Release the Poets!
Worship ministries today are understanding the power of growing musicians and artists from within their community. But this kind of thing doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Worship leaders have the opportunity to pour into the lives of their those on their teams and reach out even further to their artistic community; here are 10 tips to get your worship mentorship community started on the right foot.
- Decide on the focus of your group (songwriting, musicianship, character, poetry, visual arts, discipleship, worship leadership, etc).
- Decide the purpose/goal of the group. Do you want to write songs that will be used in a service of worship? Do you want to produce a live or studio CD? Do you want to improve skill? Cultivate new writers?
- Create a syllabus or a project map that includes a calendar (with a beginning and end date) and develop a curriculum that clearly encompasses your goals.
- Commit to regular meetings, and stick to them.
- Take the initiative to invite people who you see have potential, even if it is uncultivated. They may not even see their own promise.
- Be specific in the activities and exercises you work on together and assignments members complete on their own.
- Live the standards you set for your mentorees. No one likes being told to do something they know their mentor would never even find time for.
- You have learned things along the way, so share your inside tips and tricks. Also, connect your mentorees with your network. It takes a secure leader to be willing to share their rolodex.
- Always keep the focus on becoming artists growing in service to God and your local community. There is nothing more honorable than that. This is not a place to be transformed into a rock star or celebrity.
- Be committed. Mentoring is not something to enter into flippantly. Effective mentoring will require an investment from you, but the payoff is immeasurable.