regular Sunday (or whatever day) worship team as opposed to the youth ministry. Not only does this solve potential accountability problems, but it directly links up the youth with the overall vision of the church, and gives the worship pastor/leader/director more direct oversight and training opportunity. This helps with motivation too, since there is now a direct link established that can allow youth to play on Sundays (see my post about youth in the worship team).

Anyhow, that was really only one point from the actual conference, but you get the idea that treating the youth like adults is really key here. If you want someone to be motivated to do more, you can’t retain responsibility and hold them back until you think they are ready. You have to feed them what they are looking for: potential for leadership or advancement. This might seem like corporate speak, but it makes perfect sense. People are gonna see right through you if you don’t trust them with a task that is beyond what they are used to. Treat them like they are already on a professional worship team, and they’ll act like they are.