Over the course of the last year, I’ve become somewhat active in multiple different Facebook groups for worship leaders & church musicians. In this time, I’ve been surprised by how many posts there are asking the same questions. Simple questions like, “what key should I sing this song in”, or “what are some good songs that focus on the heart of God”. It seemed like every time I looked at one of these groups, a similar question was being asked. This showed me that many people are looking for guidance when it comes to worship leading.
If there are 20,000+ people in a group asking questions and seeking to learn more about their craft, there must be a few music directors like myself that have some questions, or desire to get better at their craft. Right?
After seeing this void and thinking about the best way to resolve it, I decided to start a new Facebook group specifically designed for MDs called the Worship Music Directing Community. It offers a place for MD’s to ask questions and bounce ideas off each other. Common conversations include anything from implementing Ableton in services, to the simplest things like adding the band as background music during announcements.
After starting the group, the response I’ve gotten has been very encouraging. Over 250 MD’s joined in the first month and have been discussing all different kinds of topics. There are some really knowledgeable people who have joined in and offered their expertise in multiple areas. As the community keeps growing, more and more people are becoming inspired and starting to use a music director in their churches.
The music directing position is important to the worship leading position because the MD becomes the WL’s voice to the band. They watch the WL and the direction that the service is going, and direct the band to support that vision. The MD can also be the gateway to a better service on all fronts including clear communication of the flow of service to your production team.
Having a place to go where I can discuss the daily tasks of being an MD has been a game changer for me when it comes to leading my team. It’s opened my eyes to a world of things I’ve never considered before and challenged me to lead my team with excellence.
If you are a music director, or you want to start implementing the music director position at your church, check out the group and don’t shy away from asking questions. That’s what the group is there for. I hope to see you there.