HOW DO I "MATURE" YOUNG PLAYERS?

A few days ago, we discussed the benefit of old - and young - players in worship ministry. This is the second article in a follow-up series. Previously, we talked about getting older players to play "younger." You can find that post here.

Making-young-people-more-mature is an age old problem. (Parents have been trying to figure it out for years!) But when it comes to music, there are some things worship leaders can do to help the next generation build some commitment into their musical endeavors.

VALUE EVERY TYPE OF PLAYER
The challenge for young players is that a lot of them have only played with other young players. As a leader, you've got to speak highly (and sincerely) of all your musicians. This helps teens and young adults to realize that playing in church is team effort. It takes a lot of different people, which means that showing up prepared is sign of respect to the rest of the team. When you value everybody on your team, young players will eventually rise to the challenge of honoring the rest of the team, too.

TALK ABOUT THE CONGREGATION - ALOT
We all can probably identify with the fact that, when you're a young musician, you often aren't concerned with the congregation. This is more about general human teenage self-obsession, but it can be harmful in a praise band. Use your time with the band to speak about the congregation - how what we do on the platform impacts how they respond. It even helps to go deeper and talk about the uniqueness of the congregation. Many young players will have only led for one or two congregations in their lives. It will help them to see that people worship in all different ways.

LET 'EM BE YOUNG
Give them opportunities to be their best. If that guitar player is awesome at guitar solos, find a way to give him one. If the singer can nail a Ingrid Michaelson vibe, find a song that'll make that happen. Find ways to let their energy invigorate the team within the bounds of your leadership. Because once they start thinking mature, their playing will get better and better.